A Night of Elegance

After months of grueling practice, the night we’ve all been waiting for was finally here. The five contestants, Anika Chambers, Auri-Mae Thomas, Donella Blackman, Christal-Ann Downes and Akylia Blackman prepared backstage for the competition. The MCs for the night, David, Ayeisha and Jenielle along with the performers rehearsed. Everyone’s legs were shaking, nerves were rattling and the anxiety of each audience member filled the air as we awaited the beginning of this highly anticipated pageant.

The opening dance, expertly choreographed by CHTM’s dance instructors, Safiya and Tashawna, set the tone for the night, as it exuded passion, excitement and a touch of class. Immediately following was the introduction of each contestant. This was a defining moment for the girls as they had only one chance to make a lasting first impression on both the audience and judges. With confidence I can say “Well done girls!” Their speeches were everything I expected and more.

The Goddess Wear segment which followed showcased their creativity. Never have I seen such gorgeous designs and the best part is…they made their outfits themselves!! Each contestant went all out for this category and graced the stage with a triumphant glory as though they were saying to the audience, “Yes, I made it myself in case you were wondering!”

Up next, the Casual Wear segment. Each contestant brought her own style and flare to the stage as she modelled her outfit to the audience and the judges, hoping to prove that she had the best ensemble of the night.

Finally, my favourite part of the competition, the Talent segment! It began with a heartfelt and tear-provoking rendition from Anika of Jessie J’s “Who You Are.” Her performance was adjudged Best Talent.  It was well-deserved if I must say. Auri-Mae, Donella and Christal- Ann all did monologues that evoked various messages for the audience. The last contestant, Akylia switched it up. She performed a dance entitled “Rhythms”, which was choreographed by Shanice Gittens, Miss CHTM 2015.

Christal-Ann's Talent performance
Christal-Ann’s Talent performace

Adding to the array of talent portrayed by the girls was Mark-Andrew Coke. I don’t think my post would really do justice to the night or be complete if I didn’t mention his performance. Whilst there were other great entertainers throughout the night, Mark’s performance stood out the most for me. He performed “Troddin”, his own composition, as though he had been performing for years. It was truly amazing!

Mark's performance of 'Troddin'
Mark’s performance of ‘Troddin’

Ahhhh yes…next the swimwear segment. The fitness sessions done by myself definitely paid off for the contestants. My goodness did they “slay!” The swimsuits worn by the contestants hugged their bodies in all the right places causing the crowd to erupt in a frenzy as they strutted across the stage showing their toned physiques. The uniqueness of Donella’s swimwear, hand-made by Latifah Forde, worked in her favour as she was given the prize for the Best Swimwear.

The last garment segment of the night was finally upon us, Formal Wear. The girls came dressed to impress and they didn’t disappoint. The contestants all looked beautiful and well poised in expertly tailored gowns with intricate designs. Donella seemed to be a crowd favourite as well as a favourite of the judges as they awarded her another prize for Best Formal wear.

Donella's Formal Wear
Donella’s Formal Wear

Immediately following the formal wear category was the most detested part of the night……the dreaded Question & Answer segment. One by one, the girls pulled a question from the basket and answered to the best of their ability amidst the piercing eyes of the audience and attentive faces of the judges. All the contestants gave intelligent and thought provoking responses.

It was time for the judges to deliberate. It seemed like eternity as we waited anxiously for the crowning of Miss CHTM 2016. Finally, the results were in….and they are:

Miss CHTM 2016- Donella Blackman

Miss CHTM 2016 and Miss CHTM 2015
Miss CHTM 2016 and Miss CHTM 2015

1st Runner Up- Anika Chambers

2nd Runner Up- Auri-Mae Thomas

Miss CHTM 2016, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up
Miss CHTM 2016, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up

 

Miss CHTM 20216 and friends
Miss CHTM 20216 and friends

Heartfelt thanks go out to all who worked so hard to make this event as memorable as it was. To our sponsors, friends of CHTM, performers, contestants, MCs, judges, choreographers, fitness instructors, modeling instructors, photographers, makeup artists, contestant support teams, audience, and everyone else I may have failed to mention –  THANK YOU!

by Dionysia Andrews, BSc. Tourism Management, 2016

Photography by Keshae Bovell and Dionysia Andrews © 2016

School Away from Home

There are so many feelings attached to attending schools outside of your home country, some may experience excitement while others may be afraid and unaware of what to expect.  Whether you are anticipating this new chapter of your life, or not, this blog is for you.

