Student Today, Driver Tonight

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I believe in the old saying which goes “Poverty is not a hindrance to success”.

It was an inspiration which pushed me to perform best in studies. After many years of perseverance I became a public school teacher.

In my 21st year of service I met a senior student assigned as computer laboratory aide. His name is Abbe Atega. He is very hard-working. He is diligent and responsible. He is witty. He is determined to be a professional in the coming days.

Last August 17, 2010 his task in the laboratory was done much ahead of time. He spent some minutes chatting with me.

He shared that he was once a drop-out from school due to financial difficulty. He was sent to a farm where he worked for his living. Later he realized that he will be farming for the rest of his life if he will not continue his schooling. He went back to school.

The family’s financial difficulty was mitigated by the illnesses of his parents. His mother cannot work for a living. His father’s income would only sustain his medical maintenance, food, shelter for the family, and for the schooling of her older sister in college. He was aware that if he would not sort out whatever resources available, he would end up a bystander.

His class ends at 3:45 p.m. He used to go home right after his class to do some personal chores. At 5:00 p.m., he is off to the road for a living. He would drive a motorcycle with side car. Time and weather were not essential to him. His focus was on the delivery of the passengers. He would stop at 11:00 p.m. to rest. His usual net income would be Php 100.00. He would remit Php 80.00 to his mother and Php 20.00 for his allowance in school. At 6:45 of the following day, he would be at school for studies.

I find this guy very amazing. I would feel the sacrifices he made in order to continue his studies. I salute him for that. I see in him the value of perseverance. This value is rare in teenagers. Teenagers today would prefer quitting school and earn a living. Persevering attitude is very hard to acquire. Sacrifices must become a habit to acquire this value.

Perseverance is the quality of continuing with something even though it is difficult. The first step toward attaining success is understanding how to persevere.

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “Victory belongs to him who has the most perseverance.”

With due consideration of those tiresome routine he still garnered rank #1 in his class on the first quarter of the school year.

A teenager like him will preferably make a difference. In him I am convinced that attitude and character are two vital values that would bring out person’s success.


47 thoughts on “Student Today, Driver Tonight

    Jocyln said:
    September 30, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Thanks for sharing this very inspirational story ma’am evz..sad to say because of poverty young individuals has to strive hard inorder to achieve whatever goals they have in life and learn to make a living just for the family without thinking of how risky it is.I just feel sad seeing the big difference of how students here in Australia being treated by the government, they are very lucky i should say, because everything they need in school is being provided as long as they are willing to study, on the contrary, our students in the Philippines experiences too much hardships and i don’t see any changes on how the system has been managed.Despite all these, i salute those who are still hopeful to uplift the kind of living that they have now and have a strong determination and perseverance in achieving their dreams.And I also salute, the teachers, like you maam Eva, for the guidance and inspiration you have instilled to all of us who one’s became your student and so with the new batch.May God Bless you always with good health and more years of untiring and unconditional service to our young generation.

      cecile romares said:
      February 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

      maam eva ito ang napili ko ay guro pra mkatulong sa mga bata sana ntuto silang bumasa at sumulat tulad ng mga bata dito sa pilipinas na wala ka pag-aral sa magandang paaralan sana lahat ng ma bata ay makapag aral ang lhat at mkahanap ng magandang trabaho……thank you maam….

      irene cantorne said:
      February 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

      ..maam thank you for teching us …..and i wiil really study hard habang kaya pa nang parent ko na pag paaralin ako…at sana hindi ka mag sawa na turo-an… sana hindi ako maka stop nang paga aral…kaya nang ako nagsisikap na mag aral nang mabuti para maka gradute ako… at kong maka tapos na ako nang paga aral ay mga kapatid ko naman ang pag aralin ko

    carlz said:
    October 1, 2010 at 5:10 am

    .what a nice article ma’am evz..poverty is really one factor why some students will be forced to stop in schooling..kaya ako ma’am I will really study hard habang kaya pah ng parents koh na pag-aaralin ako..kaya naghahanap talaga ako ng scholarship para hindi mka.stop sa skul..kasi ang hirap nah ng buhay..

      irene cantorne said:
      February 11, 2011 at 4:18 am

      tama ka ang hirap nga nang buhay kaya nang ako nag sikap nang paga aral para marating ko ang gusto…ko at para din matulongan ko ang aking magulang….

      cecile romares said:
      February 11, 2011 at 4:21 am

      sana mkatapos ako ng pag-aaral pra mkatulonng sa mga magulang ko
      at sna mkatapos ako ng pag-aaral ng college pra mkatulong ako sa mga magulang ko na sila ang nag aral sa akin…..

