Heherson is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Diliman, and he is a first year college student at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, majoring in BS Computer Engineering.
Here is his heart-warming letter to us, and to his sponsors:
My parents and I would like to express gratitude for your financial support in my undergraduate studies. We also want to thank you for your kindness to students like me who are in financial need. We appreciate your assistance in pursuing my tertiary education and increasing my chances to succeed in the future.
New learnings and discoveries came aside from the good memories of the first-half of my first year as a Computer Engineering student. My first college days gave me culture shock because I set my foot to an everything-is-new environment. I entered Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila bringing the honor of Siena College, Quezon City, the institution who built my character for five years of my secondary education.
I enjoyed my first experiences at PLM because they had one thing in common: they brought life lessons and learnings. Last July, our school’s ROTC Unit bested different reserve force units in the annual ROTC Challenge at Camp Aguinaldo. Before the final exams of the previous semester, my classmates and I went to Bulacan to make experimental projects in General Chemistry (Laboratory). We also explored some places in Manila to shoot our music video project in Filipino.
When traffic jam to PLM is slow, I find a good lighting on the public vehicle I am riding and take some time to read my lecture notes. When major exams are fast-approaching, I close my social media accounts to avoid distractions in reviewing. Once in every week, I carry my T-square, A3 vellum boards, triangles, compass, pencils, and technical pens by myself for Engineering Drawing subject. Meanwhile every Sunday, my parents and I miss our outdoor family bonding because of ROTC. I have spent some of my midnights finishing my EngDraw plates, writing and encoding paper assignments, memorizing a speech, and solving take-home Math problems. These are some of my struggles as a Computer Engineering freshman.
My efforts and sacrifices for first semester paid off worth when I passed all of my subjects for the said term and got a GWA of 1.47.
I entered the second semester with optimism. It will be more challenging because of three Math subjects, upgraded military training and physical activities, level-up engineering and writing competency courses, and tighter class schedules. Praying is, without dead works, my main weapon at all times.
Once again, thank you for your helpful scholarship program that lessens the burden of expenses of my family.
Heherson I. Domael
Scholar, A Better Chance Foundation and Rotary Club of Diliman