MANILA — "I have been praying for this."
Those were the thoughts of Dra. Jean Joan Polido upon learning Friday that she was among the 1,800 passers of the grueling 2018 Bar exams, which saw a 22.07 percent passing rate.
"Sobrang ecstatic, sobrang happy and overwhelmed sa blessing na binigay ni Lord," Polido, 33, told ABS-CBN News.
Where it all began
After finishing her medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 2010 and becoming a medical doctor in 2011, Polido admitted that she never really found a specialty.
This pushed her to pursue her "original" dream of becoming a lawyer.
"Kasi wala akong specialty. So law 'yung [magiging] specialty ko," she said.
By 2013, Polido already had a growing family. Despite the potential lychallenging set-up, Polido went on to enroll at the Arellano University School of Law.
But her journey to becoming a lawyer was no walk in the park. "I have to juggle family, work, and school [when I was studying law]. Puyat ako everyday," Polido said.
She recalled her first few days as a clueless law student at Arellano: "First day, first year, first semester, recitation agad. Lahat ata ng saints natawag ko para hindi ako tawagin kasi wala talaga akong alam."
Old study habits
But having gone through similarly rigorous study habits to survive med school, Polido said she eventually found the routine that would work for her in law school.
"Na-develop ko na kasi 'yung endurance ko sa pag-aaral during med school kaya it came in handy sa law school," she shared.
"I have a strict schedule. As in hour by hour kung ano 'yung dapat na ginagawa ko. I religiously follow that schedule para lahat happy."
Her family and her faith, she said, were also instrumental
"Inspiration and motivation [ko] is my family... also, pray, pray, pray."
As of Sunday, Polido's Facebook post announcing her victory already garnered over 50,000 reactions and 30,000 shares.
She said that her dream is to pursue a career where both her medical and legal studies will be utilized.
"I am praying na makapag-practice as medicolegal."
Polido will officially become a lawyer and be called attorney when she takes her oath on June 13 at the Philippine International Convention Center.