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    Farmers' son who couldn't afford full review class lands top 9 in Criminology board exam

    MANILA, Philippines – A farmer's son who is the first in his family to ever have a college degree landed top 9 in the November 2019 Criminology board exam.
    Farmers’ son who couldn't afford a full review class lands top 9 in Criminology board exam

    Farmers’ son who couldn't afford a full review class lands top 9 in Criminology board exam
    Adrian Mandawe lands top 9 despite not being able to afford full review course | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/PHINMA COC Criminology Review Center

    Life wasn't easy for Adrian S. Mandawe, of Dimataling town, Zamboanga del Sur. Born 6th among 7 siblings, Adrian's parents had been farming all their lives. All he ever wanted was to save his family from poverty and give them a better life.

    After graduating at the Western Mindanao State University external studies unit in Pagadian, Adrian's next challenge was to pay for his review for the Criminology board exam.

    Adrian didn't have enough money to pay for a full review course so he only enrolled for a 15-day review class. He said it was the "most that our family could afford.” That already cost his family up to P8,000.

    A son of a farmer, Adrian is the first professional in his family
    A son of a farmer, Adrian is the first professional in his family | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Adrian Mandawe

    Fueled with his determination to pass the board exam, Adrian went on to study on his own, spending 12 hours a day for 5 months.

    Adrian's hardwork paid off as he scored a 89.80 rating, landing him top 9 among the more than 19,000 passers in the November 2019 Criminology board exam. Adrian admitted he was actually hoping to land top 1 but was pleased he still managed to enter the top 10.

    READ: TOP 10 PASSERS: November 2019 Criminologist board exam CLE result

    With his success, Adrian said he only has his family in mind. He said, "I am the first professional in the family and all I wanted is to uplift our living condition."

    He wishes to inspire other students struggling with financial problems to not give up on their dreams. Adrian said, "Aim high since dreaming is free.”

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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