UA ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent: Book­worm turned au­thor

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FEATURE! - BY NICOLE RE­NEE DAVID Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

Twenty year old Univer­sity of the As­sump­tion (UA) ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent Xavier Efraem Alega al­ways finds him­self read­ing a lot of sto­ries in his spare time that lit­tle did he know he is lead­ing him­self to­wards his suc­cess­ful writ­ing ca­reer.

Hands down to this stu­dent, as he wrote and pub­lished the 341-page novel “The Labyrinth of Min­erva V.” which is all about a mys­tery-filled ad­ven­ture of an 18-year-old named Nathan Salazar, who was tasked to em­bark on a quest lo­cat­ing a woman whom no­body, even his fam­ily, knows.

Alega shared that writ­ing a book has been one of the key items in his life’s bucket list, and was a dream that he would see his name at one of the shelves in a book­store.

“What mo­ti­vates me most is my goal it­self. I keep on re­mind­ing my­self that all of the hard work will pay off soon, and luck­ily, it was re­ally worth it and I am very happy with this ac­com­plish­ment,” he said.

“My motto in life is ‘learn­ing never stops’. I am an ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent, and my course is re­ally hard, but that didn’t stop me from learn­ing new things, for I firmly be­lieve that we are all in­tel­li­gent in many ways. Ex­plor­ing them is a jour­ney, and it will for­ever be worth it,” he added.

Alega noted that he was a jour­nal­ist in his young years back when he was a high school stu­dent.

“I started cre­ative writ­ing the mo­ment I be­gan The Labyrinth of Min­erva V. I re­mem­ber it was ex­actly this year, on Fe­bru­ary 11. I ad­mit that I was re­ally bad, but I man­aged my way back to the novel as I fin­ished, see­ing my writ­ing in my first round of self-ed­its re­ally pushed my lim­its of giv­ing up. It was re­ally that bad, but as I edited and edited, I learned new things and my ed­i­tor re­ally helped me a lot,” he ex­pressed.

Alega men­tioned that he never re­ally ex­pected his book to be pub­lished, as he just wanted to try some­thing new and maybe just print a sin­gle copy for him­self.

“I in­formed my par­ents about the sub­ject of me pub­lish­ing my work and did warn them that it will not be cheap, but they were re­ally sup­port­ive and made it hap­pen! I am re­ally thank­ful to them that I ded­i­cated the book for them. I’ve had a lot of prob­lems— study­ing while writ­ing, fi­nance, and hir­ing a pro­fes­sional ed­i­tor, but all went smoothly,” he said.

Alega high­lighted that he balanced his time and earned a spot as a Dean’s Lis­ter last se­mes­ter in his univer­sity.

“I be­lieve that be­ing an ar­chi­tect isn’t only a seg­ment of me. There are a lot of things to dis­cover out there, and my pas­sion for learn­ing these things are equal. Some say that I was lucky that I have so much in­ter­est in stuff, but I al­ways tell them that we can all do the things that we want to do. God will al­ways per­mit us to ex­plore, just re­mem­ber to look back and thank the peo­ple who helped you,” he fur­thered.

“As I said, my motto is ‘learn­ing never stops,’ and I want to in­spire peo­ple, all stu­dents es­pe­cially the youth, who have a pas­sion but afraid to push it through, that they can do it. Time is gold, don’t waste your time in things that would not help you grow, and al­ways give back to your par­ents by be­ing a good ex­am­ple to peo­ple. All these things can shape the world to be bet­ter,” he sai d .

The ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent also men­tioned that he couldn’t have done the book with­out the help of his English pro­fes­sor in his first year of col­lege in UA, Eloisa Galang for edit­ing his work, his par­ents Glory Beth and Arnel for their help in fi­nanc­ing his print­ing, and his sis­ter Zyven Yuzzel for her undy­ing sup­port.

His self-pub­lished book is priced P475, which is cur­rently un­der the pub­lish­ing house Cen­tral Book Sup­ply, Inc.

— Nicole Re­nee David

ALEGA AND HIS BOOK. Univer­sity of the As­sump­tion ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent and au­thor Xavier Efraem Alega smiles as he holds his book The Labyrinth of Min­erva V.

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