S.Y. 2016-2017, BS Industrial Psychology
I finished high school while working in my aunt’s sari-sari store in our province. To earn money, I would also make paper roses for special occasions, selling each for 10 PHP. I made crafts through lettering and drawings. I also had other projects for people and accepted whatever amount they were willing to give. When I had some extra money, I would buy ingredients for polvoron, maruya, maja blanca, and other delicacies that I can make and sell them for 5 PHP each in our neighborhood. Through this, I can earn 50 PHP, which becomes my allowance for two days.
My parents used to tell me that I couldn’t go to college because they could not afford it. They advised me to get a job instead to be able to help them out, but this only fanned the flame inside of me to excel in my studies and succeed.
After graduating from high school, I went to Manila with my sister in hopes of getting into college. But when our family got hit by another crisis, I had to go back to Quezon Province and get a part-time job. I eventually found out about the Real LIFE scholarship program when I returned.
During the application process, I went back to school. Unfortunately, my father suffered a heart attack during that time, so I had to go back to the province and work as a sales lady at a glassware store while selling rice cakes on the side. In the midst of my bleak situation, hope arose as my scholarship application with Real LIFE was approved.
I recently graduated from the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology, Cum Laude.
Real LIFE became an avenue where God provided all that I needed in and out of school, empowered me to be a servant leader, and taught me how to make wise decisions and appreciate others. I am grateful for all the love and support I received from my coaches and coordinators even through the hard times.
I hope to get a job in social welfare. I also want to pursue studies in the fields of guidance and counseling for kids.