Everything has finally come to be. From the days of women fighting for suffrage to now fighting against manspreaders, we are now living in a world of progress, a world that is never politically incorrect. Most especially, we now have a basis for the degree of our problems and opinions—a privilege checklist.
According to Buzzfeed, which is known for actively speaking out for the victims of mansplainers, manspreaders, and the underprivileged unpaid interns, being in an elite university is a privilege. And indeed it is. All DLSU students have probably heard it before, “You’re so lucky to be studying in such a prestigious university!” And truly, every time we hear this, it’s an eye-opener.
To remind you of this privilege, The LaSallian has created a privilege checklist according to those who aren’t from the university. To remove bias, we have interviewed people about Lasallians privileges that they do not have. While mindlessly heading to your next class, pressing elevator buttons while other students have to take flights of stairs, perhaps this privilege checklist can help reaffirm and validate you to make you feel better about yourself. Or not.
The first thing that definitely comes to mind when one brings up DLSU is that all the students are well-off, even including the scholars. DLSU has been categorized as sosyal whose students come from high profile families. A good number of the student population are also student models and entrepreneurs.
From having at least P1000 allowance (or more) per day to being able to be a part of It social circles, Lasallians’ share a privilege that comes in the form of being invited to free events, having five different white sneakers, and having an optional college degree even when you already own your father’s business anyway.
“It’s sad that La Salle is such an elitist school. Only one-fourth of the population are scholars. In UP, everyone is!” says bitter friend.
Whether we like it or not, being in DLSU is a privilege that screams “I can afford a prestigious university!” Once you call yourself a Lasallian, it is automatic that you are financially capable and definitely an RK (rich kid). Wallow in it.
“DLSU students are so lucky all their subjects are easy,” says student who has it worse*. While they work hard to get a 2.5 GWA, DLSU students get a 4.0 GPA just by watching videos and attending at least two classes. This spoon-feeding from daily reminders of the deadline to being able to have a formula sheet is definitely a privilege shared by all Lasallians. This is why having a trimestral system with full loads every term is no excuse for being stressed over an easy college life.
Another reason not to complain is being able to pick professors. DLSU students never have to worry about terror profs. With the infamous Facebook group DLSU Profs to Pick (and Avoid), non-DLSU students are amazed at how their friends even complain.
“I just get so offended when they do [complain about profs],” says bitter friend who doesn’t know anything because he doesn’t go to La Salle*. “They could’ve chosen a good prof,” he adds.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a dean’s lister or not either, you will always have the privilege to look up your profs and choose when you can. “Almost all my DLSU friends are dean’s listers. Their classes are so easy!” he observes.
On the other hand, another privilege, according to nosy Blue neighbor* is that students can always bribe their profs into passing. This rumor indeed has been spreading beyond Taft, but while it’s just a rumor, it is no surprise if it is actually true because if Lasallians can afford the tuition, then they can definitely afford a few extra bucks.
“They have the money to do it,” she says. “That’s why my neighbor’s daughter who always failed in high school is now a dean’s lister. They can buy their way into anything.”
DLSU students aren’t just privileged in the classrooms; their numerous benefits extend to the outside as well. The students hardly ever notice that the numerous opportunities to bond and socialize are practically given by the school on a silver platter. One foreign exchange student in particular noted the “selective blindness” of the students regarding this privilege.
“It makes me want to hurl,” Pers C. Jack, (II, MKT) confessed. “I pass by so many people in SJ walk, and every day I hear ‘Where do you want to eat?’ ‘I don’t know’, over and over again. It drives me nuts. Do you know how many people would kill to have the choices an average DLSU student has? You’ve got Agno, Archer’s, U-mall… and you’d rather eat at Mcdo for an entire week? You guys are insane.”
DLSU students aren’t just blessed in the way of restaurants and eateries. DLSU only has four school days so students always have the chance to celebrate every Thursday. Despite the fact that Happy T means celebrating the weekend, non-DLSU students take offense in those who complain about them joining Happy T.
“I just don’t get it. So what if we’re not Lasallians? It’s our choice to go. They don’t own Taft! No wonder people call them elitists,” says an outsider who joins Happy T even when he has school the next day and he could totally party on a Saturday instead.
But for those who don’t want to leave the comforts of the school, there’s an option for that, too. There isn’t any shortage of hangouts in La Salle, and students are extremely privileged that they have access to it during the long school hours.
“Well, students could stay in the beanbag areas in the library and LS building,” Pers added. “They shouldn’t even complain if the beanbag beads are falling out.” And, indeed, the tuition fee we pay are for more than enough privileges to complain about beanbags and escalators that don’t work.
In the rise of privilege checklists and political correctness, Lasallians can’t help but ask, “Are we actually privileged?” Whether these privileges are kept in mind or just fleeting thoughts, the truth is, they could be a curse.
“I feel so ashamed for being privileged,” admits Lasallian student with three Cartier love bracelets and an iPhone 8. “I wish I weren’t privileged anymore so I would finally have the right to complain!”
At the end of the day, the sad reality is that privilege is not always a good thing. Sure, you have a Chevrolet that you obviously didn’t work hard for, but you are still constantly called an RK, an elitista, or someone who hasn’t been shown the reality of the world.
We Lasallians face the harsh comments and we just have to accept them because they’re true. Instead, what we should do is stay silent and just nod. No matter how hard our struggles are, only those who are underprivileged and pushed to the brinks of society should be allowed to complain of having it bad.