Full-time Student, Part-time Employee
Gia is a senior taking up Bachelor of Fine Arts at Bulacan State University. Design has always been her passion; she has been drawing and designing as far back as she can remember — from cars, houses, and portraits, to anything that piqued her interest. This passion motivated her to pursue a major in visual communication.
However, achieving her dream of completing a degree in the arts and design would not be easy. Apart from her school fees, she would need funds for costly art supplies and other school materials — funds which she and her family did not readily have. To pay for school expenses, Gia had to work at a printing press and a cooperative — performing a variety of tasks, from bookkeeping accounts, sorting files, cleaning the office, to binding books. Her previous employer covered her tuition fees and paid her Php100 (less than $2) per day for her labor.
Gia admits that balancing her work and studies was difficult. She recalled how she often had to work overtime to finish her tasks, leaving her with little to no time for her homework. She can no longer count how many times she got sick due to the overwork, pressure, and stress of sufficiently managing both.
With so much on her hands, Gia did not finish her thesis on time. She knew she could not continue to maintain her work at the expense of her education, especially if she planned to complete her studies as soon as possible so she could start helping her family with income from full-time employment.
Gia knew she could not afford her tuition without her salary. However, with her delayed graduation, she realized that she would constantly underperform in her studies if she continued to work at her part-time job in the cooperative which she considered a bigger risk to her future. With this in mind, she chose to resign.
Without any means to pay for her studies, she looked for scholarships and other financial assistance programs that could support her education, and eventually came across InvestEd online. Despite her doubts that InvestEd would be able to help her, as her degree program in fine arts was not listed in their supported programs, she steeled herself and inquired. Gia believes that this question sparked change in her life.
Currently, Gia is a proud Investee. Her loan covers both her daily allowance and tuition fees. In addition, she has access to career and financial training sessions and a support network through her InvestEd mentor and co-Investees.
Since Gia no longer has to work to pay for school fees, she has more time and energy to focus on her studies. Gia also boasts that InvestEd’s mentorship helped her realize her potential and encouraged and guided her to create a plan to help her achieve her dreams, something she had struggles with following her desperate situation. She is happy she took the leap of faith and approached InvestEd for a student loan.