He might be the son of a poor farmer but Romnick L. Blanco has wowed the Philippines after passing the strict admission exams at Harvard University! Wow. Who would have thought that a poor farmer’s son would ever go to study at Harvard, eh?
Born the seventh of nine sons to a poor farmer in Bulacan, in the northern foothills of the Sierra Madre, Romnick had a bleak future just like many other poor folks in the Philippines.
But this young man refused to give up and let fate take its course. Instead, he diligently went to school, making sure he didn’t miss anything despite having to walk several miles just to reach the classroom. Each day, including Saturdays, Romnick would walk many miles and cross a bridgeless river but his drive to finish his studies never wavered. He was always in school unless the river was too difficult to cross.
It was in 2011 that Romnick received a big break from GreenEarth Heritage Foundation, a local charity foundation that aims to help improve the lives of impoverished farmers’ children by providing them access to English and computer literacy classes. They were also given some allowance to help cover the costs of going to school.
With his high grades and diligence, Romnick was able to catch the foundation’s attention. Seeing that he has the potential to excel, the foundation gave him a scholarship to attend the International School Manila, the country’s oldest international high school.
Just as the foundation had expected, Romnick did well in school. He graduated in 2017 and made everyone proud when he was accepted in several foreign schools, with full scholarships, not just ion Harvard University but also in Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University, and New York University at Abu Dhabi.
The poor farmer’s kid now had a lot of schools to choose from, each with their own advantages and all providing him with free education! Isn’t that awesome?
“I selected Harvard for all that it represents. Its reputation precedes itself. I love its motto, ‘Veritas: I will go where truth leads me,’” the young man said.
He’s taken a gap year, meaning he didn’t immediately go to school after completing high school. Instead, he spent the following year learning in the ‘real world’. He added more trees to the 1,500 he’s planted in his younger years. He also learned various practical life skills as well as play the guitar. He also helped conduct classes to help his fellow foundation scholars.
Romnick now begins his classes in Harvard. We’re rooting for you, young man!