On to the Next Chapter, What’s Next?

     Bea Patricia M. Ignacio
     Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Business Economics
     Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

“Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.”

I was always a fan of inspirational quotes. I would spend hours surfing the internet just to find new quotes as it was a daily habit of mine to have a ‘quote for the day’. As I was mindlessly scrolling through some quotes, I happen to come across one that, I can say, was a total game changer for me. 

During my high school days, I found it hard to cope with everything. Ever since I can remember, I was that person who wanted to do well in everything which resulted in me setting expectations for myself. It started with me failing a quiz. I was devastated. I was fairly grade conscious and the thought of missing a few marks terrified me. Ever since then, I found it hard to concentrate on my other subjects which resulted in me falling behind. I did everything I could to try and pull myself out of the ditch that I was in but nothing seemed to work. It all seemed very hopeless for me and I was close to giving up until I came across this quote online. It may seem like such a simple phrase but it spoke volumes to me. From that they on, a spark ignited in me. I wanted to redeem myself, not only to others but most importantly, to myself. I thought that going into college with this mindset would help me go through all the hardships and it certainly did.

The process of getting back on my feet was not a walk in the park. I had to accidentally fall down along the way and pick myself back up again. It was a long process of growth and self- discovery and slowly accepting my shortcomings and working on improving myself. I have come to embrace my flaws and failures as a part of who I am but I now know that I shouldn’t let this define my future. Now, I can finally say that although I am still far from reaching my full potential, I am now smarter and wiser than I was before.

Before finally closing this chapter of my life, I would like to acknowledge the people I had met along the way who has given me endless support and helped me reach this point in my life. To my friends, thank you for always staying by my side through the years. Thank you for being patient and understanding with me during the days that I was not feeling like my usual self. We had our fair share of arguments but it was only because we cared about each other deeply. To my teachers, thank you for showering us with lessons that will not only be beneficial in the classroom but will also be used in real life application. Thank you for the advice and giving your utmost best as a second parent to us. I will never forget the lessons and values you have instilled in me. To SGS Foundation, I am honored to be one of your recipients. Thanks to your generous support, I was able to finish college with flying colors. Lastly, to the ones who were always there from the beginning, through the ups and downs, through the good and the bad; to my greatest source of strength; to my parents, thank you for all the sacrifices that you did in order to give me a better life. All of this is not enough to express how thankful I am for all that you have done for me. I would like to dedicate this diploma to you. For your unconditional love and overflowing support in all that I do. Thank you for teaching me to believe in myself and for always reminding me that I am capable of reaching and doing all that I set my mind to. I beyond grateful for each and every one that has helped me get this far and I will forever treasure all the moments that we have shared and keep them with me as I go along to the next chapters of my life.