A new doctor recalls becoming an online seller to support herself in med school to fulfill her lifelong dream. Her story has inspired so many people, especially because she was not able to immediately proceed to med school due to financial constraints; yet she managed to still become a doctor, anyway!
“Dreams do come true. Gaano man kahirap, gaano man ka-imposible, basta’t handang magsakripisyo at magsumikap na maabot ito,” Doctor Edna happily shares.
Growing up in Barangay Poblacion in the town of Malilipot, Albay, she had always wished to become a doctor. Even back in her elementary years, she wanted to be one – and even in college as she took up BS Medical Technology, the dream never wavered.
With her mom being a teacher, their dad became an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) to support the kids because several of them are in college at the same time. She graduated from her pre-med course and passed the board exams with high hopes that she could proceed to med school.
But things did not go as planned. Her father got sick and had to quit his job as OFW. This meant that he could no longer support her in med school – and her mother’s salary as teacher can’t also help her out.
“Ang mahal kasi ng tuition talaga. Nasa P45,000 ‘yung tuition that time. Sabi ni mama, saan naman daw kami kukuha ng ganu’n. So talagang frustrated ako. Ang sama ng loob ko. Wala na. Wala na ‘yung dream ko. No choice na talaga,” she recalled.
Thus, she had to work abroad to support her family, putting her dream on hold. After 7 years, she went back to her hometown after getting married and having a baby. But now that she’s back home, she thought about her dream again – and tried getting a scholarship at a med school in Albay.
Her husband’s job as OFW also helped but it was not enough for her needs in med school and to support the family. So, after qualifying for the scholarship, she also worked as medical technologist and found a sideline as online seller to support her studies.
“So talagang nag-start ako sa med school nagtinda na rin ako ng kahit ano-anong produkto o pagkain. Pinasok ko na ang online selling,” the new doctor recalled.
“Hanggang ngayon nagtitinda pa rin ako. Kailangan ko kasi ng extra income. Ang bag ko talagang laging puno ng paninda. Actually nahirapan din ako na pagsabay-sabayin lahat pero, di ba, kapag talagang gusto mo matupad ang pangarap mo, talagang kailangang magsakripisyo.”
Thanks to all the hard work and sacrifice, she was finally able to graduate from med school. Though she did not pass in her first attempt, Doctor Edna Chico is among those who passed the recent Physician Licensure Exams! She’s now a full-fledged doctor. Wow.
She hopes to proceed with her studies to specialize in internal medicine.