    STEP said:
    October 5, 2010 at 5:21 am

    99% of people like that always reap great success in life. How I wish there would be more students like him.

      irene cantorne said:
      February 11, 2011 at 4:24 am

      …..thank’s for a gud teching to us….i wish so many activities to come in school

        irene cantorne said:
        February 11, 2011 at 4:26 am

        AT sana marami kang student na maturo an

      cecile romares said:
      February 11, 2011 at 4:30 am

      lahat sna ng mga bata ay gusto mag-aral
      pero hindi lahat mga bata ay
      gusto mag-aral kung mga bata lahat
      mag-aral ang bansa natin ay uunlad…..
      sna lhat ay magsisikap sila mag-aral
      para uunlad sila……lahat…..

    jolina said:
    October 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    maka.inspire kaau ang article sobra tita 🙂 sana mabasa nang lahat para meron silang m.tutunan sa article nyo po.. for sure lahat ng makabasa e.value at e.prioritize ang studies para di na mag hirap sa future. para maging success sa life. ” success makes us grow” .. we should always trust our self to make a difference in our life.. we should work hard to fulfill our dreams and goals in life. 🙂 goodless tita. take care lagi.

    irene cantorne said:
    February 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

    sana makatapos ako nang paga aral para makamit ko ang pangarap ko

    irene cantorne said:
    February 11, 2011 at 4:30 am

    sana makatapos ako nang paga aral para makamit ko ang pangarap ko at sana lahat nang bata ay maka aral

    cecile romares said:
    February 11, 2011 at 5:14 am

    maam thank you sa pagtuturo namim sna maam marami pa kayong mturuan
    na studyante maam sana matutu sila sa pagtuturo ninyo……
    maam maraming salamat sa lahat sana marami kaming ma22nan
    at sana marami pa kayong matuturo sa ibang estudyante……..

    patrick cabalda said:
    February 11, 2011 at 7:10 am

    yup,,,this story is very inspirational ..this is right, ang kahirapan ay di hadlang para ikaw ay lumago o umunlad sa buhay,,..hangga’t kaya pa wag kang sumoko sa hamon ng buhay..ganito tayong mga pinoy habang naghihirap mas lalo pa tayong ginaganahang gumawa para mag survive.inborn to be survivor..

    being student,,,.i am so thankful because i have a parent that gave there best para sa aming magkakapatid ,,patuloy silang sumusuporta at laging nadyan para sa amin.

    kaya nga mahal na mahal ko sila at kahit kailan hindi ako magsasawa magmahal sa kanila gaya nang pagmamahal nila sa akin..
    Kaya nga nag-aaral ako para sa kanila nagbabakasakaling matugunan ko ang pangangailan ng aking pamilya,,nagsisikap akong makapagtapos ng pag-aaral..

    raymond villarin said:
    February 11, 2011 at 7:25 am

    ako si raymond villarin nag aaral sa paaralang donia carmen denia national high shool at sa kasalukuyan ako ay 3 year palamang at ang plano ko pag ako ay nakatapos na ng pag-aaral ay aasikasuhin ko na kaagad agada gna makapag trabaho upang masimulan ang ubligasyon ko sa aking mga magulang at iyon naman ang gusto kung gawin sa una palamang ang mabigyan sila ng sariling bahay at higit sa lahat ang mabigyan sila ng sarinlig mga nigusyo para kahit na sa trabaho ako ay may mapagkukunan sila ng panggastos sa bahay at sa iba paang mga gastusin sa bahay

    gelma B. kiyamco said:
    February 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Sana marami pang katulad mo .Na nagsikap para lang maka pag-aral at ipagpatuloy mo ang pagiging masikap ,upang malayo ang iyong marating sa buhay . Upang makatulong ka rin sa mga magulang at iyong mga kapatid sa kjanilang pag-aaral.

    johnreneentice said:
    February 14, 2011 at 3:16 am

    hello mam evs, this inspires me so much, beacuse honesty I am praying that i could possess this attitude of being diligent and to have perseverance in everything. “pagkamalahutayon” sa bisaya, because I am easily bored and impatient sometimes. Though I am trying to be responsible so as to finish my studies and become a professional someday. Just like Abbe, I came from a poor family, only my mother earn a living for us. My father is sickly, he may look healthy but he easily got sick. I am really determined to finish my studies to have a better future. Hardships I may encounter but I know this will make me strong. As God will give me strength I know I can persevere.Thank you very ma’am for your patience to me and to the whole class as well.

