Confessions of Full-time Working Student

When I started CHTM I was employed full time and I knew immediately that it would be tough trying to balance school and work BOTH full time.  However, I had a goal to remain focused and graduate on time.

As you can imagine juggling work and school can be very time consuming, so any spare time I had was used for catching up with family and friends and getting much needed sleep.

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Orientation 2014

Being always so busy I hardly had any time to engage in the many CHTM events that occurred throughout the year, nor did I find it important to.  I would look at my fellow classmates and follow on social media while they enjoyed Culturama, Crazy Olympics and Carnival and thought that they owed it to themselves because this was their college experience.

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Cultural 2016

It took me a while to realize that I didn’t need to be away from home to enjoy my college experience too.  I also realized that when I look back on my CHTM experience I won’t have as many memories to take with me.

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Crazy Olympics 2015

The advice that I would give to any working student or any student at all, is to never become so busy that you forget to enjoy your experience.  Catch as many of the events as you can because before you know it, it will all be over.  Through it all I’ve made some amazing friends and learned some amazing cultures, my CHTM experience is one that I will never forget.

By Amber Cleare, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

CHTM Nightlife

As the days go by and the pressures of school get real, there is no better way of de-stressing than a night out on the town, a CHTM party or just simply chilling with friends. The moment a message is posted in the UWI CHTM Whatsapp group or via email saying, “anyone interested…”, you know that means it’s time to put down the pens, put the books away and prepare to “turn up”.

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On February 27, 2016, it was all about Skittles J’ouvert; a water, paint and powder party that was much anticipated by the UWI CHTM group. Tickets were bought in advance, and everybody, dressed in their whites, was ready to party. This being the first water j’ouvert for some of us, it was quite an interesting experience.  With powder, water and paint coming from all angles many of us had to be dodging water balloons because we simply did not want to get wet or dirty while we partied, while others were up front and center just enjoying what we paid for.

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While this event was quite a memorable one it was not nearly as exciting as any party coordinated by the CHTM family, whether impromptu or planned, for instance, the impromptu water party for a fellow student’s birthday.  It had been raining all day and I was almost sure that this party could not be a success; however the other students were determined to prove me wrong. Everyone gathered together awaiting the guest of honor who was greeted with multiple water balloons, a hose and a cake. All the food that was placed outside was soaked in the rain, as were the students, but that did not stop us from having one of the best nights of our university life.

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There are instances when the males feel they need their alone time to chill, play dominoes and video games, the females “ketch up” on various drama series and have girl talk  and a very lucky few are afforded the opportunity to “Netflix and Chill”. All in all, whatever the event may be, we are sure to make memories that will last for a lifetime.

By Lantia Harriott, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Exuma Excitement

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 was here and it was a beautiful and exciting day for a few persons in the UWI CHTM family. It was the day we visit the Exuma Cays! With the relief of missing a whole day of classes plus the hopefulness for a fun-filled day, I woke up bright and early and got ready, after just over 2 hours of sleep due to my excitement. By 7:50 am, our small but spirited set of seven, along with our lecturer, Ms. Mackay, were on our way over to Paradise Island to start our adventure.

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Upon arriving at the dock, we signed our forms, collected our tickets and managed to snap a few selfies while we waited for our captain and his crew. Shortly after, we boarded and before we knew it, the 1 hour and 20 minutes boat ride was in full effect. The boat ride was nothing short of spectacular as we rode the waves of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean with the wind blowing through our hair and against our skin.

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Our first stop was at Allen’s Cay, the home of the iguanas. Our excitement escalated as we approached the island, but that quickly subsided when our captain explained that those of us with nail polish on had to stick our toes down in the sand to ensure the iguanas didn’t confuse our toes with food! Cold feet consumed a few of us, but we swallowed our fears and ventured onto the island ensuring that our toes weren’t visible, since we wanted to keep them. We fed the iguanas a bunch of grapes and soon realized that they were just as afraid of us as we were of them and all that panic was for nothing. Of course, when we weren’t busy feeding the iguanas, we were taking pictures to capture the moments. We all headed back to the boat, fortunately with our 10 toes, to make our way to our next stop.

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Next, we arrived at a sandbar, which is a long mass of sand that is formed in the middle of the sea. We relaxed and admired the breath-taking scenery after which we transformed into supermodels with an aim to capture every stunning memory we could. A few persons also discovered sand dollars to take home as souvenirs.

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Sanddollar

We finally arrived at our last stop, Saddleback Cay. Before disembarking, we learned about and observed the lemon sharks, barracudas and eels which were up close and personal as they came after the chunks of turkey they were being fed. Luckily we came prepared with our mobile chargers as our phones would not have survived with all the pictures we took.

