Good day! My name’s Jean Ferlyn Quirante Pacabis. I’m 16 years old and a Humanities and Social Sciences’ student of Isabel National High School.
What do you love? What do you most proud of?
My answer would be different if I got to ask with the question, “What do you love? What do you most proud of?”, years ago but since I’m getting ‘there’, I’m happy to answer that I love being me and I’m proud being me.
When are you at your best as a person? As a student? As a friend? As a brother/sister?
I failed many times as a student, as a friend, as a sister…as a person, but I could also say that I’m at my best when I’m with them. Whoever I am, as long as I’m with them, I’m at my best because they always think that I’m the best even when I’m at my worst.
How do you respond when you’re challenge?
I always try my best to respond wisely to every challenges I’m facing. I don’t want to hurt other people on the process because I believe that you won’t feel the genuine happiness when you achieved things you’re dreaming for after dragging others down.
What do you need from me to be successful this year?
Being successful will be always because of your own hardwork, willingness, and eager to achieve those dreams you have. There are people who can and will help you on your way, but the only thing I will need from you to be successful this year ,or the next years, is your trust that I will be successful someday.
What does it mean to ‘understand’ something?
Understanding will not end when you’re done proccessing the given information to you through your mind. You can’t say that you understand something…or someone until you get to wore the shoes they wore or wearing.
What should school do for you?
I’ve always thinking that I need to go to school, follow the rules, and study eight different subjects for hours to have a paid-well profession when I grow up, but I realized later on that it’s more than that…it should be more than that. Schools have their rules that students ought to follow, but sometimes those rules limit us, students, to do more. As a student who experienced being suffocated because of the ‘some’ rules, I wish that school guide me on my journey, not control me.
What should you do with the things you know?
When I was a kid, I thought it’ll be easier to be happy when I become old because I will able to do some things I can’t do that time. But upon growing up, I realized that it’s the another way around. I regretted it many times that I didn’t spent those times wisely, but I realized that if I can’t be genuinely happy as I was before, I can still put smiles to other people’s lips. I don’t have enough knowledge about the field I want to enter, but I’m more than willing to learn more just to see smiles of the people who will make me feel the happiness that I felt when I was a child.
Are you a picky reader? What are your strength as a reader?
Yes, I’m a picky reader. As for my strength as a reader, I could say that it’s my ability to read the book I’m reading not just by my eyes but also by my heart.
Who are your heroes and why?
My heroes are always be them. Without them, I’m not who I am and who I will be. They saved and continue saving me whenever I’m in the darkest place I always want to escape from. They are the ones who I know that will never turn their backs against me and that’s makes them my heroes.
What do you want to learn this year? What are you curious about? What can a person do with curiosity?
This year gave people so much fear, stress, pain, and realizations. I want to know how they manage to cope up despite the hardships they’re experiencing in this times of the pandemic. I’ve been always curious on how others continue fighting with their different battles, and the only thing that a person can do with their curiosity is to feed it but also sets limitations.
When are you most creative? Why do you think that might be?
When I’m being me. I think that I’m creative when I’m being me because I always want to be unique…to stand out in the crowd, but still without overshadowing others.
What do you want me to know about you? What should I be asking you but I’m not?
I want you to know about how do I look like whenever I cry. I used to cry secretly and silently…alone. I want you to ask me how do I cry and my answer will be, “Be with me whenever I cry then”.
Describe your life as a student before the pandemic, during the pandemic, and your life be after the pandemic
My life as a student back then was normal. The stress I feel was just normal…everything was normal, but being a student in the midst of this pandemic tripled that stress…and the fear. If there’s one good thing this pandemic caused to many people, that is strengthen their faith. Not only to God, but also to themselves. This pandemic made me realized that I have so much eager to achieve my dreams than I thought and that will make me work harder as a student for the next years.
Do you think you’re a good student? A good learner? Is there a difference?
Yes, there’s a difference between a student and a learner, and I could say that I’m an imperfect student and not a good learner ‘yet’. A student can call a good student whether he like or don’t like to learn, while a learner will never can call a good learner if he’s not willing to put everything he learns inside to his heart.