OFW and single mom graduates cum laude at 42

Older people are often blasted with so many questions and so many discouragements that hinder them from their dream of going back to school to finish a degree.  They fear that their busy life and schedule will affect their performance and attendance in school.  Their work is also one of the reasons for not having time to continue their schooling.

And, if you are already a parent, the responsibilities of a parent are also a factor to consider.  Indeed, there are numerous reasons that stop older people from returning to school. But, like they say, if you really want to do something, you can always find a way.  If you don’t, you give endless reasons.

Going back to school is just a matter of will and determination.  If someone is really willing to finish a degree, he or she will make a way. This popular saying has inspired a former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) that it is never too late to go back to school and fulfill your dreams of getting a degree.

Michelle Sison, 42-year-old ex-OFW and single mother, graduated cum laude with a degree in Secondary Education from the National Teachers College (NTC).  She became an inspiration to her classmates and to everyone who knows about her story.


In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Sison, the eldest in the family, said that she was not able to continue her college education because she needed to work at an early age to support her family and send her younger siblings to school. She went abroad to work to be able to provide their needs.

Her desire to help her family and have her siblings finish their education first motivated her to set aside her dreams.  She stopped studying and gave way to her siblings to graduate first.

After years of working abroad, her siblings asked her to return home and continue her studies with their all-out support.  She took up Secondary Education and graduated cum laude.

Sison was also awarded by NTC with “Gawad Haraya”, an award that was given by the school for the very first time.  It is the institution’s highest recognition award in honor of her dedication and commitment to education. – LMI

Source: ABS-CBN News

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