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7 Takeaways From The Pretty, 1.004-GWA UP Summa Cum Laude's Graduation Speech

We all can learn a thing or two from this brainy beauty!
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jun 30, 2015
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University of the Philippines Diliman BS Biology student Tiffany Uy is now viral for one majorly impressive feat: Her 1.004 general weighted average (GWA) is now the highest in UP's post-World War II era, surpassing the 1.016 mark set by BS Mathematics graduate John Gabriel Pelias in 2011. Damn!

And this cutie managed to pull that off all while maintaining a healthy social life. We almost forgot, she also has a boyfriend.

Now that's how you handle your priorities! Netizens were blown away by the fact that Tiffy was able to garner the otherwordly score without a single trace of stress in her face.

That is also why when she graduated summa cum laude recently, all eyes and ears were on this looker of a genius and her graduation speech. People were expecting to unravel the mystery of this brainy beauty through her commencement address.

True enough, Tiffy was able to share how life went for her as a biology iska in UP, but at the same time, also imparted some strong words on the essence of her batch's exit. Below is the gist of her nosebleed-inducing, scientific term-laden and super inspirational graduation speech, including some excerpts:

1. The key to graduation is being able to roll with the punches.

"To be able to survive we had to adapt... we learned to adapt to the varying conditions of our wilderness by the means of cultural adaptation. We have worked together, cried together, consoled each other and reveled in joy together. Most notably upon the completion and binding of our thick, freshly scented thesis manuscripts and posted it on Facebook and tagged each other."

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2. Not all things are taught in school; grades are just mere numbers.

"You have great prospects gearing towards success and likely stability. But the new wilderness we are entering which we like to call 'the new world' poses far greater tests of fitness... despite all the high marks, achievements and accomplishments under our belt, we come to the stark realization that there are many things that school has not prepared us for."

3. The nation is in a rough state...

"A quarter of our population fall below the poverty line. And this is with the adjusted standards to bolster the ratings of politicians. Several million people in the Philippines are unemployed, making us a country that's among the lowest in the ASEAN. Deep inequities exists between access to public resources that leave many of our brethren to succumb to illness and die without ever having received healthcare. Moreover, our political situation is highly volatile..."

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4. ...and that problems are eternal.

"The problems our country faces are real extensive. And several generations of ambitious individuals have gone before us and yet the problems still persist. How do we even begin to solve the problems of a nation? Is it even possible?"

5. But despite how dire the conditions are, there is still hope at hand.

"Here, perhaps we can glean some wisdom from our biology which has never ceased to amaze me. It's the limitless of human potential that we've served in the evolution of life. This is evidenced by the record-breaking feats of humanity, the complex institutional systems we crafted, the ground-breaking technological advancements we developed, enabling our relatively young species to be changing the face of a multi-billion year old universe."

6. The future depends on how she and her fellow science majors—and all newly grads in general—will utilize what they acquired while studying to help the country.

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"And we cannot even fully understand the mystery, complexity and awesomeness of the human life. I believe that there is limitless potential in each and every brilliant mind seated before me. Your minds, when inspired by imaginations unbound by glass ceilings, when inflamed with courage to tackle real societal problems and when grounded and motivated by an inherent love for our country and our people can make the crafting of the sustainable and stable future for our nation, not just possible but rather inevitable."

7. She believes a career that involves the betterment of the populace is most gratifying.

"Beloved friends, as we set out into the enigmatic wilderness of life, my wish for you and for our country is that you harness the limitless and evolutionary power towards building a sustainable and fair nation. After all, a life motivated by service is the most meaningful."

The full text of her commencement address can be viewed here.

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