Pangasinense ranks 9th in Geodetic board exam

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Monday, September 6, 2010

AGUILAR -- Twenty-one-year-old Kimberly Posadas Rosario wished and prayed hard to at least pass the 2010 Geodetic Engineer Board Examination.

She garnered an average of 82.80 percent.

Rosario is the eldest of five siblings from Barangay Poblacion, this town. Her parents are Geodetic Engineer Renato Rosario (deceased) and Electrical Engineer Yolanda Rosario, the town's Municipal Planning and Development officer.


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"God's answer was more than what I prayed for. I landed number nine in the board exam," said Rosario whose deceased father was also a geodetic engineer.

"Focus. Pray. There's no such thing as mental block if you are well prepared" is the message of Kimberly to students and would-be board exam takers.

The petite young lady was the lone member of Saint Louis University (SLU) Geodetic Engineering Batch 2010.

Four hundred took the board exam last September 1 and 2 given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Of which, 154 passed or a percentage of 38.5 passing rate.

They will take their oath on October 1, 2010 at the Manila Hotel.

The fact that only a handful takes Geodetic Engineering in college did not dampen her enthusiasm to take the course. Much more, when she became the lone geodetic engineering major who pursued it when her two classmates in the first semester of their third year in college shifted to another course.

"Geodetic engineer is not a common course. The usual question to a would-be student (and I was asked this when I enrolled) is if you have a geodetic engineer relative," she said.

Since she was the lone student from third to fifth year, she practically had one-on-one classes with her professors. There was no room for failure as there was no one to be second best to.

The only disadvantage compared to that of having classmates, she said, was she had no teammates or group mates in projects or thesis.

She said she overcame all the hardships including that of dismantling and putting back together the surveyor's surveying equipment.

"I even had to use my chin as my hands are not enough, to hold and keep the spring from flying away for I have to pass the actual exam. Otherwise, I will not pass that certain subject in school," she recalled in between smiles.

Kimberly said the passing rate in the board exam is 70 percent. Her conservative computation after the board exam was she will get the least 71 percent passing rate

She actually got 82.80 percent, good for the ninth place.

She said her three months review time in Manila was concentrated between her time at the review center and further studies at her boarding house.

This Pangasinense did not mind not having to experience how to ride the LRT or MRT, or get so much sleep "as I will have all the time for such things when I have become an engineer."

Number nine seemed to be her lucky number. She also placed ninth when she graduated in high school.

She was at home when she learned about her passing the board exam from a friend who texted her to check the "very good news" in the Internet.

Among those who first congratulated her through text messages are her SLU professors, Engineer Erol Ayunon and Engineer Apolonio Walsiyen.

"I could not explain the joy, the happiness, the sense of fulfillment as a mother. Mas masaya ako ngayon kesa noong nakapasa ako," her mother Yolanda remarked in an interview Monday.

Surely, she will accompany Kim to her oath-taking on October to personally see how the ceremony goes as she was not able to attend her own oath-taking ceremony decades ago.

"Wala akong pamasahe papuntang Manila noon," reasoned Yolanda. (Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre)

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