Graduates reflect on their time at the Mona Campus

‘My UWI Experience’

Graduation is a time for celebration and reflection, and the graduation ceremonies held at The UWI, Mona Campus from Friday, October 28 to Saturday, October 29, 2016 were no different.
Here, some 2016 graduates reflect on their time at the Mona Campus. They share their experiences with UWIMONA Now writer Tashika Taylor.

Kemar Gordon
MSc Economics

My UWI experience was wonderful. The key is to be persistent in whatever you do. If you do not love what you do then you are going to feel like giving up.

Roshae Brown (UWI, Mona Western Jamaica Campus)
BSc Psychology with a minor in Management Studies

My UWI experiences were great! Fantastic! I met a lot of people and the diversity was great.

Alex Creary
BSc in Banking and Finance and Economics (double major)

My experience was great! I had opportunities to build my network and hone my leadership skills. I was the vice-president of the Banking League and I also participated in other clubs. I was also very active on hall – Elsa Leo-Rhynie Hall. I was a part of Social Sciences Honours and the Elsa-Leo Rhynie Hall Honours Society. It was a good experience. The highlight of my experience was being a recipient of the Principal’s Scholarship for Excellence for two years.

Shafique Samm (St Vincent and the Grenadines)
BSc in International Relations, minor in History

My UWI experience was interesting because I am from St Vincent and the Grenadines so I had to come to a new country and a new culture. I made a lot of friends whom I now consider family – people that have helped me to develop and grow. I feel like I’ve grown as a person, intellectually, emotionally and even spiritually.
I was a part of the Elsa Leo-Rhynie Hall, the inaugural set of students to be inducted as Towerites. There are so many dynamics, so many things you can learn, and The UWI allows you to literally become a “light that shines from the West” because the person that you end up [being] at the end of the programme is one totally different from when you started.

Tiyba Wilson BA Integrated Marketing Communications
My UWI experience has been awesome. There is a bittersweet ‘kinda’ thing, but at the end of the day you’re so excited because all those sleepless nights and all those early mornings have finally paid off. #WeMadeIt
So my experience has been superb!

Deandre Thomas (Barbados)
Bachelor of Science in Geography

Overall, my experience was very positive. I met new people and I was exposed to different cultures and so that aspect was very good. There were some academic challenges where we had to get over some hurdles. But at the end of the day, when we came together as classmates and friends we were able to support one another. The coming together is what really got us through the three years here at The UWI, Mona.

Romario Smith Bachelor of Science in Special Chemistry, First Class Honours

When I first came, I never thought of getting First Class Honours. My goal was to just get a degree, but after the first semester I did very well and that’s really what drove me the rest of the way. I was in The UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra. I never played an instrument before I came to The UWI, Mona, but I came here and I learned to play steel pan and I loved it. I also made a lot of friends there and gained a lifetime family.

Monique Graham
BSc in Economics and Statistics (double major), First Class Honours

My experience at The UWI can be likened to a potpourri – it had challenges that exuded different pleasant and unpleasant aromas. Divinely, the combination resulted in a sweet smelling fragrance: First Class Honours. With friends of the same mindset it was fun, despite the challenges and the seemingly impossible courses.