Musta Love Life? According to This Study, UP Students Are Very Single
Yes, we know Valentine's day is over, but we have some news for you: It looks like majority of UP students are single.
After surveying 1,200 UP students across UP’s seven campuses as part of a two-year mental health study called “Diwa Mental Health Survey,” UP professor Dr. Ronald Del Castillo found that 67 percent of Iksolar ng Bayan are in fact single.
The UP campus with the most “single” students was UP Diliman. Considering that Quezon City has the largest population of single people in Metro Manila, this is hardly a surprise. UP Visayas and UP Manila followed in second and third place. Meanwhile, UP Cebu had the least amount of single students.
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The study also found that the top five fields with the most “self-reported” single students were natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, and geology); medical and health and allied sciences; social and behavioral sciences; business administration and related fields; and engineering and technology.
Based on the survey, Castillo also found that the most common reported cumulative general weighted average of self-reported single students was between 1.76 and 2.49.
Meanwhile, 28 percent of UP students were “self-reported” to be seriously dating or in a committed relationship (excluding married or partnered persons). Of the population of non-singles in UP, 16 percent identified themselves as bisexual; six percent identified themselves as genderqueer, gender non-confirming, or non-binary; and 23 percent identified themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.
Now, the study didn’t report the reasons behind “self-reported” singledom of the single respondents. Maybe the students are too bogged down with school work to prioritize their love lives, maybe they just preferred to be single, or maybe they just can’t catch a break.
Castillo is still working on a journal article that will better explain the data, but we just want to know one more thing: What about the alumni?
This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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Sometimes we cannot tell anyone what we feel, and think. It's hard especially when you do not want anyone around you to worry. Why not turn your feelings and thoughts into something creative, like a poem? That's what I did several years ago while going through some hard times during my college years.
Here's a sample:
College has started.
I was excited since then.
Meeting new people,
And creating more friends.
Different schedules every semester,
Sometimes overload, sometimes not.
New classmates every subject,
Some may be friends, some may not.
But the excitement disappears
When the pressure gets in.
Stress finds its way
To ruin my system.
Countless sleepless nights
Countless cramming days
When exams are getting nearer
You’ll maybe experience those.
For an average student like me
It’s so hard to settle things.
Though you tried your best,
Still you feel being a failure.
Sometimes giving up became a choice;
Sometimes dropping became an idea.
But what‘s with those ideas?
They’ll never be an option.
The feeling that you want to stop,
The same feeling that you want to finish.
They are all stuck in your mind,
Like you’re giving up but cannot.//
Have you been on this kind of state as well? If yes, I hope you find healing from this. Yes, nothing in this world seems easy but we can still find a way out and deal with our feelings in every creative way we can. Fighting!
Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?