A 20-year-old student managed to juggle her time for school and her job as service crew at McDonald’s – and her story would serve as inspiration to many netizens.
In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, Cherry Mae Toledo shared the hardships and triumphs she experienced in her life while she thanked McDonald’s for being a huge part of what she was able to achieve in her studies.
“Uniforms signify the different roles we play in our community. Sometimes, we wear our school uniforms, occasionally, our intern attires, and in the future, our professional suits. Apparently, in this post I am wearing my service crew uniform. This is the role I want to show. It’s what I am proud of. This brought more meaning to what I am now and what I have achieved,” Cherry Mae shared.
Proving that she was proud of her job as service crew at McDonald’s and also grateful for the opportunity the company had given her, Cherry Mae wore her McDonald’s uniform in the now viral post. While other graduates posted their own graduation stories while wearing full graduation regalia, she wore her McDonald’s service crew uniform.
But the victory she is now enjoying did not come easy. Cherry Mae was born to a broken family whose dad was serving jail time and whose mom could not also support them with her job as manicurist. Cherry Mae and her brother were eventually left with their paternal grandmother as their mother found a new partner and had a new family.
Yet the hardships she faced did not stop her from living her dreams. When the aunt who used to support them stopped sending money because she also had to care for her family, Cherry Mae found a job at McDonald’s.
“I have been living independently for nearly 2 years, paying my own lodging and sustaining my daily needs since my aunt, who was formerly supporting me since high school can no longer support me due to unfortunate circumstances.
Coming from a broken family, I had to be resilient and find means to continue studying. Of course, it was never easy. I had to make ends meet, and had to budget the little sum of money that I get from my part time work. I know the hardships of being a working student.
There are times when I really have to ask my friends for them to lend me some money. I attend my classes with less to no sleep.
So I think I am in the right place to say this, TO ALL WORKING SCHOLARS, PART TIMERS AND ORGANIZATION OFFICERS WHO ARE JUGGLING THEIR TIME FOR STUDIES AND EXTRA CURRICULARS. YOU CAN, IN NO DOUBT, DO IT.”
Who would have thought that with so little time to study and work on her requirements in school, Cherry Mae would still manage to graduate on time – and Magna Cum Laude at that? Isn’t she amazing?
“I am ending this post by saying ‘You can be whatever and whoever you want to be as long as you put your mind and heart to it.’”
What an inspiring young woman! Congratulations, Cherry Mae!
Source: Cherry Toledo / Facebook