I was born on a warm, sunny day in the 14th of September 1990 at the Gabriela Silang General Hospital. My family was formerly living in Bantay, Ilocos Sur but now, we are currently staying here in Vigan City. I live with my mom, sister and my grandmother. I am studying at the University of Northern Philippines. I am a freshman student, currently taking up Nursing. My full name is Jonas Jaco Paz-Talamo. My father is a pure Chavacano (Spanish Visaya) and my mother is an Ilocano. I am the eldest child of two. I have a sister whose name is Jewel Justine. She’s an upcoming fourth-year high school student at the Divine Word College of Vigan. I started school when I was six years old, also at the Divine Word College of Vigan, from kindergarten up to fourth-year high school. I graduated there receiving the Loyalty Award and many awards. I am now a first-year college student at the University of Northern Philippines. As I have said, I am currently taking up Nursing. I took this “risky” course because of three reasons. First is, I really didn’t want to take this course, it was not my choice rather my mom’s, but now I’m finally determined to take the risk. Second, through this course, we will have a better future, not just for me, but for my family of course. And my third reason is I want to experience the feeling of helping those people who are really in need of my help. I want to be of service and by this, I can help save lives. Nursing is really a very tough yet satisfying course so that’s why I am learning to love this course already. Life for me means friends and family who you can trust and trusts you. I love them. I intend to care too much about other people’s feelings and neglect my own but now I’m learning to change that attitude. I am pretty much on the happy side of life, but like all teenagers, I have my so-called “days of”. That means I do have some sad or depressed days that draws me to being emotionally unstable. I have few friends here that sort of look out for me and when I am having a bad day, I have someone here at school to talk to. I make my school days go by thinking of either the next hour or what will I do when I get home or on the weekend. I laugh a lot and make my family and friends light-hearted. I’m probably not who you think I am, but then whose going to stop you from doing it? I study/work hard to support myself. I am working to build myself a new life and I’m proud and will always be proud of who I have become. I hope you have enjoyed reading my “mini-life story” as much as I have enjoyed writing it. Try to get as much as you can out of school; you are only there for just fourteen years and when you graduate, you’re home-free but then, it will be just a beginning of another stage in your life. There will still be challenges that will come your way but always be thankful, because “Life’s challenges are not designed to break us but to bend us closer towards God”. Here’s a trip for you to live by: If you think it, it can be done.
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