‘Tres-passer’ snags a ‘singko’ spot in Medtech board exam

MANILA, Philippines – A student from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), who they described as a ‘tres-passer’ for barely passing his subjects in college, has landed in the top 5 of the 2021 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination (MTLE).

‘Tres-passer’ grad snags a ‘singko’ spot in Medtech board exam
Jacob Paras, proud to be an 'average student', landed top 5 in 2021 Medtech Board exam | Photo courtesy: Facebook/Jacob Paras

UST Medical Technologist graduate Francis Jacob Paras proved that sometimes it doesn't matter how difficult the path is as long as you don't give up and win in the end.

In a report from UST's official student publication, The Varsitarian, they shared the inspiring story of Jacob to motivate those who are struggling with their studies to continue and persevere. According to the report, Jacob is a "tres-passer" because he used to have a 3.00 grade or just a mere passing grade.

‘Tres-passer’ grad snags a ‘singko’ spot in Medtech board exam
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Jacob Paras

"Trespassing is against the law, but in college, “tres passing,” or barely passing a subject with a 3.00 grade, is nothing short of academic holy grail," the report stated.

"But Thomasian Francis Jacob Paras brought this to the next level. Paras, who had gotten multiple 3.00 grades during his collegiate years, snagged the singko spot in the March 2021 licensure examinations for medical technologists," it added.

According to Jacob, being an average student only motivated him to improve himself more. He also said that he appreciated his lessons more than just memorizing everything.

"I have no Latin honors. I’m no laude. I was just a regular student like everybody else trying to pass and survive every (semester) but I wanted to be a better version of myself,” Jacob wrote on his Facebook page.

The topnotcher reminded students to not give up if they have failing grades. Instead, they should be motivated to work harder.

“Failures and low grades don’t make you less of a person than those with higher grades. Use that failure to further motivate you to bring out the hidden potential hiding in each and every one of us," he added.

Jacob landed top 5 in the 2021 Medical Technology Licensure Exam with a score of 87.50. He is among the total of 1,921 passers out of 3,251 who took the board exam. The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released the exam results last March 25, 2021.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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