Ferylen Marasigan Manalo, a Mechanical Engineering Board passer from Batangas State University (BSU), posted on her Facebook account a lengthy “Thank You” post to give credit back to all the people who helped and supported her to reach her goals. She described the struggles she and her family had to endure just to support her and her brother’s education. She thanked relatives, friends, mentors, her alma mater, and her special someone for staying beside her the whole time, believing in her abilities, and boosting her self-confidence.
She also recounted the difficulties she faced while studying at Batangas State University. She took the course for 5 1/2 years and clearly it was not a walk in the park. She had her share of ups and downs but what mattered most was that she gladly took up the challenges all because she wanted to give her family a better life.
Here is a part of her post:
“Hindi biro ang mag-aral ng madami kang iniisip. Madaming distractions; madaming hadlang, pero sa halip na sumuko, iniisip ko na lang na kailangan kong maging matatag. Kailangan kong mag-aral ng mabuti para magkaroon kami ng magandang kinabukasan, para magkaroon ng pagbabago sa aming pamumuhay, at para mapatunayan sa iba na kaya ko din. Sabi nga sa isang quote: “Do not dream for it. Work really, really hard for it.”
(“It’s no joke to study with a lot of things on your mind. A lot of distractions, a lot of obstacles. But instead of giving up, I just think that I need be strong. I need to study so that we can have a good future, so that there will be a change in our lives, and so I can prove to everyone that I can do it. Like what was once said: ‘Do not dream for it. Work really, really hard for it.'”)
Congratulations Ferylen, and to all the graduates of 2016!
You can read her full post here.