I have fought a good fight, I am about to finished the race, and I have kept the faith. Ambition, motivation and determination, are all words that can be used to describe my journey and experiences as a part-time college student. At times it makes me feel burdened and stressful because I am also a parent and working professional with enormous responsibilities and obligations.
This journey that I have started to further my education at the University of the West Indies (CHTM), Nassau, Bahamas is not an easy road. I have found the strength to unshackle the rusty handcuffs of small thinking and take up the challenge to enrol in University because I aspire to achieve great things, to attain an excellent education to make me more marketable and a better ambassador for The Bahamas and my community.
Attending college at the university level requires my undivided attention and focus; it takes a lot of perseverance, endurance and momentum in pursuing my Bachelor’s degree along with mastering the art of time management. Many times I wanted to throw in the towel and give up, but I couldn’t because I also want to be an inspiration and role model to my children, to help motivate and encourage them to excel in their education and future endeavours.
When I feel tired, down and out and discouraged, I hold on to these words – “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” ~ Vince Lombardi
I then became bold, confident and fearless. Being one of the oldest individuals in my classes is also a challenge; however, what is life without challenges. Some of my encounters and experiences were good and some not so good, but I have used this to my advantage and have learnt a lot from my intelligent, knowledgeable and vibrant classmates. They became my inspiration and measuring tool for my success and accomplishments as a part-time student, parent and working professional.
Class work and studies really and truly start after 11pm most evenings, when the children are asleep and the house is quiet. Success comes with a price tag called ‘Sacrifice’ and I have had to sacrifice to go back to school.
I have grown immensely and enjoyed the experience; especially after trying new activities, attending the various events and classes. These have allowed me to try new activities and find new passions. CHTM creates a true sense of community amongst its students by providing us with the academic support and encouragement needed to succeed.
I would like to say thank you to the faculty and staff for their professionalism, wisdom, patience, time and words of encouragement that helped to strengthen and motivate me on numerous occasions. They have made my experience a unique and enriching one.
Despite the challenges it has been a wonderful and beautiful experience that I will cherish forever. I made lifelong friends with fellow students from all over the Caribbean and met some awesome and wonderful people from all walks of life and cultures that motivated and encourage me in ways they could never imagine. The journey is almost done and the wealth of knowledge I have gain is priceless, words cannot express my gratitude. It is never too late to start something different or new in your life, life is what you make it.
by Elnora Burrows (BSc. Tourism Management, 2015)