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Lemon shark

We then made our way off the boat to meet upon a variety of fruits and snacks to open our appetite. Yes! We followed a trail which led to the other side of the island where we got settled and continued basking in the island’s splendour. Soon after, it was time to snorkel. We headed back out, where no sharks were in sight, got in gear and dived into the calm, COLD water. But we quickly forgot how cold the water was as we were busy appreciating the reef’s natural beauty.

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After about 30 minutes, we were back on the island. All that exploration had us exhausted and we were pleased to find our lunch waiting for us. We ate and drank to our heart’s content, remembering to leave just enough to feed the sharks. The sharks and other fish gobbled up just about everything we threw at them; everything except cookies. I mean, who doesn’t like cookies?! Nevertheless, we chatted, laughed, danced and even realized that Ms. Mackay could be a marine biologist in another life as she went on about the symbiotic relationship between the remoras and sharks. Then it was time to go. Most of us dozed off on our way back proving how much of an exhilarating experience it was. And although we all returned home fifty shades darker, it was definitely a trip we shall never forget.

By Safiya Miller, BSc. Tourism Management, 2016

Photography by Safiya Miller and Samantha Seedath © 2016

Carnival Chronicles 3: The Finale

You’ve heard of alcoholics, movieholics, even cookieholics. CHTM is proud to bring you the most epic generation of Feterholics and Socaholics. Yes I said it guys! Carnival was Soca Revolution. Definitely the most exhilarating event in CHTM’s calendar of events, it was all that we expected it to be and more. Who said walking from Arawak Cay to C.O.B was a long journey? Most of us can’t even remember when or how we got there! Some would even go as far to say we got there way too soon.

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The journey was filled with liquor, the sweet sound of soca music, “wining”, “wukkin’ up”, “ducking” and of course our beautifully costumed CHTM family and friends. Like the Ultimate Boat Rave cruise, and like all Caribbean people, we started late. This mattered not when an hour later, the ‘vybz’ hit us, our chip to downtown erupted into dancing our way into town.

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The main street was filled with excited onlookers capturing some of CHTM’s finest carnival moments. Traffic piled up, but nobody minded one bit. CHTM Carnival was a sight to behold. Along the journey, we forgot about traffic, we forgot about people of the outside world. In our own little Carnival world, all that mattered was our enjoyment and creating our sweet sweet soca memories.

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Tired? What was tired? We didn’t know. We didn’t feel. Even with twisted ankles, worn out shoes, ripped stockings; evidence of a long journey, we still didn’t know. But boy oh boy did we find out after. “Tyad bodies” entered into CHTM’s dining room where our lovely classmates prepared food for our starving tummies. Sprawled on the floor, out on the grass, on any surface we could place ourselves on, we ate ravenously.

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The Soca Revolution, came to an end. In the last few minutes of the day, we sat and lay in the company of our friends and relived the moments we wished had never end. CHTM Carnival for us, it’s not just an event, it’s an experience and one that will live on in our hearts forever…

by Samantha Seedath, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Photos by Samantha Seedath © 2016

The Ultimate Boat Rave

This must have been one of if not the most anticipated events in CHTM’s history. The idea of partying on a boat was surprisingly the main pull factor for this event – did everyone suddenly forget the horrors of the Titanic? Clearly the tragedy of that event was forgotten as the cruise was one of the most attended events thus far. So what was the equation that made this event such a success? ‘Raving on a boat would no doubt lead to an ultimate experience?’ or was it ‘In order to rave and have an ultimate experience you need a boat?’ Regardless of the equation, the promoters did a spectacular job with naming the event ‘The Ultimate Boat Rave’ as it was just that indeed.

Boarding time for the cruise was 9pm and the boat was set to sail at 10pm HOWEVER if it’s one thing that Caribbean people can’t get correct is being on time and because of this the boat ended up leaving at 10:40pm. Regardless of the time the boat set sail the patrons were ready and excited to start partying as this was the beginning of ‘Survival Weekend’ a.k.a Carnival Weekend.

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All aboard

As soon as the soca began to play everyone’s face lit up, after all Caribbean people love their soca. In no time patrons were jumping, screaming and jamming to their favourite songs and if for some strange reason The Islands of The Bahamas were unaware that U.W.I was having a party on the sea I guarantee they knew now as it is a tradition for our events to ‘stir’ things up in The Bahamas. What was also phenomenal and worth noticing is that it felt like two parties happening on one boat. Upstairs had the section of patrons who were a bit “more energetic” I would say as they were all over the boat jumping and screaming, I guess some could argue “The Real Lovers of Soca”. While on the other hand there were the ‘calmer’ patrons who preferred the luxury of space and decided to relax while enjoying the music.

