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Monthly Archives: October 2020

NICK INFANTE ROJAS

Nick described himself as an easy-go-lucky person, especially during his college years. He completed his days hanging out with friends and classmates. He transferred from one school to another, took courses, and earned units. But then it seemed he was destined to follow his path until he found himself enrolling at Aldersgate College taking up Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

He graduated in March 2007 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing reaping the awards for excellence award in Nursing and outstanding leadership. In the same year, he passed the Nursing Licensure Examination and the Nursing Aptitude Test.

As a student, he became a catalyst of change. He served as a good example to his schoolmates and to others. He participated in many contests represents the name of Aldersgate College and was handed numerous recognitions and awards in the division, provincial and national levels.

After becoming a Registered Nurse, he became a Reviewer of NLE Review Class at Saint Louis Review Center, Inc., in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. He also became a clinical and class instructor at the PLT College, Inc. for a year and later on he served as clinical instructor, class instructor, and performed other academic and administrative functions at Aldersgate College.

While working, he took units in education for him to qualify to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers. In April 2009, he took the LET and passed. In 2016, after become a substitute science teacher he was promoted to senior high school (STEM) Teacher II and a class adviser for Grade 11 at Nansiakan National High School in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya. As an educator, he attended numerous seminars and trainings. He is also a writer of several local and international research papers and publications.

Nick Infante Rojas is a researcher, writer, registered nurse and a licensed teacher. He is from  Vista Alegre, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. At present, he is the Research teacher for STEM, ABM, GAS, HUMSS and TVL strands and the class adviser for Grade 12- STEM at the Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School.

“With Aldersgate College, I was able to discover my potentials – both academic and social which honed me to what I am now! Aldersgate College helped me in making my weaknesses as my tool in reaching my dreams – and helped me realize that age is just a number!” he ended#

ARVIN VERGADO GALAMAY

“For my eight years of staying at Aldersgate College (from High School to College), my school honed me a lot in terms of my education. AC rendered me high quality of teaching, assessment and management. It nurtured my whole being, mentally, socially and spiritually. I am very thankful to Aldersgate College because without the safe, professional and friendly learning environment, I would not be able to pursue my dreams.” Arvin cited.

Arvin Vergado Galamay was born on April 30, 1989 at Bonfal Proper, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. He finished his secondary and tertiary education at Aldersgate College, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. He obtained the degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009. He is a Registered Nurse and a Certified ITE Healthcare personnel.

He served as Staff Nurse for 2 years at Quirino Province Medical Center,  Staff Nurse for a year at Ambaguio Municipal Health Office before he decided to go abroad where he took the ITE Healthcare examination in Singapore. After passing the said examination, he served as a Nursing Aide at United Medicare Centre, Singapore from May 2013 to November 2015 and later on he became an Enrolled Nurse from November 2015 to November 2017. At present, he is now a Staff Nurse at the Methodist Welfare Services Nursing Home in Singapore.#

Webinar on Mental Health

For all of us, the COVID-19 outbreak is a revelation of how fragile our  lives can be. Yet this pandemic has also tested our resilience amidst adversity.

Covid -19  has changed the way in which most of us live and how we perform our basic day to day functions. It has disrupted our routines, obstructed travel, secluded us from the rest of the world and to us in the academic community, it has challenged our ability to deliver education to our clientele.

At Aldersgate College, like most schools all over the country, we have switched over to alternative modes of delivery of instruction and implement flexible schedules and work-from-home set-ups for our employees.

We always try to  think of ways to keep our  people safe, contain the spread of the virus and  continue our operations effectively during this crisis.

As a Christian institution, we try to approach this human crisis with empathy as we support our employees, making sure that they get proper access to the necessary technology to navigate the new normal in education. To our dear members of  the AC community, we do not stop thinking of ways to empower you and keep you informed and updated on new developments, strategies and work arrangements.

This webinar on mental health is one of the administration’s attempts at helping our employees cope with the demands of the new normal.

The sudden change in the way we live has left many people helpless, disappointed, discouraged, stressed, afraid and even angry.  For all we know, people in our families, neighborhood and workplace may be part of the 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year, who are struggling with mental health problems.  But many of those affected do not receive proper  treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health or our own unawareness of what mental illness is. If left untreated, mental problems can contribute to poor performance at school and work, less  employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide.

Depression. Anxiety. Suicide. Fear. Paranoia. They are real.

I am saddened by the fact that one of our students committed suicide very recently.

And my son was talking about a colleague who had to resign from his job because he found it difficult to cope with the pressure and demands of his job.

I hope this webinar has widened our awareness of the fact that there are  people who need our help in managing the challenges of this thing called the new normal. Let us take time to listen to the cries of the world, the nation, our community, our family. By being sensitive to the needs of others around us, we would be able to extend a helping hand.  

On the other hand, if we think it is us, who need help, let us not hesitate to seek it. There are many of us who are ready to listen and join you in your journey. I am here, ready to listen, ready to help. Your AC family is here.We are here.

One  important lesson that this pandemic has taught me is the fact that “Adversaries are God’s ways of humbling us, teaching us to depend on Him rather than on the things of this world. Even in our brokenness we find hope. Everyday brings its own troubles, but it also brings its mercies. God allows grief, which serves a merciful purpose if we trust God.”

In closing, let me quote fro the character of US President Tom Kirkman, in Designated Survivor (Netflix series):

“We are not defined by our difficulties. We are defined by how we respond to them and my response is to fight.”

Together, we can fight. Together we will succeed.