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Cebuana topnotcher: Don't compare yourself to others

John M. Destacamento - The Freeman
Cebuana topnotcher: Don't compare yourself to others
“Weeks before the board, my mom experienced a hypertensive crisis and my dad suffered a mild stroke. On top of that, I was also having my own health issues due to hormonal imbalance. I was bleeding heavily even during the day of the board exam,” Inot told The FREEMAN.

CEBU, Philippines — When Gian Isobelle Inot took the licensure exam for nurses in November, she was not in the best shape – mentally and physically.

“Weeks before the board, my mom experienced a hypertensive crisis and my dad suffered a mild stroke. On top of that, I was also having my own health issues due to hormonal imbalance. I was bleeding heavily even during the day of the board exam,” Inot told The FREEMAN.

“Honestly, after I took the exam, I was really downhearted because I was certain that I didn’t do well enough. I could say that I wasn’t in my best condition both mentally and physically but I’m beyond grateful that I was still able to push through,” she added.

Inot, 24, a native of Poblacion, Medellin town in northern Cebu and a graduate of Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, still emerged as fifth placer in the board exam.

Other CDUH graduates — Val Jose Mendoza, Chelsea Lorelle Arreo, and Araceli Tamarra — also landed in the top 10 by placing 7th, 9th, and 10th, respectively.

Kiarra Belle Arante Poblador of Silliman University ranked first with an 89.40 percent rating. The Professional Regulation Commission announced Friday that 6,086 out of 11,828 passed the exam.

For Inot, the accolade was not served to her on a silver platter as she went through some failures in life to get to her present success.

“Actually, I’m not a stranger to failures. I took up Medical Technology seven years ago but was debarred from the program during my third year because of four failed subjects. So I had to shift to nursing,” she said. “My fear of failing (again) became my main drive and motivation to finish nursing school.”

Inot shared that as part of her review regimen, she deleted all her social media apps, saying they were giving her anxiety.

Aside from that, she also surrounded herself with people who supported and continually gave her encouragement.

“I kept in mind what my mom and dad had always told me: that if others can do it, so can I,” she said.

Inot related how her family and relatives kept telling her how they’d always included her in their prayers.

“My parents had to go Manila the week before my board exams for hospitalization, and while they were away my aunties, uncles and cousins took care of me,” she said.

She added: “I am blessed enough to have friends nga dili dalo mo-share sa ilaha notes, so I really owe a lot to them. As in tinabangay gyud mi. We manifested good energy by renaming our groupchat ‘NLE TOPNOTCHERS.’ Although binuang ra gyud siya pero I never expected nga matinuod. Thankfully, all of us sa barkada namo passed the board exams.”

Askes for a piece of advice to those who want to follow in her footsteps, Inot said one should trust in “what the universe has planned for you” because what happens, happens for a reason.

She also advised against the tendency to compare oneself to others.

“In preparing for the board, don’t get overwhelmed with your anxiety. Rest when you need to. Don’t compare yourself to others because that will never help you. Instead set yourself as your biggest competitor. Strive not to be better than others but to outdo yourself,” she said. (FREEMAN)

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