My name is Cathyrine, I am 12 years old from Cebu. I am the seventh among the eight children born to my parents: Lumencita and Feliciano. My father works as a farmer while my mother is a housewife, and all my siblings are still studying.
My school is far from home, but mother put up small store near the school where she sells cook banana. Sometimes I stay in the small store so I will not go back in the mountain because it takes one hour to reach my school. This year I finish my elementary school by answering the given modules by the teacher. It is difficult for me, and I did not learn much because teacher cannot explain it to us face to face. We did not also have the capability to have online because my school cannot do so and I cannot also afford to have connection with internet at home.
I dream of entering the Sisters of Mary School where I heard of admitting students to study for free. I was inform that this year they will already accept even it is still pandemic.
I took the online exam on March 13. That was a challenging experience since we don’t have our own internet connection. We don’t even have light at that time. We waited for so long just to have the online interview. It was on July that I knew that I passed. I was so happy at that time that I was able to hug my siblings just because I was so excited that I qualify to study at the Sisters of Mary School.
When I first arrived here in the Sisters of Mary, I thought it was so lonely here. I also felt scared at first not until my dormmates arrived and everything I thought changed. I am very much delighted to receive everything I need for free.
I also like here because I can learn many things. We have online class, and some teachers are here to teach us.
What I wanted in life is to finish my studies and someday become a nurse so that I can help not only my family but also other people who also needs my help.
I am very grateful that I am here, and I want to finish studying here. To all benefactors who are supporting me and my fellow classmates I thank you and always grateful to you. I will strive to reach my dreams by studying harder.