What to expect:

  • Something new – Be open minded, you influence the results of your experience in this new country. Your living conditions may not be what you expected, or your housemates may not be what you hoped for based on first impressions; however with an open minded attitude it will be hard not to have an amazing, unforgettable experience.
  • A greater development of independence – Studying abroad means responsibilities that may have rested on your parents before but now rest on you. Here at UWI CHTM, we are given the responsibility of covering our internet bill for example. In addition to that, you are also faced with the challenge of balancing your finances, preparing your own meals and generally just taking care of yourself. This results in you being more independent, self-reliant, and self-confident as you learn to navigate and live comfortably away from home.
  • A greater cultural appreciation for your country and others – Some people only truly appreciate what they have when it is gone. Many of us take the beauty, culture, values and norms of our home countries for granted, until we have experienced another culture, which to us may be incomparable. Here is where we experience personal growth, where a new understanding of personal heritage, culture and values are developed.

Tips and advice from the experts (Us the students☺)

Shanice Gittens
Shanice Gittens
  • “You never knew you could miss home so much and the moment you’re home you never knew you could miss your home away from home just as much.” – Shanice Gittens (Miss UWI CHTM 2015)
  • “Time management is the key to survival when studying abroad because let’s face it, all work and no play made jack a dull boy and who wants to be dull. Therefore manage your time, this way you have ample time for work, play and everything else in between.” Shanice Gittens (Miss UWI CHTM 2015)
Dionysia Andrews
Dionysia Andrews
    • “You can expect to have lots of fun and go on some interesting adventures given the fact that you’re in a new country.” – Dionysia Andrews (Public Relations Officer)
Sharice Gollop
Sharice Gollop
    • “When you can, enjoy the lovely beaches The Bahamas has to offer because when the cold weather comes you will refuse to even move out of bed.” – Sharice Gollop (3rd Year Student)
Mark-Andrew Coke
Mark-Andrew Coke
    • “Everyone sets foot on different paths, no matter how similar they may seem. Each path comes with its trials and moments of joy. Embrace every moment of the good times and be satisfied when it ends. Be patient through the trials and things will work out for the best. Live good with persons around you no matter whom they are but never compromise your morals.” – Mark-Andrew Coke (3rd year student)
Jourdain Lowe
Jourdain Lowe
    • “You have to adjust to being your own dinner bell, housekeeper, as well as to total strangers who might have different upbringings and backgrounds.” – Jourdain Lowe (Secretary/Treasurer)
Neil McIntyre
Neil McIntyre
    • “Going to school outside of your country is a process of stepping out of your comfort zone; you’re going to have to leave behind friends and loved ones. However, it may seem that one door is closing but in fact it’s an opportunity for another door to open. While in a foreign country you’ll be able to meet new people, people who can become really good friends, for some even lovers and then there are people you meet which helps build your network. Some people go by the saying ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’.” – Neil McIntyre (President Elect)
    • “Going to school away from home is an avenue where diversity plays a major role, but being able to work with people from different countries who have different cultures is a major plus, especially in the hospitality and tourism industry. There will be times when you miss home, living conditions may be different, but one thing’s for sure, you will learn to adapt to changing conditions which acts as a maturing process for some. The years of being away from home may be hard , but when it all comes down to the end , getting a chance to experience something different is well worth it” (President Elect)
David Harris
David Harris
    • “Having experienced school away from home on a local and regional level I can confidently say that it provides a student with the necessary skills needed to survive in the ‘real world’ which tends to be harsh for many. It teaches independence, patience, resource management and most of all it allows one the opportunity to develop personally and for others to figure out who they really are. Go with an open mind and the opportunities are endless.” – David Harris (3rd year student)
Emilomo
Emilomo
    • “Take the time to get to know and understand other people. Like the saying goes ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover.’ Attending a University full of diversity will result in many culture clashes however taking the time to explore and understand someone else’s culture can be of great assistance in avoiding unnecessary conflicts.”  – Emilomo Akpevwiehor (Activities and Events Coordinator)
    • “Create a financial budget which will guide you, as strategic financial planning is needed as you study abroad. It is also great to keep all your receipts as a means of keeping track of where and how your money is spent.” – Emilomo Akpevwiehor (Activities and Events Coordinator)

