In March 2022, all the long nights, the time away from his mom (whom he couldn’t visit as often due to demands of work and school) and the evenings spent apart from his wife were justified when Calayag’s diploma arrived.
“When I finished that last class and got that diploma in the mail, I broke down,” he recalls, echoing the sentiments of many other graduates who’ve felt stretched thin.
But the payoff included more than the diploma and the promise of career enhancement down the road. It also included Calayag’s marriage and the home he and Annie purchased together. To Calayag, these achievements justified the long stretches of hard work.
“Life can be exciting, and then it’s not, and then it gets exciting again,” he says. “It always balances itself out. That’s why I live by the motto, ‘Just go with the flow,’ because it’ll turn out how you want it to be anyway.”