By: Gian Untivero
In every ending, there is always a new beginning. As I begin with the new chapter of my life, I would like to share how I journeyed and was able to achieve success as a student. How did I get here? One of the random thoughts that comes to my mind that draws me to reminisce the road I’ve gone through is our family encountering various difficulties, especially in finances. I was awakened and grew up with the reality that life is not a bed of roses, rather it is full of thorns. As I grew up, I always told myself that I must finish my studies so I could help my parents for our living expenses and now I’m so grateful that I did it. But how was I able make it happen? As what John F. Kennedy once said “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”.
Opportunities landed in front of me and it started when I was about to enter my high school journey. My mom heard about the opportunity to be part of Siena College, Quezon City Beaterio High School (formerly known as Night High School). So she accompanied me in applying for the scholarship. Thanks to God I passed the entrance exams and interviews. As I was striving in my high school, financial difficulties continued to pursue our family. But both of my parents helped each other to earn money. They began selling foods like ‘ihaw-ihaw’, ‘lutong ulam’ and others. Of course, unexpected expenses were inevitable during high school like projects and group activities. So to lessen the burden on my parents, I did a sideline which was accepting tutorials to my godparents’ children who were in elementary. My five years scholarship in high school contributed a lot in molding my character. It made me mature enough to understand that I must be a responsible student always and never lose hope in achieving my dreams. I was really not an achiever in high school but at least I was able to finish my secondary education through the help of my sponsors and A Better Chance Foundation.
As I entered in my college journey, I did not expect that I would be going through more challenges. I started with a lot of discouragements. I was able to get accepted to the school I wanted for my college degree but not the course that I wanted to take up. Our family was having financial difficulties as well so I was thinking to quit and look for a job instead before I could continue my studies in College. But God is so good. My parents told me to try taking up the last choice among the courses offered which was Bachelor in Public Administration. I even prayed to God that if it’s His will for me to finish my studies, then He will help me pass my interview and take over in my financial needs. Thankfully, I was able to pass the admission interview. We were also informed by our former adviser in High School that there is an ongoing application for college scholarship offered by A Better Chance Foundation for graduates of Beaterio High School. Upon knowing about it, I applied. Thanks to God for answering my prayer and I was accepted as one of their scholars. During my college journey, it was tougher than it was in High School. I experienced sleepless nights, reading a lot of chapters and books each night, doing research papers and other requirements for our subjects. Since my course was a pre-law course, I also encountered reading almost twenty cases in two days in preparation for the class recitation. Every time I had exams and recitations, I always asked God for His provision and He never failed me.
Until the end of my last semester in college came, I was so grateful that finally I would be able to wear one of my most dreamed OOTD (Outfit of the Day) which is my toga. But little did I know that I would not just be graduating as a degree holder rather I will also receive an award from our University. I was so surprised to see my name on the list of the honor graduates as Cum Laude. It made me cry in gladness and gratefulness. As what was written in Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.’ Thanks to God for I know that I would not be able to make it without His grace for me. Also, I will not be able to finance my education without the big help from A Better Chance Foundation. To Sir Lewis Edwards and A Better Chance Foundation family, thank you so much for your generosity and big heart to help students like me in fulfilling our dreams. Thank you for helping us make our dreams happen. May God pour out His blessings to all of you so that you could help more students in achieving their goals.
To my family, thank you for your utmost support for me especially your encouraging words. Thank you for believing that I can, even when I was doubting my own ability. To my friends, thank you for cheering me up and supporting me as I journeyed through my college life. To all taxpayers of our country, thank you for we, PUPians- Iskolar ng Bayan, will not be able to finish our studies without your help. And to all students, never lose hope in achieving your dreams. Have faith in God and work hard to make it happen.
I am Gian Karla G. Untivero, graduate of Bachelor in Public Administration, Cum Laude SY 2017. To God be the Glory!