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Emmalyn B. Uayan
Earth is one of the most essential elements that made the evolution of life in this planet viable. Lowly as it may seem, the soil provides the hotbed for creation to thrive and become what it is today. This was one of the things that Emmalyn had learned early on while growing up in the farming village of Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro City.
As a child, Emmalyn would spend her free time exploring her family's subsistence farm, acquainting herself with the diverse flora and fauna around her, and just soaking in the wondrous beauty of nature. It was this orientation at such a young age that would instill in Emmalyn the value of life.
For this 17-year-old lass, life is indeed beautiful, figuratively and literally. And Emmalyn believes that choosing Biological Sciences from among the Bachelor of Science in Education majors would only put those learnings she acquired over the years in a much bigger context.
Make no mistake, though: Emmalyn has the brain of an achiever. Being a valedictorian both during her elementary and high school, her above-average intelligence really came in handy when she stepped ouot from her idyllic community and into the bustling world that is college.
You may see Emmalyn staring into an microscope on any given day, but don't expect her to confine herself only to the realm of the Biological Sciences. She is also into dancing and writing poems and short stories. Back in high school, she was active in English, Math and Science clubs.
While Emmalyn may be a woman of many interests, her dream is simple: to teach high school after graduating from her course at Xavier University. With a brilliant mind like hers, passing on the knowledge to the next generation of students should not be so hard.
Emmalyn B. Uayan, proud to be an Education First Foundation scholar.
ELEANOR T. ASENIERO
Eleanor is a mother of 3. She gave birth to her first child at 21, at which point she was compelled to stop her studies. To any woman, having children would have been enough to settle down to a normal life. Taking care of the family should be the priority to a young mother like her. But not Eleanor: She may have 3 kids now but the desire to go back to school still burns inside of her.
"I am very fortunate to be one of the recipients of Education First Foundation's scholarship program. Even in my present situation, I know that I can still finish school. With the help of Education First Foundation, being a mother is not a hindrance at all in getting that degree," Eleanor enthused.
Eleanor chose Bachelor of Science in Education major in Special Education (Sped). What's amazing about majoring in Sped, she said, is the challenge in teaching specially-abled pupils where patience and tolerance should be in abundance if one wishes to be an effective mentor.
"Being a parent myself, teaching other kids would not be that difficult for me," Eleanor said.
Besides, Eleanor added, mentoring Sped pupils would also keep the teacher from being complacent as she has to constantly update her skills.
"When teaching Sped to special children, one has to learn from the different attitudes of your students. It may be a physically and mentally challenging job, but knowing that you will be molding a child's mind, that's the greatest reward," Eleanor said.
Eleanor T. Aseniero, proud to be an Education First Foundation scholar.
EDWARD L. SALINAS
Most people would shudder at the prospect of having to face numbers on a daily basis. But for Edward, being surrounded by numbers and being able to solve mathematical problems is as natural as breathing - he can do it even with his eyes closed.
Having mastered the intricacies of numbers that a lot of his peers would find daunting and unfathomable, there was no doubt in Edward's mind when he majored in Mathematics under the Bachelor of Science in Education at Xavier University that this was the right course for him.
To those who didn't know Edward, they might form this pre-conceived notion that since he is into mathematics he would look like a "bookish" guy, while his love of numbers may be construed as "brainy.". Edward would be glad to shatter that expectation.
For underneath all those equations and formulas is Edward's other side - the martial arts and "Arnis" (a form of self-defense using sticks) expert.
Mathematics and any physical activity might be worlds apart to most people his age, but for Edward the two happily co-existed with each other. Having started out in Arnis and "Sikaran" (a type of martial arts) while he was still 11 years old, Edward excelled in both events. His highest achievement so far was the 2 gold medals he garnered during the Arnis National Invitational Tournament in Manila last summer. As a brown belt holder of Sikaran, Edward is a distinguished member of the Power Kick Mixed Martial Arts club.
Even with those achievements in contact sports, Edward has not lost sight of his love for education. Once he graduates, Edward is planning on teaching in Bulua National High School, his alma mater, where he hopes to impart his knowledge in Mathematics.
Edward L. Salinas, proud to be an Education First Foundation scholar.
MARIE LOUISE L. RIVERA
They say that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Without the mind, the human being would not have reached a level of self-awareness and discernment that led him to discover many things both useful and destructive to his very own existence.
Studying the human mind is what attracted Marie Louise to take up Bachelor of Science major in Psychology at Xavier University.
According to Marie Louise, this course would pave the way for her to become a counsellor someday.
She said the idea of working as a school counsellor is one of the ways of helping students live through campus life where peer pressure and restlessness abound.
As we all know, the adolescence is a crucial stage in a person's life in that it is where the teenager is at the turning point where he closes the door of childhood and enters a new threshold called adulthood.
For Marie Louise, being able to contribute to a pupil's growth through guidance and counselling is one of the payoffs of her preferred course.
Marie Louse L. Rivera, proud to be an Education First Foundation scholar.
KIMBERLY ANN P. ELIAS
Teaching is a very noble profession. Yet, not everyone can become a teacher. Choosing this vocation not only requires intelligence, skill and aptitude, it would also take a huge amount of love, patience and understanding for others, mostly especially the young ones.
Kimberly Ann, or Kim to her family and friends, exactly knew what it's like to make others feel loved and cared. After all, the place she calls home is teeming with life, that is, of six noisy, energy-filled bundles of joy, with indefatigable spirit engaging in usual activities where tots are involved.
As the second eldest in the brood of six children, Kim had learned to become a "teacher" - not only to her younger siblings but her neighbourhood kids as well.
Kim recalled how she would gather all the little ones and happily play the role of a teacher, having been inspired by a mentor while attending preschool. She admitted that she could still recall the joy and excitement of leaning her "class" in reciting the alphabet or singing a familiar children's song. It was one of those things that she could still vividly remember. Until now she still sees herself in front of "pupils."
"Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to become a teacher," says Kim, not concealing the enthusiasm in her voice.
Not forgetting those happy experiences being with kids younger than her, Kim, who's presently enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Education at Xavier University, has already set her sights on majoring in Early Childhood Education.
Kimberly Ann P. Elias, proud to be an Education First Foundation scholar.
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