Farewell Friends

Graduation is fast approaching for 3rd year students at the University of the West Indies, Centre for Hotel and Tourism Nassau, Bahamas. Send Off ceremony will be held on May 9th in the UWI House Restaurant Dining Room and will commence at 6:30pm.

I would like to take this time to say all the best my fellow graduating seniors.  I wish all of you the best,  no matter where you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  Continue to excel in all your future endeavors and remain confident.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.  “When you focus on cultivating confidence, you step into your fearless power. You will live a life that is a little less ordinary, holding the capacity to manage yourself effectively, in a changing world.  You will be able to manage your thoughts, actions and behavior”. ~Henry David Thoreau.

Confidence takes your living to a new level.  For this reason, I suggest you decide what you really want for your life and then figure out what will help you most in achieving your desire because “Graduation is only a concept.  In real life every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference”. ~ Arie Pencovici

Here are some words of wisdom from graduates and students, that will serve as words of advice, reminders and loving encouragement as you leave school and embark on a new phase of life.

As you start your journey, I would say you should have big dreams, full dreams, not half dreams.  You have a choice, nothing is impossible for you. Investment in your knowledge, that always pays the best interest. ~ Elnora Burrows (3rd year student)

This graduating class has truly been an inspiration. From successful events to excellent dorm life, to excellent grades. It is with much pleasure and sadness that I succeed this year group. They have crafted an environment and an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. ~Jourdain Lowe (2nd year student and my little brother)

Jourdain Lowe
Jourdain Lowe

“Life is not easy for many of us.  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” ~Marie Curie  For many of us this was definitely an eye opening experience. But nevertheless we preserved and believed in ourselves; especially since we left our main support systems (family and friends) back home in our respective countries. It just goes to show that you can do anything you put your mind to and if one person can do it we can all do it. Never give up and always aim for your goals. ~Shanique Hylton (3rd year student and my little sister)

Shanique Hylton
Shanique Hylton

Wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Remember to take risks, and change is good. Stay positive and always be a leader. Do good and always put God first. ~Roberta Rolle (student)

During my journey at CHTM some of my most memorable experiences were a beach party with the 2nd year students and Carnival. ~Erica Mellows (3rd year student)

Erica Mellows
Erica Mellows

As we approach the end of our journey here at CHTM, we will reminisce on the times spent together. Each of us has developed our own sense of person, as uniquely crafted as we are. We ought to cherish and grow from each and every experience encountered, as life is not an easy road. We have cried together and laughed together at some point; but at this bittersweet moment we do not bid farewell but rather see you later. Thus, as we embark on our future’s journey individually, we take with us a piece of memory that will brighten our most dreary days apart. Use those hurts and pains that you may have undergone to strengthen you and those happy times as proof of victories that you have won. So my colleagues, I wish for each of you prosperity and abundance in life. Take each day a step at a time, see your destination and aim for it. Keep the faith and your heads held high, we have so much to offer the world. Look out world here we come!!! CHTM Graduates of 2015 ~Reneé Chambers (3rd year student)

Reneé Chambers
Reneé Chambers

Here are highlights of favorite and most memorable experiences.

by Elnora Burrows (BSc. Tourism Management, 2015)

Looking Back and Moving Forward

For the past two years, life as a Tourism Management student at the UWI Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management (CHTM) has provided us with numerous adventures. As the end draws near, let’s reflect on some of the fun experiences we shared as the Class of 2015.

Our adventures could not have been possible without our amazing lecturers. Very early in the semester we were  encouraged  to attend the “Shrinking the Global Divide: Synergy, Service and Sustainability Conference”. This was the inaugural College of The Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) conference held in September, 2013 at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.

General Session
General Session
Atlantis
Atlantis
Lunch time!
Lunch time!

At this three day conference, we learnt about the importance of sustainability for small and large properties in the tourism industry and the various opportunities available to capitalise on the various advantages available in this industry. We rubbed shoulders with industry professionals, researchers and academics from the region and the global tourism community.

And of course, as students, we thoroughly enjoyed the  coffee breaks, lunches consisting of three courses, and a cocktail party on the final day.

In October 2013, we were given the opportunity to go snorkelling on two amazing coral reefs in the Bahamas. Many of us were afraid to swim amongst the fish in the beginning, for this was the first time snorkelling for most of us. However, within a few minutes of hitting the water we all got comfortable and began to enjoy watching these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. This field trip was a great way to appreciate and understand the ecological and economic importance of coral reefs in our region.

In February 2014, we attended another conference under the theme of “Tourism as a Key Sector for Development in Island States”.  This was the annual UN Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach.   At this two-day conference, we learned about the issues plaguing our islands such as managing the limited resources, the competiveness of tourism, ways to strengthen the resilience of our tourism product, and the need for partnership between SIDS.

After we returned from our long summer holiday, we were anxiously anticipating our upcoming coral reef snorkel trip of 2014.  That year we explored more of the amazing coral reefs of the Bahamas, like the one located off the shore off Clifton Pier on the southwest coast of the island. This trip stands out as we got in the water and snorkelled with about eight Caribbean Reef sharks.

As our journey here at CHTM comes to an end, I’m sure that the memories of these amazing experiences will not be easily forgotten.  And I hope that we all achieve success in the next chapter of our lives. Wishing you all much love, much happiness and great success.

by Shanice Best (BSc. Tourism Management, 2015)