“You will never know, unless you try”, this is the quotation I have been holding onto since high school. I believe that it is to take the risks, from small steps to big leaps, so that the curiosity and drive inside can be set free.
Let me introduce myself, I am Ma. Ezra Jessica M. Fajardo, now in my fourth year as a communication arts student in Far Eastern University, Manila. I am a mother to an adorable one year old baby. I describe myself as a free spirit, with a brave heart – because I would never be who I am now if it wasn’t for the strength and compassion I have.
Writing is such a wonderful art, and it is one the things I love, back even when I was a little tyke. I can remember starting off with the greeting cards I make for my grandmother and other relatives every time there is a special occasion. Of course, there are drawings that come with each.
The journey continued as I started to study in elementary, I observed that little by little, I am falling in love with our subject, English, although it was hard at first, but I managed to pass through because of reading and especially, writing. Heading to secondary level, I practiced my skills, where I became more aware of grammar and proper use of tenses. I felt very glad every time a classmate of mine asks help in revising his paper or just with simple verb agreements. In my four years, I could say that the greatest achievements were being chosen as one of having the best written essays – it may also be in Tagalog, then being part of our school paper, Papyrus. It was the best years I could say. Later on, in college, I contributed some articles to a newspaper and I am always assigned as the writer when it comes to group activities. Also, back in second year – in addition to some achievements, I was honored to contribute an article in the newspaper, Business Mirror.
Being a mother while still attending school at the same time, is tedious. Many would say to me that what I did was the most sinful – as I am an only child, and that it was too early for me to commit to such a huge responsibility and yes, I admit, all of those are true but, it was the biggest wake-up call in my life, it made my world turn upside down and inside out. With all the negativity it brought me, there comes a dash of happiness and positivity, because now, I have a little angel to come home to and take away all the stress from everyday life. She helps me wake up early and made me a lot more responsible for so many things. I cannot thank God enough for giving me such a beautiful present.
There, I shared what should be known from Ezra Fajardo, and I am not afraid of what people would think of me, because we all live different lives, and each one has their own story to tell.
But still, one question remains. Why should I be the one to have the opportunity as an intern of When In Manila? Honestly, coming up with this piece is hard, it took me days to finish this, because I know that many are out there more deserving than me, smarter, more hard working, and more flexible than me but, I challenged myself to do so because this is my passion and this is what keeps me sane, writing. I would love to take on with this kind of experience because I know it will lead me to a better path and my skills will come to life again.
Indeed, I am very excited to experience this once in a life time chance because I will be getting to do what I love most, and sharing this moment with a different and new environment.