By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
PAULINE Rose Navales Flor, a graduate from University of San Agustin, placed number four in the recently concluded licensure exam for pharmacists.
With her achievement, Flor said her next move is to become a doctor.
“It has always been my dream to become a doctor. I think both my short and long term plans would revolve around applying and getting into med school and then studying to become a doctor,” she said.
Flor scored 91.60 in the exam to place fourth among 2,100 passers. A total of 3,234 examinees took the board.
Meanwhile, Julienne Nicole Chua Dela Cruz of the University of the Philippines Manila clinched the top spot with a rating of 92.70 percent while Khlarica Rygine Aquino Furigay of Trinity University of Asia placed second with a rating of 92 percent.
Jonas Angeles Aquino of UP-Manila scored 91.80 percent to land in the third place.
A native of Calumpang, Arevalo and a graduate of Ateneo de Iloilo in both elementary and high school, Flor said that she couldn’t help but cry with excitement when she first heard the news.
“Well, at first I couldn’t believe it. My best friend broke the news to me and I was too sleepy that I wouldn’t believe her. So I checked, and when I saw that it was true, I could not help but cry from the shock,” she said.
She recalled that the hardest part of her journey were the days filled with anxiety over the exams.
“The hardest part I think was going through days filled with anxiety because sometimes it made me think that I was going through the battle alone,” Flor said.
During those moments, Flor said she would always pray and talk to God and ask for His grace and guidance.
“Prayer would always calm me and ground me even in moments of absolute distress,” she said.
Flor added she owes her success to God, her family, friends, teachers, all the people who supported her and encouraged her to keep going.
The pharmacy board topnotcher also has a message to struggling students and teenagers.
“Always remember to be kind to yourself. It was one of the most significant things that I have learned when I was still a student myself. Don’t worry if you’re going slow or if you’re behind others. Life is not a race, contrary to belief. You have your own pace and it does not matter when you’ll cross the finish line. What’s important is that you stay driven and you stay consistent. Don’t be afraid to fail as well. Failure does not mean the end. It simply means that you have room for growth,” she said.