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and your life with Scranton members and women leaders!

Agent Of Change

Agent Of Change First, i would like to thank my God, Lord Jesus Christ who had brought me till here, nothing can compares his everlasting love and kindness. It isnt by coincidence if i had chance to get scholarship by Scranton. I see that God always opens the way when we try and rely on His hand.  There’s a phrase say “All in good time” what means your achievement will happen when the time is right, no exception. And i believe that. Why? Because times shows you about process, a goal itself and it will shape your identity. I’m just 20 years old ordinary girl, who born in simple family, we are not rich, we are not poor - more than that, as a mature girl must be have an integrity and value, something you can proud of. Leader and role model is more likeably-simmilar to me, they have one vision to influence surrounding being. Women are expected to be a role model in leadership to other women or more.  What about me? Since kid, i realized hardskill werent enough for unusual common world. I really work hard, from competition to any competition, and from organization until i found my truly purpose of life. As time goes by, my starting point come through-i guess. Who could have ever expected i was one of 5 selected student who joined design worksop held by NAFA Singapore? It was epic situation. I remember there were few time i fail on education, organization and even fail to be icon school for senior high school representative. But, like i said before.. it was all in good time and more than that i had found my truly purpose of my life. I believe someday i can be someone else role model. I am commited to continuing to fight and do the best for my education and to be a leader. “For the wing of love there is anger; for the wing of destiny there is fear; for the wing of pain there is healing; for the wing of tears there is joy; for the wing of rejection there is acceptance, but for the wings itself there is perfection”.

  • Felicia Rosalie Tanzil
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  • Petra Christian University
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  • 2019 

Unexpected Gift

During this corona pandemic and everything I do, such work and lectures are done at home. I invested my time innovating my mom's business, Bakwan. I feel amazed. It feels like a gift from God to me and my family.After a long time, I'm completed to make frozen bakwan. Besides that, God also answers my prayer. This day we have our first drop shipper. I'm so glad and thank God. Right now, I am grateful able to support others, and I hope we can be a blessing for others through bakwan

  • Azalia Indrawati Susanto
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  • Petra Christian University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

Thankful for His Works, Always!

This is my very first time posting here, and I would like to share one of His ways on how He gave me a room to be a blessing for others! I believe most of you are probably interested joining an organization for some reasons. Perhaps, to be a productive person?  If you answer yes, then I am kind of different from you! (hahaha). I have never thought to join any organizations at my university. I was afraid that it might destroy my grade and daily life since I know it would consume most of my time. Therefore, I would rather choose to be a part of a temporary committee than involve in an organization. However, there was a time that I felt God talked to me. He asked me to go beyond my comfort zone. It was started when one of my friends, who is now the head of my department’s student council, asked me to be a part of this student council and helped her as a secretary. At that very moment, I did not know what kind of answer I need to give to her. I mean.. I should stick to my words that I would never join an organization, right? If you were in my position, you would know how confused I was since she is one of my good friends! Well, I could reject her offer easily regardless our friendship. But, there was something that kept pushing me to think about it again. I asked my friend to give me some time, and finally I brought this to God and questioned Him a lot. Why should it come too sudden? What is the meaning behind it all? How can He guarantee my grade and other things? Anyway, I was thinking for 3 days long, and now you can imagine how confused I was for this kind of little thing hahaha. Behind my prayer, I found His wise answer. Day by day, there was always something that convinced me to accept this offer. Started from my surroundings, my family, and even His words from the bible that I remember the most. Colossians 2:23, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” This verse totally changed my mind because I realized that He wants me to work for Him. Therefore, I decided to accept His offer. Now, I feel so much more than thankful as my life can be impactful to others through this chance, and I finally found a place to build my leadership! ^^Then, how about my grade and other activities that I worried a lot? Well, life must keep going on, isn't it?  Thankfully, again, I learned how to manage my time and prioritize which one I should do first and last. Life is not about numbers, and it is not about yourself. Life is more than that, just be grateful for what you have now and enjoy the process within Him.  For all of you who read this, don’t lose the opportunity He gives you. I believe that it is one of His works on your life to make you a better person, to give you a room to be an impact to others, and to make you find His purpose on your life. A chance may not come twice, right? If you find it difficult, come to Him as He is available anytime for you. Everything you do, do it all for Him and look how great is our God! God bless you all. 

