Being a student-athlete amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult, but Marjorie Manguiat never let the circumstances pull her down.
Last month, the 20-year-old swimmer joined the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam as one of the Filipino representatives in the competition. Determined to bring pride to her country, Marj diligently kept up with her finswimming training for over two years whilst balancing her studies. Apart from enduring physical injuries and jam-packed schedules, she also had to find alternative ways to train at home given the safety restrictions during the pandemic.
Even with her rigorous efforts, she couldn’t claim victory right away. She initially placed fourth in an individual event, losing by a mere five-second difference. She only bagged a bronze medal in their last competition, after swearing to her coach that she would do everything she could to make their team proud.
Now with an impressive win under her belt, Marj is focusing on her academics and organizations. Currently, she’s an AB Communication student at Ateneo de Manila University, as well as the Associate Vice President for Finance of Barefoot Ateneo and the Promotions Head of Ateneo FASH. When she’s not busy doing ~girl boss~ things, you’ll probably find her crocheting clothes and producing videos for her YouTube channel.
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