Nairaos din! Ina at kanyang dalawang anak, sabay na nagtapos sa UP

Nairaos din! Ina at kanyang dalawang anak, sabay na nagtapos sa UP

- Isang ina ang nagtatapos kasabay ng kanyang dalawang anak sa University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman

- Pinilit niyang kayanin ang sabay na responsibilidad bilang isang ina at pag-aaral upang makamit ang kanyang pangarap

- Itinuloy niya ang kanyang naudlot na pag-aaral at napagtagumpayan ito

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Si Lorelei Aquino, isang 44 na taong gulang na ina ya nagtapos sa University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman kasabay ng kanyang dalawang anak.

Tinapos niya ang kursong Business Management matapos niyang ipasa ang Calculus na naging dahilan upang maudlot ang kanyang pagtatapos noong taong 1994.

"When two of our children were about to graduate in the same university that brought me and my husband together many years ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and enroll Math 100. I’ve been thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if the three of us all graduate at the same time?" saad niya sa kanyang blog.

Ayon sa kanya hindi din naging madali ang pagbabaik niya sa pag-aaral.

"Going back to school had not been easy for me, though. It was, in fact, extremely difficult and challenging."

Una siyang pumasok sa UP Clark in Pampanga at tinuruan din siya ng kanyang anak ngunit hindi daw ito naging madali.

"I also had to endure the humiliation of being tutored by my son. I knew that it was equally hard for him (he was often my shock absorber emotional punching bag especially when I would get frustrated due to a difficult lesson) but, as a parent, I had been used to doing the teaching to my children. It should not be the other way around," dagdag pa niya.

Muli siyang nag-enroll sa UP Diliman sa panghihimok na rin ng kanyang asawa at mga anak.

"I found comfort in my husband and children’s assurance that there was no shame in what happened. I did my best, and that was what’s most important, they said," pagbabahagi niya.

"In hindsight, I realized that if my teacher gave me an undeserved passing grade out of pity or sympathy, my high regard for UP would be shattered."

Pumasok siya ng tig-iisang oras sa UP Diliman apat na beses sa isang linggo.

"My children could take as many as seven subjects in a sem, and I would expect them to bring home impeccable grades, while there I was, allowing myself to abandon my long-time dream of earning a diploma, to give up the fight even before it started, to be daunted by the obstacles that a single subject entailed," saad niya.

"And so, with my children as my inspiration, I went ahead and kept going."

Ang kayang anak naman ay magtatapos ng may parangal.

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