April 19, 2013 is one of the momentous events in my life. Finally, I wear this black & orange toga, (underneath is an off-white Forever 21 dress) and attended graduation rites together with 1,008 graduates of University of the Philippines Manila in PICC. Though I know I already completed my master’s degree last October, still it was wonderful feeling to march and to be recognized that finally after four semesters of joggling studies and work responsibilities, we made it. We completed the 36 units of management courses and surpassed all the challenges of being a working student.
Completing my master’s degree is not just pursuing higher education. It is saying “Yes” to God’s plan and fulfilling His destiny for me. Sounds weird though, but it is… Really… I realized that if God puts a dream into our hearts, He will satisfy it no matter what and how. When I was in high school I dream to go to UP for college, I guess it’s every competitive students dreamed of. But unfortunately I didn’t make it. So I went to PUP instead and forget about my UP dream. Who would have thought that after 10 years, I’ll be “Iskolar ng Bayan” again, this time from the Philippines’ premier institution of higher learning, University of the Philippines Manila.
It is very challenging, but God’s grace sustained me all throughout my two years journey of being a working student. It’s tough to excel both at work and academics, but during these two years, God made everything awesome! 3 out 4 semesters I was recognized as University and College Scholar and completed the course with GWA 1.29. That was a way higher grade when I was in college. I thank God for favor, for the wisdom and strength, for empowering me. Truly, Gods power at work can bring beyond normal breakthroughs in our lives.
Stretching your patience, hard work, knowing your priorities, discipline, balance life, valuing your network, learning humbly, maximizing resources and a dozen of prayers, value of education and love for our country, these are life lessons I’ve learned from this 2 years journey.
I also thank my nanay and my sister who never get tired of supporting me, (aside from allowing me to be excused from household chores). To my Tatay, who will always be my source of motivation and inspiration (coz he is y number one fan). To my ex-boss, Jayson for approving and encouraging me to pursue masters, for Vidal for being so understanding and allowing me to leave early and approving my vacation leaves. To Monsanto, who values higher education and have it in my DPR (and paid half of my tuition fees). To Ate Julie, who never get tired of assisting us in terms of schedules, requirements and administrative stuff. For my professors who share their expertise and life learned lessons to us, for my classmates who share same aspirations and burdens and who eventually became my friends. And finally to UP Manila, for sharing with me the UP brand “Iskolar ng Bayan” and for empowering me to value education and who stirs my heart to do something for our nation. Go Fight!