After all sacrifices, a working student graduates as Magna Cum Laude.
John Jebyn Villarino took numerous odd jobs (including joining a pageant) just to achieve his dreams, but now that he is graduating, it’s all worth the sacrifice especially that his story inspired hundrefd thousands of people and expected to be rise more…
On April 12, Villarino posted his graduation picture from Far Eastern University, sharing that he will be receiving Latin Honors. He signed his post, “John Kebyn M. Villarino, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration major in Internal Auditing, Magna Cum Laude.”
Being a student, Villarino said that at first, he was just like any other student. He described himself as “happy-go-lucky” and he wasn’t able to maintain his scholarship, preferring to go out and join events. But a semester later, his family ran into financial problems and he found himself with no permanent address, living on the kindness of his friends who would let him sleep in their house or dorm.
He wrote, “Alam ko na sa una palang, hindi ko na maitutuloy ang pagaaral ko sa susunod na sem, unless makakuha ako ng full academic scholarship which is 1.25 ang maintaining GWA. Natapos ang sem, at ang nakuha kong GWA is 1.26. Oo, .01 nalang, makakapag aral pa sana ako. Noong oras na yon, para bang tumigil ang mundo ko na hindi ko na alam kung ano ang susunod. Napaka sakit sa pakiramdam yung magstop ka, habang ang kabatch mo ay nakakapagaral pa. Sa loob ng isang taon, pumasok ako as fast food crew, typing jobs, call center agent at pageants para makaipon at makabalik sa pagaaral. Nakaipon naman at nakabalik ako,” he continued.
He also shared his experience working abroad and was really grateful when he was able to return to the Philippines and pursue his studies despite discouraging remarks from other people.
“Ang dami ring nagsabi saking mali ang decision kong bumalik. Nag sayang ako ng oras, nag sayang ako ng pera. Pero hindi ako naniwala, dahil alam ko may rason kung bakit nangyari yun,” Villarino wrote.
Villarino was indeed determined eventually, he reached the finish line on his own pace. Undoubtedly, Villarino, the working student graduates as Magna Cum Laude.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng naniwala, sumoporta at sa lahat ng kaibigan ko. 6 years ko tong hinintay, at masasabi ko na sawakas, gagraduate na ko!” he said cheerfully, “Sa mga kapwa students ko, never give up. Wag na wag kayong susuko. Ituloy mo lang yan at alam kong kakayanin mo yan!”
Also, through his academic efforts, he was also able to travel to Korea and Vietnam to represent FEU.
To conclude, as the working student graduates as Magna Cum Laude, he is hoping that by sharing his story, other students will also be inspired to keep their head up and trust that all their hard work will have a good end.