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BLESSED THOUGH STRESSED

Registered Date February 05, 2020 User ID 1997blessyou Read 249
School Trinity University of Asia Scranton Scholarship 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship
User Name Ma. Bless S. Adriano
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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!