Need a constant stream of income, but don't have a degree yet? That's a tough thing to ask for, considering that many students neither have the work experience, or the necessary skills and qualifications to get a part-time job that's actually worth their time. Companies in the Philippines, in particular, are stringent when it comes to asking for letters of recommendation from faculty and certifications, which, on the surface, greatly limits the options of a Filipino college student that needs extra money.
What makes this even more difficult for job-seeking student is that to get to a job at a concrete, brick-and-mortar company, you need to commute, and any commuter who's been through the horrors of the Manila metro system, is a spiritually-draining experience. There has been a way for these students to work around these limitations, however, and this has taken the form of the telecommute job, or an online part-time job. This not only skips on the commuting part, but it also gives you an unparalleled flexibility to create your own working schedule, appropriate to your academic and social needs. These typically come in the form of the following jobs:
1. Online Data Entry, Assistance and Research
These involve very manual jobs, and are typically outsourced tasks that foreign companies want to have done for cheap. Cheap by their definition is fairly decent pay here in the Philippines though, so you can devote around 20 hours a week on this job, and earn somewhere between 8,000-16,000 Pesos per month, depending on the company that hires you.
Options are plentiful, and you can look for one at OnlineJobs.ph, and you can also get easier to get into (but less well paying jobs) as a KGB information researcher (not the Soviet Intelligence Service, just by the way). For that, you need to take an entry test first before getting in.
2. Online Tutoring
This is, once again, an outsourced job, where foreign companies from China, Japan and Korea, with students eager to learn English, needing tutors who are available on demand, and for a price that isn't as expensive as that of your usual western expat. The pay is roughly the same as that of Online Data Entry and Research, but there are increases over time. Contrary to what their advertisements say though, it is only realistic to "earn 30,000 pesos a month" from these jobs if you take them on almost full time, and are already an experienced tutor with higher wages per hour.
Popular choices are 51Talk and RareJob.
3. Freelance Writing and Graphic Design
Unlike the previous two, freelancing does not come with constant pay, and the compensation comes by project. On a roughly per hour basis, however, the pay is better, given that you work directly for the companies and people who need outsourcing, rather than having a middleman who bags the profits from exploiting your labour in between.
The website of choice for this is unquestionably Elance.com, which is fairly well entrenched and has a decent supply of people in need of freelance work.
Let's face it. College is tough, not just academically, but also financially. Besides the already heavy cost of tuition, most students have to contend with many of the hidden costs of college life, like those little miscellaneous fees, unexpected printing/photocopying needs, or required plays or conferences. They build up real fast and burn quite a chunk out of of wallet.
It's no wonder that college students in the Philippines are sometimes gasping for funds, especially if their parents have a tight budget, or if they still want to have some extra pesos to hang out with friends on occasion. To help you out, we've listed 5 of the most practical ways we at CollegeRev think you can use to make just enough money to grind on.
1. Get a Part Time Job
Getting a part time job no longer equates to long underpaid hours flipping burgers or manning counters at McDonalds or Jollibee. Students who have only completed their high school degrees are now in demand in many sectors. If you have good communications skills, BPO companies or call-centers accept undergraduates on a part-time basis and pay fairly well.
If this doesn't appeal to you, working as a part-time waiter or barista in restaurants and coffee chains can be a good idea too. They not only offer better pay in general, but also give you a chance to earn extra from tips and get some free snacks or drinks in between.
2. Sell your old books and stuff
You probably have a good deal of these unused books and unwanted clothes and trinkets, but chances are, someone out there is willing to pay you a bit of money for them. Organise a garage sale, or set up shop on online classified like OLX. You may not end up earning much, but you can use the money you garner to set up a small shop, or as start-up funds for a small crafts venture.
3. Engage in college research work
If you study in a university that gives it professors the time and resources to publish research, some of them will need research assistants, and if you're willing to be persistent and ask, that someone could be you. The pay is unlikely to be glorious, but nothing beats the convenience of being able to stay at school, cultivate relationships with faculty and gain valuable academic experience while on your job.
Some schools also offer undergraduate research funds, which can help defray some of the costs of living in exchange for research work.
4. Join competitions or apply for competitive scholarships
Here we mean to use the term "competitions" liberally: it could literally be everything and anything that offers some sort of prizes for doing well. This could be as niche as cosplay competitions or as broadly appealing as eating or singing competitions, but the point is, if you're good at something, or if you're at least willing to try hard and maybe embarrass yourself on the way, there are competitions out there that are willing to pay you substantial amounts of money.