Luckily for you CHTM is a family; it’s a second home for many past and present students and can be in the future for you. Our size, our differences and our similarities make us the unique diverse University we are.

by Emilomo Akpevwiehor, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Going Forward with a Vision

Farewells and goodbyes are words that are never easy to say on certain occasions and it just so happens that this is one of those occasions.  So: “never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting” – Walt Disney’s Peter Pan

“Goodbye” is always the hardest part of any departure, for this is where we the students will say farewell to our friends and lecturers.  Farewell to housemates; living with you was a challenge, I kid you not!  But we still became friends and these are friendships that will last till the end.  Farewell to the hustlers, partiers, jokers, cuties, stunners, ballers, dancers, singers…..Let me just say “you weird individuals of all types”; CHTM would not have been the same without you and all your unique qualities and traits.  I wished when I first left home, that I could bring my family with me, now I am leaving to go back home and wishing I could take my CHTM family with me.  Farewell to fill-in-the-blanks, you will not be missed.  I can say I never want to see another fill-in-the-blank as long as I live!  Farewell to all lecturers, some classes were not easy at all but your lessons will always be with us no matter where we roam.  Even though you were hard on us when it came to our work, your courses were engaging and fun to learn.

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Farewell to CHTM, the experience was a lot different than I expected.  We all came from big campuses and did not know what to expect; we ventured to a centre which was smaller than we were accustomed to but hey, we made it fit.  This place made learning a lot easier I must admit.  Lectures which would normally have  “thousands” of students were cut down to a lot less.  This made one-on-one interaction between lecturers and students personal and easier, as lecturers were more approachable in and outside the classroom.  Farewell to CHTM restaurants, I know it was never easy for the hotel students however it was always a nice experience to dine out with my friends and to support my fellow colleagues.  Farewell to the dining room, I know you are tired of us, fete after fete including everything under the sun, you will get a rest for a while until September comes.

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Farewell to the beautiful Bahamas, my only regret was not exploring your other islands.  Living in Nassau was a cultural shock no matter where you turned, but as students we learnt to make everything work.  No more Wendy’s, Dominoes, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Diary Queen, Sbarro, or Dunkin’ Donuts for us and beach bumming will be less on our new work schedules.  There was never a dull moment on boat rides, snorkelling and even field trips, we got to see the beauty of the Bahamas. I know these are experiences we will never want to forget.  Dining on Paradise Island was always a nice treat and let’s not talk about how beautiful the background photos would be.  Touring Atlantis was so sweet!  Coming back and staying there is a must I can guarantee.

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Another chapter in our lives is over and as we turn a blank page to write our upcoming journey, I cannot help but wonder what the next chapter in our lives will be.  So: “Dare to live the life you dream for yourself.  Go forward and make your dreams come true” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

What will be the next chapter in our lives and where will we be in the next five years?  We all know that life does not always go the way we want it, but that does not mean that we should ever stop dreaming.  Dreams set the motion for your future and what you want most for yourself in the next few years.  They open the mind to endless possibilities and trust me, possibilities are always endless; you just have to never stop dreaming.  From here on out it is your time and never be afraid to take what you want from life.  My mother always says “life owes you nothing, but you can take everything you want from life”, So I encourage you to take everything out of the one life you have and go after each and every dream, whether failure or success, just know you went for what you wanted.  NO REGRETS!

Belief and faith go hand in hand and as you leave the university life to take your next journey, never lose your faith or what you believe in.  Most of all, put God first in everything you do.  While going after your dreams and trying to attain your goals challenges will come in every direction, testing you.  These will be tests that could break you and bring you down to your lowest point.  The world may seem like it is against you and it will seem like you just can’t catch a break, but just when you think that you are down and out and that your faith is fading remember to turn to God and he will see you through it all.  Don’t stop believing in Him, don’t lose your faith and never stop believing in yourself.  NEVER GIVE UP!

Before six paragraphSo what is the next chapter in life?  Where do you see yourself?  Whether it be to further your studies, find your dream job, get married, or have a family, just remember, it won’t all be glitter and gold – but what ever is?  People say nothing is perfect in this world but I believe perfection is what you make it, and you can’t have perfection without ups and downs, now and then.  In this life you will get more no answers than you will get yes and this should never deter you from what you want in life.  Don’t rush to do everything at once, just take “One Step at a Time” and remember I told you to “Keep Going Forward with a Vision”.

