You can do anything you put your mind to if you keep your eyes on the prize, like what this working Filipino mom in Australia did. Zarah Denese Magpantay-Tenorio graduated from Charles Darwin University with her Bachelor of Laws as summa cum laude.
It’s already a challenge to be a working mother. Imagine juggling the demands of taking care of your children and being a student at the same time. However, Zarah Denese proved that if you put your heart and soul into something, it is possible.
Summa cum laude in law school
In 2013, Zarah Denese braved the challenges of being an immigrant in Australia. Years later, she found work at the Northern Territory Ombudsman’s Office. She graduated law school with flying colors, despite the many responsibilities of being a working mother.
She shared with Annalyn Mabini of TFC News Australia her surprise when she was informed she will graduate with the highest honor – the summa cum laude.
Zarah Denese said, “Parang nag-flash back po lahat ng pagpupuyat, pag-aaral at pagsisikap ko for the past four years.”
“Sobrang overwhelmed po ako, dati pangarap ko lang, ngayon nandito na,” she added.
Reaching her goal was no walk in the park. The hardworking mother said she had to meet deadlines while also dealing with stress. She recalled, “Mahirap po kasi, e. Nakakapagod, nakaka-stress at minsan parang walang time to complete everything within the deadline.”
Zarah Denese inspires other immigrants and mothers
Zarah Denese encouraged other immigrants to just hold on to their dreams no matter how impossible it may seem. “I hope my fellow Filipinos po na makakabasa nito, take the time to get out of their comfort zone and pursue their passion,” she said.
The inspiring graduate also encouraged other mothers to continue pursuing their passions. She said motherhood should not be a hindrance to our dreams.
“Kung may pangarap po kayo, work for it. D.o it for yourself. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your children,” she remarked.
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