    aerosjanejimenez said:
    February 23, 2011 at 3:59 am

    🙂 i as a rear teenager….
    i appreciate the life of the student who deligently apparted to schooling and goes in working at a time he is a working student who deligently wants to help his parent to the poverty…..

    as i encourage the strength of the student …wHo works for the sake of their daily needs…..

    so..the stOry inspires me to assist my self to finish my student ….that my parents work for my needs..
    its time also for me to perseve my own goal!..

    ghee bag'o said:
    February 23, 2011 at 4:16 am

    im us student gusto kong mkapag tapos ng pag aaral para makatulong s akng mga magulang at gosto k rin na magkatapos ng kolihiyo………para makamtm k ang aking mga pangarap s buhay…….at gusto k ring ma ihaon s kahirapan ang aking pamilya………

    ghee bag'o said:
    February 23, 2011 at 4:22 am

    im us student gusto kong mkapag tapos ng pag aaral para makatulong s akng mga magulang at gosto k rin na magkatapos ng kolihiyo………para makamtm k ang aking mga pangarap s buhay…….at gusto k ring ma ihaon s kahirapan ang aking pamilya………at gusto k ring matulong s iba pang nanganga ilangn……

    Mark said:
    February 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

    You know, that is nice news 🙂

    jessanoberez said:
    March 1, 2011 at 4:42 am

    im as student gusto kung makapagtapos nang pag-aaral para makatulong s aking mga magulang gusto ko rin makapagtapos na kolihiyo……..para makamtan ko ang aking mga pangarap sa buhay,,,,at gusto ko rin ma ihaons kahirapan ang aking pamilya….

    christy joy aragon said:
    March 2, 2011 at 4:46 am


    nakaka inspire talaga ang article na ito …
    kaya ako mag-aaral talaga akung mabuti ,to become a succesful woman someday .

    ahmp…sana marami pang ibang estudyante na kagaya ne Abbe .
    matulungin sa magulang , iniisip ang kapakanan ng magulang kahit nahihirapan na,


    jeremeah pagalan said:
    March 2, 2011 at 4:47 am

    us a student gusto ko pong maka pagtapos nang pag aaral dahil po. gusto ko pong matulungan ang aking mga magulang at gusto ko pong mahiahon po kami sa yan lang po at maraming salamat

    maluisabuligan said:
    March 4, 2011 at 12:02 am

    sana marami kapang maabot na pangarap para makatapos ka sa pag aaral para hindi masayang ang oras at para rin matulungan mo ang pamilya at sikaping maka pag aral nang mabuti.

    jeremeahpagalan said:
    March 4, 2011 at 12:03 am

    sana marami sana katulad mo na magsikap para lang makapag aral sana makaabot ka nang kolihiyo sa sarili mong sikap at sana pag nakaabot ka nang kolihiyo ang mga magulang mo naman ang tulongan mo.!

    maluisabuligan said:
    March 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

    marami tayong maabot na pangarap kung mag sikap tayo nag maayos………

    maluisabuligan said:
    March 4, 2011 at 12:19 am

    ako ay isang student marami din akong pangarap at gusto ko ring makatulung sa aking pamilya kailangan ko ring mag sikap….

    Lmancera said:
    March 4, 2011 at 1:30 am

    I believe in the old saying which goes “Poverty is not a hindrance to success”.
    this saying is one of the most really make me willing to do work straightly that possess me to the success.

    and so pag laki ko ay tutulongan ko ang aking magulang para ihaon sa kahirapan ng buhay ngayon.
    sana ay may mga pagbabago sa generasyon ngayon sa bawat isa yan lang po at laging tatandn na ang DIOS ay nan dyan lamang sa tabi nagmamasid.thank GOD and GOD BLESS……..

    maryvicramirez said:
    March 4, 2011 at 4:03 am

    NAKX NAMAN !!!!!



    ivysalibay said:
    March 4, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I believe in the saying that =”POVERTY IS NOT A HINDRANCE TO SUCCESS’=…..
    THIS SAYINGS is important to me so that i study yet to become a successfull student ….

