By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
It takes sheer determination and focus to turn life's obstacles into a driving force that will secure one's future and all the frills that accompany the dream. This is what sets Meryll Peralta apart from most flight attendant aspirants. But mind you, she was no extra-ordinary girl growing up.
Just like many of the future cabin crew at WCC Flight Attendant School, Meryll had to always consider what was only left in her parent’s bank account. She’d also walked bravely to the seemingly dead-end airline application paths. How did she ladder herself up as a cabin crew member of an International Airlines in the Middle East?
Be inspired to read our interview in the midst of her busy flying schedule:
Q: You grew in a simple family circle. Did it not hinder you to dream big as an international flight attendant?
A: I was raised by my father who was an employee of a fast food chain. My mother is a housewife. Our house is small, but we’re happy. I dreamt big, not because I want more, but because I want to provide more for them. But I know it’s not that simple.
Q: Given your “simple lifestyle”, what was the driving force to pursue your big dreams?
A: Flying has always been in my heart. As a child, I would look up to the skies and wave to the airplanes. I couldn’t resist but jump and pray all those times. My mother would always say, “Anybody can achieve their dreams, no matter how little money they have. Through determination, faith, and a little bit of luck, anyone can overcome their circumstances.” I believed in that!
Q: How did you manage to carry it through as a student given that financial struggle is real.
A: I was following the flying path, since my parents can’t afford much, I was still eager to take and finish a Tourism Course. My parents and I looked for a foundation, and donors. I was very blessed to have found good people. They took care of some percentage of my tuition. I strived to be a deserving scholar in college. I had to maintain good grades with good character. My parents shouldered for my daily needs. Through passion and perseverance, aiming to be a dean’s lister made me more focused. I graduated a Cum Laude. It was hard but it was all worth it. Thank God!
Q: So can you say that your educational achievements gave you your passport to become a flight attendant?
A: It was quite an advantage. yes. But to guarantee you to land on any job, is not. I’ve learned a lot. But I know deep inside that I had to learn more. I had to improve on my personality and communication skills. I want to experience what it is to become a cabin crew. I searched for a Flight Attendant school. Luckily, my college is affiliated with an FA School in Quezon City, WCC Flight Attendant School. There, I learned every aspect of the FA hiring process, tips, FA experiences, personality development, Inflight and safety modules.
Q: Were you hired because you studied an FA Course?
A: Honestly, FA course is not a requirement to be an FA. Any course will do. Even High School grads may be accepted by some airlines. But with tougher competition that we have here in the Philippines, and in my experience, taking it was a huge advantage. I became more confident and knowledgeable, which gave my FA applications a good fighting chance all the time. I did not give up. And look, I am already here, living my dreams. Thank you to all those people who believed in me, those who helped me reach my dreams. They were used by God!
Q: We know some FAs who’ve been flying for 10 years, but still have not saved enough. Is it true that while FA’s earn a lot, they spend a lot? How about you?
A: Since I left Manila 2 years ago, my priority is flying and saving. I mean, each of us has his own priorities in life right? I was raised simple and I want to stay that way. I never enjoyed extravagance. I am abroad, flying wholeheartedly, serving my airlines, while providing for my parents. With God’s grace, I have bought my parents a house and lot, a simple car and trying to save up more for my children in the future as well. Far future. haha Retirement plan must also be considered at this age.
Q: Any tips that you would want to share with future FAs out there who share the same challenges who are discouraged?
A: Oh, coming from a simple girl with a big dream? I am just like you. Don’t be discouraged by hindrances. Whatever you do, choose what you love to do. Use your mind and determination at the same time. To fly it to have faith. Challenges are always there. Life is never is easy. Most of the time, it teaches you to wait. But be prepared while waiting patiently. Lastly, when you reach your dream, don’t forget to look back.
Meryll was once a dreamer like you. She is now happily living her dreams, proudly setting out and conquering the clear skies, one flight assignment at a time. We agree and we can proudly say that she’s not just working, but living her dream.
Now she is happily conquering the clear skies, one flight assignment at a time. Slowly reaping the fruits of her success professionally and financially.
Meryll, we agree and we can proudly say that you’re not just working, but living your dreams.
In partnership with WCC Flight Attendant School