Going back to school

Today is the first day of classes for the Master in Public Governance (MPG) program at the West Visayas State University where I had enrolled as a freshman for the 2nd semester.
I had hesitated about going back to school for post-graduate work. At the age of 51, I am old enough to be a father for most of my classmates. And in my manner of speaking, I might be a little rusty for classroom work. It’s been a long time since I sat for long stretches at a time inside a classroom.
But learning doesn’t really stop for every person. After serving as provincial administrator for nine years, I realized there are still wide gaps in my knowledge about public administration. My tenure at the Capitol sharpened my management skills, but it was more of an “ouido” approach to learning.
I can definitely make good use of an academic exercise in reconciling theory with practice, and nothing brings a better opportunity than doing a master’s in this field. I will also be able to share my hands-on experience to enhance the classroom discussions as well as enrich my own knowledge with those of my professors and classmates.
This program will compel me to pursue a structured approach to learning for the next two years. I’m sure the new knowledge will be greatly useful in future endeavors in the field of public service.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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