"From Fastfood Crew to Cum Laude"



Hindi naging hadlang kay Barry De Castro ang kanyang pagtatrabaho kasabay ng pag aaral para maabot ang kanyang mga pangarap, bagkus naging inspirasyon ito sa kanya upang magsumikap sa buhay. Si Barry De Castro ay nagtapos ng Cum Laude sa kursong Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Social Studies sa Batangas State University, isa rin syang consistent Dean's Lister sa unibersidad. Ilan beses din sya nakatanggap ng mga parangal sa kanyang trabaho.



Ibinahagi na rin ni Barry ang kanyang mga life lessons sa buhay at paano nga ba napagtagumpayan ni Barry ang ganitong mga kaganapan sa kanyang buhay. Narito ang kanyang kabuuang post:

"๐Œ๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐š. There were times when I feel like giving up. As a working student juggling into two worlds, carrying the weight of both academics and work is something that isn't as easy as piece of cake. I've been a midnight owl cramming each night just to finish reading tiresome lengthy passages after getting my morning/night shift work done. Depende kasi sa schedule ko sa school ang oras ng aking duty. Kaya palaging may pros and cons to each side of a coin. Palaging may nasasakripisyo. Pero thankfully, I have been able to manage both with finesse. Aside from this, I have gone through a lot just to merely survive my academics while having side duties and hustles to earn for a living. Suong kung suong sa butas ng karayom, 'ika nga ng mga matatanda. But here's one thing I learned at the end of it all: Magtiwala. Magtiwala lalo't higit sa Diyos na ang lahat ng bagay ay nakaayon sa plano Niya. Meaning to say, let His plans prevail, not ours. Kasi Siya lang naman ang may kontrol ng lahat at alam nating lagi itong para sa higit na ikabubuti natin. This is manifested in Jeremiah 29:11 saying: "๐น๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐ผ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘  ๐ผ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข,” ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ฟ๐‘‚๐‘…๐ท, “๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘š ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข, ๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘”๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’." Kaya ang lagi ko na lamang dasal tuwing papasok ako ng maalin sa 5am o 4am shift ko sa opening o 2pm sa closing shift, "Lord, kayo na po ang bahala. Ipinauubaya ko na po sa Inyo ang lahat." Through these lines I commonly utter whenever I pray to Him, it gives me comfort and peace for I know God will always be by my side no matter what happen. Truly, if we will only ever learn to put our trust to Him, we will remain at ease knowing that He has good plans for all of us and that He is in control, no matter how uncertain the future will look like. All things will eventually fall onto its right places according to His plans.



"๐Œ๐š๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ข๐ค๐š๐ฉ. To get all my goals accomplished, obviously I must persevere harder and give all my best in order to realize these goals. Sabi nga ni Sir Heczel sa aming research noong Grade 12 habang minomotivate kaming mga HUMSS, "If you have set your goals, do whatever it takes just to achieve it." Indeed, we have to work harder, exert the right amount of effort, go extra mile if necessary, utilize the available means and become genuinely passionate and determined about our goals because there's no such thing that can be attained over night. Lahat pinaghihirapan. Lahat pinagsusumikapan. Iba rin naman kasi ang satisfaction na naibibigay once na nariyan na ang resulta lalo't alam mong pinagsumikapan mo talaga. Truth be told, all the hard work will apparently pay off in the end. Nagsumikap ako at nagpursigeng makatapos. Kaya naman I have learned to remain resilient and steadfast amid the trying times for these are manifestations of a person who has persevering and goal- driven personality that I should likewise possess in order to brave all life's hurdles. Ito rin naman ang mga katangiang dapat mayroon tayo para magtagumpay sa buhay.


"๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—น๐—ผ๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ. Let me cite the question being asked by one of my classmates who gave her message of gratitude addressed to all graduating students--- "What's next?" and this question has indeed intrigued me. It made me contemplate on the idea that after graduating college, what's really next? Anong sunod kong gagawin? And this question has led me to an answer: Patuloy na mangarap, patuloy na mangarap para sa mas magandang kinabukasan. Kaya naman patuloy akong mangagarap hindi lamang para sa aking sarili, kung hindi pati na rin sa mga taong patuloy na naniniwala at sumusuporta sa akin. Wala naman kasi talagang imposible, lalo na't kung pursigido at determinado ka talaga. And I guess now is payback time. Ngayon ang panahon to return the favor. Not because it's needed, but because it's genuinely wanted. For at the end, they are my family and they will always be the reasons behind my hustles and grinding. Laging para sa kanila ang lahat- lahat nang sakripisyong ginagawa ko."

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