Philippine television news magazine show “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho” never fails to give us inspiring stories of success every Sunday. Take for example this story of Nova Fossgard who proved that with hard work and determination, there is always a reward in the end.
Nova grew up in a family of fishermen in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur. Being the eldest of six siblings, she dreamed of giving her family a better life. In an interview with her on the show, she recounted that she used to be a fish vendor when she was a little girl. Her eagerness to finish her studies fueled her to be more determined in finding a source of income. It is because she is a firm believer that education is an investment that every individual should possess.
Way back in high school, she worked as a household helper. In return for her hard work as a working student, her employer was the one who was paying her tuition fee. After graduation, she availed a scholarship at Central Mindanao University. However, she was forced to stop schooling.
“Maraming struggles. Yung sa Iligan, I studied there for six months. Pagkatapos pinahinto nila ako sa pag-aaral ng dahil may nakita sila na may ka-date ako na lalaki.”
Nevertheless, she was still given a second chance. This time she proved to everyone that she is determined to finish her studies.
In 1992, she earned a degree in Accountancy but unfortunately, she failed to pass the board exam.
“Dalawa kasi yung hiningi ko sa Panginoon nun, yung makapasa at makapag-abroad.”
After a month, she received the answer to her prayers.
“Siguro I call it destiny. Kasi yung pag-abroad malaki yung sahod. Ang dream ko na yung mga kapatid ko… ayaw ko na madaanan nila yung nadaanan ko.”
For six months she tried her luck as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Hongkong.
“Sa Hongkong ang dami rin mga pangyayari. Naterminate ako [for] three months. Wala akong mapuntahan. Wala akong kilala dun sa Hongkong.”
Moreover, she was transferred to London to take care of the parents of her employer in Hongkong. In Purley, she met the love of her life John Fossgard, a writer in a particular school in London.
Nova clarified that being married to John is not the reason why she found success in a foreign land. In fact, at first, they suffered their own fair share of struggles as a couple.
In 2007, an opportunity knocked on their door. John who was an English teacher during that time was offered by the owner of the school if he is willing to buy the school.
Despite being financially unstable, the couple decided to accept the offer. They sold some of their properties and purchased Purley Language College. Presently, this is one of the accredited schools in London.
With the success she is experiencing right now, Nova remains humble and generous to her family. Last week, she went home at Pagadian City and reminisced her old happy days in the province.
“Kapag ang tao may dream huwag kang gagapang, kailangan takbo ka palagi. Baka yung pintuan na ‘yan [ng oportunidad] na bukas, ‘pag hindi mo pinasok, mami-miss mo.”
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