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  • Jodi Sta. Maria Couldn't Stop the Tears as She Tops the Dean's List

    Jodi gets emotional after being recognized as this semester's top Dean's Lister.
    by FM Ganal for Pep.ph .
  • Jodi Sta. Maria continues to be an inspiration to her fans as she successfully ends her school year with a GPA of 3.800 in her pre-med studies.

    The ABS-CBN actress visibly emotional when Southville International School and Colleges announced she topped the Dean's List this semester.

    Jodi went back to school to pursue a college degree last February 2017. She said she never let go of her dream to earn a degree (she is taking up BS Psychology). It was a desire that fueled her to take the plunge even though it meant she had to work harder at a time when she can actually take it easy. 

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    Jodi Sta. Maria looks back at her journey as a student

    On Instagram, the Sana Dalawa ang Puso lead actress wrote, “These past years of taking up a pre-med course has molded me, trained me, tested me...but here I am almost at the end of the race as I finish my last year of undergrad studies. 

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    “I’ve played many roles in my life — an actor, daughter and most importantly being a mother. But being a student had me seeking out one of the most important gifts from God — the chance to pursue my BS Psychology degree.

    “Each subject I had was an opportunity to develop myself and achieve new accomplishments. With every challenge and experience, God prepared me and taught me to run my race without quitting. I have learned to be receptive to the whole process, more aware of what I am learning and why.

    “I want you to know how exciting and stimulating an education can be. With a grateful heart, I am beyond happy to share with you that I was able to finish this semester with flying colors.

    “Thank you, God for the gift of perseverance, patience, and the eagerness to learn and become a student of life. I am just at the start of what will be an even greater journey, and I am excited where it will take me.”

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    “One year na lang… push pa more!” — Jodi Sta. Maria

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    Becoming Thirdy's role model

    In a previous interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Jodi revealed why finishing her pre-medicine course matters to her.

    She said, “Parang if there are dreams in your heart na hindi pa napu-fulfill at this time, don't just easily let go of it because at the proper time, your dreams will be realized.

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    “That's something na hindi po nawala sa puso at isipan ko, yung pagme-medisina…

    “Partly, I'm being motivated by my being a mother.

    “I really want to put a premium on education because I have a son, and I want to be able to set a good example for him.

    “I want to lead by example.”

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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