People tend to naturally adapt and grow better in specific environments. In the same way that some plants thrive in damp places while others are made for extreme heat and dryness, there are students who excel and find their voice in public schools while others shine best in private institutions.
To put it simply: if you’re at a crossroads right now and can’t decide which “soil” would prove to be more fertile for you because both have great potential, here’s a more objective rundown on things to consider in determining your school of choice:
The first and probably most important aspect to consider is how much your studies would cost you and your parents. Having financial security will not only determine your academic performance (imagine the stress from not being able to buy materials for a surprise project) but also affect how you’ll spend time in school. The possibility of having to squeeze in a part-time job to make ends meet will definitely affect your study time. Fortunately, there are numerous scholarships available for students from low-income families to apply for; some covering the costs partially, while others take care of all expenses and even provide allowances.
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By choosing a more costly school, one would naturally expect updated facilities and spaces that are conducive for learning. But you might be surprised that in recent years, public schools have greatly improved its facilities by actively cooperating with LGUs and other non-profit organizations. Many educational organizations and parents continue to work together and show support by donating things like overhead projectors, air-conditioning units and books for public school libraries.
Just bear in mind that it would be a good idea to inquire about the services and equipment that are available in your schools of choice so you can set more most realistic expectations.
- Campus culture
Another important factor to consider when choosing between public and private schools is the culture that the institution reflects as a whole. Some students opt for private schools that’s aligned with specific religious beliefs, while others would feel more comfortable in a non-sectarian environment. And because of the increasing accessibility to private schools through various scholarships, whether you choose a public or private school, you are bound to join a melting pot where you would meet people from all walks of life. This is actually good preparation for when you enter the so-called real world, where your ability to collaborate and interact with others can determine your overall success.
- Programs (Academic and Extracurricular)
Do the academic programs satisfy your long-term goals and develop the skills needed in your chosen career path? How have their programs impacted their alumni’s personal and professional lives? Will you have an organization on campus where your personal interests can be developed and where you can meet others with the same passions as you do? It’s important to have a healthy balance between work and play, so ask questions about the school’s organizations and gauge whether it would be the kind you would join right away.
- Your goals
In the end, it all boils down to what you want to accomplish in this new chapter of your life as a soon-to-be adult. Whichever type of school you go to, consider filling in that school’s gaps in your own way and work around the norms that already exist there. There really is no guarantee that you’ll have a better experience in one place more than you would in another unless you’re willing to make the most of wherever you end up in. Public or private, it will still end up being about what you did and how you performed in these schools that will matter.
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