Do you have a dream — a burning desire or goal you wish to achieve?
When I was 18, I had such a dream. My dream was to attend Ambassador College (AC), the very best college of its kind in the United States.
I'll never forget the excitement I felt the day I received my letter of acceptance. I was given a regional scholarship! It was like winning a million dollars in a sweepstake!
Little did I know what was to befall me within 12 weeks: three nightmares — three humongous, pitch-black monsters — that would threaten to snuff my dream from existence.
After all, I'm from the Philippines — a third-world country. Distance was a problem, money was a big problem, immigration was a big, big problem.
To leave the Philippines, I had to obtain a student visa from the United States Consulate. Only three chances for a visa interview is allowed at any one time. If my applications are turned down thrice, I wouldn’t be...