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by Janine Garnett, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Sibling Bonds – A Long-Standing CHTM Tradition

When we first became a part of the CHTM family, we were introduced to someone special, our big brother or sister. It was clear from the beginning just how different some of us were from our siblings while others were very similar.  At this stage, we were weighing our differences, wondering if we could develop a relationship and questions like “will they like me or will I like them?; what are they capable of?” etc. started to flood our minds.

Samantha with little sister Shanice
Samantha with little sister Shanice

Even though for some the friendships came naturally, for others, as time went by, we learned to accept each other. Some of us wasted no time developing a bond and others had no problem stealing or sharing another person’s sibling.

Shared experiences create a connection between people. The big sister/big brother program acknowledges  the importance of bonding and requires us to do activities that would bring us close together. It is tradition for the older sibling to pass on books and other materials to the younger sibling, talk to them about what to expect and of course there is the siblings’ potluck.

Alejeth with little sister Anika
Alejeth with little sister Anika

But it takes more than these traditional activities for us to create a special bond with our sibling. We had to show interest in developing a relationship without feeling like it’s a requirement. Relationships started out at different levels. Some siblings remain casual friends or acquaintances. It is not uncommon for them to just greet each other with a smile or occasionally check up on each other. As for the rest of us, we had the opportunity to become closer to our siblings; our long conversations, frequent pop ups at each other houses, shouting each other names from across the street, our big hugs/kisses and not to mention our random text messages with heart eyes and kiss face emojis or our pointless snaps to each other.

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The strong bond with our siblings were created because of different reasons:

  • We ensured that we set aside time to be with our sibling. Seeing each other outside of school activities helped us to maintain a bond. So we did activities such as partying together, cooking for each other, having sleepovers, hanging out at the beach and sometimes shopping together.
Sharice with little sister Latifah
Sharice with little sister Latifah
  •  We listened to each other. Sometimes we needed someone to talk to and it’s often someone we trust. We gave each other advice, made comments that helped each other grow and gave feedback that was honest and often difficult. The truth is honesty and acceptance between two people can create a strong bond.
Lynn-marie with little sister Patria
Lynn-marie with little sister Patria
  •  Being someone our sibling could count on. For example, if we were sick we could always count on our siblings to check up on us. Whether we sent a text message or showed up with an Advil, we did something just to show how much we cared.
Nicolene with little brother Sakele
Nicolene with little brother Sakele
 We all needed someone that would inspire us and who would listen to us and be available when we needed them. Our bond is built on care and trust. The connection some of us have with our sister or brother is really special. Even though they say “opposites attract” sometimes we realized how much we were just like our sibling and wished they were our actual brother or sister.
Alex with little sister Aliyah
Alex with little sister Aliyah

Kudos to Safiya who did a really good job on pairing some of us. There’s no denying that pairs like Shanice and Donella and Shereece and Alexise (two peas in a pod) are perfect matches. What better feeling to have someone to call a sister from another mister or a brother from another mother; that bond where you feel like you are responsible for someone or that support system you can run to anytime of the day. I wonder if we would be friends if it were not for the big sister/big brother programme?

Shanice with little sister Donella
Shanice with little sister Donella

Thanks to the programme for impacting our lives in a positive way. As we are approaching the end of the school year, we realize how much we are going to miss each other. We are already making promises to keep in touch and reminding each other how much we love them. These are the kind of friendships we will always keep close to our hearts and cherish forever.

Shereece with little sister Alexis

Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what. – Unknown

Tashawna with little sister Jodi-ann
Tashawna with little sister Jodi-Ann

by Chavelle Murray, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

What’s Next? – Careers in Tourism

Perhaps you are graduating or entering your final year, I’m pretty sure the prevailing thought on most of your minds is ‘What’s next?’ One stage in your life is about to be completed, that is obtaining that Bachelors degree that you have worked so long and hard for.

So you’re thinking… I’ve gained all this knowledge and experience thus far so, what’s next? And then you ponder on a serious of options, grad school maybe, get a job, what job, what do I even want to do? This uncertainty can surely spiral into unwanted career anxiety. Kudos to you if you already have this all figured out but, for the confused souls out there here are some careers options in the Travel and Tourism Industry. By no means is this an exhaustive listing because there is an enormous range of possibilities available however, this can certainly be a reference for further research. Also provided is a link to a listing of 1000+ Careers in Tourism. Hopefully you’ll find something of interest. Tourism Careers

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(*) denotes entry-level positions suitable with Bachelors level degree.

