INSPIRING: This student takes a second shot in entering dream school, graduates with honors

A minor setback for a major comeback motivates us to perform better and trust ourselves more along the process of becoming the person we dream or opt to become.  Life inevitably gives us painful moments to endure in order for us to become a better and stronger person, especially if these pains concern our future – it’s inevitable to feel heartbroken and distraught over results that we didn’t expect. Similarly, when plans don’t go our way, we feel like we lose hope or our direction towards these dreams.

University life wasn’t easy to tackle for upcoming graduate Mark Kristian Blando. Initally failing the De La Salle University College Entrance Test (DCAT), he did not lose hope and considered taking the reconsideration exam. In a few weeks, he will be graduating from the university. Not only just that, he will be graduating with honors!

WHEN IN MANILA reached out to Blando for further details.

How exactly does the reconsideration exam work in DLSU?

“The admissions office will release a form, I don’t know if available na siya; if not, it’s best to contact them. Just fill up the form, and may dalawang choices ka dun na course; tapos submit mo lang ulit. Yung coverage same lang din sa DCAT.

So, yung day na yun, when the DCAT results were released, that’s when I realized that it has been 4 years since I took the exam. Personally, mahilig ako mag-throwback so hinanap ko yung tweets ko about failing DCAT 4 years ago and sobrang natuwa lang ako kasi, ayun nga, parang 4 years ago I was crying ‘coz I didn’t pass DCAT. DLSU has always been my dream school ever since I was in the third grade. I was so sure na DLSU na ako but then I failed DCAT.

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Blando during the LPEP (freshmen orientation). Before shifting to AB Psychology after a year, he entered DLSU as a History major.

Screen Shot 2018 01 31 at 11.44.00 AMBlando also joined Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral sa Sikolohiya, the official organization of Psychology majors in DLSU.

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Taken during the turnover of the organization

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Blando was one of the project heads for this LEAP class last year. In DLSU, a ‘LEAP’ class is (Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program) is an annual activity sponsored by the Council of Student Organizations during the University Mission Statement Week and is supported by the University Student Government and offices within the university, according to their official website.


 Screen Shot 2018 01 31 at 11.44.38 AM e1517373058350Blando with his thesis mates after their defense 

Luckily, DLSU had a recommendation exam, That time, nag-seryoso na ako like nag review talaga ako just to pass that exam. When I found out I passed the exam, I was in Isabela (since results came out during vacation time). Confirmation period ko was a day after nila nilabas yung results.

So, ‘yun. Since I really wanted to be in DLSU, nagmadali kami lumuwas ng dad ko from Isabela to Manila. Then, now, four years after, I am graduating from my from my dream school. Sobrang surreal nung feeling. It was just a dream a few years ago, then sa February, makukuha ko na undergraduate diploma ko may kasama pang bonus na Honorable Mention.

I guess what one can learn from my story is, if you really want something talaga, take all the chances; if you initially fail, if may second chance pa just take it!!! Sobrang worth it sa huli – like you’ll be so proud and happy for yourself.”

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Why choose did Blando choose DLSU?

“DLSU offers high-quality education. Second, the facilities and resources (especially the library) are high quality as well. Choosing DLSU helped me grow as a person and transformed me into a better version of myself. Ang sarap maging Lasalyano!”

Congratulations! We hope you continue to inspire others to never give up on their dreams.

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Disclaimer: does not own these photos. Credits go to Mark Kristian Blando.