An Inspiring Journey of a Combatant's Son to Graduation

Nasrullah K. Maindan, a graduating student from the Bachelor of Science in Forestry major in General Forestry, epitomizes unwavering determination and strong belief in his capabilities. His journey is a testament to resilience and self-belief as he faced setbacks in the challenging academic landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst the difficulties of remote learning and limited internet access, his determination remained unshaken.

As the son of a combatant living in Poblacion, Buluan, Maguindanao del Sur, Nasrullah’s college journey was not easy. “Isa po akong anak ng MILF na nangarap na makapag-aral sa Mindanao State University-Maguindanao,” he said, reminiscing about his first steps at MSU-Maguindanao. “Dahil sa hirap ng buhay, ay naghanap-buhay ako habang nag-aaral. Naging driver at salesman po ako sa isang pharmacy at convenience store,” he added, recalling his challenging journey. “Ngunit sa kabila ng lahat, nagpursige ako upang makatapos sa aking pag-aaral at maiahon ko ang aking pamilya sa kahirapan.” Despite the struggles, he believed in himself.

Nasrullah encountered numerous obstacles along the way. Despite being labeled an irregular student, he never wavered in his conviction that grades do not define his potential. In his third year, he was elected Governor of the College of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, a role that ignited a transformation within him. Recognizing the responsibility bestowed upon him, he understood the importance of leading by example and fostering personal growth.

Reflecting on his journey, Nasrullah shared a profound realization: “To earn respect, one must seek a place where their worth is acknowledged, rather than staying in a place where appreciation is scarce.” His ascent to leadership highlighted the inherent challenges of balancing academic rigor with student-officer duties. With his optimism and perseverance, he will be the recipient of the College of Forestry and Environmental Sciences COLLEGE MODEL AWARD.

As graduation day approaches, he expressed his gratitude to MSU-Maguindanao, saying, “Salamat sa pag-transform sa aming buhay, salamat sa opportunities na kami ay makatapos mag-aral.” He also left a message to the aspiring students of MSU-Maguindanao: “Be serious in your studies, focus on improving yourselves and study smartly not hard, dahil tayo po ang pag-asa ng Bangsamoro.”