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Candy Rookie Thea Cuaresma Proves Optimism Is A Life Skill We All Need To Master

Thea is part of Candy Rookies 2020, a group of influential and aspirational college students handpicked to represent #GenerationCandy in the year to come.
IMAGE Rxandy Capinpin

School: University of Santo Tomas

Year and course: 2nd Year, Tourism Management Major in Travel Operations Management 

Age: 19 years old

Instagram: @theacuaresma

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There's a lot every goal-oriented and multi-talented college student can learn from Candy Rookie Thea Cuaresma, but perhaps most inspiring of all is the 19-year-old's views on success and living her best life. As a sophomore in college, Thea has already learned that resilience and optimism, and not perfectionism, will truly help you reach your dreams. "My family and friends know how resilient and positive I am amidst all the challenges I’ve encountered,"  the Tourism sophomore says. "Cliche it may sound, but I always look at the brighter side of things. I also see myself as a goal-getter. I courageously take risks and turn my vision into reality."

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One of the things that helps Thea stay grounded and in tune with herself is music. "I’ve been into music ever since I was a kid. Through music, I can express myself without using words of my own. I’ve tried to join a singing contest and learned how to play different musical instruments like the violin and piano when I was ten.

"Listening and creating music makes me feel good and helps me to be more confident as I express my emotions and feelings."

Exploring the world

Aside from music, Thea also has a passion for travel and adventure. "I’ve always wanted to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a flight attendant," says Thea. "I find joy in adventures. Traveling makes me appreciate the journey just as much as the destination. I love exploring beautiful destinations, meeting and serving other people, and discovering each and every culture."

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Thea is part of Candy Rookies 2020, a group of influential and aspirational college students handpicked to represent #GenerationCandy in the year to come.

Photography: Rxandy Capinpin

Art Direction: Hannah Villafuerte

Team Art Director: Jico Joson

Producers: Ysabel Y. Yuzon and Mylene Mendoza

Shoot Coordination: Lou Ferrer

Makeup: Dorothy Mamalio

Hair: Ery Laroya

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