Michelle Vito recalled what she had to go through before getting her diploma at the De La Salle - College of St. Benilde.
While she seldom makes guest appearances, Michelle said she always prioritizes her work in teleseryes.
“Kapag mga serye talaga, pina-priority ko talaga siya. ‘Yung mga guestings, madaming times na talagang hindi ko tinanggap or talagang pinili ko ‘yung school talaga,” she said.
Oftentimes, Michelle brings her notes and laptops to tapings because she always makes it a point to do her schoolwork during breaks.
"May mga times talaga na may mga dala akong notes, dala ko ‘yung laptop ko ganyan — especially ‘yung time na nagte-thesis ako kasi whole term mo siya ginagawa talaga and non-stop. Kapag may break, kapag hindi ako nakasalang, gumagawa ako ng mga assignments, mga projects, ganyan mga thesis. Or kapag kailangan kong makipag-coordinate sa mga groupmates ko about sa mga gagawin,” she stated.
Michelle, who fulfilled her internship duties and remaining classes online, said it gave her an opportunity to do Bagong Umaga at the same time.
“Parang nagtugma-tugma lang din lahat. Kung hindi online class, hindi ko magagawa ang OJT. Or baka piliin ko ‘yung OJT, hindi ko pipiliin ‘yung Bagong Umaga. And then sakto naman, ‘yung napag-OJT-han ko, sobrang bait ng CEO namin. So nagsakto-sakto and nagtugma-tugma ‘yung nangyari sa akin,” she said.
Michelle went on to share why she chose to stay in showbiz while pursuing her college degree even though there were times when she would end up in tears.
“Iba ‘yung natututunan ko sa showbiz world. Iba ‘yun. Ibang experience ‘yun, ganyan. Iba ding experience for me ‘yung lesson saken na kapag nag-reregular schooling ako, iba ‘yung pagod eh,” she said.
“May mga professors ka na hindi mo mapapakiusapan, mahigpit talaga sa’yo. May mga times na maiiyak ka nalang kasi ang hirap ng subject. Ibang experience din ‘yun and ibang lesson ‘yun. And iba ‘yun na alam kong dadalhin ko siya hanggang paglaki ko,” she added.
On what motivated her to finish her studies, she said: “Mas pinili ko pa din talaga na mag-aral ako kahit na may career because may mga kapatid ako na halos lahat sila ga-graduate. And since I was a kid talaga, super priority ko ang education. And I think kapag ganu’n talaga ‘yung level of importance sa’yo, talagang ilalaban mo, i-pupush mo kahit sobrang hirap.”
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Michelle finished her Bachelor of Science Major in Human Resource Management degree at the DLS-CSB.
The 23-year-old star said she did the teleseryes La Luna Sangre, Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit, and Bagong Umaga and made appearances on the longest-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya and the legal drama Ipaglaban Mo while in college. She said she also appeared in at least five films.