FOR 21-year-old Jay Nelson Corbita, putting his heart in everything he does is the secret to his success--from being a consistent achiever in grade school, through college, and just recently, to topping the 2017 mechanical engineering board exams.
A native of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Corbita is a son of a janitor and a snacks vendor. He has two older brothers who are both mechanical engineers.
"The result was very unexpected. After the board exam, I even told myself that I would accept any result even just a passing mark. That was because I had a difficulty in one of the subjects, particularly math. That is why when I knew the result, I simply couldn't believe it. I didn't know how to react. I had mixed emotions back then, even my parents couldn't believe that I was able to get the top spot," Corbita said.
A consistent honor student from elementary to college, Corbita graduated summa cum laude at Xavier University (XU).
He said from a young age, he had always understood the importance of setting his priorities straight, and for him, studying was top priority.
He said he has had to sacrifice his "social life" for his "academic life".
"If there is an upcoming quiz for example, I always dedicate my time studying. And also, it is important to work with passion, like me, I always work with passion because first of all mechanical engineering is my interest. I love my field and I love learning things from my field," he said,
"Prayer and connection with God is also equally important. I always connect with that someone beyond me because I know that I need His guidance in everything I do," he said.
Garnering a cumulative rating of 92.20%, Corbita is the second Mechanical Engineering graduate of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan to land on the highest spot of the mechanical engineering licensure exam.
The first one was Mark Anthony Pana in April 1993.
"I dedicate my success first of all to God who helped my family all throughout. Second is to my family for without them, I would not be who I am right now, they worked so hard just to send us to schools. And to my friends who were always there to help me in times of need," he said.
Corbita also shared words of wisdom for aspiring mechanical engineers, to learn the field with passion.
He advised them to "understand the concept, not the solution".
"Because if they do, they can easily formulate their own solutions to different problems no matter how difficult it would be," he said.
Now, Corbita said he has 3 job offers so far. However, he said he wants to rest first before venturing into the field he loves.
According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Tuesday, October 3, only 3,517 out of 5,098 passed the test, earning a national passing rate of 68.98%.
Aside from Corbita, 25 Xavier Ateneo graduates passed the MELE, reaping a passing rate of 71.43%.