๐™ฑ๐šข ๐š๐šŠ๐š‹๐š’๐šŽ ๐šƒ. ๐™ท๐š’๐š™๐šž๐š•๐šŠ๐š—
๐š‚๐š‚๐šƒ-๐™ธ๐™ธ, ๐šƒ๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šŠ๐š ๐™ฝ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š—๐šŠ๐š• ๐š‚๐šŒ๐š’๐šŽ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ ๐™ท๐š‚
๐šƒ๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šŠ๐š ๐™ฒ๐š’๐š๐šข ๐™ณ๐š’๐šŸ๐š’๐šœ๐š’๐š˜๐š—

โ€œ๐™„ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ’๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™ช๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™›๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ.โ€

My mother was a babysitter (or yaya), my father was a farmer, and I am the youngest of six siblings. In my elementary years (2000-2006), I experienced what real pain was! I had to walk some distance to take a bath in a stream. I sold candies and cassava cakes to provide for my “baon.” I did my homework without electricity, using only the dimmed light of an old-fashioned kerosene-fueled lamp that often turned my nose into a soot depository in the morning. I felt like I was living in an ancient civilization.

At school, my classmates often mocked my unkempt uniform and messy get-up. I endured this embarrassment for six years, with all the disappointments weighing me down. I did not sulk at the corner, though. I chose to rise above the pains and let everyone know what I could do. It enabled me to develop greater compassion and determination to succeed.

During my high school years (2006-2010), I continued bathing in the stream, walked a kilometer to school, studied under the same lamp, and sold candies. I spent my Saturdays selling vegetables around the town. Dried fish and young coconut were the stuff of our dinners.

Nevertheless, I completed my secondary education with flying colors. I became strong. I have grown and bloomed. I never harbored guilt feelings nor blamed anyone despite the seasons of poverty, sickness, and loneliness.

In college (2010-2012), my parents were already in their 60s and getting weaker by the day. I realized I could no longer allow them to work harder to support me financially, so I had to quit school. I was sickly too. I had to stay in bed for a month because of it. Added to these burdens were the mental sickness in my family, the abject poverty, and episodes of losing hope.

But the agony continues. As a college student, I worked for a company for almost four years, working during the day and going to school at night. On some occasions, I skipped dinner to come to school on time. College life is not easy, unlike the good times we often see on TV or in movies.

Michelle Obama said that nobody gets into college without help. It rang true for me because I, too, needed help from many people. I am proud to say I was a working college student. I even went as far as doing laundry services for my boss and earning some money for my needs. Indeed, my college life was the hardest of my journey.

Life may be unfair for some, but not for me. God designs a fair plan for His children, and everything will fall into place when we follow it.

Finishing college and reaching goals is not easy, and it gives no guarantee of a good life for lazy ones – precisely because success requires patience, perseverance, and a lot of creativity.

Nelson Mandela said that education is a weapon that can change the world. Thus, I used education to change my world and probably the world of others I may encounter in my profession.

๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…ณ
NB. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ, ๐’๐’๐’-๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’, ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’‰๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”, ๐’๐’†๐’˜๐’”, ๐’‡๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’”, ๐’๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”, ๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’“๐’†๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‘๐’–๐’ƒ๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‘๐‘ฌ๐’… ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚โ€™๐’” ๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’˜๐’†๐’ƒ๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’”. ๐‘จ๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’ ๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚๐’• (๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‘๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’”) ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’—๐’Š๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† (๐‘ท๐‘ด) ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’“ ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’• ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜‚_๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ@๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ.๐—ฝ๐—ต