  • Aprillia Adella
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  • Petra Christian University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

Faith in Waiting

"Good things come to those who wait; but only the things left by those who hustle." -Abraham Lincoln   I've always asked myself where should I be at the moment? How should I act in front of everyone? How should I please them? Why am I a failure? Why am I a constant reminder that disappointments are always inevitable? Are my efforts not enough? Are my beliefs out of place? Does my happiness require meeting everybody's expectations? Am I doing right? How do I know that I'm doing the right thing if it doesn't make me happy? How do I live?   I learned that through these questions, you get to know what you really want and how you want your life should be. But the most special thing that you can do is to stick with patience. And if you have patience, it only means that you appreciate the things you love most even if it includes waiting. You wait for the right place. You wait for the right time. You wait for the right person. You need patience to serve the people around you. So, when these things and people come, value them; hold them dear like a newly washed glass being held with care and let it not slip through your hands. It's a challenge, you see. There will be people who will not like you even if you have put so much effort just to please them and make them see the good in you; there will be expectations that will fall into disappointments; there will be a time that you'll fail and get depressed; not all people will understand you or your beliefs; life is not perfect.   So, I guess, after all, you just have to be yourself. If people can't like you, that's okay, they don't matter. What matters is you love the person that you are. You love the things you do. You love the people around you. Because at the end of the day, what you chose is the outcome of your patience. You don't just wait because you have to; you do it because you know that there is good in waiting and you see happiness at the end of its road. And that's how I live. I live for the positivity of waiting, of patience. I live for my happiness. Will that hurt others? How about you?   How do you live?

  • Briget Ann Bucol Campong
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  • Silliman University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

My Social Work Student Journey

"Social Work"I still remember when I had so much confusion in my Senior High School years, especially on my 12th grade on what course should I be taking for college. I wanted to take MassCom, Archi, Engineering, Psych, and even considered BSMT or BSCrim, but I have always thought I'll never fit to any of those, and there's just something else there that is exactly for me, a calling perhaps, and that's when I discovered BS Social Work, it was not really a famous major nor a famous profession but I knew it was fate, chareng. I just really felt that SOCIAL WORK was just for me, and I never regretted choosing it, or should I say accepting what God chose for me. Thus, I believe it was indeed a calling. I found home in Social Work, the learnings that fit perfectly to my inclination and passion to help, it molded me to be who I am today, the resiliency it channelled to my being, and I have the best mentors who kept on motivating me to be more inclined in my studies and fueled my passion even more. There were also opportunities came that I will always be grateful to the Most High! Being a full scholar, a class honor, dean's list, former SU-JSWAP President, CAS Rep, SW Representative in any Org and Academic events and an everyday learner. But don't get me wrong, the major I took was both easy and not easy to ace, I still have so much difficulties, not just in passing the subjects, but also keeping up with your mental state. Sophomore year for me was very challenging, academics were all steady, opportunities and responsibilities all came in just a single time, I gained friends and I also lost some, but I still am grateful for being here, and testifying a partial moment of my college life. Today, as all Social Workers and Future Change Agents celebrate the "World Social Work Day!" I would like to commend all of our brave and passionate Social Workers, escpially one of the front liners against the existence of COVID-19, our Medical Social Workers! We are with you in fighting this war. Thank you for being our inspiration to study harder and do good in school to become effective social workers in the future just like all of you ?? You are one of the heroes I look up to, especially in this lifetime crisis our world is facing today! I pray that I get to join you in your unending life battles and in your position in this society some time in the future, in God's will!                                         Laban, SOCIAL WORKERS! Bangon lang ng bangon sa buhay!HAPPY WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY! #WSWD2020#PromotingtheImportanceofHumanRelationships

  • Briget Ann Bucol Campong
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  • Silliman University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

