by Khane Taylor
I can say that I am an achiever because even in first grade, I received awards at the end of the school year! But it's been difficult for me as well. For me, it's not hard to learn the lessons, but the problem is when it comes to paying the bills for school (and also paying for projects and purchasing materials), it's really hard for my grandparents to provide it. No dad, no mom is helping; it's just my grandparents.
What I would do sometimes, since I was quite good at school, is that I was the one who would answer the questions of my other classmates or I would share my answers with them, and they would pay me for that or they would give me snacks.. Sometimes they would ask me to buy their snacks for them, while they could just stay in the classroom, and so I would buy their food and they would give me some.
There came a point when I didn’t want to go to school anymore, or I was too lazy to go to school anymore, because of money. When I reached high school, that's the time when I stopped being serious with my studies. I started joining pageants when I was in my second year in high school. My priority had to be the opportunity to earn money through winning pageants, rather than my studies, because I wanted to help my family. So my education became on and off.
Finally, there came a time when I heard from my dad, and he was helping with my needs, but by then my studies were not important to me. I went to Manila, I went to different places, I wasted so much of my time. My classmates were already in college, but I was still in high school. I didn’t even care about my grades. But when my father died, I realized a lot of things. That's the time that I went back to school to finish my high school. I was finally serious with my studies again. I did well. I finished high school at the top in our class/section. I also got a gold medal as an academic award.
I write this because I want you to know how important time is. We can never get it back once it is gone. Education is one thing that no one can steal from us, and it is one thing that we can always be proud of.