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Upper deck soca fest

Everyone knows that you cannot have a soca party without rum as the songs says “Whole day we drinking and we no need no chaser, rum inna we system I’m a professional drinker”. The patrons were delighted as there was a large array of alcohol to choose from which just added to the ‘Ultimate Experience’. It can be argued that alcohol brings out peoples true colours and that was very evident as ‘shy’ people were dancing away in the spotlight and ‘quiet’ people were excessively loud.

All in all it was a very successful event and hats off to the Student Executive Committee for pulling off another epic event.

By: Dominic Mitchell (BSc. Tourism Management, 2016)

Photos by Samantha Seedath and Shanice Jordan © 2016

 

Carnival Chronicles 2016 Part 2

When and Where? These are the two most important questions you ask when you know UWI CHTM is about to host its annual Carnival event. Carnival Chronicles will be your guide so that you can stay up to date with the times, venues and costs for the event.

We all know CHTM throws a heck of a party! This is true.

We all know CHTM has many parties! This is also true.

And we all know, Carnival is not a one-day event. This is most definitely true.

For your pleasure, UWI CHTM is having 2 whopping days of non-stop Carnival! Get ready to jump and rave! Get ready to wine and dance! Carnival is just around the corner.

Pre-carnival Cruise

The Ultimate Boat Rave

When: Friday, March 11th, 2016

Where: Prince George Wharf

Time: 10:00pm – 2:00am
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Carnival Soca Revolution Jump-up

When: Saturday,  March 12th, 2016

10am

Aware Cay to COB

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Thank you party

When: Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Keep posted for further details!

 

By Samantha Seedath, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

One Caribbean One Family

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu

What were your thoughts when you were standing at the airport with your parents or guardians?  Were you sad to leave them behind?  Were they sad to see you leave? Did you miss them even before you stepped on the plane?  If you were like me, I wished that I could just pick my family up and put them in my suitcase.  Why? Because they are everything to me and it scared me to leave them behind for the unknown.  We were venturing to an unknown place, an unexplored culture, a foreign home, a bed which was not our own, but mostly we would be with strangers we did not know.  I bet some of us were on edge, pondering with what to expect. Would we get along? Would we be friends? Or would we not like each other from beginning to end?  I don’t think our minds pondered enough on what to expect, for what started out as being strangers turned to friends and friends to something that we will all cherish and never forget.

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When we started some of us knew each other before, and it was easier to form a bond with those of your own culture.  There was a divide I won’t lie, we stuck to our own groups whether we knew everyone in it or not.  As time went by, event after event, party after party, mingle after mingle, even birthday after birthday, we got comfortable with each other.  Conversations started to become natural, we laughed with each other, smiled and made silly faces, and we cooked up a storm and ate with each other.  What looked like blurred lines started to come into focus!  What was once divided started to become a unified.

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Curiosity was one of the ways in which we bonded.  Everyone wanted to know about each other and their culture.  Slang, music, and cuisine were just some of the factors which drew us to each other.  Slangs like “Cheese don bread”, “Muddasick” “Cawblen”, “Ya nah see it”, “My yute”, “Me linky”, “Me parie”, “Fah True” and “Ya fussy” were learnt from the various cultures that made up our unique group. We experience all kinds of cuisine from each culture such as jerk chicken, ackee and salt fish, rundown, conch salad, conch flitters, doubles, roti, pudding and souse, fishcakes, conkies, mauby, tamarind balls and guava cheese.  Dancehall, dub and soca was the music we danced to, we enjoyed that every time music played we came together as one.  Some people weren’t as receptive to soca music at first but their minds slowly changed, as they became more exposed to the genre.  We showed off our dance moves to each other and learnt different dance styles from all the cultures.  When someone was sick or hurt we cared for them, when school seemed challenging we kept each other afloat and when it was time to venture home for the end of the first year, we didn’t want to leave.

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Strangers no more were we, as we couldn’t wait to see each other again.  We returned from home with all our goodies to share with each other and gifts to give to one another.  We were back together again, ready to make more memories, ready to share laughs, jokes, and smiles.  Even though the houses had changed and some housemates weren’t the same, the bonds we created remained. Though the countries were still represented, it didn’t matter where anyone was from, all that mattered was that all the countries had become one.  We came together like white on rice, we became a unit, a team, a strong force that would not be pushed aside.  Like any team however, it wasn’t all glitz and glam, there were disagreements and arguments, but it never separated us.  We made amends and we continued on.

