Hi guys! My name is Jackilyn Vingco. I am a dedicated and determined, 3rd year college student. I'm currently living my dream by studying Political Science in Silliman University, Dumaugete City, Philippines. Silliman University is one of prestigious schools here in the Philippines. I prefer studying in Silliman because of the good quality education and facilities which can help me grow and to become a student packed with good intellect and value as I face the real world. All of my subjects this semester are minors like Sociology, Religion, World Civilization, Asian Civilization, Chemistry, Research Writing and Rhetoric. My dream of becoming a lawyer is the one encouraging me to continue living my dream and make my parents proud as ever. Most currently, I am searching for financial assistance in order to keep myself enrolled in college for the next three semesters despite the increase in tuition and housing.
But first, please let me to give you a quick synopsis of my life.
I am 18 years old, the youngest of seven siblings. My biological father is 76 years old and his work before was a taxi driver. My mom is a housewife who just turned 60 years old last June 13, 2017. I grew up living just a very simple life. Though I wasn’t able to get all of the fancy things that I wanted when I was a child but I’m still forever thankful for the very wonderful and loving parents that I have. So anyways, about my siblings, my eldest sister is married to a Japanese man and they now have two little angels. I have three siblings that are now living with my parents, doing part time jobs, while the other three are in the southern state of the country earning a living by working in a factory and care giving.
Only four of my seven siblings were able to finish college with the course 2-year BS Electronic Technology, 2-year BS Nursing, BS Information Technology and BS Marine Transportation. It sounds really good hearing that these guys finished college but some of them are not wise enough and still struggle a little bit for life.
So about my academic performance, when I was in elementary school, (our educational system during that time wasn’t change yet so elementary means from 1st grade to 6th) I graduated as salutatorian. After graduating, I was sent to a public school so basically we didn’t have to worry about school since public schools are free. After high school, I wasn’t expecting that my eldest sister would send me to a very prestigious university in our state which is 45 kilometers away from home. I was confident that my sister had enough money to fund my whole 4-year college expenses. Eight months later she announced her pregnancy, which was amazing, but I was a bit worried about the sustainability of my tuition fee and school expenses knowing that she had to stop working for two years. Fast forward, it’s been two years but she still didn’t go back to work. I don’t know the real reason but maybe it is because she want to take care of her son and daughter full time. This doesn’t mean that I want her to work so that I can continue studying. It’s their choice and I respect that very much.
So you might wonder where did we get the money for my tuition this semester, well my sister sells stuffs like 2nd hand phones, bags and other stuff just to enroll me. She’s really doing everything for me but I don’t want to just depend on her because she has a family already. I wanted to apply for a part time jobs but part time jobs for students is not a thing her in the Philippines. I feel really bad about myself, I feel helpless. I don’t want to blame my parents for this. They’ve done so much already. I mean it is not easy to raise eight children of their own. I’ve seen their sacrifices before and it wasn’t easy. I love them so much and I don’t want them to be stressed out about school matters anymore. I always keep telling them that everything is fine. I think it is time for them to relax now after how many years affliction.
Life in college has been nice to me. There’s so much to look forward to, both socially and academically. But it’s really strenuous to enjoy such things when you’re constantly stressing about paying your college tuition and sustaining yourself while getting college education.
I also have a passion in volunteering. In fact, I have joined many non-profit organizations. One of those is the Gaba-an Youth Lead whose purpose is to inspire and uplift the youths of today.
Despite of hardships I still love my college life since it is a portal to my dreams. I love my classes and the homework I'm assigned. The faculty and staffs are lovely and the campus is alluring. I love the university. Very competitive and diverse. It is indeed a home away from home.
I would like to thank my parents whom I love very much, for the non-stop support and motivation. And also to my sister who has become my second mother, thank you for being in touch with me although we are miles away from each other, thank you for helping me throughout my first two years of college, thank you for still doing everything just to enroll me to such wonderful university. Thank you to everyone who always believe in me. To the people who always call me “attorney” every time we see each other, you guys, trust me, I will become your lawyer.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story, I hope that you find it worthy of a cause to donate. You all gave me the chance I was asking for to succeed and I am forever grateful for your kindness. Thank you. :)