The University of Baguio Graduate student’s concept of success

Dr. Armando C. Castañeda, PhD
Graduate school


Knowing people’s concept of success may help in understanding their motivations for their actions as human living is purpose driven. This study is aimed to determine the concept of success from among the graduate school students of the University of Baguio. Specifically, it looked into success’s nature; aspects that helped influenced its formulation; the manner it is achievable; and finally their reactions once it is unachieved. The phenomenological method was used in gaining the insights from the respondents through individual interview using the guide questions as well as using questionnaire. The results reveal that as to its nature, success is about achieving a goal through hard work. For a few, success is understood as the capacity to enjoy or being contented. The family is the most influential in the formulation of the concept and to a lesser degree, education the community and one’s free choice. Most respondents believed success could be attained through one’s effort while a few believed it is a matter of natural course. Success is mostly believed to be attained in many ways rather than achieved at the end of one’ life. The respondent’s reaction when success is unachieved is tolerant and accepting of reality. The following conclude the results of the study: there are different existing concepts of success; there are many factors outside the individual other than the family that is now influential in its formulation; the Western view of success, i.e., as a goal to achieve had greater influence as regards the concept of success compared to the Eastern view which comes as a natural outcome; success is very much achievable in the immediate sense and rather than achieved at the end of one’s life, and the respondents’ resilience was apparent amidst their challenges.

Keywords: graduate school students, success, phenomenological method

January 15, 2019
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Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. 42, No. 1 January-June 2018