“It was Hard work, Opportunity, Perseverance, and Excellence which led me to where I am now which I used in making a difference in people’s lives,” said Dr. Elve O. Nasvik during her speech at the University Recognition Day held February 24 at the Sofia Soller Sinco Hall.
Nasvik, an alumna of Foundation University College of Education and the present chair of the Teacher Education Department of the Silliman University College of Education, focused her message of inspiration to more than 200 student honorees on the acronym HOPE.
She started with H which for her meant Hardwork – a tool she and her parents used in order to surpass hardships and challenges brought about by poverty. She recalled that while studying at FU, she would walk from her home in Mangnao to the Dumaguete Market whenever she had limited financial resources.
Proud of her humble beginnings, Nasvik never failed to acknowledge her father who earned the money to pay her tuition as a tricycle driver and her mother who pursued multiple means of living in order to make the ends meet. She recalled, during the time she did all the household chores. Nasvik also mentioned that her free time was spent in the library because she did not have the financial capacity to rent or purchase books. Poverty, for her, was never a hindrance to success and what made her through the odds was the culture of hardwork nourished since her early life.
Later, she elaborated on O as Opportunity. Nasvik told the honorees, “There are so many opportunities ahead of you. Discover more about yourself and your aspirations for the future. To do so, you need to make the most of every opportunity.”
True to her statement, the opportunities she grabbed in the past included the teaching experience which lasted for 10 years at a learning center in Manila. Upon coming home to Dumaguete, she also served her alma mater, Foundation University, as a high school teacher from 2004 to 2006. While pursuing her postgraduate studies, a mentor offered her a job to work as administrator for a private school and the experience made her to learn and grow as an educator and administrator.
Nasvik continued sharing with the third letter, P for Perseverance – propels and has made her go on when things would seem hopeless. “When you stumble and fall, and when you feel you’ve had enough, do not be too hard on yourself. Never lose hope. And don’t you ever quit.,” said Nasvik to the honorees.
“In everything you do, no matter what circumstance, always put GOD first” added Nasvik as she elaborated that talents and abilities comes from God and advised the honorees “to use it (gifts) as God intends.”
Lastly, E meant Excellence. For Nasvik, Excellence is giving the best of what one could be.
“Challenge yourself to excel all the time. Build your confidence and competence. Use all available tools. Nowadays we all have access to so many tools such as computers, internet, and DIY (Do it Yourself) guides. Remember that a tool is anything that helps you excel – don’t get hung up on what it is, but focus on what it can do for you,” Nasvik added.
At the end of her speech, she left a heartwarming tribute to her alma mater and advise to the honorees, “Foundation University has given us a well-rounded education in all aspects of our lives. In whatever field you will be in, in whatever you do, be true examples of morally upright individuals. Carry with you the knowledge, skills and attitude that Foundation University has taught you. With excellence, comes the responsibility of setting a good example. Many people, look up to brilliant individuals like you with hope and admiration.”