In 2015, Tiffany Grace Uy made headlines when she graduated as Summa Cum Laude with a nearly perfect general weighted average (GWA) of 1.004. It was the highest GWA in the history of the University of the Philippines Diliman since World War II.
Five years later, the BS Biology graduate has been trending again recently with another achievement—she graduated as valedictorian with a magna cum laude at the UP Manila College of Medicine. (Read: 5 Prayers of Enlightenment for Teenagers)
Tiffany was also awarded the Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior, Jr. Award for Academic Excellence in Medicine Faculty Gold Medal.
How does this girl genius balance her commitments? Here are three life tips we can emulate from Tiffany Uy!
Tip #1: Recognize Your Fear
In 2015, as Tiffany was preparing to pursue her medical education, she said that she fears the huge responsibility and the expectations that people have for her. (Read: 5 Reminders to Keep Yourself Focused When You’re Feeling Out-Of-Sorts)
“I hope I can fulfill them after many years of practicing medicine. They say nothing can prepare you for med school, apart from what you really study in the books. It’s an art. The application is an art. The healing touch, some are blessed with it, some are not. My biggest fear is if I make a mistake and fail to save someone, it may scare me. My parents also fear that for me.”
Tip #2: Focus on Learning, Not the Grades
With Tiffany’s achievements, it’s easy for people to judge that the girl is grade-conscious. However, this girl worries more about the mistakes she would probably make in real-life than the mistakes she made on a test paper. (Read: From BPO Agent to Chef: How This Man Successfully Changed Careers)
“For me scoring high grades or getting titles isn’t fulfilling at all, because I’m still a powerless individual. A number and a piece of paper did not alleviate anybody’s suffering… it did not help out a fellow being in need. Sometimes I wish I was born earlier so I could have finished (medical studies) earlier, and be knowledgeable enough to treat people. My dream is to be able to to save a life someday — that would be fulfilling,” Tifanny said.
Tip #3: Parents Should Never Pressure Their Kids
It’s been a myth that children who are achievers receive so much pressure from their parents. However, Tiffany debunks this and says that pressure from parents is not a really good motivator—support and balance is. (Read: Nonie and Shamaine on mental health: ‘Parents should open their minds’)
“I’m super, duper, duper grateful to my parents because they never pressured me. They just supported me. I get addicted to a lot of things, I procrastinate, I watch a lot of TV. My parents just accepted that part of me,” Tiffany said.