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College life has always been challenging. Thus, college life may be the most difficult for an Indigenous scholar like the Ata-Manobo of DJAL-DNSC. This study delved into Ata-Manobo scholars' personal experiences, coping mechanisms, and insights as scholars. The study employed a qualitative research design using a phenomenological approach. Results revealed that Ata-Manobo scholars are brawling against their cultural practice of early marriage and now desire to teach education. Moreover, scholars showed difficulty in academics. Social and emotional distractions were also observed, like drinking alcohol with peers, calling and texting with a girlfriend; executing parental duties; lacking support from family; and worrying about the family at home.Commissioning someone as counsel who will guide them in their culture-related struggles and academic challenges may lighten their plight.

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Davao del Norte State College

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