Most of these careers do require experience and skills obtained from years of work in the industry but with determination and strong work ethic you can be at management level sooner than you may think. So think big and go be great!

by Jaynell Newton, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

 

TRINI-BAHAMA-DAD: A Treasured Friendship

For every new journey we embark on, there is some aspect of gain or benefit. It is reasonable to assume that the general gain of attending a college or university is a degree. Among the rewards of college life, are friendships.

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My tenure at UWI CHTM began in fall of 2014. While I understood that this university experience would awaken me to various West Indian cultures and some aspect of comradery with the students from these cultures, I did not anticipate the creation of Trini-Bahama-Dad. You are probably wondering about the origin of Trini-Bahama-Dad. Well, this is what you get when two Trini’s and a few Bahamians have what has turned out to be a wonderful friendship. Tammy Alfred from Maraval, Trinidad along with Amber Cleare from Freeport, Bahamas and Laketra Wilmots from Nassau, Bahamas, me from Exuma, Bahamas and Samantha Seedath from Chaguanas, Trinidad have formed a unique bond.

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Through a series of joint classes and small talk or dear I say girl talk, we have found that we share a lot in common and even our differences weave well together. In just a few short weeks we will be saying our goodbyes and well wishes. Aside from graduation in Trinidad (where I will be joining my Trini girls), we have no real assurance that we will ever be up close and personal again.

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To my Trini-Bahamian connection, I will miss you all dearly.   Our dreadful overnight study sessions for Mr. Lewis financial classes, pure exhaustion from Ms. MacKay’s lecture notes and work load, Mrs. Majors frightening fill in the blank pop quizzes and gossips of student bacchanal will undoubtedly be etched in my recollections of CHTM. Memories of our domino’s pizza and Starbucks coffee dates, random ‘limin’, our life lessons and blessings (from birth to CHTM) and all that we have shared will be forever engraved on my heart.

While we do not know what the future has in store for us, this short note says just a little of what we should have in store for it.

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Dear Future Us,

Let us reminisce about our past but appreciate our present,

Let us be brave and take chances,

Let us be beacons of light to those we meet,

Let us stay humble in all our success,

Let integrity continue to govern our lives,

Let ambition light our skies,

Let hard work and determination be our legacy,

And last but not least……

Let us always remember TRINI-BAHAMA-DAD.

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Remember, the sky is no longer the limit. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”     ~Les Brown~

Best Wishes Always,

Grea the great! (as my friends affectionately call me)

by Grea Gardiner, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

The Hustlers in our Mix

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.      – Dean Koontz

Side hustles are crucial to surviving your college life experience, and while most student do it for some quick cash, those who are smart will take a different approach to it. Everyone could always use a little more money. When you’re in college, things can get expensive, and fast. If tuition isn’t pricey enough, then you still have to worry about paying for food and everyday necessary expenses plus partying is a must. But making money in college isn’t as hard as you think. The CHTM hustlers realized that the key to a side hustle is finding something they are good at and then earning money from it.

There are quite a number of reasons for a side hustle. Whether students recognized that they can gain from their skills or something they love doing, sharing their talents, or maybe there is just a demand in something particular. Because of these reasons, we have quite a number of entrepreneurs (hustlers) in our mix. I know for sure many students appreciate the talents of these students and what they offer. Who wants to go out and pay big money for something you can get at a discounted price with excellent results.

We have some of the best hairdressers/stylist, Lantia Harriott, Shanice Gittens and Monique Robb just to name a few. Females love to get their hair done, and the ladies here at CHTM are no exception. We need our hairstyles to change often and to get it at a lower cost is everything to us. Lantia Harriott stated “I started doing hair because I realized that the hair salons in The Bahamas are really expensive and students wanted their hair done at a discounted price, also I was in a financial difficulty and saw it as an opportunity for both myself and the students”.

Hair by Lantia
Hair by Lantia

Monique who wasn’t blessed with the talent of braiding hair like Shanice and Lantia took another approach. “People love when me cream dem hair so me jus make a money affa unu” she said. In other words, students love how she relaxed their hair, so she saw it as an opportunity to make money.

