Error

Still Going S.T.R.O.N.G.: Four Inspiring Student Stories

eye icon5 min read

Mar 05, 2021

When hope fizzles, the light dims, and time seems to have run out, we say “bahala na”—a silent scream to the universe, hoping for something positive to happen despite whatever unfortunate circumstance we have  found ourselves in. It’s a form of surrender more than it is a sign of hopefulness, but it is still some sort of comfort. Either way, getting used to the feeling of defeat does no one good—especially when you’re trying to get through school. No matter how difficult student life can be, you will find some kind of a break here and there, basically anywhere you’re willing to look! 

Here are four testimonials from real students that might inspire you through the hardest “bahala na” moments of your student life: 

“Hindi mo makukuha kung hindi mo aangkinin.” 

I was never the smartest. Everything I wanted to achieve in school, I had to do with hours of hard work, patience, and perseverance. If I had to understand a certain topic, I had to read for hours to  understand them. If I had to answer a Math problem, I had to practice countless times to pass my exams. If I had to read out loud, I had to rehearse five times in my head so I didn’t stutter once it was my turn. While I wasn’t as smart as the others, I was surely diligent and determined. When I graduated, I realized that it was never about me being the smartest. It was just about me knowing what I wanted and learning how to get there. I wasn’t naturally smart but I owned being a hard worker. I wanted to conquer school, and so I did—with honors. 

“Sarili mo lang ang kailangan mong talunin.” 

When I was a transferee to this new school, everyone around me seemed brighter, more articulate, and overall just more confident with themselves and their abilities. In class, everyone would get involved in debates and would have something to contribute to our discussions while I was always seated in the back with nothing to say. This happened every day, and it ate at my confidence. I was constantly beating myself up, comparing myself with my classmates. Everyone just seemed to be better than me. One day in class, our professor was giving back one of our projects. Usually, the student with the highest grade gets called first. To my surprise, I was the first to get called. I stared at a perfect 1.0 written on red ink at the top right corner of my paper. I couldn’t believe it. All along I thought I was doing the worst out of everyone, turns out I was only thinking the worst of myself. 

“Kung walang matanaw sa harap, lumingon sa likod.” 

Once, I failed a class. I was sad, angry, and scared. It meant I wasn’t going to graduate with honors, that I was a disappointment, and that I was stupid and a failure. I didn’t even know I was failing. I  swear I could’ve done something, anything to compensate where I needed to. But it was done and I sat in an empty classroom, report card with a failing grade in hand. When I told my mother, I thought she’d get mad. Instead, she said “So what if they gave you a failing grade? I know you’re not stupid.” I cried then and there. “Matalino ka anak, alam ko. It is them who failed you”. It was the reassurance I didn’t know I needed. When you feel that you’ve failed and that there’s no more hope, sometimes you only need to look at everything in a new perspective. Maybe it’s you who needs to change, or maybe you need to change what surrounds you. For me, I actually only needed a better teacher. 

“Ang takot ay takot lang.”  

The most terrifying thing about being a student? To me, it’s not failing a class, getting delayed for graduation, or even getting kicked out. It’s not knowing what to do with my life once I graduate.  When you’re a student, all you think about is getting through this semester onto the next. But I had moments where all I could think of was my future. There were so many possibilities, just too many things that could go wrong for me. What if I ended up taking a course, hating it, shifting to another one, then ending up spending ten years in college? What if I never graduate at all? What if I do graduate, get a job, hate that job, and then end up regretting all my decisions? This fear would come and go. But whenever it visited, I had to talk myself into calming down—and I would end up with this self-assuring conclusion every single time: Wherever I may end up, whether I plan to be there or not, it’s always going to be borne out of the best decisions I can make at that moment. And if I had to go back in time, I know I would make those same decisions again… because I was only doing the best I could at the time I was doing them. When you’re doing your best, it’s easier  to stay optimistic.  

There you go, folks! There sure is nothing like reading wise words from people who have gone through the same student woes as you. Just remember, you’re not alone. So stay inspired and stay strong!

 

Take care of your mental health

>
Generation Zen

5 Emotions You Could Be Feeling Because of the Upcoming School Year

6 min read
Aug 2, 2021
Matthe* R*** and 14 other likes this
>
College Life

Macy Lee: Promoting Self-care Through Language

5 min read
Jul 15, 2021
Henriett* P*** and 21 other likes this
>
Free Cut!

A letter to our not-so-fetch groupmates

5 min read
Jul 8, 2021
Iris* S*** and 19 other likes this
>
Generation Zen

Living Outside the Box of Lesbian Stereotypes

4 min read
Jul 6, 2021
Jece* S*** and 11 other likes this
>
College Life

Ateneo MEA students partnered up with startup companies for internships, employment

3 min read
Jul 1, 2021
Ga* T*** and 5 other likes this
>
Edukasyon's Guide To

8 LGBQT+ Microaggressions to Avoid Inside and Outside the Classroom

5 min read
Jun 30, 2021
Angelin* S*** likes this
>
College Life

The Thought Process of Filipino Students Debating Whether to Pursue Their Studies Abroad

5 min read
Jun 11, 2021
Angelin* S*** and 1 other likes this
>
Edukasyon's Guide To

10 Most Searched College Courses in the Pandemic

5 min read
Jun 3, 2021
Czarin* B*** and 1 other likes this
>
Generation Zen

5 Happy Items For Your Daily Grind

5 min read
May 29, 2021
Eunic* D*** and 2 other likes this
>
Commune

Reasons why we should pay attention to the importance of Mental Health, Now more than ever

3 min read
May 7, 2021
Eunic* D*** and 5 other likes this
>
Edukasyon's Guide To

Live S.T.R.O.N.G: A Student’s Guide To Life

4 min read
Mar 5, 2021
Mayum* T*** and 4 other likes this
>
Free Cut!

5 Things That Video Games Can Teach Us About Goal-Setting

5 min read
Mar 5, 2021
Cherr* M*** and 6 other likes this
View More Stories

Explore new paths

Career Guide

No need to cram! This is the fun kind.

Quests

Learn and earn rewards along the way!

Resources

Planning for college? Don’t worry, we gotchu!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Let us help you achieve your dream job by matching you with the right schools.

Need more info?

Send us a Message