“Life is Not a Race”; Graduate Tops in LET after Waiting 1 Year Before Taking Test

While most graduates want to take the board or licensure exams in their respective fields right away, one chose to postpone this until she was ready and not feeling pressured to do it. And when she finally took the exams, she was so prepared for it that she had a strong finish in the Top 10!

Dhaenalene Evangelista graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Visayas State University (WVSU), earning the degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education. As a brilliant student who had always excelled in school, everyone knew she had a bright future ahead and that she would surely pass the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET). Many are even expecting that she might be a topnotcher.

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But the pressure of meeting everyone’s expectations took a toll on the young graduate who felt scared that she might disappoint everyone instead. So, instead of taking the LET in September 2018 like her batchmates did, Dheanalene told her parents she is not yet ready.

When you graduate strong, with awards and all, people expect you to always be on your best, to always get it right. But in those moments, I simply couldn’t. I felt so lost and unsure, worried that I finished a degree I wasn’t made for. I didn’t want to disappoint the people who believed in me and saw something in me, but I just couldn’t find the will to do what I had to do! I remember feeling so pressured and anxious,” Dhaenalene wrote on Facebook.

But I kept reminding myself that life is not a race and that I don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations but my own.

Thankfully, she had empathic parents who didn’t feel the need to force their daughter to do something she felt too scared to do. The pressure mounted on the young woman, but she turned to various hobbies to keep herself busy while also allowing her to reflect on things.

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Honestly, I did a lot of reflecting. Until one surprising day, I woke up brimming with excitement and enthusiasm to go back to learning!” she shared.

It was this time that she realized she was ready to take the test. Thus, she took the March 2019 LET, not because she was pressured to do it but because it was time.

Ready and even excited to take the board exams, she got a rating of 91.80, ranking in sixth place in the exams for elementary level! It was a good thing she waited for the time she was ready before she took the test.

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Congratulations, Dhaenalene!