October 20, 2008

The Day I Griped About Grades


I woke up this morning recalling the dream I was having just before I awoken. Interestingly enough, it was about the only time I complained about grades here are the Asian Institute of Management.

To give you an idea, I'm not really conscious about my grades, so I rarely complained. Of course, I don't want to just get red marks left and right-- I definitely want to excel on things that I like to do and enjoy, but with things that aren't really catching my fancy, I tend to look at them like a chore and would just come up with mediocre results.

Going back to the only time I complained , it was during the start of this year. Prof. Nani Roxas, our Operations Management (OM) professor, just released an exemption list for the midterm exams and I was not in his list. I would have been fine with it until I saw the set of folks who were exempted. The list raised questions because there some a handful of exemptions that seemed to make little sense.

So a few days after the list, I went to Prof. Jun Borromeo, our CAN group's mentor, in his office. I griped about that I perceived as a highly questionable in OM.In true professor-like fashion, Prof. Borromeo asked me if I would be bothered with the list if I was exempted. I replied I probably wouldn't. He then asked if I should be in the list and I firmly said if my benchmarks were some of the people who got in, then I should been exempted as well. Prof, Borromeo then explained to me how subjective things are and maybe I had a distorted perception of how I performed in OM (or something to that effect). I left the office after that.

I then thought about things and I realized the folly of my move. I realized the futility of certain things and business school and I started to care about grades even lesser. But that was one of the most liberating thing that happened to me in school-- I started to pick my spots better and just ignore the things I can do little or nothing about, including professors' perception of me in class. It also gave me focus on things that I want to do and enjoy and just avoid failing on subjects I don't like.

In retrospect, did I adopt the right mindset? Let's just say my grades took a beating, but I enjoyed school more and it made me look forward to going to classes. :)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

given your post on the matter, how is thecurrent quality of AIM as an MBA institution?

How are the teachers? I heared non of the old greats are left...

Is it better than it was before? Or has it been dominated by indians and their culture of "whatever it takes to get to the top" (i.e. Cheat, steal)?

I am honestly considering AIM as a Filipino as I had this notion that AIM was for Filipinos as DLSU UP ADMU created in the begining.

What has it become now?

Please enlighten me.

Thanks,

Archie

Anonymous said...

During our time,(we were the last MBMs to graduate from AIM) we had great professors such as Gabby Mendoza, Mel Salazar, Jess Gallegos, Bobby Lim, and even the now famous Romy Neri.

But we also had pathetic ones such as Rogel Reyes and Ning Lagman who I personally think is a waste of time and money (considering that we spent 2 years and paid almost Php 2M) These professors are a disgrace to the teaching profession

Regnard Raquedan said...

Hello Archie,

Thanks for the comment. Every batch would like to believe that their time is the Golden Age, so I may be a bit biased when it comes to thoughts on the faculty and students. :P

The key thing here is having an open mind. After all, we can't have a boxed mentality in this day and age. :)

Regnard Raquedan said...

@Anonymous,

I guess this is the time where I argue that things are relative. :P

But seriously, you are right, that's a list of great names during your time. But that's how life goes-- eras pass and new ones spring up. I would like to believe that our era can live up to the AIM name. :)

carpediem said...

Grades at AIM are highly subjective, it does not reflect the student's true intellectual prowess. Rather, it accurately measures how well and how often he splatters his saliva all over the case room and how effective is his sucking up techniques. We even had professors then that are suffering from Dementia and could not even remember our names and faces, so how can you expect him to remember the quality of our CP (recitation)? Also, some professors are vindictive! If you argue with them in class, you are sure to get a P-, then some professors are just outright indifferent and has "retired on the job" they are just at AIM to pass their remaining time on earth (better than staying at home doing nothing)

Regnard Raquedan said...

@carpediem:

Looks like someone has been frustrated with his class performance.

Ease up o the Hate-erade. :)

carpediem said...

Nope, in fact, I graduated from AIM under a full (100%) academic scholarship (with stipend pa!), That was just my candid observation. Why? can't take the truth?

Regnard Raquedan said...

@carpediem:

Good for you. :)