CM John Ray M. Espina
2nd Officer, “K” Line RoRo Bulk Shipmanagement Co. Ltd.
BS Marine Transportation, 2014
Master in Maritime Education and Training, 2020
An American author once said, “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never get it”. I know that there is never a perfect formula for achieving what you want but for me, aiming for something means working for it. I will be always and forever grateful to my college, the Lyceum International Maritime Academy, for molding me into the person I am today – a person of character and competence. I am never afraid and always feel secure and confident as I pursue my journey and enter a more complex and challenging world. I know that the institution has equipped and prepared me with the talents and skills I need. Back in college, I was a simple, hardworking, and studious cadet that has always been inspired by my seniors and this prompted me to continually strive for excellence. The university has opened multiple doors of opportunity. I was elected as the governor of the student council and was hailed as one of the top students of the university. Because of that, I was able to exemplify my dedication, perseverance, and sacrifices as a student leader. My first onboard ship experience during the cadetship program has taught me numerous things and honed me to become a better version of myself. I learned how to sacrifice. I became more punctual and organized. It has taught me to become more honest and truthful, courageous, and stay committed and dedicated to one’s work. I became more adaptive to situations and more caring about the environment. After years of commitment and determination, I earned the degree in BS Marine Transportation with flying colors and is now a licensed Officer in Charge in Navigational Watchkeeping. With the help and support of my family, friends, and the LPU-LIMA community, I earned my degree in Master in Maritime Education and Training this year and earned the license as Chief Mate – which I consider my greatest accomplishments. It is very rewarding to know one’s purpose in life – that is to share my knowledge and expertise with my younger brothers and sisters in the maritime industry. The real world of seafaring made me realize that no matter how new you are in the industry one must always be reminded to do their best and take their jobs very seriously. Sailing on different international trades shows how challenging and diverse seafaring is. Amidst the many challenges and uncertainties, I braved to hope for the best. Had I given up, I will not be able to discover the right colors and strokes in weaving the lives that directed me in achieving what I dreamt of. Mindful of the blessings of our Almighty Father, may we make a difference in our own chosen paths by “Taking the Lead”. #ButiNalangNagLyceaumAko