The Dark Box

THE DARK BOX               Have you ever felt that you are trapped or imprisoned inside a dark, shallow and empty box? The time where you can't move? Like you are sucked inside it forever? That you cannot see any ways to escape from it and the only thing you can hear is your heart pumping? Well, I don't know who needs to hear this, but, hey! YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE. I've been there. The feeling of hopelessness, being senseless and unsure of our real purpose. That we feel that we are lost and there was no one to hold on, even our own self.              Little did you know, God intentionally puts us inside that dark box for our own protection. For us to be saved from the cruelty that emerges outside it. Sometimes, God really tests us thru His own way. And no matter how blurry or dark it may seem; we all just need to TRUST.  HIS.  PROCESS. Maybe during those dark times, we tend to think dark things. But, what we really should do is to close our eyes, take a deep breathe, let the air out and say, "I will trust your process, Lord God". Always remember that that dark box is our protection and all the struggles that we face today hones us to be the best version of ourselves in the future. And after God opened the box, we can see the different spectrum of color, light and the enchanted beauty that he prepared for us for a long time and the feeling of gratitude and security became higher than the anxiety that we felt before. As long as you trust in Him, your worries will be swept away by your faith. So, friends, if you ever felt like you are lost today, worry no more and have rely yourself to our Lord God and you will come back to yourself safe and sound and the purpose that were once blurry is now clearly seen. The hundreds of rejections that we faced are millions of redirections that God perfectly planned for us to have a better life in the future.             I also want to take this opportunity to invite everyone for us pray for our beloved world to our dear Lord God to please let us heal and surpass this novel coronavirus pandemic. Everyone, please remain safe and sanitized. Let’s keep our heart, body, mind and soul strong to defeat all of this challenges. We can surpass all of this, together. Let’s trust God that He will save this humanity and do not forget to thank Him for all the things that he have done. Always remember that on every dark situation you are in, there is always a light outside it, just keep on searching with God's grace. Thank you for your time on reading my story. Aja aja!~   Sincerely, Jasmine Joyce L. Salenga Trinity University of Asia, Philippines

  • Jasmine Joyce L. Salenga
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  • Trinity University of Asia
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

I'm Blessed

Hello, today I'm going to tell you the important a community that is not just a community but to help you improve the skills that you have. I have joined the UK Petra choir from 2016 and now in 2020. A lot of things make me want to stop, but the thought always stops when I think of our Sunday service and our singing moments of togetherness, and many people are blessed. I invite all of you to serve to bless with the talents that you possess. God bless

  • Azalia Indrawati Susanto
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  • Petra Christian University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

Experience is The Best Teacher

Hello, my name is Vanesha from Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW) of Indonesia. I am studying Information Systems. Now, I am in my final year of my study. I just finished my 7th semester. This is my second year to receiving Scranton Scholarship. I am very grateful for this very valuable opportunity. This scholarship really helps me to continue my studies at university. Not only had that, receiving this scholarship made me more motivated to achieve my goals, especially in completing my studies. Everyone has the same opportunity to improve their abilities. Being a leader can start from things that are very simple like leading our self to achieve our personal vision and mission. During this semester I did an internship and involvement in the Student Executive Board of the Faculty of Information Technology. A few months ago I completed an internship at software house as the requirement for graduation with certain credits.  Here some lessons that I have got from my intern program: 1.     Teamwork My friend and I worked on this project in two months. In the beginning, we shared the tasks in accordance with the requirements list from our supervisor. However, in the middle of the process, some requirements are missed so I need his help. I think collaboration in a team is very important. With collaboration we can remind each other whether the requirements list has been done so that the project can be completed according to plan. 2.    Expanding professional networks I met many great people with long professional experience. I ask many questions about their work experience in achieving their careers. They give some advice about education plans and also about work life. 3.    I realized that I still have so much thing to learn After two months of an internship, I realized that I have so much to learn. I learn so many hard and soft skills during the internship. I got a real project to develop an application web for governmental organizations. At first I was afraid because I had never done a real project like this. However, I was able to smile at the end of final presentation because I received appreciation from my supervisor. Besides that, my father taught me many things especially on the journey of faith. In the past my father was a Sunday school teacher, of course, I became one of his students. Wherever my father goes to ministry, I will definitely come along with him. He loved children so much, he would not even hesitate to go to the countryside just to serve children. Faith arises from hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). He always taught me to obedience to God, read the Bible and many good things, one of which loved God, love other people with passion. The more mature my faith is tested by the problems of life, from there I am increasingly holding fast to God and I believe that every problem we had is means to increase our faith for God. I am also grateful that I am currently involved in serving in my church in Yogyakarta, which is a Sunday school teacher at one of Church in Yogyakarta. This service is not a place to show others that I am a servant of God, but my service is one of my forms of gratitude to Him where I want to please God. 