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Friends we were, yet we were not, we became something with more meaning, a family, yes a family, were we.  Loving, caring and valuing one another for who we are.  We weren’t just Jamaicans, Bajans, or Trinis, and we were far from just Bahamians, St. Lucians or Antiguans.  We had formed something more, something that had developed from the stages of strangers to friendship to where we are now.  We’re a family, we are sisters and brothers from different mothers.  When far away from home, we are all we have, and that’s alright and it’s okay, because we are with family anyway.  So what started as strangers, turned into friends, what developed from friends brought us together to become One Caribbean, One Family.

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By Janine Garnett, BSc. Tourism Management, 2016

Photos by Janine Garnett © 2016

 

Clash of Colours – Crazy Olympics 2016

As the sun rose on Thursday 25th February, 2016 a group of restless sleepers excitedly rose at sunrise to prepare for the battle ahead because today, this day, the usually close family of CHTM was ready for our inter-house war. The day we had long anticipated was finally here, IT WAS CRAZY OLYMPICS!! The cloudy skies that threatened ‘bad weather’ didn’t shake our mighty house spirit.

Dressed and ready for the day ahead with our respective house colours represented by t-shirts, make up and for some extremists hair colours; Ivy League – White, Phoenix – Red, Magic – Yellow and Supreme- Blue were immensely supported.

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Guess what house?

We flowed off the buses to the cold and windy beach of Goodman’s Bay. After a quick few minutes to set up and gather in our houses we were brought together for a short morning devotion and prayer to unify us one last time before the battle ahead.

Following pre-judging activities, Supreme Blue was leading with 11 points closely followed by Phoenix with 10, Magic with 8 and Ivy League with 2. Now it was time to start the first segment of the day featuring events such as Pass the Sand, Mummy Madness, Four-legged Race, Blindfolded Frog, and Dizzy Body.

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Pass the Sand

The flawless ‘Pass the Sand’ technique of Magic resulted in them defeating close competitors Ivy League in the first round of the event then Supreme Blue in the third round of the event to secure their first win of the day. Other much anticipated events were the Four-legged race (or ‘the run too fast and you’ll fall race) won in stellar fashion by Team Phoenix and the Blindfold Frog where competitors were expected to hop blindfolded to the finish line – won by Phoenix who sprung across the field to take the top spot in this event.

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Four-legged race

In the Piggyback race, there was an unfortunate which resulted in the ambulance being called. We thank God that all is well with Akylia.

In support it was collectively agreed  to end Crazy Olympics, leaving the points tally at Magic leading with 38 points, second place was Phoenix with 32 points, closely behind in third was Supreme Blue with 31 points and closing up with 26 points was Ivy League.

Congratulations to defending champions Magic for retaining their trophy another year.

Congrats Magic!
Congrats Magic!

Also a special thank you goes out to everyone who came and supported their houses this Crazy Olympics 2016.

by Kiana Jessamy, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Photos by Kiana Jessamy © 2016

Memorial Service for the late Ainsworth ‘Ainsley’ McLaren O’Reilly

 

The service to honor the memory of the late Ainsworth ‘Ainsley’ O’Reilly was fittingly held at University of the West Indies, Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management(CHTM) on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Born October 31, 1936, Mr. O’Reilly lived a life of passion and poise and passed away on February 16, 2016 at the age of 79. He was fondly remembered as devoted husband, brother and father, compassionate friend, educator and mentor, devoted Head of Department (CHTM), and Distinguished Lt. Governor with Excellence (Kiwanis Club of Nassau).

Ainsley’s life exemplified one of service, dignity and style and we are all blessed to have known him.

Mrs. O’Reilly and the family of Ainsworth express their thanks to all for the outpouring of love and support during this time.

A tribute in Poetry to Mr. O’Reilly (Beloved Teacher)

(Juline Mills, CHTM – Class of 1993)

Success

They have achieved success

who have lived well,

laughed often, and loved much;

who have enjoyed the trust of

pure men and women,

the respect of intelligent people and

the love of little children;

who have filled their niche and accomplished their tasks;

who have left the world better than they found it

whether by an improved poppy,

a perfect poem or a rescued soul;

who have never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty

or failed to express it;

who have always looked for the best in others and

given them the best they had;

whose lives were an inspiration;

whose memory a benediction.

Author: Bessie Anderson Stanley, 1904

Photos compliments of Elizabeth Mackay © 2016