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Meet Nympha Elisa M. Sia, AFI Scholar for SY 2020-2021

Since I was a kid, I have always loved science. It was during my 3rd and 4th year of high school that I began to ponder which pre-medical program to take - the first step in becoming a medical doctor. I have narrowed down my choices into these 3 programs: Medical Technology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. Fortunately, I got admitted to B.S. Medical Technology program of UST in 2010.

My mother, a medical technologist, was the inspiration behind why I took this as my pre-medical program. She is a single parent and I was basically raised by my maternal grandparents. They are my core family since birth until now. I won’t be here if not for them. My grandmother in particular taught me how to be diligent with studies while my grandfather showed me how to be industrious. They are my daily inspiration. Given my family situation, my mother earns modestly while my maternal grandparents are retirees. By the age of 11, I was fully aware that I should not add financial burden to my family. Therefore, I contributed in my own way by studying well, getting a scholarship, and being a tutor as a part-time job. I am very fortunate and eternally grateful to my supportive professors from the Department of Medical Technology. They helped me with whatever they can such as lending me books or notifying me with prospective tutoring jobs.

I worked hard during my pre-medical years and I succeeded. However, upon graduation, the feeling of being burned out consumed me. It was probably due to the fact that despite working hard, I cannot proceed straight into medicine proper because of financial challenges. I was heartbroken but I had to accept that it will take some time before I can take up medicine. I had 2 strategies: get a full scholarship for medicine and/or save up for it.

Today, six years after, I am now a recipient of a medical scholarship not only to any medical school but to one of the best medical schools in the country. It took me six years but is all worth it. After all, I will carry with me the pride of being called a Thomasian doctor. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity and the trust that Anargyroi Foundation, Inc. (AFI) has given me and my fellow scholars.

A note from the Executive Director: Through donations received by Anargyroi, we are making dreams come true for scholars such as Nympha Elisa Sia. We share Elisa's gratitude for your generosity.