Mistio leads SOTECH graduates

Highly motivated to learn, resourceful, and excellent interpersonal skills are the key strengths that Reynelyn Lou E. Mistio, a BS Chemical Engineering cum laude graduate,possesses. These qualities made her the top graduate of the School of Technology (SOTECH) with a general weighted average (GWA) of 1.523.


Many people would say that it is difficult to enter UP and it is even more difficult to get out, hence to graduatein UP especially to be on top of your class with latin honors is no joke.

“Perhaps the hardest difficulty I have encountered as a student is keeping myself motivated.Piles of school work, tough exams, and daunting plant design requirements seem like an endless tunnel. The path to the UP Sablay was seemingly insurmountable. Faced with two options, either to give up or to press on, I continually reminded myself that I should do my best, not for my own sake but for my family, for our country, and for the glory of God,” Mistio said who embodies the virtues of a true Iskolar ng Bayan. 

A native of Simbalom, Antique, Mistio is a consistent achiever. She was the class valedictorian of Sibalom Elementary School in 2006 and graduated With Highest Honors from the Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas in 2010. She continued to excel in her studies in college. She maintained to be an Honorific Scholar of the University as well as DOST-SEI scholar from 2010-2015.

Being people smart, this young achiever is also a leader among her peers. She was the grand prefect or president of the University’s organization of chemical engineering students organizing activities that focused on developing the talents and skills of students while contributing to the improvement of the school and spearheaded several pioneering activities in the campus such as the Science and Technology fair,technical forums, and student-teacher “swap day,” among others. She was also elected as Vice President of the Junior Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers-Panay Chapter and of the Membership and Internal Affairs of the 2014 Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers-Junior Chapter Visayas. 

Despite the pressures in her studies, Mistio still managed to juggle it with work because of her drive to learn new things.During summer vacation, she was busy doing internship jobs. She was a refinery processes/utilities intern at Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation-Tabangao Refinery. She had also her internship at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences to familiarize herself in the use of various equipment and significant techniques in the culture of aquatic organism, and local and national regulations on the use of aquatic resources. She also worked as a cashier/salesclerk in a local enterprise in her hometown. 

Moreover, Mistio had attended various seminars and workshops to gain more knowledge on entrepreneurship, leadership,and in line with her program outside the four walls of the classroom. 

“Life after college will still be full of challenges, but I realized that victory is certain when you have clearly defined goals and you do things for a noble cause,” Mistio noted.

As what Ty Howard says “motivation is a stimulant that makes its users potential high achievers.” Having said this, who knows what’s in store for this optimistic, highly motivated, and well-rounded achiever in her future career after college.

By: Lenilyn B. Gallos

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