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 Have you ever said these phrases in your life?
  • Sheena felt nostalgic after she saw her pre-school graduation picture. Then she remembered moment when she walked in front of the stage and said "When I grow up, I want to be a Nurse". Now she's a nursing student and also working in her school.
  • Lee's senior highschool days is ending soon and he really wants to aim for a slot in a prestigious college that he desires, he said "I will strive hard to pass the college exam."
  • You've just acquired a new skill (e.g. in programming) a month ago then there's a post on your social media feeds about gaming app contest, suddenly you felt the excitement and said "I want to go to the next level! I will join in this contest!". 

The above stories have one thing in common, but before that, let me tell you MY STORY when I was on a hiatus mode for several months and finally been able to embraced this kind of excitement.

As you have noticed, some of my blog posts are about music stuff like when I got involved in a choral group and played some musical instruments, shared about things I love about my favorite artists/musicians, when I composed some songs and etc. It's not obvious that I love music (just being sarcastic) Haha!

(2013, before the start of our solemn investiture)
I really enjoyed my college life then (that was the time I'm taking up my first degree) and as I reached my senior year, I began thinking of the question/phrases - "What if I chose Music and not IT, what would be my career path years from now?", "What if I'll add units in Music while taking up IT? Would my candidacy for graduation be at risk?", "I don't want to waste this blessing, I want to share this to my friends who has the same passion as I have" and other thoughts. After graduation, those thoughts remained unspoken but my passion in that area didn't stop.

I continued practicing (still doing it until now) by playing instruments and when I hear a song, I will construct the chord changes first, then strum on my guitar or play a piano. From these little steps, I tried volunteering in the ministry and as time went by, I embraced both the "spiritual" (we do this because we love and adore God, we are saved by God's grace through Jesus Christ) and "technical" (pursuing excellence in worship) sides. I also tried teaching students how to sing and play instruments. And by this passion in music, I found friends. But it was until one day when I asked myself, "When will I have my formal training? I really want to go to the next level".

June came and I saw a post on FB and I felt the excitement because my dream college offers Saturday classes for professionals (wow!!). Days after I followed their group page, they posted more about the audition requirements, fees to pay, courses offered, etc. I began practicing and instilling the phrases "there's nothing wrong in trying", "keep moving forward" and that "I'll make sure that every day will be a productive one". So YES! I inquired and I passed on my application! So here comes the moment of truth, I was first in line to take my exam and to deliver my musical pieces and THANK GOD I got it but that didn't end there. I took my entrance exam (not again!!) which is different and harder than the first one and to cut the story short, I PASSED!

That was one of the greatest favors I received from God, I never doubt His might and I believe that He is in control of everything. Thank You LORD and now I can say "it's a dream come true!". We all have one in common and that is PASSION. Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will prevail (Proverbs 19:21) All things that we desire must be accompanied with passion - striving for greatness, for His glory, and it must be His will. Never despise those small things and keep going. You can rest but don't quit. To all my friends out there and to my family and my inspiration who are in full support, thank you for covering me with your prayers and thank you for constantly reminding me about the will of God in my life and for giving me advices. I love you all.

Me wearing my second school uniform

Cheers for another chapter in my life, I'm now.. AGAIN.. a bonafide Thomasian student, from the CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

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