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    Social Worker board topnotcher recalls how she struggled to study amidst war in Marawi

    MANILA, Philippines – The 2017 Social Worker board exam topnotcher shared the hardships she endured while studying when war hit Marawi City.
    Social Worker board topnotcher recalls how she struggled to study amidst war in Marawi

    Paramisuli Aming took the Social Worker Board Exam just two weeks after she graduated cum laude
    Paramisuli Aming took the Social Worker Board Exam just two weeks after she graduated cum laude | Photo Courtesy: Paramisuli Aming

    For Paramisuli ‘Suli’ Aming, even war wasn't a hindrance for her to pass the Social Worker Board Exam. While she's a native of Tawi-tawi, Suli went to study at Mindanao State University (MSU) – Marawi.

    She recalled how they felt their buildings shook when the bombings began, the start of the Marawi siege. They were in their dormitories reviewing for the exam when the clashes began. It felt like a nightmare but they continued studying while they waited for the morning to come so they can escape the city.

    Dayanara, Suli's sister shared, “She told me she really wasn’t planning to sleep [that night] as she was studying."

    Despite the horrors of war, it didn't dampen the hopes of Suli to still continue taking the licensure exam.

    Suli took the exam just two weeks after she graduated cum laude. She was also the Valedictorian of the College of Public Administration and was the recipient of the Department of Social Work’s Leadership Award.

    The war survivor topped the July 2017 Social Workers Board Exam with a rating of 86.00 percent.

    Suli shared how empowering it was to achieve success despite the circumstances they encountered. She said, “It feels great to be able to achieve a goal that I have set for myself. It feels so satisfying that after all the uncertainty brought about by the current circumstances— lack of time, stress and other factors—I was able to make it."

    Suli shared her inspiring story when she joined Eat Bulaga's "Bawal Judgemental" on November 22 episode.


    — Sally, The Summit Express

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