Michael Prince Del Rosario topped the recent Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) in the secondary level with a score of 92 percent. But what makes Michael’s story even more fascinating is that he was a high school dropout.
"Hindi po ako grumaduate ng valedictorian, hindi nga po ako grumaduate ng high school," Del Rosario said in an interview with DZMM.
(I did not graduate as a valedictorian, I was not even able to graduate high school.)
Del Rosario revealed that the reason he dropped out of high school was due to his addiction to the online game “Ragnarok” during his freshman year.
"Hindi na po talaga ako pumapasok, sobrang lala po ng ka-addict-an to the point na wala na po,” he added.
(I did not go to school anymore, my addiction became too severe.)
The high school dropout also did not tell his parents that he’s not going to school any longer. He used the school allowance from his parents to play the online game at a computer shop rental.
However, Del Rosario decided to change his ways when he saw his batchmates at school planning for their graduation and for their college life. Del Rosario also wondered how he could help his family if he would just waste all of his time playing online games.
For these reasons, Del Rosario went through the Alternative Learning System (ALS), a program of the Department of Education (DepEd), and got his high school diploma.
Prior to taking and topping the LET, Del Rosario took the Nursing Licensure Exam and finished in 8th place overall. He is now planning to become a science teacher at a public high school in the province. Del Rosario also wants to inspire struggling students to turn their lives around and reach for something better.