This Girl Was Told She's Bobo When She Was Actually Finishing Three College Degrees
We know that, normally, college students finish their degrees in four years. However, there are cases when it's difficult to do so, especially when there are seasonal courses or when the subjects are just too deadly or when there are a ton of things to prioritize instead. However, we believe that it really doesn't matter how long you've finished college. There are other factors to consider during your study and it's not the same for all students.
This is why we can perfectly understand how hard 21-year-old Wynona Pauline Catapang must have felt when she was on the receiving end of comments like "Ang bobo, five years na sa college." But she never let these words get the best of her. Instead, the St. Scholastica's College graduate went on and gave her best to the three (yes, you read that right!) courses she's finishing.
In her graduation post, Wynona looked back on those tough days when she felt like giving up.
"I was then questioning myself, worth it pa ba lahat? I was about to give up and drop my other course," she wrote. "It was so hard to maintain a cut-off grade especially [because] both of my courses have quota grade of B-. Ang taas, beshie. Both courses pa. There was a time na na-on probation na 'ko kasi nale-left behind ko na 'yung isang course. Tapos this Feb, I was so stressed sa thesis because of the deadline tapos my lola died pa."
She then went on and shared her secret: Diskarte.
"But then I guess God took me to this path and I had to deal with it," she continued. "Kahit sabi ng iba wala pa kong napapatunayan sa mundo, na ambisyosa ako, I believe this would have been my greatest achievement in life as of now—to receive three degrees at the age of 21. And our secret? Diskarte."
But she also acknowledged how difficult it would have been if she didn't keep the right people around her. Wynona thanked her thesis partner, friends and best friends, sister, and her parents. Now, she has three college degrees at the age of 21: B.A. Mass Communication minor in Development Communication, B.S. Psychology, and B.A. Guidance and Counseling.
After reading her story, we got in touch with Wynona and asked her about the story behind her story. Here's what we found out:
She didn't really intend on studying a double major.
"It's funny that I really did not choose the program before I went to college. During high school, the career tests that I have taken always matched communication-related jobs. Then my term paper back then was related to Psychology so I became interested in it. When I was filling up the application form, I wrote Mass Communication and Psychology, only to find out that the school has a double major program. So I took the risk even if I didn't know what I was doing, haha."
She studied both courses at the same time.
"I finished Mass Communication first. For example, 3rd year college ako sa Mass Comm, then 2nd year ako sa Psych. That's how the curriculum works.
Taking a double major affected her social life.
"I rarely meet my friends because of it. Although I'm the type of girl who doesn't go to parties, my social life was still affected, especially pag may family reunions or short vacation in Batangas (my province).
She's had her fair share of hurtful comments.
"The most hurtful one I got was that I wouldn't achieve anything because I'm naïve, immature, and too ambitious. That I should drop my other course because I will just fail at it in the future. But it's okay. You really can't please everyone and there are people who will bring you down. I just pray for them instead. Si God na bahala."
Her advice for students who plan to take a double major degree.
"Multitasking. That's one skill you should have to balance two courses. I remember attending a class in Mass Comm then I will be asking my professor to use the bathroom pero yung totoo pupunta kami sa computer shop just to finish our homework, magpa-print, etc. Hahaha. I guess everyone can do it too, if you're dedicated, strategic, and committed enough that you could do anything. Everything's possible.
Read her full story below:
We couldn't help but feel happy for her and proud of her. Congratulations, Wynona! You are an inspiration.
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.