A LIFE without struggles is meaningless.
This is what 28-year-old Hazel Tindoy Eborde learned from her journey after she and her family moved to Davao City 11 years ago.
“I realized that as a person gets older, the struggles including failures become a known procedure just like on the path to achieve our goals,” Eborde said.
Eborde completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Mindanao on March. She passed the board examination last November and earned eligibility in the Career Service Professional.
Life put him on roller coaster ride before she reached her spot now.
Eborde, along with her mother, elder sister, and younger brother, arrived in the city on May 11, 2005. Her mother had decided to send them to schools in Davao.
“Mom always reminds us that education is the only way by which she can assure us of a better future from what we have been offered in life. I believe that,” she said.
She studied hard, but life was not easy. Her sister quit school due to financial problems. Her mother and two siblings have to leave her in the city. Her mother and sister went to Manila to look for job, while her brother went to Butuan to do the same.
Eborde, who was left in the city, lost her hope of finishing her studies.
“I was left with only P1,000 in my pocket. I did not even know what to do then. I just cried. They have to do that for us to survive. After being down, I decided to look for a job here,” she said.
She quit school in 2007 and worked as a cashier at one of the supermarkets in the city from May to October, then, as a custodian until to 2008.
“I have to earn and save that time to pay my balance in school, which is worth P12,000. I was not allowed to enroll if I cannot pay that balance.
For two years and a half, all I did was work,” Eborde shared.
Eborde also worked at the Outland Adventure from 2008 to 2009, then, as assistant teacher at Kumon Learning Center in Davao City until to 2011.
Eborde went back to school as a working student in 2009. Luckily, she received a scholarship in 2010.
“The scholarship really helped kay bisan naa ko’y trabaho kulang jud ang income (even though I work, my income was not enough). I have to pay for the rental, water and electricity, other expenses in school, transportation, food and other necessities,” Eborde said.
She admitted that there were times that she went through depression but through the help of her friends, and constant reminders to herself that she can do more and she can surpass all the hardships in life, she stayed the course.
Eborde also seeks guidance from God. In 2011, Eborde worked as a part-time teacher at Seattle Language Center, Inc. She only stopped working when she was already in her fourth year in college.
“I need to focus on my internship, and thanked God because my two siblings were already here to help me. Aside sa ako ngipon, they helped me with my other expenses. Nagapadala pud si mama sa amoa usahay,” she added.
“If there is one thing I gained from all I have gone through in life, that is endurance. The struggles and failures indeed make us tough and better. I can say, I am a strong-willed woman now,” Eborde said. God is really good, she said, adding that she is also thankful for all the struggles and failures she have gone through in life, because without it, she will never be the person she is right now.
“Not all of us were born with a silver spoon in our mouth, so we must get acquainted to this part of life. This is the process to achieve success. It may be tough, really tough, but sooner you will realize, it is all worth it,” Eborde said.
Eborde said she is excited to face another chapter in her life, especially once she started working sooner or later. She added that she will do her best not only for herself, but also for God and for her love ones’.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 24, 2016.
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