The story of a college student who recently graduated summa cum laude while working as a Grab delivery rider touches the hearts of people on social media.
Francis Jean X Valerio once went viral after photos of him parking his motorbike on the side of the road for an online class went viral on social media. Now he is reaping the rewards of all his hard work, having graduated as one of the best students in his class with a degree in Communication from Adamson University.
“Highschool ako noong mamulat ako sa hirap ng buhay. Nagtinda ako noon ng suman at Graham Bowles School SA. Gumawa din ako ng mga tasks in activities ng mga kaklase ko kapalit ng konting halaga para lang may pang-baon ako sa eskwela, wrote on Facebook.
(I was in high school when I woke up to the hardships of life. I sold Suman And Graham’s balls at school. I also do my classmates’ assignments and activities for a small fee, so I get some lunch money at school.)
The graduate also shared that he tried his hand at various jobs, including being a delivery rider, virtual assistant, fast food service crew member, and call center agent. “In iba’t ibang klase ng raket ang pinasok ko para lang kumita ng pera.” (And all kinds of other gigs so I can make some money).
He wrote that juggling work and school wasn’t easy — from making deliveries rainy or bright to losing sleep to another job, all while ensuring he met his school’s requirements.
“Kaya ‘nung nalaman kong ga-graduate ako ng may latin has latin eh hindi ko talaga napigilang umiyak dahil alam kong naging sulit lahat. ulan, sulit lahat ng puyat maipasa lang mga kailangan ipasa sa eskwela.”
(When I found out I was graduating with Latin Honors, I couldn’t help but cry because I knew it was all worth it. It was worth staying in the blazing sun, and it was worth all the tears while riding in the pouring rain, it was worth the late nights to finish all my class requirements.)
Valerio thanked his family for their support and God for giving him mental and physical strength and for guiding him through the challenges.
“Good job, you are an inspiration to struggling students,” one wrote.
Now that’s the design. Another said.