Despite hard testing, lots of assignments and research papers students still plan to enroll in graduate school.
Opinion Survey Colegiales 2011(OSC) paints a groundbreaking portrait of today’s UPRM students.
By- Sean K. Neal Perez
Color and personality Feature Story
With all of the problems in our Puerto Rico and the constant reminders of unemployment, the expression: “no jobs” and the low salaries that professionals are paid after graduating, you would expect studying satisfaction to be low. Somehow, despite all the negative factors that make headlines, the reality is that most students keep studying!
A UPRM survey, conducted by the English course, “Writing for the communications media” prepared by Dr. Jocelyn A. Geliga Vargas and her students on spring 2011, showed that many of UPRM students plan to enroll in graduate school. Classes and professional training are a way of life for many students. Some even go to summer school to headway towards graduating quicker and get a lead upon other competitive students.
These findings are among 385 undergraduate students from the UPRM. About the survey takers: 59.2% were females, 90.4% were born in Puerto Rico (PR), 91.4% were raised in PR, 36.1% are second year students and 40.3% come from public school experience. This survey takes you inside some typical UPRM actual scenarios and introduces you to the dedicated aspiring professionals who are studying here.
Some key findings include:
- That after finishing collage, 74.2% of the surveyed students have plans to enroll in graduate school while 37.9% plan on entering the workforce.
- And when they were asked if after finishing college they planned to move out of Puerto Rico 41.8% did not know while 37.1% said yes and 21.1% said no. The students that answered yes (142) were asked to indicate why they plan to move out of Puerto Rico after finishing college and 89 choose to enroll in graduate school and 76 to look for a job. This same students answered were they plan to move and 80.7% said United States(U.S.A)
- 73.2% have family members or friends who have migrated to the United States in the last five years. Which 90.7% of them went on the quest to look for jobs opportunities.
- In their opinion, comparing the quality of life in Puerto Rico with the quality of life in the United States 49.5% said is worse and 32.4% said the same.
- 66.3% speak fluent English and 88.2% said Spanish is their first language. 79.2% answered Puerto Rican identity vs. 14.2% Both Puerto Rican and American
The next two paragraphs explain why the survey had these results. And what are the consequences of these decisions.
The bureau of labor statistics in P.R. determines that employment in the year 2010 reflected a drop of 38,000 employees or 3.4% in relation to the year 2009. The average employment of 2010 was 1,089,000 people, it represent the fourth consecutive year with reduction.
According to the statistics Institute of Puerto Rico the characteristics of those who migrated during 2006 and 2007 were people which have an educational level relatively higher than those who reside in Puerto Rico. The probability of those who migrated that has done graduate studies is almost double as a resident of Puerto Rico. This suggests that migrants are often carrying a relatively more developed knowledge. If this phenomenon continues there is the potential that in Puerto Rico there will be an emptiness of people with skills and specialized knowledge. Another characteristic is that this migration tends to be relatively younger, and this could accelerate the ageing of the population of Puerto Rico.
In a balcony at an antique house in Mayagüez were a couple of floating hamacas made perfect scenario for a good moment of honesty and fun chatting/ interviewing Angelia Rivera about craziness at the UPR. She is a third year student who’s raised in Coamo P.R., at 16 years old she became a UPRM student after being rejected by UPRRP in the humanities department because her IGS score did not qualified. And she decided to come to el Colegio were they accepted her in mention department.
Angelia loves investigation, and finds that the degree that she plans to achieve matches with the life style she feels is the best for her, because the study of humanities has a lot of categories which she can do research on to mention some: culture, arts, language, writings and others.
Tough, challenging, dedicated and self taught is how she best describes her academic experience. The career or “job” that Angelia understands best fits for here is one working for an institution, because the art scene in PR is not getting enough support. And will be at lesser risk being employed than rater being self employed, “if I go out of PR I could reconsider this decision” said Angelia convincingly. And also recommends that students get prepared as much as they can, so they could achieve jobs, create their own business and most important make better decisions.
When asked about if she would recommend others studying in the Colegio she says: “well, yes I do recommend people to study in the UPRM” there was a moment of silence and boom, laughter hahahaha. But then she gives a more honest answer which meant to say: “that if students want to chill do not come and study here they will be destroyed with bags under eyes and a lot of time studying and working”. But right now it’s the cheapest alternative and it is consider a prestigious university. But strongly recommended to other students to evaluate other options and investigate, so they can make a good plan. Angelia like some other students participates on extracurricular activities like bomba dancing, makes natural soap, reads poetry and yoga. She explained the importance of these activities which develops memory, health, discipline, passion and physical. Also commented that it’s not easy to balance it with the fact that she is a full time student at el colegio and the insight that she expressed was easy and to the point “you got to set priorities so you can be successful”. Other important tip is the use of the agenda to balance things out and have a better view of what is up.