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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. 


    “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.”

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

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    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.

    “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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