I’VE always liked the book “Hope for the Butterflies.” It talks about the power of transformation and discovering one’s potential to become someone great, to fly high and make a difference in helping flowers survive.

Butterflies belong to the family Lepidoptera, and their wings do not get wet even in the rain. These creatures are like colorful angels that teaches me a valuable lessons in life.

Each person is a butterfly-in-waiting. Some end up as beautiful butterflies, yet others are like hapless caterpillars that clamber over each other to get to the top and discover there is nothing at the top and all the efforts have been meaningless.

Speaking of butterflies, the UST Butterfly Sanctuary is a good example of student tuition channeled properly. Protests against increase in tuition are only valid if students find nothing has been accomplished with funds generated from the enrollees. But stroll around the campus and you see well-maintained shrubbery, footpaths of flowers and landscaped pockets of gardens. Internet access is fast and reliable, and most of all, the quality of education is at par with other universities.

The only way to maintain our status and reach greater heights is to make sure that the money paid by students are properly allocated and utilized to benefit the whole community. Therefore tuition increases are justifiable.

Students can also expect more improvements, IDs will be electronically tagged, and cashless purchases can be made through the card. The way it’s going, the university is being serious about becoming an E-campus like Mapua and Letran. But will the “smart” ID card help students learn better and truly improve security? That remains to be seen.

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For the first time, Varsitarian will be coming out with a Science supplement. packed with articles on biotechnology, information technology, student researches, blood donation and other timely issues. The university is recognized as a premier institution for scientific education and it should continue to uphold its tradition of producing eminent national and international scientists. The faculty should be more creative in teaching, like using multimedia equipment, or be sensitive to student’s needs to sustain interest in learning the sciences, even for non-science majors.

Good scientific education is the backbone of progress. The best way to be updated about scientific trends is to read, that is the role of responsible media. This is the reason why the Varsitarian has worked hard to promote Thomasian scientific research with regular articles on this aspect.

True scholars know this maxim, that the paradox of learning is that the more one studies, the more one is humbled by how much one does not know.


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