Courage and faith are what took me to college. Despite the luring of my relatives to have me stop studying, go to a different school or take a short course instead, as always I insisted on pursuing what I want. So then I decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Santo Tomas, given that it’s one of the few entrance exams I took and passed.
Admittedly, my stubbornness was just plain stubborn. I went to college not having a clear idea of whether I’d be able to finish it due to family and financial support issues. I just knew that I don’t wanna be left behind by my high school fellows, wanting to meet new people, and create my future. I had to prove something to begin with; and that is I can take another challenge and I’ll do what it takes to survive.
I graduated high school relying on scholarship and sponsorship grants; yet I did not expect that the support would go on ‘til college, knowing that it requires greater kindness and generosity from somebody. So as uneasy as the contingent situation makes me, depending on others’ assistance, I am grateful to have such people who encourages me. I may not be the perfect grantee, headstrong and likes getting my own way, but still they chose to believe in me. They became God’s medium of easing out the burden from me, allowing me to think of my self for once and relish this youthful journey to the fullest.
Like what I would gently say about any other happenings in my life, I wouldn’t have it any other way. For without them, the circumstances and chances I am blessed with, and the people I’ve met along the way, challenging me and helping me all throughout, I wouldn’t be who and where I am today, considered strong-willed, now caught retracing back to the well-fought difficult moments, feeling fulfilled, and privileged of making an effort to write this heartfelt “short testimony/thank you note”.
Courage and faith are what took me to college. These two that carried me on. Courage and faith which were inspired by the people and chances I am blessed with.
To my Ahma who’s always been there, caring, and fighting and praying for me and my sister. To my sister who’s loudly proud of having me as her sister and makes me even proud hearing her talk sense of this life we’re living. To our parents who left everything on our shoulders at early age, gets to watch the show they put us into, and goes on trying to make up for the lost time. To our relatives and family friends. To my batch mates, friends and mentors at Philadelphia. To Auntie Felisa. To Achi Chryslin. To our friends from CBCP. To Wasabeh SG. To my AAm, Aaron, M4 family. To my Scarlet family. To my colleagues and supervisors at Aegis PeopleSupport and at Shell. To the CBA Guidance Counseling office and my Peer Facilitators family. To my professors. To the good administration of UST College of CBA. To my fellow graduates. To the enemies and friends I’ve made along the way. And of course, to the big man up there -my God. THANK YOU.
On March 26, at the moment my name is called up on to the stage the university have prepared for us graduates (and to therefore conclude the years we’ve spent working hard, staying awake, sleeping late, cramming, feeling lazy, crying, laughing, having fun), I’ll take all of you and the sentiments I’ve enclosed in this writing with me.
Jessamyn “Jemyn” Jayne Yu
UST ID No. 2010-020532
BSBA Major in Marketing Management
Batch of 2014
"Will it matter if I said no?"
Will it matter to you if I said no?
Will you make it up to me if I said no?
What difference would it make if I said no?
Where will this bring us if I said no?
So what happens now?
For as long as I breathe,
and as long as I live,
in finest and in rough days,
and something in between,
I will take heart and have ‘em anyway,
and I will endlessly be grateful.
How I like to go back to that brief moment,
To hear it over and over again.
"Because you got me," airily uttered by those tender lips;
To which I smiled with a silent reply, “And you absurdly make me happy.”