A picture is worth a thousand words…but a thousand pictures create a story of their own.
Our two years at CHTM are coming to an end, so to preserve our memories, celebrate our friendships and commemorate the family we’ve created, the graduating class of 2017 all (well most) came together last Sunday. We were dressed elegantly in white and black, for the annual graduating class photoshoot, taking a thousand pictures to help us create our story, our yearbook. The location, to fit the royals we believe we are, the historic Queen’s Staircase in New Providence.
Preparations started a week in advance, gathering shoes, dresses, shirts, accessories and more. Early on Sunday, the girls were hustling to get their hair completed and the boys getting their fresh cut. Some girls made appointments with our local make-up artist, Christal-Ann Downes, to get their makeup done, starting as early as 10:30a.m so that everyone could be ready for pick up at 3:00p.m.
The morning of the shoot, we learned that the student executive had a surprise for us; they arranged for us to release floating lanterns into the sea at nightfall.
CHTM filled The Queen’s Staircase that evening. After overcoming a small hiccup at the start of the evening, the pictures began! It’s safe to say that snapchat saw a whole lot of CHTM that day. As the photographer took the individual photos, the rest of the students became photographers of their own. Neil even filled in for the photographer as he took a little break, of course we had to act naturally when he returned.
The evening was passing and the students were beginning to get fatigued. Much thanks to Denroy, who managed to speed up the process so we could move to the group shots. The group shots proceeded; Class of 2017 photo, Hotel students, Tourism students (with the best group shot) and the house photos, respectively. By this time, we were exhausted! Thankfully it was time to leave this venue and head to the next, the much-needed food stop, which went longer than planned as we had to wait for the sun to set.
We then headed over to Cable beach where the lanterns were lit and released. Some of us battled with the wind to keep our lanterns lit while others tried not to get their clothes wet. Nonetheless, it was a peaceful and poetic ending to the day, as the lanterns floated away and our lights shined brightly from the west, despite the fact that most drowned within seconds and a few caught on fire.
But we couldn’t leave just yet… CHTM never leaves without an exit! The men of CHTM tested their strength on this day as they had to push-start one of the buses so we could get home. Luckily, we have some ‘strong’ men with us and got home safely.
‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.’ -Dr. Seuss
By Charlotte Rajkumar, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017
Photos courtesy of Neil McIntyre, Sherika Dalaney, Shanice Jordon, Kerron Best, Tichina Smith, Melissa Leslie, Donella Blackman, Auri-Mae Thomas, Jasonta Bowen, Ayisha Elliot and Charlotte Rajkumar.
Videos courtesy of Anika Chambers & Jalisa Cumberbatch