Top 8 si John Michael Sta. Clara Casiano, mas kilala bilang JM, sa May 2022 Civil Engineering Licensure Examination.
May rating siya na 92.20 percent.
Produkto si JM ng Camarines Norte State College.
Pagbabahagi niya sa panayam sa kanya ng GineersNow noong September 4, 2022, siya ang kauna-unahang engineer sa kanilang pamilya.
Isang tricycle driver ang kanyang ama. Pumanaw naman ang kanyang ina noong eight years old siya.
Ani JM, “I chose civil engineering because this has been my dream since I was a kid.
"Large and tall buildings and long bridges really amazed me at that time. Plus the fact that my father worked in the Department of Public Works and Highways in the past, and he keeps telling me stories of how exciting and challenging the work of a civil engineer is.”
Wala umano siyang naging bagsak na grado sa kolehiyo, pero madalas ay mababa ang score niya sa quizzes at major exams.
“Most of them are caused by my lack of self-confidence and the drive to pursue high scores.
"To be honest, I was always content with passing scores in each evaluation, but I never aimed for a perfect score.”
Sa kabila nito, lagi siyang kabilang sa Dean’s List.
Ang major goal niya ay matapos ang kinuhang kurso at makapasa sa board exam.
CHALLENGES DURING COLLEGE
Isa sa mga problema niya sa kolehiyo ang kakapusan sa budget.
“There are times when deadlines for contributions, research expenses, and other expenses arrive, and I don’t know where I would get such money.”
Namroblema rin siya nang todo nang kailanganin na niya ang laptop, “This is for our building design subject. I don’t have any idea how to afford such things.”
Ang ginawa niya, nag-tutor siya sa ibang engineering students para kumita at may magastos para sa kanyang requirements.
Isa pang struggle niya noon ay ang mga negatibong tao na nakapaligid sa kanya na hinihila siyang pababa.
“There are people who continuously say I can’t make it. That I should have just stopped studying and tried to find some work to earn some money.”
Pero hindi nagpaapekto sa mga ito si JM.
“Instead, I used them to study even harder to achieve my dreams and prove to everyone that real success doesn’t come overnight, but by every effort that you put into it.”
PRESSURE DURING REVIEW AND BOARD EXAM
Nag-enroll si John sa tatlong review centers para paghandaan ang board exam.
Habang nagre-review ay nakita niya ang mga tanong na ginamit sa isang lumang board exam para sa civil engineering.
“I discovered many new topics from the test that I didn’t know, as well as unfamiliar terms and concepts.”
Nakaramdam umano siya ng anxiety dahil parang kulang na kulang pa ang kanyang na-review.
“Thankfully, there were many people who were willing to help me overcome my worries.
"They told me about their experiences on how they passed the board exam and also gave some pieces of advice.”
Unti-unti, naging kalmado siya at nawala ang kanyang nerbiyos.
Nang sumapit ang araw ng pagsusulit, naging madali kay JM ang pagsasagot sa ibang subjects.
Nahirapan si JM nang todo sa Applied Mathematics, “There were terms and concepts I wasn’t sure of.
“Also, there were 20 objective-type questions, which made the exam even more difficult.”
Dahil dito, hindi na siya umasang makakasama sa Top 10.
“I was just praying that I would pass the exam so that my efforts would not go to waste.”
TAGUMPAY, INIALAY SA AMA
Ang pamilya ni JM ang unang nakaalam na Top 8 siya sa kinuhang board exam.
“But I didn’t believe them, so, I checked it myself. After I saw the results, I jumped in joy and shouted, ‘Thank you, Lord!’
“I didn’t expect that my name would be included in the top 10. It was something that God had given to me after all the sacrifices and efforts that I made.
“God really knows our sufferings and hardships, and He will give us what we truly deserve.”
Inialay ni JM ang tagumpay sa kanyang pamilya.
“To my father and loved ones, who didn’t stop supporting me in this journey.
“My father is one of my biggest supporters throughout my entire college and review days.”
Ang payo niya sa mga estudyanteng kapos sa budget pero sinisikap makatapos, “Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe that you can do it, then it will be much harder to actually achieve your goal.
“It may sound cliché, but self-confidence is key when taking on a challenging task. If you don’t believe you can do it, it will be harder to convince others that you can.”