5. Start a small-scale, low start-up business from your dorm or home
This is the dream for many young students seeking financial independence, but it's a path that few are able to take, much less finish, because of the constraints. It's incredibly time and energy consuming, and will require capital with the associated risks on your part (plus, of course, the complications of doing business in the Philippines if you don't have someone pulling strings for you), but the rewards both in terms of money and experience are boundless. It's not a path we recommend if you're on a tight budget, but if you have a bit to spare, and if you have confidence in your idea, then it's worth a shot–just don't let it get in the way of your academics.
When you thought of visiting the capital of South Korea, universities were probably not on top your list. Authentic bibimbap, Korean BBQ, temples, K-pop and funky stores probably were, and we're not here to take them out–they do remain central to the Korean tourist experience. We're here simply to add to that list some of the most frequently overlooked sight in Seoul: universities. They are, in a word, gorgeous, and we suppose that's not too surprising, given the Korean attention to aesthetic quality, and the sheer amount of resources they pour into education.
Ewha Women's University
A rather exotic sounding name, yes, but the Ewha Women's University campus combines strikingly modern architecture, with a good balance of natural elements and western university architecture. Its central plaza or stairway, in particular, leaves something for visitors to remember.
The surrounding area is also worth a visit for the great shopping and food choices–there's clearly merit for the Ewha campus receiving a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor, and it's a place that's worth at least a stop.
You can get to the campus using Line 2 of the Seoul Metro, at Ewha Women's University Station.
The university that I daresay out-Ivys the Ivies, Yonsei University creates an appealing blend of traditional western university architecture and a modern spring to it. Its stone buildings are pretty enough, but what makes Yonsei special is the amount and manner of using greenery, in a style that is reminiscent of the University of Chicago's, except better and more grand. Visiting during the fall would be best, with varying shades of red and brown highlighting the Yonsei's great use of natural elements.
You can get to Yonsei by taking Line 2 and getting off at Sinchon Station, which is also near to Sogang University and the Hyundai Department Store.
The famous tune that fills Araneta and the MOA Arena at the end of every Ateneo game, the Ateneo de Manila University's school hymn, "A Song for Mary," is roughly based on the song O'Canada (which eventually became the Canadian Anthem in the 1980s) and had its lyrics composed by alumni Raul Manglapus.
Below, you can find the lyrics, and the piano sheet, which also has chords you can use for guitar with it.
Now all is still where Loyola’s colors fly.
Our course is run and the setting sun ends Ateneo’s day.
Eyes are dry at the last goodbye; this is the Ateneo way.
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!
rememb’ring still, how the bright Blue Eagles fly.
Through joys and tears, through the laughing years,
we sing our battle song:
Win or lose, it’s the school we choose;
this is the place where we belong!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!
Piano Sheet Music in PDF and Chords: Document and Download Link
For those of you who are totally new to the game, or are coming off relationships in high school and are already experienced in these matters, you might ask: what's the difference? Your parents will still ask uncomfortable questions of you if you happen to come home too late into the night, or if you spend too much time with your significant other.
There really are differences though, and they often go unnoticed because we've come to take them for granted:
You have a lot more freedom to do what you want in college
Mom and Pop may certainly be unhappy about you coming home (however sober you are) at 3AM in the morning or the disproportionate amount of time that you spend going around the city and beyond with someone, but at this point in life your parents should more or less have realised that there is only so much they could do. Expect to see ever greater amounts of trust and an increasingly hands-off approach from your folks. Having a date as far north as the misty rolling hills of Batanes or staying meeting your partner's parents won't raise as many eyebrows anymore. This being said though, they will probably still be curious about what's going on in your life and will constantly ask questions.
There's usually a wider pool
Unlike in high school where pretty much everyone knows everyone, in college, pretty much everyone does not know everyone beyond a mere acquaintance. Classes tend to be less personally engaging and its hard to meet people outside of your major if you're the sort who goes to college only to go to class. While this may not seem like such a good thing if you're looking for a date, it actually is, especially if you're savvy enough to take advantage of the vastly greater amount of people you can meet in college if you tried. The thing is, people outside of your usual routines are actually the ones you should consider to be "dateable" instead of the ones you expect to see on a consistent basis for the rest of your college career. It makes friendships and academics less awkward while ensuring that break-ups are not going have consistent reminders coming up your face in your classes and hangouts.
