College is a big move from the chill high school life to an adolescent life filled with responsibilities and requirements. For some, the move can be literal, like moving from one place to another just to have the high quality college education. Education is indeed an investment and college has to be the most important one. If you are a graduating student from Bohol and looking forward to studying in Cebu, one of the best universities in Cebu is the University of San Jose-Recoletos.
The University of San Jose-Recoletos or USJ-R is a Catholic educational institution that aims for holistic development of its students. It has geared itself up with the high-tech facilities like air conditioning, campus-wide Wi-Fi connectivity, LCD projectors in all the classrooms, flat screen televisions, latest computers, and many more to aid in the full potential development of the students. It is also grounded in Christian values to produce students who will have a heart to lead and serve the people. Administrators, faculty members, and the students show respect to students from other religions, too. The university has student activities to complete the holistic development. With innovative facilities and a wonderful Josenian culture, your success will surely be molded the right way in USJ-R.
Successful Josenian Professionals
USJ-R is the alma mater of famous newscasters like Rico Lucena, Vilma Andales, and Leo Lastimosa. Rico Lucena and other local news personalities often teaches some of the Mass Communication classes. USJ-R employs practitioners who are excellent at their fields. The celebrity Diva Montelaba and the beauty queen Jamie Herrell also studied in the university.
This ultimate guide is tailored specially for the students coming from Bohol. Let’s face it. Graduation will still be in March, but today is the best day to start preparing for your college life. If you want to spend your amazing college days in USJ-R, there are many things you should know about life in the university and life in Cebu. Good thing, we are able to trim them down simply for you.
Becoming Part of USJ-R
So, first things first. Getting there would be the first on your list. You will need to travel thrice. First, is for the entrance examination (which you will learn about a little later), second for the enrollment, and third for the first day of classes (yay!). For those who have not been to Cebu, be mindful of these reminders:
- The regular fare for Cebu-Tagbilaran/Tagbilaran-Cebu route is Php 525.00 via Supercat. This rate is as of the writing of this article. To check on rate changes, you may want to visit their website at www.supercat.com. An additional Php 25.00 is required for the terminal fee.
- It is best to bring your parents along on the first two travels. As someone new to the city, you may need to get acquainted with how things work first. Your parents could also help you better understand some of the paperworks for school.
- If you do not have a relative’s home that you can stay at, you may rent rooms from the cheap hotels in downtown area. The recommended hotels you can stay at are GV Tower Hotel (starts at Php 525) and Hotel Sogo (starts at Php 725). You may not always need to book a hotel room. Only book if the processing of papers would take overnight, which is not a common case.
- If your parents wants you to put you on a secure house and lot or condo within Cebu city, you may check this house and lot in Guadalupe Cebu City or simply contact an agent from www.Provest.ph (Landline 2601899, Cellphone 09321953491) to guide you.
- From the pier, take a cab and tell the driver to take you to USJ-R Main Campus. Do not forget to mention Main Campus because USJ-R has a campus in Basak, Pardo.
The university usually offers free rides from the different piers in the Cebu Port to the campus before the start of classes. Check on www.facebook.com/usjr.ssc if they have free rides offer for the school year you are starting in and the schedule of the free rides. All you need is to present your ID, in your case, your study load will do, to get a ride from the school buses.
One of the requirements from freshmen is the results of the entrance examinations. Entrance examinations for freshmen usually start in December. You must bring Php 300.00 examination fee Entrance Examinations are usually taken at the Guidance Office. It is on the ground floor of the St. Augustine building. You may ask one of the friendly students in San Jose for specific directions.
Enrollment Requirements and Overview on Procedures
To enroll in a course, you must bring the following:
- High School Card and NCAE Results
- Entrance test Results
- 2 pieces 2×2 picture
- Certificate of Good Moral Conduct
- Original copy of NSO birth certificate
- Enrollment fee of Php 1,500.00
Procedures vary from different colleges, but you may start by submitting your requirements to the college that offers your course and ask for an enrollment form. You will not be allowed to enroll if there is anything lacking in your requirements. You won’t worry because an Enrollment Assistance table is always there during enrollments and the working students in different offices are always welcoming to all your inquiries. The first office will most likely let you know where you will go next and the next office will do the same thing. If they miss to inform you, you can always ask.
There are only a few tailoring shops that are authorized to make the uniforms and they are always visible on the lobby during enrollment. One set which means one blouse, one skirt, and a necktie costs Php1,500.00. New students are required to present the receipt of their uniforms before they can print their study load. The blouses have long sleeves because the rooms are air-conditioned. Only nude/black foot socks are allowed. No more ankle-length white socks, please.
Also, freshmen are usually required to wear their uniforms third week after the first day of class. Please keep posted through posted announcements or announcements flashed on the television screen on the lobby.
For the PE Uniforms, they are available at the university bookstore at a total of around Php 500.00 for a set. Prices can change after the writing of this article so it is best to check the bookstore at the ground floor of the university.
