A Youth’s Perspective: The FCM Formula

By Nicole San Gabriel


Fishball, Kikiam, Isaw, Betamax, Pugo, Sago’t gulaman..

Yes. Who does not miss these foods that kept you satisfied to the last coin in your wallet? These were foods that kept you alive after a stressful week of school and extracurricular activities. These were the kind of turo-turo that suits either rain or shine.

Luckily, you have your favorite barkada to share these foods and memories with. The unending laughter and tears you shared with each other made every moment count. Traffic is not a big deal as long as you have your barkada with you.

But…oh yeah. You moved to Canada.

Welcome to the real world. Welcome to Canada.

What could possibly go wrong? You had good marks in your English subject in the Philippines. You prepared for this milestone in your life a couple of years ago, right? There’s nothing to be afraid of. You’ll be fine. Things will turn out great.

These were the phrases that kept me alive as I set my foot in this new place. A place where opportunities are found everywhere. A place full of lessons to be learned. A place where you will get to know yourself better. A land of milk, honey and maple syrup. A land with reachable stars.

Remember the times when you belittle yourself as you face the big opportunities ahead of you? Never do that again. You are here for a purpose. You are here because God has better plans for your life. You are here because you deserve to be here.

Coming to Canada was a tough journey, but how did I survive? Well, as a teenager, living in this new country is neither a bed of roses nor a bed of thorns. It’s in between.

I had my ups and downs, but I always make sure to keep my focus straight on my goal. I always want to become a better version of myself. I always try to make every moment be an opportunity for me to learn greater things.

Good thing that I found the best formula to help me adjust. Formula F-C-M.

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Nicole is currently in her 12th year in Sir Winston Churchill High School in Calgary. During her spare time, she focuses on spending time with her family more than anything else.

Nicole is one of the leaders of the youth ministry in

The Way Christian Mission Fellowship church. She is also a part of the dance ministry where she showcases her love for God through dancing. Also, she volunteers under youth organizations such as Volunteer Churchill and Youth Central.

Nicole arrived in Canada in May 2015. She strongly believes that her faith in God and her family are the two most important influencers in her life.



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