Jamila Coleen M. Briones (GWA: 1.1660)
BA European Languages: German, College of Arts and Letters
Jam, as she prefers to be called, is the daughter of a single mother: a nurse, whose cooking cannot be beaten by any Michelin star chef and whose beauty is unsurpassable by any beauty queen. She claims to have never met her biological father and the closest she has to a father figure is her lesbian aunt who she calls mommy.
Learning, for her, was not about finding the right answers. Rather, learning is about being capable of finding answers, no matter how arduous, by one’s own self. She believes that education was not contrived to create people who will conform to society and subscribe to the singular “correct” answers offered or prescribed by others, whether they be peers or mentors. Education is supposed to create people, persons, who can think critically and go against the stronger current if need be, in order to steer society towards fresher and better directions.
Ironic as it may seem, to her, grades are mere numbers – mere numbers that become even emptier when things learned go unused and unapplied. For this reason, though she isn’t quite sure yet about the “how,” this girl intends to work towards a future where all that she has learned are applied, maximized and shared – in true iskolar ng bayan way – not just for herself, her family or friends, but for the country and her fellowmen. It may take an excruciatingly long time for everything to come to fruition, but this girl is intent on making sure that the fruits will be borne.