An Interview With Great Commoner Essay Winner, Daeana Barkubein

December 18, 2019

During Scholarship Weekend, all attendees participate in The Great Commoner Essay Competition. Students are given a prompt and have two hours to complete an essay. The winner earns a full tuition scholarship to Bryan College. The winner of the 2019 Great Commoner Essay Competition is Daeana Barkubein, who wrote about doubt, growing up in the Philippines, and what she hopes to accomplish at Bryan.

1. What inspired you to write this essay?

My life so far has been a wild ride, but God has blessed me at every step of the way. When I saw the prompt, which was a quote about overcoming doubt from Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, I began to reflect on the role that doubt has played in my life, and I realized how significant of a struggle I have had trying to overcome doubt. Fortunately, I am currently at a point in my life where doubt is becoming less of a problem as I learn more about myself and see God’s plan unfold in my life, so I just let the words flow and enjoyed the reflective writing process.

2. As you approach graduation and your freshman year, what are you most excited for?
Moving back to the US after living in the Philippines for eight years has been an interesting transition that has helped me grow a lot as a person, and learning how to re-adapt myself to American culture has been a fun challenge. I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been given to finish high school and go on to higher education here in the US, and as I approach graduation and my freshman year of college, I am most excited to see how I will be able to finish this school year on a high note, plug myself into the Bryan community, and connect with other students.

3. Do you know what you’ll be majoring in?

I am planning to declare a double-major in English and Communications, and I am planning on taking the Literature and Digital media options in both majors, respectively.

Congratulations, Daeana!