I would like to share a common story which I’ve told already to some of my friends.
I never dreamt of becoming a nurse! I never did! Kan aki pa po ako, an sakong pangiturugan iyo an maging pading Heswita huli ta gusto kong dakul na aki asin tao an magbisa sako. I really really really like people asking for blessings from me through kissing hands. In fact, before I finished my Elementary years, I already found a benefactor from my Mom’s cousin who used to be a priest in Rome. Pero, si pangiturugan kong ito, hanggang pangiturugan na lang garo. When I was in high school, a friend told me: “Aram mo Kulas, maski sain kang isabak na course sa college, mapa-Science, Math or English and field, kaya mo!” Since I’m into debating then, I decided to take Journalism for College. However, because of the popular demand that Nursing has during this time, my parents and relatives are urging me to take Nursing than Journalism. Undecided still, I took several College Entrance Test both here in Manila. Whenever asked for my college courses choices, I would always put Nursing as my first choice (because it’s my mother who fills up the form), Biology as my second choice and Journalism as my third. All local entrance tests I took here in Naga, I was able to pass them. I took UST College Entrance Test; the result showed that I flunked to pass the Nursing standards to enter UST Nursing, but I passed both Biology and Journalism. I thought that it was already a sign that I should take Journalism than Nursing. When I told Mama about my plans of taking Journalism instead, she said without hesitation: “Noy, habo ko pang mautsanan nin aki.” She knows that I really have the tendency of becoming a liberal activist if I continue Journalism. I was really undecided after High School graduation. One day, Mama told me that we will go to USI to inquire for Nursing. I hesitated, but Mama is my weakness that’s why I still go with her. She went to the Arts and Sciences Office. I stayed outside at the long tables. I’ve waited about 30 minutes. When she returned, she has a white form, completely filled up with the necessary details, kinopya niya pa lahat ng subjects ko ng apat na beses, at the back of it, there was a stamp which said ASSESSED, then at the Matriculation Form, it said ENROLLED! Simply put: Sinet-up ako ni Mama. Ano yung naging role ko dun? Sumagot sa interview. I just told Mama, “ikaw ang pumasok diyan!”
But look, ladies and gentlemen, what seems for me as a set-up had brought great things for me. After four long years nang pagsusunog ng kilay at pagpapagod, we all have our diplomas. We struggled for more than two months re-reading all our books, browsing all our handouts, memorizing important points, answering practice test, for some being “exiled” in a convent, and praying hard to pass the Boards. And look where we are now, meeting once more in this beautiful place not anymore as college friends and students but as Registered Nurses! Who would have thought that my Mom’s pakialamerang attitude would lead us to this place, speak in front of you and celebrate each success as Registered Nurses and the school’s triumph in its aim towards NURSING EXCELLENCE!
Why did I tell you this story? I just realized and I think it’s a learning for all of us that whether we really wanted Nursing at the very start, that fact that we are here, celebrating our victory, means that God has made something for us. Perhaps, this is a plan that we need to consider in our life. Let’s not be stubborn. We’re already in the limelight of our career and it’s our responsibility to make something out of this privileged that we have. This is a CELEBRATION OF THANKSGIVING for all of us. And let me congratulate all of you for this great achievement! O diba? Parang pang pari lang.
Actually, I’m tasked to give a word of gratitude. And I’m just about to give that on my second half of Testimonial Speech.