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“A LICENSED TEACHER IN THE MAKING”

April 17, 2018

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This is an inspirational story of a student who strives and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Major in English at Calamba City College.

Mary Joy Gracilla Madamba, 21 years old, OWWA Scholar under the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP), Batch 4. Mary Joy is the second child of OFW Janet and Miguel Madamba.

When she started schooling, she doesn’t even think of encountering any problems but as she grew older, she realized that pressures come along. From being a child-like student to a full grown, responsible, woman who struggles to finish her baccalaureate course.

As she progressed to college, she gained independence and a circle of friends. Her goal was simply to graduate in college.

During her first two years in college, she was just bubbling around as if she were still a high school student who usually submits school requirements, making homeworks, doing research papers and even attending school institutional activities.

During her first two years in college, she was just bubbling around as if she were still a high school student who usually submits school requirements, making homeworks, doing research papers and even attending school institutional activities.

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However, when she started her major subjects in her third year, she realized stress starts to peak as academics it requires intense concentration efforts and proper time management. Instead of sulking in despair, those challenges emboldened her to aim to do better and prove to herself that she deserves better than her goal. She attended different extra-curricular activities, concentrated on her academics, focused on her dreams and ambition, and managed her time productively. And during her last two years in college, she strive for excellence and it paid off, when she graduated with flying colors and pass the 2017 Licensure Examination for teachers.



She was also given recognition last 1 June 2017 during the commencement exercises, as Department of Arts Sciences and Teacher Education (DASTE) & Research Award.

“Very special thanks to OWWA Region IV-A for supporting me not just financially but also intellectually through the various activities that you provided.

These awards and diploma would be a recognition of all of my parents' sacrifices and all the sleepless nights.

She is presently working in a financing group in Laguna.