International Emmy nominated Filipina actress, Jodi Sta. Maria (36 years old), proves once again that she is a classic example of beauty and brains combined, topping the first semester batch of Dean’s listers at Southville International School and Colleges.
Jodi Sta. Maria got a GPA of 3.8 in the most recently concluded semester. She shared a video clip on Instagram, wherein it was announced that she was top of her class.
Jodi Sta.Maria @jodistamaria:
These past years of taking up a pre-med course has molded me, trained me, tested me… but here I am almost at the end of the race as I finish my last year of undergrad studies. I’ve played many roles in my life — an actor, daughter and most importantly being a mother.
But being a student had me seeking out one of the most important gifts from God — the chance to pursue my BS Psychology degree. Each subject I had was an opportunity to develop myself and achieve new accomplishments.
With every challenge and experience, God prepared me and taught me to run my race without quitting. I have learned to be receptive to the whole process, more aware of what I am learning and why.
I want you to know how exciting and stimulating an education can be. With a grateful heart, I am beyond happy to share with you that I was able to finish this semester with flying colors.
Thank you, God for the gift of perseverance, patience, and the eagerness to learn and become a student of life. I am just at the start of what will be an even greater journey, and I am excited where it will take me.
One year nalang…push pa more! “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
This is higher than the 3.67 GPA she got last year, which placed her at the top of Psychology major students and 7th overall.
Jodi Sta Maria PH @jodistamariaph:
With a GPA of 3.670, @jodistamaria is the TOP ONE of Psychology major students and the 7th in all of @southville_is #JodiStaMaria #WomanOfPurpose #B617
In a lengthy post on Instagram, it is very evident how strong Jodi’s faith is. She said, “God prepared me and taught me to run my race without quitting”. She thanked God “…for the gift of perseverance, patience, and the eagerness to learn and become a student of life.”
Jodi Sta. Maria also wanted her followers to know “how exciting and stimulating an education can be.”
Jodi revealed that pursuing her dream of earning a college degree, while doing her other roles as a mother, actress, and other pursuits behind the camera was never easy.
Jodi Sta Maria Tops Dean List
Source: Jodi Sta Maria PH on YouTube
The “Sana Dalawa ang Puso” star said, “It’s never easy juggling different things at the same time…There was one point where I got so overwhelmed with everything that’s been happening that I really just wanted to just, you know, parang (like) quit.”
She shared how she felt like she didn’t want to continue and just want to lessen the things she’s been doing. It came to a point wherein she asked herself, “How do I finish all the things that I’ve started?”
Jodi said she came to a realization that “When life knocks you down, when you’re being hit from all directions, you don’t need to quit. You just have to stop, to rest, to be still, to pray…but never quit.”
As to views about “pressure”, she has this to say:
“I think pressure is good, but the right amount of it. Because it tends to push you harder to your limits. Ano pa bang kaya mong gawin? (What else can you do?) But too much of it can paralyze a person. So tama lang magpa pressure nang konti pero hindi sobra. (So, it’s all right to be pressured a bit, but not too much.)
Despite her being very willful and hardworking, Jodi attributed her achievements to the Lord. She said, “All of these would not have not been possible talaga (really) if it weren’t for the grace of God. Sabi ko Lord, pag hindi ko na maexplain kung pano pa nangyari itong mga bagay na ito, alam ko na Ikaw yung nag move talaga on my behalf.” (I said, Lord, if I cannot explain anymore how all of these things happened, I know it was You who really moved on my behalf.)
Jodi gave thanks to the support of her son Thirdy, her family and all members of her household, her friends as well as teachers who have helped her in her journey as a student.
She also thanked her home network, ABS-CBN, for allowing her to go to school and adjusting her work schedule so she can pursue her dream.
After obtaining a degree in B.S. Psychology, Jodi wants to become a guidance counselor or a rehabilitation specialist, according to a previous interview by the PUSH team.