When I first set my foot in iACADEMY, I have always asked myself, “What mark can I leave in this school?” I have always wanted to be part of something that could make a big change and impact not only to myself but also to the people around me. As if the universe heard me, I received a message from the SEAL President asking me if I wanted to represent SEAL for ICON. I didn’t know how to react, and I stared at the message that she sent to me for a long time, thinking if that was really meant for me. “Are you sure about this?” “Pressy, are you kidding me?” “Uhhhhh me?” Of course, that was all in my head, and I did my best to keep my composure and sent a very calm reply.
After contemplating for so long, I thought this could be the opportunity that I need. If truth be told, I am very fortunate to be chosen for something that is grand and exceptional, but I can’t stop the thoughts that lingers in my head, the very same thoughts that I get when I know I am going against my comfort zone. I stopped for a moment, and take a deep breath. If I wanted to achieve my goals and aspirations, then this is exactly what I need to do.
Throughout my journey in this competition, I’ve never felt alone and that is because I’ve had my orgmates, friends, and important people in my life behind me. They were the ones who continue to keep me pushing whenever I think I can’t take any step forward. They were the ones who became my foundation when I think everything is crumbling down.
For that moment in my life, I’ve felt safe and secure, and I’ve finally come to understood that orgmates are not just some people you know in your organization, but they could also be your family. This is truly one of the most ICONIC journey that I’ve had in life.
The word “ICON” holds so much weight and responsibility but there’s no right formula or code, on how to be the “perfect ICON”. To become an example and a role model for other students puts a lot of pressure and fulfillment at the same time. Each one of us must remember that we are ICONIC in our own way; all of us possess a unique beauty, brains, and compassion in our hearts.
Written by: Camille Pascua