“Success is not just about you, it’s also about you helping others” said Far Eastern University (FEU), Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (ITHM) student Jasmine Joy Marie San Miguel, who was named one of the 10 BPI Expat Pinoy Children for 2014 last December 15.
With some help from Student Development under Director Joeven Castro, Jasmine was chosen among from hundreds of applicants from different parts of the Philippines.
Jasmine had to learn to be independent at an early age because both her parents worked overseas. Her father Aldwin and mother Gloria San Miguel have been working as nurses in the Middle East even before she was born.
“My mom first worked in Saudi Arabia with my dad but when she got pregnant with my youngest sibling, she had to leave her job. A few months after giving birth, she decided to work again in Abu Dhabi where she had the opportunity to bring us along. We studied in a Filipino School in Abu Dhabi.”
Jasmine returned to the Philippines to take up college at Far Eastern University, while her younger siblings are staying in the province with relatives. Jasmine lives in Manila by and admits that she has to be strong to battle loneliness and to make crucial decisions. Jasmine still feels her parents’ hands on approach inspite of the distance.
“My parents were authoritative at first. They would call from Abu Dhabi or Saudi Arabia around 8pm and order me to go home or else I would be in deep trouble. However, they slowly became lenient when they realized I was doing well at FEU. They are very supportive and appreciative of my extracurricular activities and achievements and now just give updates from time to time,” the BS Tourism Management recounted.
Jasmine admits that she appreciates her parents’ affection, sympathy and guidance.
Student life in FEU
Jasmine has been an academic scholar in FEU since her freshman year and currently serves as ambassador for the FEU Drug Abuse Prevention Core Group as well as Committee Head for the Tourism Management Society. She shares that she likes working with people who push her to be better.
Her motivation comes from the fact that her parents have to work abroad in order to give their children a better life so she chooses to always stay positive inspite of the challenges.
“Things may really be sad and lonely but what I always like see is the brighter side of the picture. It is up to us to discover how to do that.”
Despite her achievements, she emphasizes that it is very important to stay humble and grateful.
“Face each day with great optimism, confidence, and a huge smile,” she advices.
“Trust me, it will pay off. It may not be today but, it may be sooner than you think. Never give up co-Pinoy expat children, it is a long and tough journey but we can all do it. “