Edlyne Mae “Honey” Talaboc Else, 20 years of age, daughter of Engr. Edison and Dra. Marilyn Else, graduates her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude at the University of Illinois at Chicago, one among the top prestigious Colleges of Nursing in the United States, this 6th of May, 2010.

“Honey” as she is fondly called, hails from Dipolog City before the family migrated to the U.S. She has been constantly an achiever from way back. She graduated class valedictorian in her elementary years from the Special Education Class of Dipolog Pilot Demonstration School. She finished High School with the highest academic honors – year 2006, under the Department of Science and Technology – Engineering and Science Education Program (DOST-ESEP) at the Zamboanga del Norte National High School.   Along with her achievements on academic excellence, she was also the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her active participation to various school activities, competitions, and as a brilliant leader of different organizations.

Edlyne Mae “Honey” Talaboc Else

Sometime in 2006, the Else family came to Chicago and Honey enrolled at Oakton Community College in Skokie, Illinois, taking up Nursing.  At Oakton, Honey received the President’s Scholar Award for 2006-2008; and the Student Leadership Award in 2008. She became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society since 2007. She was in the College’s Honors Program in 2007-2008; the Vice-President of the Oakton Community College South East Asian Club yr.2007; and a member of an organization among the College’s Student Leaders 2007-2008.

Honey later transferred to the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008, pursuing the same course in prelude to realizing her dreams. She was in the Dean’s List all throughout in the College of Nursing at the University, and a member of various acclaimed societies and associations namely: the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Tau Sigma National Honor Society since 2009; the Nurses Christian Fellowship since 2008; and the UIC Honors College since 2009. Moreover, she immersed herself into a research study and had an outstanding thesis defense on the Effects of Night Shift Work to Healthcare Professionals, with Ms. Julie Zerwic, as her mentor/adviser.

 Other than a straight A student at the University, Honey is also an active student leader and volunteer worker reaching out to all those in need in churches, hospitals, health care agencies, and other groups for a cause around the country. She is the incumbent President of the Philippine Independent Church Youth Council of St. James Parish in Chicago, Illinois. She also did some volunteer works in the past being a patient care services volunteer at Rush Northshore Medical Center, and an assistant volunteer at Lieberman Geriatric Health Center, both situated in Skokie, Illinois. She volunteers as well, to providing assistance and other health care services to children with cancer who goes to summer camps.  

For now, Honey is just savoring the moment of her triumph awaiting the day when she gets it all. Amidst the limelight – having attained the highest honor on her graduation, not to mention the ‘sweetie-beauty’ that she is, she remains the very simple, ever tactful, so shy, and undoubtedly endowed with such humility and respect. Likewise, she is a God-fearing individual, and fully content at doing service to mankind all for the greater glory of Our Most High. What you’ll see is what you’ll get from her, and that makes it real easy to write a piece about her. For when you account a person’s goodness, you will come out with something good as well. Like the power of knowledge, the influence of virtue, goes perfect in one.

Congratulations and all the best for you Honey! You are Dipolog’s pride, and we are all so proud of you. Keep dreaming, don’t stop believing, and go for it! Mother Teresa once said, ‘for every sacrifice has a fruitful reward, and if it may that failure comes, it has always a second chance. We only have to be strong through God’s grace and persevere in life’s many tests.’   God bless!...