Mark-Andrew recognised that men needed grooming as well. So he went creative with his approach and set up his own barber shop ‘Bob’s Barber shop’. It was funny to us students when we saw what he used to make his customers’ chair; a stool and a regular dining chair. The chair was placed on top of the stool and tied down in order to spin. How smart is he? Unfortunately he closed his business but all was not lost when Josiah Joseph showed that he was capable of carrying on the barbering business.

Bob's Barbershop
Bob’s Barbershop

At around carnival time we saw some new talents emerge. There are now make-up artists in our mix. Alicia Gardener and Shanice Jordan saw the importance of  a ‘beat face’ and put a price on it. Alicia was inspired by a past student of CHTM, that’s when she went ahead and perfected her skill and fell in love with it. “Make-up is like an art, you can take it and make it into whatever you want” she expressed. This is not the end for them as there are upcoming events such as photoshoot and send-off where their services will be needed.

Wanting a piece of the action were our dance instructors Tashawna Bartley and Safiya Miller, two of the most talented female dancers at CHTM. Whenever they dance together they always pull everyone’s attention. It is not uncommon for students to ask these ladies to teach them a particular dance move. And wanting to share their talent in dance with others, they started a dance workshop. For a dollar, students were able to learn techniques and a routine. In addition, it was a perfect workout for those who avoided the gym. I know for sure the students who attended the dance workshop will always have a part of the “shake body” routine with them.

Dance Workshop
Dance Workshop

Let’s not forget the Pickle Pork Saturday cooks; Jamar, Cherisse and Sama’ra who brought a part of Barbados (souse) to The Bahamas. Every week a text message was sent out from Jamar as a reminder to place an order. “Get your souse orders in today just $5”, followed by a thank you message after each service. Lastly, Laketra Wilmott is a beast at baking. Even though she started her business in December 2013 before she started CHTM, I believe recognition must be given to her. Baking is a passion of hers and trust me when I say her creativity is through the roof. She makes cakes and cupcakes for different occasions; whether its a birthday, a baby shower or an anniversary. Her cakes are made with the cutest and most creative designs.

CHTM is a community in itself, and what is a community without entrepreneurs. CHTM is made up of talented students, there is no doubt about that and while some may gain from it, others do it for the love. Denroy Wilson, CHTM’s resident tailor, stated that “It’s not so much about the money for me. So if I do charge it’s like small fees”. Shout out to him on his carnival and pageant pieces and I know the ladies appreciated his work. And also recognition must be given to other talented students like Jasonta and Latifah on their crotchet skills and the Faith Manor crew Emilomo, Shanice, Dionysia and Sharice for designing and making the carnival outfits.

Thanks to our entrepreneurs in our mix our lives here at CHTM are so much easier.

by Chavelle Murray, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

The Advantages of Studying on a Small Campus

Transitioning from The College of the Bahamas (COB) to UWI CHTM has been a very pleasant experience.  Although I didn’t get the chance to study abroad at one of the main campuses I never felt as though I missed anything that I may have experienced being at UWI Mona or UWI Cave Hill.  As a small campus CHTM still participates in almost every event held by UWI, from sports day to wacky day, carnival, culturama and even pageant.  The one thing we definitely didn’t lack was the many, many parties that we used to literally shake off the stress of school.
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Some may still argue that you get a better college experience on a larger campus but there are many benefits of being on a small campus.  First, I know just about every one of my classmates by name.  How many students from large university campuses can say that they know the names of every student they graduated with? I’m sure very few.  There are so few of us here at CHTM that it creates stronger bonds and the likelihood of lifelong friendships between the entire student body.
One Family | One Caribbean
One Family | One Caribbean
Not only does being a part of a smaller campus bring you closer to the students but to the lecturers as well.  Instead of having hundreds of different students to teach there are only a few names and faces to recognize.  Most of the lecturers here at CHTM know every student by name (which can be a blessing or a curse).  This allows for more one on one teaching and decreases the likelihood of fighting for office hours.
Carnival 2015
Carnival 2015
What about not having to walk miles between classes?  There are some universities where you have to drive from one class to the next.  At CHTM all of our classes are in one area so we don’t have to travel far at all.

My personal favourite is the ease of registration! I always absolutely hated the tedious process of registration at my previous institution.  There were times when I had to get to school before the sun and stand in line for hours just to register for my classes.  Then you had to pray that by the time you finally got to the front of the line your classes were still available, on many occasions I wasn’t so lucky.  At a small campus there are no long lines to register, the process is quick and easy and you are almost sure to get into all of your classes.

