Chapter 8: Rizal at the Dominican University of the Philippines
Rizal’s completion of the Bachiller en Artes at Ateneo Municipal entitled him for admission to higher studies in a university. Although her mother opposed to Rizal’s pursuit of higher education for fear of what might happen to him due to the martyrdom of Gomburza, Don Francisco decided to send him to UST, the Dominican university of the Philippines.
Enrollment at the University of Santo Tomas
✓ Rizal was uncertain of what course to pursue. His former Jesuit mentors suggested he took up priesthood or farming. Rizal considered literature, law and medicine. His brother, Paciano, discouraged him to take law due to the political conditions of the country that time. ✓ 1887-1888. During his freshman year, he took up Philosophy and Letters because it was the course his father wanted and that he was not able to solicit advice from Father Ramon Pablo, the rector of Ateneo, who was at Mindanao that time. ✓ He took up courses on Cosmology, Metaphysics, Theodicy, and History of Philosophy ✓ He also enrolled in a surveying course in Ateneo were he was conferred the title on November 25, 1881 since he was underage at the time he passed the final examination. ✓ After freshman year, he shifted to medicine because he was advised by Father Ramon to take up this course and because he wanted to cure her mother who already had failing eyesight. Academic Performance at UST
✓ Rizal’s academic records from 1878 to 1882 attest to his mediocre performance at UST. ✓ Three factors to his performance can be traced: the hostility of the Dominican professors to Rizal;racial discrimination, and obsolete and repressive method of instruction at UST. ✓ Other 3 reasons are: Medicine is not really Rizal’s vocation; dissatisfaction with the Dominican system of education; and exciting distractions of youth. He also met Segunda Katigbak during this time but after learning that...