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Tiu to deliver valedictory address in UPV’s 37th Commencement Exercises

On the 37th Commencement Exercises of UP Visayas on June 24, 2016, Juliene Lindy C. Tiu will have the distinction of delivering the valedictory address to the graduating Class of 2016. This because Tiu, a BS Accountancy major from the College of Management, has earned the highest GWA of 1.282 among her peers.

Tiu graduated class valedictorian in elementary and in high school at the Iloilo Central Commercial High School, now Huasiong College of Iloilo. Her being a consistent university scholar brought her to graduate as magna cum laude at the end of the five-year accountancy program that she enrolled in.

The consistent university scholar found time to join and win in competitions that were particularly related to her field. These included: 1st place in the 2014 IFJPIA Practical Accounting 1 and 2 Quiz Bee (Team Competition), 1st place in the 2015 PICPA Iloilo Chapter Practical Accounting 1 and 2 Quiz Bowl (Team Competition), 1st place in the 2016 17th InterCollegiate Finance Competition (ICFC)- Western Visayas Regional Level, and 2nd place in the 2015 CIMA Global Business Challenge (GBC)- National Level. She also won Best Speaker/Best Future Business Leader in the CIMA Global Business Challenge (GBC)- National Level and 3rd place in 2015 NFJPIA- Region 6 11th Midyear Convention (MYC) Practical Accounting 2 Quiz Bee.

Of her life as a valedictorian among valedictorians and honor students in UP, she said that it is very well known fact that UP’s high academic standard can easily “dissipate a first year student’s illusions of superiority cultivated by his or her multiple achievements during high school.”

“After all, high school valedictorians enter UP in throngs, and what was once a distinct medal of honor speedily becomes a common piece of metal. Coupled with this is the realization that other students, whether part of their high school honor roll or not, were just as brilliant as the ones who posed with awards on their graduation day. In short, I learned that finding a place in the den of great minds that is UP was a daunting challenge, indeed,” she noted.

She recalled that failing to score the highest grade in Math 11, her favorite subject, was the moment that she realized that she would not always be standing at the top. From then on she adopted a philosophy that she said carried her throughout her stay in UP and beyond.

“Don’t compare yourself with others.” It may be straightforward, but it’s easier said than done, especially in a degree program like Accountancy where the retention system forces us to be perpetually grade-conscious. So, in order to spare myself the unnecessary grief, I stopped measuring myself against others and instead focused inward to simply be the best version of myself that I could be. This perspective allowed me to practice humility in the face of my achievements and to sincerely applaud the triumphs of others,” she said of this self-realization.

She said that she was grateful for the guidance of her supportive family, nurturing mentors, and peers because she was truly able to enjoy her UP life despite the initial culture shock.

“From entering UP until now, I honestly did not expect to obtain the honor of becoming the class valedictorian, simply because I was aware of the sheer number of achievers among us. But somehow, God’s grace granted me this achievement, and with the knowledge and opportunities the university has given me, I hope to contribute to society as someone who above all, uses education not as a pedestal to look down upon others, but as the catalyst for positive change,” she said. (With reports from Juliene Lindy C. Tiu)

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