Before I started writing this article, I first visited its part 1 (The Road to the Much-Coveted “Sablay”), which I wrote in 2014. I was all smile while reading it, as it made my imagination glide back on my first few semesters in UP SOLAIR. It made me nostalgic, thinking very carefully on how I was able to overcome that roller coaster ride – working full time, studying, being active in ministry, time for family and friends, etc.
When I graduated with my Diploma Degree in 2014, I was actually thinking of not pushing through with my Master’s Degree anymore. I just felt that schooling has eaten up too much of my time for the past couple of years, and I wanted to make up for the time lost.
In other words… Tinatamad lang talaga ako. Hahaha. 😀
But well, that was just a thought. If you really know me, you would definitely know that I won’t do that. I don’t start a battle I won’t finish.
So there, I continued with the program. The next two years were much more stressful and nerve-wracking. My demanding workload in mid of 2015 prevented me from taking up the October Comprehensive Exam.
I was crying inside! I lost one semester! 😦 😦 Well, I may sound exaggerated, but I was really aiming to finish on time so I won’t have to take penalty subjects.
I have 2 semesters left before I reach my maximum residency which is 5 years. After that lost chance of taking the exam, I planned to take on the next schedule, which is March 2016. And I aimed of passing on the first try.
I had to re-locate (since I am from the South), so I could focus on my review. And God is just awesome. I have been looking for a place which is located in between school and office (and that would fit my finances, of course) since 2015. I couldn’t find any, but right before I started reviewing, I was able to find one. 🙂
I started reviewing at the middle of February. I made a commitment to put off my normal social activities until I finish the exam. I have gotten used to saying “no” to friends whenever they would ask me out. And since I have made that commitment, I was reviewing for four freaking hours every night and every weekend, for almost seven weeks.
Well, to cut this long story short…
I passed the Comprehensive Exam, just on time. And I just earned my Master’s Degree last June 2016!
No, this is not just about my skill, my hard work, and my efforts. This is not just because I committed to focus on my review. This is not just because of my discipline and dedication. Most importantly, this is because of God’s grace and the prayers and encouragement of all the people who love me – my family and relatives, my closest friends, and my second home (The Feast).
One thing I realized right after the exam: If I would fail, I wouldn’t be as sad as other people would, because the love and prayers I received from these people every day since they knew I have an upcoming exam, were much, much more than the degree I have been aiming for.
By God’s grace, I am now a Master’s Degree holder.
But the biggest blessing of all, which nothing can ever compare to, is the realization that God loves me so much. And He is loving me through the most loving people He is sending me every day.
If I were to choose between that Sablay and those loving people, I would, without a doubt, choose the latter. But well, my God is a generous and loving God. He wouldn’t want me to choose.
I had both. 🙂