What you do to spend time is not the same
In high school, perhaps the usual movie dates or dinner would likely have been fine. That was the expectation, and it was only puppy love (mostly) really, what else could you do? In college, things tend to change for many people, not because going to the movies or doing a dinner are "too cool" or "high school-ish" for them, but simply because the dynamics of college dating is a different thing. A lot of times, just having personal time for both of you, perhaps watching something on Netflix or an intimate chat in a calm bar or restaurant is what's ideal. Tastes and expectations just change, and having quality time spent together as opposed to the almost-formalities of dinner or the movies that sort of grow on you.
So it's college, you're probably 18 (or getting there), and you're about to start drinking alcohol. Many of you are understandably in the dark about the topic, considering a lack of alcohol awareness and education campaigns, and the most information you've probably received consists of anecdotes you've picked up from just about everywhere.
We're here to help you though, and give you a brief overview of what alcohol there is out there, in the hope that you won't look so embarrassingly unaware when you eventually start drinking, and, hopefully, you'll drink more responsibly.
The clear favourite for both young and not-so-young adult drinkers alike because of its affordability and accessibility, beer is what we call the "basic" drink for anyone who is being introduced to alcohol culture. Aside from the flavoured ones, it tastes slightly bitter and is not considered a strong alcohol, with alcohol contents ranging in the single digits only. It would also take quite a lot of beer for most people to get seriously drunk, even in the case of harder beers like Red Horse.
Famous brands include, of course, San Miguel, which offers a variety of beers from light low calorie versions to more refined brews like the Cerveza Negra. Red Horse and Colt 45 are on the stronger side, and have an alcohol content of roughly 7%.
Rum is a sugarcane product-based alcohol that is popular with many Central and South American countries. It's normally the strong liquor of choice for Filipino drinkers, the most famous of which would be Tanduay and Emperador. Rum usually has a 35-40% alcohol content, but is still fairly affordable in here, meaning on one hand that you can buy more, and on the other that you can drink more. It certainly tastes a bit more harsh, compared to lighter drinks like beer, and if you don't know your limits yet, this that you have to watch out for.
Rounding our list up would be gin, considering that other alcohols like Vodka, Whiskey, Cider, and of course, our proudly local drinks like Lambanog, are not as widely available or consumed. Gin is considered a spirit, meaning it was probably distilled and that it has a higher alcohol content, in this case somewhere between 40-50%. The most popular brand is by far Ginebra San Miguel.
Now gin is quite a strong liquor that you have to be careful with, as it could get you drunk (even passed out) easily because of its high alcohol content. Roughly five shot sized drinks in a short space of time would get you drunk in some way, and even more could be dangerous, depending on your tolerance.
So you happen to have a video of your friend, or your dog, that would make a perfect reaction GIF. You upload it on a GIF maker, download the GIF file and you're happy, but the moment you send it to your friends with a smirk on your face, you're instantly deflated. You get a still, and no one thinks it's funny.
This is a common conundrum for tech-savvy college students and smartphone holding adults alike. But the solution that we've personally tested to have worked–odd as it is–is pretty simple:
1. Get on a GIF optimizer
The biggest reason why these GIFs do not work is that they are far too big. Upload your GIF file to an optimizer online (the one we used while testing was ezGIF).
2. Tinker with it until you get to a file size that's ideally under 100 KB (Though file sizes up to 160 should work too)
Crop, reduce colors, reduce frames, do what it takes. Cut and deface your GIF until it reaches a usable size of roughly 100-ish KB, which shows up every time you try to optimize it.
3. Download on your phone using your Facebook Messenger or Email.
This just makes sure that you get the GIF as a GIF, not a JPEG file.
4. Go to your stickers gallery and hit the gear sign
This should lead you to the custom stickers page. Click the plus sign and add your sticker!
Home to four prominent higher education institutions, UP, Ateneo, Miriam College and PSBA, plus a host of other schools like CCA and Kostka, Katipunan Avenue is a prime location for any restaurant that serves food which appeals to young palates, in contrast to some swankier, more refined places.
As a student hub that serves people on what could be occasionally tight allowances, the food that can be found here is also affordable in general, when you consider the relative quality they give you, which is why it draws people so long disposed of college back time and again.
With this, we’ve picked a handful of restaurants, some relatively obscure, that may tickle your fancy when you pass by this area at some time.
Found on the far end of Katipunan, closer to Quirino Memorial Hospital, Banapple is a bakeshop-cafe that serves cakes, pastries and regular meals. It’s meals and pastries are known for their large portions, and for being quite heavy, sometime to the point of being overwhelming, so it’s a good place to drop by on a lazy weekend.
