In the Philippines, there’s a belief that only those who can speak in English are considered smart. After all, English is the universal language, so it would be safe to assume that Filipinos who can speak this language well have the potential to make a name for themselves anywhere. But that’s not true. Here is the unbelievable and inspirational story of Jade Aster Badon.
From a simple probinsiyano who used to have a hard time learning the English language, Jade is now a Doctor of Philosophy. The twist: he worked hard and earned his Ph.D from a known university in the United States.
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In a post he shared on Facebook recently, the achiever said that his simple life in Siaton, Negros Oriental was what made him pursue BS Biology in college.
“I knew that my goal is to explore the nature world and to contribute in making this world a better place to live, so I dreamed of becoming a scientist and prayed hoping that it will come true despite the challenges and struggles along the way.”
During his college days at Siliman University, Jade served the school’s Main Library as a part-time job. What he didn’t know was that this would turn out to be his best decision in life, after he was endorsed to McGuire Center Assistantship of University of Florida after.
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In 2013, he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Entomology and Nematology at the international school. But, he didn’t stop there. Jade then took on a Ph.D and finished it just early of this year.
He earned his degree even when people around him did not believe he would succeed because he did not speak English.
“I was having trouble learning the English language, and someone told me that it will be impossible for me to get accepted in a US university and it is also impossible for me to make great discoveries… but I continued learning the English language.”
His inspirational story didn’t go unnoticed among Jade’s friends, and overtime, other Facebook users as well.
Read the full text of Jade “Ja-a” Badon’s Facebook status here.
Way to go, Jade!
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