Most of us thought that when we are in our 40s or 50s, we cannot go back to school and finish a degree. Yet, we are wrong. Ma. Teresita L. Kodama proves that age is just a number, especially if you have the guts to make your dreams come true.
Teresita did not hesitate to return to studying despite her age. She was already in her 50s when she enrolled at the National Teachers College. She is currently taking up Bachelor of Technical and Livelihood Education major in HE. Being a teacher is her ultimate dream, but she had to put her dream to a halt.
“I prioritized my family first, bago yung sarili ko. Priority ko muna sila mapag aral lahat lahat and then ngayon na medyo nakakaluwag na ko sarili ko naman,” said Teresita.
Now, Teresita is finally on her way to achieving her childhood dream. As a result, she is more determined and motivated to become a teacher.
“Ito, parang treat ko na to sa aking sarili, sa mga nagawa ko sa pamilya ko. Gusto ko lang din na makita yung sarili ko na mayroon akong achievement. Ako naman eh, I never stopped dreaming – sa mga pangarap ko sa school kasi bata pa lang ako pangarap ko na maging isang guro,” Teresita said.
At first, Teresita was hesitant whether the National Teachers College would accept her. She was so unsure if, at her age, she would still make it. Despite the worry that she might not be accepted, she tried to inquire, and it was a joyful moment for her when she got in.
According to Teresita, “Noong naghahanap ako ng school, kasi very desperate ako noong namatay yung parents ko last year sabi ko itong kalungkutan ko kailangan ituon ko sa ibang bagay. Ngayon, one of my relatives na nag-aaral sa NTC sabi niya why not sa NTC. Sabi ko, Really? Pwede ako diyan? Papasa kaya ako diyan, sabi niya hindi naman mahirap sa NTC at mababait naman sila so I tried.”
Teresita is now in her second year in the National Teachers College, and the words of the teachers of NTC inspired her to pursue her ambition. She is always watching webinars, which the school always conducts. She is also more confident that she will attain more in life with the help of NTC.
It only proves that whatever age you are now, as long as you have the chance to go back to school, seize it.
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