School: University of Santo Tomas
Year and course: 2nd Year, Tourism Management Major in Travel Operations Management
Age: 19 years old
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."
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."
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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