Because of poverty, many of our countrymen are unable to continue their education. But even so, Grace Labradoe Bacus did her best to finish her education even in her old age. Grace is the third of nine siblings. She grew up in a poor family so she realized the responsibility even she was young. Because of the hardships of life, her parents were unable to support her education, Grace had to stop studying and works as a maid to help her parents and siblings.
Because of Grace’s work, she can help her family and somehow save it for herself, because Grace dreams of graduating from college.
By the time Grace was 26 she already had enough money to continue her college education. She took the Bachelor of Science major in English course at Talisay City College, Grace said she wants to be a teacher.
One of the challenges Grace faced in college was to keep the time of caring for her siblings while she was studying. Her parents are working and since there is nothing that would take care of her siblings she is forced to be absent from her other classes.
Grace’s teacher didn’t like her frequent absences so she reprimanded her.
“You’d better quit school because you don’t need a degree in taking care of children.”
These hurtful words pushed Grace to work harder and improve even more.
According to Grace, “Yes, word for word, I could still hear you say that. IT was engraved in my heart. That the person I expected to understand me was the same person who broke me into pieces for she was supposedly my ADVISER, my second parent.”
Because of what her teacher told her it served as encouragement to his dream that any hardship would have to go on to prove herself. It was negative at first but it gave a positive result because Grace finished her course at the age of 30 and was honored as Magna Cum Laude.
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