Education Student Shares How She Became ‘Classmates’ with Her Baby

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An education student shares good vibes and inspiration after posting the story of how she became ‘classmates’ with her baby so she could reach her dreams of becoming a teacher…

At 36 years old, Ira Baldonaza experienced a lot of discrimination in school because of her age, yet she is determined to finish her studies so she can have a better future. She studied Bachelor of Elementary Education at Eastern Samar State University Can-Avid campus in Can-Avid, Eastern Samar.

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But when she got pregnant, Ira thought that this would be a stumbling block to her dreams. With her advanced age and the baby that she has to care for, her dream of graduating from college might be something that she has to give up.

Things even looked dimmer when her baby was diagnosed with G6PD deficiency, she can’t just leave the child with someone else because the child’s condition puts him in constant danger of developing Hemolytic Anemia if he eats something that’s not allowed for his condition.

Photo credit: Ira Baldonaza / Facebook – GMA News

But Ira didn’t want to give up on her dream. She knew full well that she can provide a better life for her baby if she graduates from college and finds a job as teacher.

So, she swallowed her pride and asked her college administrator for permission to bring the baby to school. Thankfully, the college administrator understood her situation and allowed her to do it. That’s how she became ‘classmates’ with her son.

Photo credit: Ira Baldonaza / Facebook – GMA News

With the help of her friends and classmates, plus the support and understanding of her teachers, Ira was able to overcome the challenges in her life. As she graduates from college, she happily poses with her son and proudly wrote, “Classmate ko ang anak ko.

I didn’t expect na mag-viral [ito]. Ang sa akin lang, ‘yung tuwa na makasama anak ko sa graduation pictorial namin. Sana madami pang ma-inspire sa story ko, at they too [can] continue to reach for their dreams kahit madaming pagsubok,” she added after the post went viral.

Photo credit: Ira Baldonaza / Facebook – GMA News

Congratulations, Ira!

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