Break and other Shifts: Sync Here the Contests


Many of my classmates and orgmates were asking a few weeks back whether or not the shift in academic calendar of UP Diliman will be pushed through.

I don’t know why they kept on asking about it. Well, it concerns them and us after all.

The questions about it were turned into like an educational discussions among classmates and orgmates. Sharing insights and thoughts about it could help to know everyone’s opinion about it regardless of whether the negative and positive sides will be heard by the Board of Regents or not.

Some of my classmates were actually positive about the changes. When they realized the importance of the shift, they would just agree.

Basically, the number one reason for the shift is the synchronization of UP academic calendar to the calendar of other universities and colleges abroad, particularly in South East Asia. SEA universities start their classes in August while some in September. Looking the shift into a much bigger area, UP academic calendar will be synchronize to the calendars of American and European universities and colleges. Hence, this would encourage more exchange student programs, opportunities to study abroad, academic and research training in other well-known universities and scholarship opportunities.


Aside from synchronization purposes, the shift in the academic calendar would help to: (1) Continue the academic activities without breaks and (2) Lessen the class suspensions due to rains and storms.

The first purpose is in relation to the separate semestral break and Christmas break. With the shift in the academic calendar, the momentum when the class starts will not be interrupted. Now, everybody is following the ‘traditional’ calendar where the semester ends in October, then starts the second semester in November and another end for Christmas break in December. If the shift will be pushed through, semestral and Christmas break will be same that will fall, of course, in December. So, academic activities will run from August to the second half of December without breaks.

The second purpose came up from the fact the June and July are rainy seasons. This would lessen the possibility of class suspensions at the beginning of the new semester and prevention of diseases among students.

Academic calendar2

The Contests

Though majority of my classmates agreed to the shift, we cannot hide the fact that it has also disadvantages (of course!).

According to the memorandum about the shift emailed to students, one of the major students is the operational concerns. These concerns involved the UPCAT, the schedule of the traditional activities such as the Lantern Parade and Oblation Run, and the adjustment to the PRC Board Examinations among those students who will take it.

Morever, some contended that the country had experienced major storms and typhoons in the months of August to September such as Ondoy and Pepeng.

But, the most dramatic reason that some are negative about the shift is the fact that there would be no more sunflowers along the University Avenue when they graduate (when!). April and May, according to the calendar with shift, are part of the second semester. If that would be the case, the graduation will fall in June, a wet season. Jokingly some said that water lilies will be planted along the avenue.

Whether the (shit) shift will be continued or not, the important is that no students will be interrupted with their education and that all of us will graduate (with diploma) with or without sunflowers.

Reference: – Emailed by the UP College of Mass Communication Student Council


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