It seems that the number 9 is the luckiest number for this man who, after 9 failing grades and staying nine years in colleges, he managed to rank top 9 in the board exam.
Christian “Ichan” Arranz managed all these things.
In spite of having a full-time job, he made sure he had time to review for the Mining Engineering Board Examination.
And yes, it was all worth it. Those 9 years he spent in colleges along with 9 failing grades and drops were a big part of his motivation in achieving one of the ultimate dreams of a lot of graduates — to top the board exam.
Arranz shared his journey through a post on his Facebook profile. This was hot on the heels of learning about the results of the Mining Engineering Board Exams.
For most of his college life, he had been a working student in an effort to help his parents. That way, he could not focus well on his studies as his work eats a lot of his time. Thus, he would need to spend 9 years in college.
Even after he graduated from college at the University of the Philippines, he still needed to work in an effort to support his whole family.
He further shared that he would go to his regular review classes from 9 in the morning through 3 in the afternoon in UP. And, from 4 PM to 8 PM, he would go to his work in Ortigas.
During weekends, Arranz also works. He is a tutor during Saturdays and Sundays. That is from 9 AM to 8 PM.
“I thought I could not handle everything. It was tiring, exhausting. At times I was depressed because I didn’t know if I could still prepare for the exam,” said Arranz.
However, he said he really loves teaching, so he cannot give up his passion.
“I know I can help so many others as much as I can help myself. It’s the drive that keeps me going.”
He got a score of 88.25 percent, paving the way for him to get the ninth spot.
Indeed, his story inspires a lot of students who like to “go beyond” what they can do.
Some words from Arranz: “Believe in yourself.”
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