Swimming among marine life, a young woman in Marianas savors the beauty of God’s hand in everything, and especially her life.
“The first time I saw mantas, I saw this floppy thing in the water. What is that floppy thing? Is that a shark? Is that a stingray? It was just a baby manta so it was pretty small but then to me it was huge. Most people mistake mantas rays as stingrays. They think manta rays are dangerous animals when in fact they’re really gentle giants.
So I’ve been on Guam for almost three years. I’m originally from Saipan but I moved here to attend college. Living on an island, it’s very… I know it’s very different from living in the states. From what people tell me, they say that living on Guam or Saipan, it’s a much slower pace. Overall I really enjoy it. Its like tropical paradise and the beaches are only like ten, fifteen minutes away so that’s a plus.
Over the summer, I worked with the Micronesian Conservation Coalition with EPSCOR to do some research on manta ray identification and fish spawning aggregations. Studying these manta rays are important because they’re a huge part of our food web, our marine eco system. I’m very interested in the environment and how it affects us. These coral reefs, our marine eco system, holds a lot of potential to find these miracle drugs or cures for cancer or other diseases. I’m thinking of going into biomedical sciences. I really enjoy environmental science as well. Its something I have a passion about, but then I also have a passion about helping our society: finding these cures for diseases and illnesses.
Despite my school and my work and my other responsibilities, I always try to put God first. I am currently a choir member in the adult worship service and also an officer in the children’s worship service. I hold devotional prayers because I’m a student and it’s very hard to get through school without that source of strength. I put my life in God’s hands. Whatever He wills in my life, I follow it. And He’s been really good to me and He has blessed me with so many opportunities and I’m thankful for that.
My name is Ajette Manabat and I’m a member of the Church of Christ, Iglesia Ni Cristo.”