No matter where you go to school there are going to be things you like and dislike about the place.  Sure there may be a few short comings of being a small campus as well, but it is up to you to make your college experience worthwhile.  It is true what they say, big things really do come in small packages!
3rd Years
Class of 2016
by Amber Cleare, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

The New Age – CHTM Student Executive 2016/17

It is that time of year at the University of the West Indies Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management, when the baton is passed on from the current student executive body to the next.

Outgoing Executive Committee
Outgoing Executive Committee

The process started on March 30th, 2016, which was the day of nominations. The entire student population flocked the UWI lecture theatre waiting to nominate the persons they felt most capable of handling each position and to see who were willing to go up against them.  The roles and responsibilities of each position were read by the current vice president, Safiya Miller, who then proceeded to take nominations for each post.

Student Body on Nomination Day
Student Body on Nomination Day

On March 31st, 2016, the final candidates were announced and three days later, campaigns had been launched by each candidate who sent out their manifesto via Whatsapp groups, emails, or other social media.  Fliers were posted all over the school compound in areas where they would be visible to all students.

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On Monday April 4th, 2016, it was time for the candidates vying for each position to deliver their speeches; this was their opportunity to convince the student population that they were the most capable candidate vying for the position.

Speeches Ready to Go
Speeches Ready to Go

By this time some nominees who had initially accepted their nominations had chosen to drop out of the race, either because they could not handle the pressure of the election process or they just didn’t think they were capable of handling the position.

Speeches in Progress
Speeches in Progress

Campaigning continued with house to house visits by candidates who tried their utmost best to persuade each student that they were more suitable for the post than their opponents. April 13, 2016 was the day of truth, the day most students came out to cast their votes and to aid in the selection of the new student  executive body.  Visits to the polling station went from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The current executive body monitored the voting stations where instructions were given to each individual as to the voting process.

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Voting was closed and it was time to tally the votes to see who the winners were. A fellow student (independent of the executive body) and I were afforded the opportunity as impartial parties to supervise the tallying of votes.  Candidates were asked to gather in the UWI dining room for the announcement, and an email was later sent to the general student population announcing the new student executive body.

Congratulations go out to each and every candidate who was bold enough to take on the challenge and to the new members of the Student Executive Committee 2016/2017.

President- Neil McIntyre
President- Neil McIntyre
Vice President- Keron Best
Vice President- Keron Best
Public Relations Officer- Aliyah Ramkaran
Public Relations Officer- Aliyah Ramkaran
Secretary/Treasurer- Jalisa Cumberbatch
Secretary/Treasurer- Jalisa Cumberbatch
Activities and Events Coordinator - Shanice Jordan
Activities and Events Coordinator – Shanice Jordan
Assistant Activities and Events Coordinator- Jenielle Rhone
Assistant Activities and Events Coordinator- Jenielle Rhone

 

by Lantia Harriott, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Personality of a Pelican

We are proud of our various cultures and place great value on our friendships. We maintain a peaceful learning environment and seek to positively affect all those around us. We exhibit perseverance.

Sports Day 2015 - Supreme Blue
Sports Day 2015 – Supreme Blue

We are enthusiastic about learning and we embrace new challenges. We are eager to make a difference in the world.

Historic Walk – Outside of Pompey Museum 2015
Historic Walk – Outside of Pompey Museum 2015

We are loyal to our commitment of success and take advantage of opportunities afforded to us. We show love to one another.

Restaurant Preproduction 2015
Restaurant Preproduction 2015

We are intellectuals.

Historical Walk- Outside of Pirates of Nassau 2015
Historical Walk- Outside of Pirates of Nassau 2015

We are confident in our ability to achieve the goals we set. We are considerate of each other’s time and resources needed to attain what we set out to. We are creative.

Restaurant Table Setting
Restaurant Table Setting

We are adventurous. We take risks and embrace the unfamiliar.

Zip Lining in Trinidad 2016
Zip Lining in Trinidad 2016

We are noble. We are strong in character and have high moral principles.

S.A.L.T. Captains 2015
S.A.L.T. Captains 2015

 

WE ARE PELICANS!!!

By Grea Gardiner, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Photography by Samantha Seedath © 2015/16