The lights will be no brighter and the stage will be no bigger for Faith Nisperos as she embarks on her rookie year for Ateneo de Manila University.
No matter what everybody else expects from her, however, Nisperos can rest assured about one thing - she's at home.
"It really feels like a homecoming. I've been to a different school - it was a different environment, a different culture," she shared.
She then continued, "I'm really thankful na God has given me an opportunity to come back here. I've missed this eh."
Before starring for Nazareth School of National University's championship teams, the 5-foot-11 spiker was a prized prospect from Ateneo de Davao.
And when the time came for her to decide on the next step for her future, she heeded her original alma mater's call to come back.
Despite being one of the undisputed rookies to watch in the UAAP 82 Women's Volleyball Tournament, however, Nisperos said she will take it all in at her own pace. As she puts it, "I just wanna do my best. I won't pressure myself in trying to push myself too hard."
She then continued, "Ang goal ko lang naman is gampanan yung role ko sa team."
That goes as well for what will be a much anticipated matchup against National U - also her alma mater and Ateneo's chief rival to secure her services.