  • Vanesha Glorya Priskilla
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

A Journey to Remember: Our South Indian Experience

Understanding one’s culture and tradition by reading books and watching documentaries or videos is very different than experiencing this first-hand. I believe that first-hand experience is the best way of learning. I am very thankful that MPI and Bread for the World made this trip possible. This trip was one of the most unforgettable moments I ever had since it was my first time to ride a plane and travel outside of the Philippines. I am also thankful to our host couple who invited us to and accommodated us in India as well as to their family.   One of the things that amazed me during this trip was how the people in India still practice their traditions in these modern times. For example, during the Pongal Festival in Coimbatore, people from the city go home to their provinces to celebrate the festival. I remember our host couple telling us to finalize the names of who will be joining the India trip because they needed to book the train tickets as it would be sold out before you know it. That is how very important this festival is to them.   Pongal Festival is a thanksgiving ceremony for the year’s harvest. We got to experience this on our second day in India. We made kolam (traditional colorful pattern made from ground rice hand-drawn at the main entrance of the houses), dressed up in Saris and ate the pongal (sweetened rice boiled with lentils). Also, we were able to visit their temples and see how they praise their gods and goddesses with music and rituals. The celebration of the festival was simple, traditional and meaningful.    Their food was superb. I really liked their food, even though there were dishes that were new to my taste buds. I really appreciate that our host couple let us experience eating their local dishes all throughout our trip. It made it so that we were really immersed in the place during our trip. Our notion that Indian foods are mixed with curry powder as we know here in the Philippines was debunked. Their dishes were made of different spices that made the food spicy (which we really liked). They made all the dishes from scratch.   Our host couple’s family has this one wall just for the spices. Although there were curry dishes, they were different from what we knew and expected. What made it enjoyable was using our one hand to eat. We Filipinos like to eat our food using our two hands, so it was really good when we were able to get to do that in India. The difference is that we use our two hands and they use only their right hand to eat the food. They say that using the left hand is not socially acceptable because it's not hygienic to use it for eating. Imagine how difficult it was not to use our left hand while eating the delicious food.   Indian hospitality is warm and generous; it is almost the same as with Filipinos. The families of our host couple were lovely. They were very accommodating, thoughtful and fun to be with. We were able to organize a short closing program at their home and showcased our talents in singing and dancing. Also, we got to experience the Indian wedding reception, it was simple and intimate. We prepared a song for the couple and spent the night singing karaoke.   We were accommodated very well by the organizations we visited. I was really inspired by the organizations’ vision of helping people in their society: refugees, the LGBT community, domestic workers (women and children), and poor communities. The interventions of these organizations made a positive impact on the direct and indirect beneficiaries as well as the communities in which they live and work. Hearing their stories personally touched my heart because not all organizations can make a positive impact on their beneficiaries. Where the beneficiaries were also inspired by the organizations’ work and inclined to help them multiply their efforts to the community. I am happy to know that these organizations exist and continue to help the people, even if the organizations also face different challenges, like financial challenges.    We also became ambassadors of Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute when we visited two of the big schools in Chennai, Loyola College and Stella Maris College. The Social Work department of these schools prepared a panel discussion format where we got to introduce MPI’s work and Mindanao situation. We were able to encourage them to participate in the Annual Peacebuilding Training as a participant or as a volunteer. It was surprising when we learned that the students with whom we were talking are Master’s students. So, we felt a bit pressured, but we were able to handle the discussion well. It amuses me how these kids pursue higher degree at such a young age. It motivated me to pursue my Master degree too, if given the time and money.   Our 10-day visit in India was amazing. Being exposed to a different culture is interesting and a good learning experience for me and my colleagues. I feel that our memories will again be renewed knowing that there are Indian participants coming to the training. I believe that with our experience, it will provide us opportunity to share stories and relate to them more than before. Also, being exposed to the works of the organizations we have visited strengthened my commitment to peacebuilding works.

