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Diana Rose U. Del Rosario
Class: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry 2004
Scholarship Received:     100 Percent Tuition and Fees, with Dormitory Allowance
Current Occupation and Company:     MSc in Economics Student at Singapore Management University

Without a full scholarship, never would I have been able to study at the Ateneo. My father, a middle-income farmer in Bukidnon, would not have been able to support my tuition fees and living expenses at the Ateneo. In fact, the 100% tuition and fees scholarship that the Office of Admission and Aid had granted me did not convince him enough to send me to Ateneo. 

Fortunately, the Office of Admission and Aid granted my request for a dorm allowance. Moreover, I got a DOST scholarship on top of my Ateneo scholarship. I knew then that I was headed to Ateneo.

Though Ateneo life was a dream that has turned into reality, my stay there was not bereft of difficulties. Adjusting to college life far away from my family made me homesick.  I longed for the closeness of my family.  I was also beleaguered by academic challenges and uncertainties about my future.  Initially, my high school friends, roommates and orgmates at Christ's Youth in Action (CYA) were the ones who supported me in those times. Later on, my teachers, blockmates and the people at the Ateneo guidance office, on top of my newfound friends, became part of my growing support group as well.  

Another hurdle I had to overcome was my fear that a scholar like me will have no place in this affluent community. However, this fear proved to be unfounded as practically everyone I encountered in school was warm and accommodating. Through time, I have interacted with a variety of individuals in campus from janitors to wealthy classmates. I could honestly say that Ateneo welcomed me as a member of the community with open arms.