    kaya kapag kya akong ipag-aral ng ina ko sa kolihiyo i’m sure that i will do my best na pagbubutihin ko ang aking pag-aaral upang sa ikagaganda ng aking kinabukasan at kung mka tapos man ako ay ako na ang tataguyod sa aking pamilya SOON !!! …..

    ronemie said:
    March 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    nakakainspired talaga ang article na ito kaya gusto ko talaga mag aral ng mabuti para makapit ko ang aking pangarap………

    almathea joy lazo said:
    March 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

    .. yEah riGhT .. sisikapiN ko taLgaNg maG-aRaL pra naman maSukLiaN ko aNg mga paGhiHiraP aT saKriPisYo na naGawa ng aKinG MgA MAgULaNG at para makatapos din agad .

    jessanoberez said:
    March 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

    us a student gusto ko sanang makapagtapos nang pag-aaral para makatulong ako sa aking mga magulang at gagawin ko ang makakaya ko para maabot ko talaga ang gusto kong pangarap……..

    ronemiedellosa said:
    March 11, 2011 at 12:12 am

    ang article na ito ay nakakainspired sa mga kabataan tulad ko….kaya pagbubutihin ko ang aking pag aaral….

    jessanoberez said:
    March 11, 2011 at 12:20 am

    maam salamat sa pagtuturo kahit minsan hindi kami nakikinig hindi ka parin nawawalan ng pag asa ………. thank you sa lahat maam……

      antalan said:
      March 14, 2011 at 4:05 am

      mahirap na ang buhay..marami na ang naghihirap at isa kami sa mga yun…i promise to my self na mag-aaral ako ng mabuti upang matulongan ko ang pamilya ko, hindi lang pamilya ko, kundi pra sa kinabukasan ko din,ayaw kung matulad sa mga young age na sa ngayun na hindi nakapag-aral dahil sa kahirapan ng buhay at naging ina na sila

      being a student I have obligation,to listen my teacher and also study my lesson.

      hindi ko gusto ma dismaya ang parents ko,lalong lalo na ang papa ko….thats why nagaaral ako ng mabuti……

        antalan said:
        March 14, 2011 at 4:08 am

        thank you maa’m for being a good teacher to us, i hope marami kayong matuylongan

        wants again THANK YOU maam…i wish you the BEST

    lemuel abadilla said:
    March 11, 2011 at 12:32 am

    We are talking about perseverance education force us to do good and by our selves ,so I salute that person who obtain his studies despite on his circumstances. Thank god because he us let leave.
    I also truly believe that education is not a privilege it is our right. In my own experience I am lucky
    cause I have full support from my parents .And I work hard to fill out of it .

    jestonydemanuel said:
    March 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    this story is very inspirational, ang kahirapan ay hindi hadlang para makapag aral tayo at hindi rin hadlang para sa ating mga pangarap.

    reajaneodias said:
    March 18, 2011 at 12:27 am

    =) ako simple lang ang mka pagtapos ng pag-aaral upang mka tulong sa magulang
    at gusto ko paglaki ko mka hnap ako ng maggandang trabaho ..

    At nag pasasalamat po ako sa aking magulang dahil sa sinuportahan nila ako sa pag-
    aaral pati narin sa Panginoon dahil binigyan niya kaming magandang kinabukasan ..

    Louiejayebona said:
    March 18, 2011 at 12:37 am

    hi………..mam sana po hendi parin kayo mawalan nang pag_asa sa pagtuturo sa mga darating mo pang mga mag_aaral gud gless mam…………….at tnx sa pagtuturo mam.

    cherygin batoto said:
    March 18, 2011 at 12:51 am

    bilang mag,aaral dito sa donia carmen denia national high school,inaamin ko na habang tumatagal pahrap na nang pahirap ang mga lesson pero kahit ganun kakayanin ko parin ang pag-aaral kahit na mahirap at tatapusin ku ito para rin sa aking kabutihan… sa lahat ng teachers dito sa school hope na kakayanin nyu lahat…and god bless…and thank you…(//_*)..

    andrie mar sarin said:
    March 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

    tinataguyod ko ang aking pag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng pag mamaniho ng motorsiklo na may side-car mula 5;30 hanggang 9;00 o’clock ng gabi para may pang baon ako sa pag-aaral……….

    paulamonicakiyamco said:
    June 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

    very entertaining po ang storya niya na inspire ako ,,,kasi minsan lang ang estudyanteng katulad niya
    ,,sana magsikap ka pa upang malayo ang marating mo sa buhay,,

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