We knew Josephus as one of our standout online reviewees because of his funny, passionate emails and unending curiosity and clarifications on LET questions during our Skype chats 😉 A few months later, it would turn out that he achieved the Top 4 national ranking in the LET!
We finally met him face-to-face for the first time at our Victory Party for September 2012 LET Topnotchers and Passers.
He reached for the topnotcher spot, studied hard, and succeeded.
How did he pull it off? It’s no big secret and he even shares it in his article below. It started by identifying the goal he wished to achieve and then relentlessly pursuing it:
Lost and Found: My LET Story
By Josephus Anthony C. Bumaat
Having graduated high school valedictorian in 2005, I had no clue on what course to take up in college.
My calculus teacher who noticed my knack in problem solving encouraged me to pursue mathematics. Unfortunately, BS Math was frozen due to limited takers. The dean endorsed me to enroll BSED Math instead, but I refused. I envisioned overworked yet underpaid teachers like Mom who don’t get the credit they deserve. I went home clueless about my future.
A week later, I won a government scholarship. The coordinator told me to enroll in a business degree and promised me employment. I swallowed my dislike for business and took up accounting just to spare my parents from tuition.
The system said I was overqualified even after I passed the 2009 CPA board and had no work experience yet. I re-read the contract and found no required course, nor assurance of employment. I applied in private industries but then, overqualified na naman!
Just when all hope seemed lost, I was allowed to substitute a math teacher in a religious high school. Standing in a classroom full of young minds waiting to be inspired, I felt an indescribable euphoria filling up the emptiness in me. I just found my passion!
I saw the real ME unleashing the skill my calculus teacher noticed. I explained lessons with fluency and ease while trying to level with the understanding of each learner. I went home exhausted each day, but the sense of fulfillment kept me coming back for more.
My three months of substitution ended and I landed a job in the commission. I was thrust from my comfort zone to a boring environment, but my teaching memories lingered.
Oh, how I missed talking and listening to students! I couldn’t see myself checking vouchers and receipts every day until I retire.
Though it took me so long to discover where I truly belong professionally, I couldn’t afford to let my passion die with my past. Society may brand teaching as the career for unfulfilled graduates without stable jobs, but I swore to overcome the odds by enrolling in professional education units.
Being a wide reader, I could content myself with merely passing the LET, but NO! I deserved redemption from my troubled past that I wanted to be in the Top 10.
Every night, I read random concepts and answered general info quizzes in the net. I used a basic math reviewer for engineers to compensate for math topics I’ve never had in college.
To step up in my battle, I enrolled in My Review Coach, an online review of Mind Gym Philippines for non-NCR residents. Most of its topnotchers were from UP, but there was no stopping for this island boy to rise and be a cut above the rest.
I gave all my best on September 30, 2012 and two months later, I became Mr. Top 4.
Now arises the dilemma – money job vs. passion job. Having found myself, I’ll choose the better one this time.
Josephus Anthony C. Bumaat, 23, is currently a state auditor from Tagbilaran City, Bohol. He is vying for a national item in the division ranking of secondary school math teacher applicants this year.
EDIT: This article was also published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Youngblood column last January 21, 2013. Way to go to start the year, Josephus!