Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Jessica, who was a dreamer. She pictured herself to be an accountant someday with a promising career and a future ahead of her.
But every time she woke up from her dreams, all she saw were limitations. She was born to a modest family which struggled to make ends meet. Her father’s meager income from farming was barely able to cover their daily expenses. In her mind, she thought that it was impossible for her to finish her schooling and her dream to be an accountant would just remain a dream. Her heart however, was filled with hope and faith. Against all odds, she looked for a scholarship program and found hope in the SM Foundation College Scholarship Program.
“Being a scholar was already an inspiration for me to do my best. I always made sure that I got good grades. It was one of the factors that inspired me to graduate as summa cum laude,” Jessica shares proudly.
Today, Jessica Aliana Habunal is a certified public accountant, working at Esmeres Accounting Office in Iloilo City with a great future ahead of her.
“If poverty is hindering you from achieving your goals, turn it into motivation. Let it inspire you to strive harder. If you already know what you want, believe that you will have it, work hard and everything else will follow. Now that I have already reached my former dream, I made a new one and that’s what keeps me moving forward,” she shares passionately.