US-bound Inquirer scholar looks to life of service

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INQUIRER scholar Jhesset Enano says, “I look forward to telling more and better stories of the people, may it be of the successful or the still hard-at-work, and to let the voice of those without be
heard,” as she prepares for her American sojourn. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—“My three years at UP have taught me a central principle: Serve the people. It is a constant reminder that everything I do should not simply be for myself, but for the advancement of the nation and of its people.”

That was Jhesset Thrina Enano, a journalism student at the University of the Philippines Diliman, summing up her life experience thus far, on the eve of a giant leap in her pursuit of learning and academic excellence.

Along with four other successful nominees from the Philippines, Enano was picked from a pool of 51 applicants to be part of the 2013 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in the United States.

In-depth exposure

Funded by the US Department of State and administered in this country by the Philippine-American Educational Foundation—also known as the Fulbright Commission in the Philippines—the program aims to “provide a large and diverse group of student leaders with an in-depth exposure to US society, culture and academic institutions by engaging them in substantive academic exchanges in colleges and universities in the United States.”

Selection was based on merit in the form of academic accomplishments, leadership and ambassadorial skills, and commitment to serve one’s country.

Under the Global Exchange Undergraduate Program, Enano will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate course work at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, to study journalism from August 2013 to May 2014.

Coming adventure

Constantly delighted by ideas of travel, discovery and learning, Enano said she was excited for the coming adventure. She said she was looking forward to the appreciation of different cultures and the procurement of knowledge that the exchange program will offer.

In this undertaking, she added, she is determined to embody “a proud Filipino representing the country and a student beyond the classroom with an open heart and mind.”

PDI scholar

Enano is a recipient of a Philippine Daily Inquirer scholarship given to deserving students of journalism. Her summer internship at the newspaper provided her with training and hands-on experience in news production in the field. She was grateful for the opportunity, she said.

Last year, she won third place in the Kabataan Essay category of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for her entry titled “What We Are Losing.”

Pay it forward

On her return to the Philippines next year, Enano said she intends to “give back and pay it forward” by sharing what she would be learning in the US with her peers and colleagues as she finishes her journalism degree at UP next June.

“With a broader perspective, I look forward to telling more and better stories of the people, may it be of the successful or the still hard-at-work, and to let the voice of those without be heard,” she said.

The other successful nominees from the Philippines are Mark Anthony Baliuag from St. Paul University Philippines in Tuguegarao City, Aloi Renz Santos from Bulacan State University, Hanniel Pendon from University of St. La Salle, Bacolod and Christian Pasion from Ateneo de Davao University.

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  • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

    “My three years at UP have taught me a central principle: Serve the people. It is a constant reminder that everything I do should not simply be for myself, but for the advancement of the nation and of its people.”

    Mark 10:45
    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His [a]life a ransom for many.”

  • $14141131

    Nice principle. I hope after the scholarship this girl can hold against the influence of most mediamen who get rich in just a matter of time – the ac/dc principle.

  • tlb6432

    good ideals ..has a great future indeed..here’s hoping that she can make meaningful change(s) as she embarks on her career and not swallowed by those who will surely are ready to be the obstacles and continue to be the problem….

  • InVinoVeritas

    Hope you won’t be mentored by U.P. stalwarts in the govt. like Enrile, Drilon, Binay, Santiago, etc. The Filipino people has had great expectations that their above average intelligence will make our country a world class country. But they failed miserably.

  • virgoyap

    “Serve the people” I remembered that his was once the favorite slogan during the Chinese revolution, but this has now became universal and it applies wherever you are and in any place you go.

  • Twister12

    What else could she say? Eventually like the rest of the hundreds of thousands of “iskolar ng bayan” wont contribute much or “give/pay back” to the country what the country invested on them.

  • akramgolteb

    Ang ganda naman ni Ate. Hihintayin kita pagbalik mo.

    • Antenor F Cevallos

      Oo nga. Nakakatakam

  • mynnyx

    dapat di lang matatalino ang puedeng ipadala sa amerika sana yong mga average din…………….para naman may opportunity yong iba…………….

    • Antenor F Cevallos

      Sana pati mga bobo rin, ipadala sa Amerika. Para pantay-pantay

  • joboni96

    another future u.s. collaborator
    in pdinquirer

    to brainwash pilipinos
    for u.s. imperialist recolonization

  • Islaslolo

    Well, a big congratulations to you and of course to your parents or guardian who supported you.

    Since I think you have the wherewithal to excel and learn from this opportunity, my only advice to you is to be honest and polite in your dealings. Be on time, it’s dishonest to set up an appointment at say 7:00 o’clock and then show up at 7:15. If you don’t know something, say so; this way, people can help you. If you are not sure of something, ask questions. If class starts at 8:00 o’clock, be sure to be there on time; it’s discourteous to distract your classmates and teacher by being late. Treat everyone with respect. Always say “thank you”. Et cetera. These might be small things and acts but they will define you and how others will recognize you.

    And it’s not uncommon in the US to spell your name when asked and don’t feel offended by it. Don’t be embarrassed with our Pilipino accent as long as you pronounce the words correctly, or close to it, since there more atrocious accents by native speakers – you will find this out in time. If you don’t understand what a person said, ask them to repeat it, of course politely – like “may I beg your pardon” or “pardon me” or just “excuse me”.

    And schedule your arrival so that you will have ample rest and time to attend the orientation program for undergraduates. Be sure not to miss this important event, which can range from a day to a week depending on the school, in order to ease your transition and to meet students in an informal setting and start developing friendships.

    Good luck and enjoy. It will surely open your eyes and mind and enrich you.

    • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

      “If you don’t understand what a person said, ask them to repeat it, of course politely – like “may I beg your pardon” or “pardon me” or just “excuse me”.

      (Just say, “Do what?”)

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