Books are required for most general education subjects like English, Math, Religious Education, etc. They are given at the first or second week of classes. They can be purchased at the bookstore. Do not forget to fill out the order slips that can be found near the counter. Books can range from Php 200-500.
Snacks and Meals
The canteen is the main source of food in the university. There are stores selling meals and kiosks selling snack food. Budget meals (1 viand + 1 cup of rice +/or drink) costs at the most Php 50.00. You can always try out the cheaper Carinderias outside the school like inside Freedom Park where you can get a full meal at Php 25.00, but the risk is yours to take. For snacks, you can choose from the usual snack food inside the canteen or spend just Php 10.00 for a banana cue or peanuts just outside the school. They taste good and can suffice for your snacks.
From USJ-R to SM, you will ride a jeepney with number sign 12G. You will just wait in front of the school – outside Cebu Bazaar or San Jose Bakeshop. This will stop in the SM PUJ Terminal. Fare is just Php 8.00. Take the same jeepney going back.
Going to Ayala is a bit tricky. You can either take one or two rides. If you wish to take just one ride, you will have to walk to McDonalds in front of Metro Colon or you can wait across Unitop. From there, you take 14D. The stop is inside Ayala PUJ Terminal. If you wish to take two rides because you do not yet know how to get to Metro Colon, first take 07B, 06B, or 17B outside the school (the road where the banana cue vendors are). Stop in Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital and take the 14D jeepney there. Going back, take 14D and stop in Bo’s Coffee in Capitol and take 07B, 06B, or 17B.
To go to and from the Basak Campus where you will be having your PE classes, take the 9G jeepney on the side of the school facing San Jose Bakeshop. Do not cross the street, just wait on that side. Take the same jeepney going back. The university buses also offer rides to and from the Basak Campus. Schedules are posted on the buses waiting at the parking area of the school. Purchase your tickets at the bookstore before taking the ride.
Josenians College Life Tips
Classrooms – In your studyload, you will find the room numbers of your classes. The first digit signifies the floor of your room. For example, your room number is 429. It is located on the fourth floor. It will be easier to find the rooms once you are on the right floor because room numbers are just on top of the doors.
Guidance Slips – First years have guidance classes. On the guidance classes in the first semester, you are required to attend various activities like Pakighimamat, School Tour, Convocation, etcetera. These activities have attendance slips. You should keep these slips. Do not bring them around. Once you got them, keep them in a safe place in your room to avoid losing them. To be safe, photocopy the slips. Once you lose just one of them, you will have to retake Guidance 1 or 2.
Organizations – Each degree program has its own organization. These organizations organize acquaintance parties, Christmas parties, Team Buildings, Outreach Programs, etc. Make sure you know what organization you belong to. Ask your department for details. If you can, you may also ask for the contact number of the president of your organization. Attend general assemblies and be an active member.
Studying – College is not high school. The happy-go-lucky lifestyle will not get you through college. So, make studying a habit. Do not cram nor cheat off an exam. Study as much as you can for each subject every day. Do not prioritize online gaming or hanging out with friends. You may, but once a week or twice a month is already enough. Your parents sent you to college to study, not tour the city.
Taking Notes – Unlike high school, your professor will not tell you to “copy this, copy that.” You will rely on your own initiative what and what not to copy. Do not copy everything. Only copy those that are necessary. Try to jot down some important stuff that the professor said during discussion. Most test answers come from the mouth of the teachers themselves.
School Supplies – You just need a binder, and you’re good to go. No need for one notebook per subject. Have trusty ballpens, highlighters, a pad of paper, and a correction ink. If there are more supplies required, do not worry. There are five school supplies store outside the school and a bookstore inside. Just cross the street and you can find People’s Educational Supply, two Visayan Supply stores, and Victory. They sell all sorts of school supplies at a very low price. For the quick needs like papers, bond papers, or ballpens, they are available on the candy vendors alongside the banana cue vendors.
Push Messaging System – To get trusted updates, sign up on http://login.iskwelahan.com/usjr for the university’s push messaging system. They will update you if there are no classes and if there are special notifications or events.
Follow Rules – You will be required to read the school rules upon enrollment. Make sure you remember them, and follow them. It is complicated to violate a rule, and you’ll get some good scolding if you do. The most common violations of students are colored hair, long hair (for the men), shoes with too many embellishments, not leather shoes, wearing jeggings/leggings, and rolling up of sleeves. You can also get a violation for sitting on the stairs or squatting on the hallways. Check the school’s handbooks for the complete guidelines.
Who to approach – If you have inquiries, approach the chairman of your department. You can always ask the working students on the offices for minor inquiries. They will refer you to the chairman if they cannot answer your question. An Information Office can be found on the left side if you are facing the main stairs. The working student on that booth will always be happy to accommodate you.
Professors – The university has a lot of competent professors. You will hear stories from your ates and kuyas about the terror professors, but do not let them scare you. You will always learn the most from the toughest professors. So, take the deep plunge and you will be the best you can be.