When asked what he would like to advise his fellow PATTSeans, he answered with a passage from the Bible: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it - Proverbs 2:27”
Mr. Jameson Louis T. Del Rio is a name that may not be familiar to you, but he walked the same walls, same corridors, and learned in the same place we call our second home –– in PATTS College of Aeronautics. A graduate of BS Industrial Engineering (BS IE) batch 2019, Mr. Del Rio serves as an inspiration to us as he brings pride to our beloved institution by placing 9th on the Certified Industrial Engineering (CIE) Examination.
College was considered a time when he faced a lot of challenges. To say, he was not too motivated, but he did not let those battles get to him. He fought by helping others, immediately changing his perspective, and making way for his new found joy. Mr. Del Rio even remembers how Engr. Ma. Corazon Rubio (BS IE Chairperson) was helpful to him during those trying times in his life. He looks back seeing his achievements such as being a pioneer member of the Bible Readers Society in Paranaque and PATTS College of Aeronautics. In his mindset, this was key to help more people.
Sacrifices were made in order to get what he had worked for. He resigned from his work and had to cut off on his expenses because he had realized that he cannot turn back time to fix his past –– he decided to change his future instead. He found inspiration and strength from his friends and family as he reviewed for the examination. He learned by putting notes on his wall using scratch papers from his previous school works, which he had found heartbreaking as he worked hard for them. Being resourceful and applying real life situations while reviewing were his key techniques to victory, something that we are all familiar with since PATTS College of Aeronautics has trained us to be like this.
The exam was conducted online, and others may find it easy, but according to Mr. Del Rio, it had its own set of challenges. Microphones had to be turned on, cameras must be open, the whole room must be evaluated by the proctor, scientific calculators were not allowed (only the provided calculator in the system was used), and to top it all off, the questions were all individually difficult. This gave Mr. Del Rio doubt on whether he had passed or not but when the results came, time had stopped for a moment. He could not believe it, his name was listed not just as a passer, but as a topnotcher, as well.
Truly, it is through the power of a right mindset that has brought him to where he is now. It does not matter what the past has done, what matters is how we move forward and press on. Mr. Del Rio sends us a message that we must shift to the right mindset to get us to places, whilst having to help others we can reach despite the power we have.