Believe With No Doubts

     Verna Jane L. San Jose
     Bachelor of Secondary Education – Filipino
     University of Rizal System

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt

When I was a child, my parents kept asking me, “What do you want to be someday?” I always answered them with a voice that was very excited and an eyes full of hope while saying, “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher because I want to be like my teacher who is very good in teaching us. Like her, I like to help other children who do not know how to read and write. Someday, I want to help our family and give you a convenient life.” My smile never faded when I say those words. My parents smile after they hear my answer. “Yes, you will be a teacher. Nothing is impossible when you believe and work hard for it”. Those are the words that motivate me to achieve this sweetest fruit of success.

With those words, I started to believe that nothing is impossible if you are very determined to reach your dreams. With those words, I started to believe that I can achieve what I want to be because I know that my parents believe in me. So I started to strive hard because as they said, “Nothing is impossible when you believe and work hard”. I believe in that saying and I know that those hard works would be completely paid off someday.

In the process of pursuing my dream, there were a lot of problems that shook my beliefs that it came to the point that I started doubting if I can really reach my dream, and if that belief, which I am holding unto is worth believing and worth trying for. People say “It’s okay to dream. It’s better to dream big because dreaming is for free.” That is why I dreamt a lot. Dreaming is fun but the process of making your dreams possible is really hard. These are the things that I realized upon working in achieving this goal. As a student before, I needed to balance my time in doing school requirements and my responsibilities in our house, as the eldest among my siblings. Of course I need to help my parents in doing household chores while doing activities at school like thesis, assignments, projects and reporting. Those were the things that made me feel tired and think of just giving up, but God is good and I really thank Him because he gave me so much blessings. One of those blessings that I received from Him is the Simplicio Gamboa Sr. Foundation scholarship. I am blessed to be one of the grantees of this wonderful foundation. Since 1st year up to 4th year, SGS Foundation supported me and I am very thankful for it and to the people behind this foundation.

Thank you for being a bridge, a ladder and wings for me to reach this goal. Without your help, I will not be able to pursue this dream. Thank you, Simplicio Gamboa Sr. Foundation! I also thank my family and friends who are always there to support me. Above all, I thank God for these things that He had given to me. He surrounded me with good people who helped me to get here, to the place where I can finally say that I did it! It’s true that all my hard work are completely paid off and it’s really worth it to hold and to believe that nothing is impossible if you believe that you can and work hard for it.

This Commencement Exercise is just the beginning of fulfilling my new dreams. I am still holding to that belief and I am still working hard now that I am facing the reality of the world. Again, I thank God, my family, friends and also SGS foundation for making my dreams possible. It’s not only my success; it’s also the success of those people who helped me in reaching this sweet victory. Finally, I can say that I am “one step closer” to be a teacher with a heart.