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.

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.

“I have no Latin honors. I’m no laude. I was just a regular student like everybody else trying to pass and survive every sem, but I wanted to be a better version of myself,” he said in a Facebook post.

Started from the bottom now we here!Di man maayos grades ko at puro tres man ako nung college pero bawing bawii pala…

Posted by Francis Paras on Thursday, March 25, 2021

According to Paras, his mindset was simple: appreciate the lessons and not resort to merely memorizing. “I’m happy that kind of mindset made me top 5,” he told the Varsitarian.

The new registered medical technologist said failure and low marks in college should be used as motivations in bringing out one’s best.

“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.”

Carpio, with an 87.50-percent score, led the 42 new Thomasian medical technologists who hurdled the recently concluded board exams. Jade Veronique V. Yap


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