  • NOVEE WILA M. RAFAELA
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  • Southern Christian College
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  • 2015 Undergraduate Scholarship

BLESSED THOUGH STRESSED

A pleasant day to all the Scranton leaders, administrators, as well as my other scholars. I am Ma. Bless Adriano, a second year Psychology major at Trinity University of Asia, Philippines. I just want to share with you another chapter of my journey as the first semester for school year 2019-2020 had just passed. Being a scholarship recipient is always a seesaw between privilege and pressure. A privilege because to study in a very expensive school which compensates for its excellence and quality education offered without paying any amount is indeed such a blessing. Out of the sincerest hearts of each and everyone who pioneered and continuously executing this program, I cannot really thank God for all of you as you serve as his instruments for us to reach success. On the other hand, of course, is pressure. For it is rightfully to treasure this privilege with the sense of responsibility and striving to prove that we deserve such kind of help. If I could mention one of the unforgettable challenges that I faced in this semester, it was with my Biochemistry subject. For a totally blind student like me, such kind of subjects which require visual understanding is always very challenging unless there are available accessible and accommodating study materials. Unfortunately, here in our country, though the primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions of education were already implementing the inclusive type of education, it was still not well practiced. One way of implementing it was through "no rejection policy" which talks about the rule that they cannot decline anyone who has any disability to enroll and study with the regular students. Sadly, aside from this, there were no protocol of any formal training, seminar, or workshop for any teacher who will receive these impaired students. As a result, learning becomes more challenging to both the educators and the students themselves. In order to overcome this challenge, I did self-advocacy. Whenever I am noticing that my professors find it more hard to handle me, I try to speak with them and collaborate with the alternative ways on how we can do teaching and learning much easier. But again, since they have no foundation regarding this, few were still not that open-minded or it can also be due to the workloads that they have which deprived them of spending even a few minutes to talk about this matter. I am just truly grateful that I have classmates who were also very willing to reach out their hands for any possible help that they can offer. These  personal experiences were also the very reason why I don't want to stop finding ways on how I can spread enough awareness regarding a more inclusive environment. Of course, it all begins within ourselves. Thankfully, the Resources for the Blind Inc. Philippines, a non-profit non-government organization continues to conduct trainings, seminars, and workshops towards reaching this goal. Last November 8-10, 2019, I was able to participate in their Soft Skills training which focused on helping us in developing our personality whether in school, work, or even in our daily interactions. It was participated by visually impaired individuals from different region within the country. Another was the Youth as Advocates Philippines conference which was participated by visually impaired youth leaders from different parts of the country as well. I am so blessed to be included with these young minds in pioneering an organization which aims to address the first-hand challenges being faced by visually impaired persons like us at present. Whenever there are opportunities like this, I don't want to miss the chance of participating in building a network of change-makers. Aside from my Biochemistry, another challenge that I faced was regarding my finances. Though I don't have to worry about my school fees, I still have other expenses to take care of like my maintenance medicines for my Systemic Lupus, the room that I rent, the daily food and fare allowance for me and my personal guide, as well as the monthly salary for my personal guide who accompanies me in my house and to accomplish the school activities. As of now, it is only my sister who's an accountant that works and provide for all of this. In order to help her, I tried selling native food products within our campus. Whenever I am able to go home to the province or the countryside, I gather orders from my classmates and professors. As I go back to the city, I deliver it to them and have their payment. They loved these products and the number of customers increased within just a few months as they were able to know about it through their common friends as well as through my social media account. As a result, I already have enough to spend for all of these expenses and even save some for some assistive devices that I am planning to by which I can use for my studies. Problems and challenges will always be an evitable part of our life. All we have to do is to set our goals. These goals will serve as the fuel which will keep us going especially whenever times are already getting rough or even it seems like there's no more way out. As of now, my goal is to never put all your trust and support in vain. With the help of God, my family and friends, I will do my best to use all these privileges in the best way that I can. May God bless you more so that you may also help more change-makers, dreamers, and achievers like me. Have a nice day and mabuhay!

  • Ma. Bless S. Adriano
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  • Trinity University of Asia
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship
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