Queen Denise P. Cuevas
Luzon Field Unit, Women and Children Protection Center, Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management
Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City
BS Criminology, 2016
This is to share my wonderful experience during my stay in Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas (LPU-B). Firstly, siguro yung impression sa the school we all know that LPU-B is one of the most prestigious universities in our country, and the fact that I was able to enter this institution is a big accomplishment itself. The only LPU Campus that offers Bachelor of Science in Criminology and the Number 1 provider of Law Enforcement Officers in the Region. Since then, I wanted to be in the Police service, and I knew that LPU-B will provide me the best education that will guide me in my chosen path.
So, I enrolled under BS CRIMINOLOGY program and made my dreams come true. I still remember the first day I got to speak with the Dean, she said to me “gagalingan mo, and welcome to the family”, which has been engraved to my heart that this family will give me a lot of memories.
Then this happened, I applied and trained to be an ROTC Officer of the 303rd NROTC Unit of the school, and after rigorous training, I became part of the Corps Intelligence, N2, but due to some circumstances the ROTC program was discontinued, nawala yung scholarship na inaasahan ko para magpatuloy sa pagpasok sa school na pinangarap ko, kasabay pa ng biglaan financial shortage sa family. I only had a few options. One was to stop cut my studies short or transfer to another school. Of course, both choices were not nice. There was a saying that “kapag gusto may paraan, pag ayaw may dahilan”. Being persevering I inquired for part-time jobs, available scholarship. Lahat ata nang madinig ko na puede ang scholar na-examan ko na. Then the college secretary told me that they were looking for a Student Assistant. Then the rest was history.
Being a student assistant served as a training ground for me. Yung mga tao sa LPU, kahit taga ibang opisina tuturuan ka nila on how to work in the professional world. Yung scholarship na nakukuha ko galing sa school as SA for 5 consequetive semesters, sobrang laking tulong sa Inay at Tatay ko, syempre lalo sa mga kapatid ko na pumapasok din.
From every accreditation kahit pagod at puyat, every school and college fair, matutunan mo lahat ng pwede mo malaman, a healthy community to work in.
As on of the 12 qualifiers from 40 who took the April 2016 Licensure Examination for Criminology, gave me more challenges and hopes as well. I told myself “maiipasa ko to”. I was under a lot of pressure, but my professors were supportive and gave us the proper motivation.
The board exam lasted for 2 days. 600 Items. 12 out of 12 Masundayaw Class of 2016 luckily, I passed.
Then, sa isip ko “apply na ko, magging pulis na ko” but I was under the age requirement of the PNP, so the College Dean offered me a job while I was waiting to be qualified. I became the college laboratory custodian for 10 months, I was able to take my master’s and I was able to help my family. Since my first day in LPU school, until I made my dream into a reality, they were always present.
I can still remember my favorite quote sa mga test papers ni Dean Bautista, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” by Les Brown.
After my ten-month stint in LPU-B I decided to enter the uniform service to become one of the youngest members of my class in the 2017 recruitment, baon-baon ko lahat ng natutunan ko, at lahat ng pangaral ng mga taong naging tulay ko sa unti unting pag abot ng pangarap ko.
Ang sarap lang na kapag nalalaman nila na sa LPU ka grumaduate they always say: “you will be an asset then! You graduated from one of the best universities in the country”. Then, I always keep in mind my life quote from one of my inspirations in service Abraham Lincoln who said, “Don’t worry if you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of the recognition”.