Mon. Mar 8th, 2021

OFW Single Mom Proudly Graduates Cum Laude at Age 42

Older people are often haunted by so many questions and discouragements that hinder them from dreaming of going back to school to finish their degree. They fear that their busy life and schedule will have an impact on their school performance and attendance. Their work is also one of the reasons why they do not have time to continue their schooling.

And, if you’re already a mom, a parent’s obligations are still a consideration to remember. Indeed, there are many reasons to stop older people from going back to school. But, as they say, if you want to do it, you can always find a way to do it. If you don’t, you’re going to give unending reasons.

It is only a matter of will and dedication to go back to school. If somebody is willing to complete a degree, they’ll make it possible out of it. A former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) has inspired this popular saying that it is not too late to return to school and achieve your dreams of earning a degree.

Michelle Sison, a 42-year-old former OFW and single mum graduated cum laude from National Teachers College with a degree in secondary education (NTC). To her fellow students and to anyone who knows about her narrative, she has become an inspiration.

Sison, the oldest in the family, said in an interview with ABS-CBN News that she could not proceed with her college education since she decided to work at an early age to help her family and send her siblings to school. To be able to meet the needs, she went abroad and work.

First of all, her desire to help her family and have her siblings complete their education motivated her to set her dreams aside. She quit studying and first gave way to her siblings to graduate.

Her siblings asked her to return home after years of working abroad and continue her studies with everyone’s all-out support. She took-up secondary education and cum laude graduated.

Sison was also honored “Gawad Haraya” by NTC, an award which was given for the first time by the school. In honor of her dedication and dedication to education, it is the institution’s highest recognition award. -LMI

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