It has grown much since its inception. From a quaint hole in the wall it now has a large store just across its old one to serve it’s growing clientele. Sandwicheese, just beside the old Banapple, has the same owners.
Found near: Sbarro Head Office, past Quirino Memorial.
Budget: 300-400 per person
Cafe Sweet Inspirations
Cafe Sweet Inspirations is a favourite of teachers and others on the wrong side of thirty in Katipunan. Despite first impressions, it’s main draw isn’t actually its cakes and pastries, but its long standing Mongolian Buffet, which is reasonably priced.
Found near: Teriyaki Boy Katipunan.
Budget: 150-250 Pesos. More if you want to have a buffet.
Again, the ones older ones might appreciate this more. Wooden Spoon is a restaurant run by the Sandy Daza, whose famous mother, Nora Daza, would be recognised only by those of us who have been around for quite a while.
Don’t let that give you the impression that the food here is strictly traditional Filipino. Far from it. Wooden Spoon’s dishes are equally creative and delightful. Highlights of the menu are Chef Sandy's Stuffed Pechay and horrendously sinful Dinuguang Bagnet.
Found Beside: Ilocos Empanada and TLC tutorial center, before the blue bridge that connects Regis Center to Ateneo.
Budget: Around 400 per person
Photo Credit: http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/ba/ba/ef/wooden-spoon.jpg
On to more wallet-friendly options, Rodic’s is a de-facto institution in the University of the Philippines, where its food is celebrated as central to the UP experience. It’s a pretty small place, but its tapa packs quite a punch. Great for a quick stop over during lunch.
Found in: UP Shopping Center, inside UP Diliman’s Campus
Budget: 80-90 Pesos per person
Photo Credit: http://www.pinoyroadtrip.com/2013/10/food-tripping-at-up-diliman-tapsilog-at.html
For students that want more traditional Japanese fare (you know, like, not katsu) for a fairly reasonable price, Roku fits the bill, with decent Ramen, Sushi and other Japanese foods. The problem is it’s not exactly straightforward to find, and the elevators going there are cramped to say the least. Not for big gatherings.
Found at the upper floors of Oracle Residences.
If you do want Katsu though, Katsu Cafe, also in the area, is a good choice.
Budget: 250 pesos per person
Photo Credit: http://flyinglamon.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/roku-ramen-and-sushi/
Xocolat is a very chocolate-centric place that smatters cocoa on just about anything it touches, just like PB & Co. at Regis, which does pretty much the same thing, only with peanut butter. Favorites would of course include their chocolate cakes and drinks, plus an oddly appetising Chicken Pasta with chocolate. A must visit for chocolate lovers.
Found at Gonzalez Street, which can be reached by taking the nearest right after Rustan’s.
Budget: Upwards of 250 per person
Photo Credit: Signedbyroxci
A great pig-out place, even for those who don’t exactly do so quite often, Zark’s is a very manly hangout (it’s decorations & menu are also centered around basketball and baseball) burger diner that sells some pretty greasy, yet delicious food, so much so that even not-so-manly customer from Miriam College and Kolehiyalas from UP and ADMU drop by quite often. It’s also an affordable place to eat in.
The star of the Zark’s experience is its famed ‘tombstone’ a two pound cheeseburger covered in cheese, which is 8 Quarter Pounders worth of meat. What’s more, it comes with a shocking amount of fries. 300 grams to be exact. Definitely not for the weak of heart.
Found on the second floor of the building near Pizza Hut and Serenitea.
Budget: Just around 150 pesos per person
Photo Credit: The Pickiest Eater
Infographic: International Student Origins and Destinations, plus their Effect on the US Economy
We've just released a new infographic on international students who are studying in the USA. The data was taken from the IIE, or the Institute for International Education, based on 2013 figures. The infographic contains the following statistics:
Top 5 Countries with the Most International Students in the US
Top 6 Destination Universities for International Students
Sources of Funds
1. Personal and Family: 63.6%
2. Institutional Aid: 20.7%
3. Foreign Government or Institution: 7.1%
4. Employment: 5.3%
5. Foreign Sponsor: 1.1%
All in all, International students contributed $2.4 Billion to the US Economy
If you've spent any amount of time on this site, you probably had yourself wondering at some point just what the hell all these terms and acronyms mean. We know it's confusing, especially with such an overwhelming amount of terms in use, so we made this list of definitions to help you out.
University of the Philippines
Ateneo de Manila University