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Na-reject noon sa work dahil sa accent, Roslyn Vea Damasco, Top 1 sa board exam

by KC Cordero
Jan 24, 2023
Graduation photo of Roslyn Vea Damasco and the top 10 list
Kahit nag-graduate siya bilang magna cum laude, nakaranas noon si Roslyn Vea Damasco na tanggihan sa trabaho. “I applied to a famous school in NCR. I badly want to get in. I prepared and did my best, but I was rejected because of my regional accent—something that is innate of me; something that I can't just change.”

High school pa lang ay pinaghandaan na ni Roslyn Vea Domingo Damasco, mas kilala bilang Vea, ang pagkuha ng Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) para maging ganap na guro.

Kung bakit ganoon kahaba ang preparasyon ay ibinahagi ni Vea sa kanyang Facebook post noong September 16, 2022.

Aniya, “Fourth-year high school: when I learned that I got into UP Diliman with a course of Bachelor of Secondary Education, that was when my goal started: I want to top the LET. I will top the LET.

“First-year college: I started collecting reviewers and asking topnotchers of UPD for tips.

“Fourth-year college: as a graduating student, I have a lot of dreams. I want to work, earn money, contribute to my family financially, take a master's degree, and top the LET.”

High school graduation photo of Roslyn Vea Damasco with her mom

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NA-REJECT NANG MAG-APPLY SA TRABAHO

Nagtapos si Vea ng Bachelor of Science in Education-Major in Special Education and Minor in Mathematics sa University of the Philippines Diliman noong June 2019 bilang magna cum laude.

Marami umano ang nagsabi na dahil sa kanyang pagiging magna cum laude ay maraming trabaho at oportunidad na lalapit sa kanya.

Pero ayon sa estudyante na tubong Ilagan City, Isabela, kabiguan agad ang hatid nang una siyang mag-apply ng trabaho.

“To tell you the truth, no. The real world was hard for me as for everyone else. I never got to terms with my applications.

“I applied to a famous school in NCR. I badly want to get in. I prepared and did my best, but I was rejected because of my regional accent.

“I was devastated because I studied for four years to improve my content and pedagogy, but I got rejected for my accent—something that is innate to me, something that I can't just change.”

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Naibahagi niya ang failure sa kanyang adviser/professor.

“I ranted to her and she advised that if I want to top, I should not work otherwise my review might be compromised.”

NAGDESISYONG KUMUHA MUNA NG BOARD EXAM

Pinili ni Vea ang mag-review para sa board exam at ituloy ang pangarap na maging topnotcher.

“I believe that when I top, opportunities will follow.”

Pero maging dito ay hindi siya iniiwan ng mga pagsubok.

Hindi siya natuloy kumuha ng board exam noong 2019 dahil pumanaw ang kanyang lola na may sakit na cancer.

“I saw my family suffer. I got depressed. There were plenty of days and nights that I am alone inside my room hugging myself.

“I don't want to go out. I want to scream, but I felt like no one would hear me. I almost gave up.”

Sa pamamagitan ng kanyang pamilya at mga kaibigan, muling nanaig sa kanya ang pagnanais na matupad ang pangarap.

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“So I got up and continued with life.”

March 2020, postponed naman ang exam dahil sa paglaganap ng COVID-19. Gayundin noong September 2020 at noong March 2021.

“I started to doubt my decision to review and pursue my dream. I saw my former classmates being successful and contributing to their families while I'm just a jobless graduate who is still reviewing and waiting for something that is uncertain.”

Pakiramdam ni Vea ay isa siyang pabigat sa kanyang pamilya.

“But I am grateful that my family never pressured me to work. They are actually the ones reminding me of my goals. They supported me.”

Naisip din niya, “God has a plan for me. I just have to trust His timing.”

NAHIRAPAN SA MAJOR SUBJECT

Natuloy ang pagkuha ni Vea ng exam noong September 2021.

“During the LET, I was smiling while answering Gened and Profed. Finally, my review paid off.”

Pero pagdating aniya sa major niya na Mathematics, “That was when I realized that I cannot achieve my dream based on my own strength, preparation, and reviews."

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Napakahirap aniya ng exam.

Handwriting of Roslyn Vea Damasco

“I prayed, ‘Lord, Kayo na po ang bahala. Sana ma-shade-an ko po ang tamang sagot.'

“I was hopeless that time. I felt like my dream suddenly crashed. I thought I would not pass because of the Major exam.”

Umiiyak siya nang umuwi sa kanilang bahay.

“I felt like my years of waiting and sacrifices are worthless. I prayed to God for Him to give me peace, comfort, and strength.”

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BIRTHDAY NIYA NANG LUMABAS ANG RESULTS

Inianunsiyo ng Philippine Regulation Commission na lalabas ang resulta alinman sa mga petsang November 8 hanggang December 10.

Ang ikinababahala ni Vea, “I was hoping it won't get released on November 29 because it is my birthday!

“But God has a better time. He released the result on my birthday.

“I rehearsed plenty of times as to what my first words should be when I see the result. My first sentence should be, ‘Thank you, God.’

“So as I am checking for the result, I keep on saying, ‘Thank you, God.’”

Kaya iyon na ang naibulalas niya nang makita ang pangalan sa number one spot.

May rating siya na 93.40 percent.

Agad siyang lumabas ng kuwarto at ibinahagi sa pamilya ang good news na Top 1 siya.

“I burst into tears because all the sacrifices, failures, and hard works finally bear fruit.

“My family and relatives are all happy with me.”

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Photo of Roslyn Vea Damasco in blue T-shirt

Sambit ni Vea, “Your dream is also your family's dream. Your success is also their success. Your happiness is also their happiness.”

Paalala niya sa mga makakabasa ng kanyang kuwento, “Even the best and successful ones experienced depression, felt like a burden, and failed in achieving their dreams

“But know that God's timing is perfect. If something is meant to be yours, it will be yours. No pandemic nor failure can snatch that from you. You just have to trust God.”

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Sa ngayon ay connected si Vea sa Carl E. Balita Review Center.

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Kahit nag-graduate siya bilang magna cum laude, nakaranas noon si Roslyn Vea Damasco na tanggihan sa trabaho. “I applied to a famous school in NCR. I badly want to get in. I prepared and did my best, but I was rejected because of my regional accent—something that is innate of me; something that I can't just change.”
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