After the Article was published, thanks be to God, things were different. I received a call from the office of the Minister of Education, wherein I was advised to attend the Brown's Town Community College. I was told by the principal that all I needed to do was begin school and 'Do your best'. I applied myself to the task, although travelling to school was not easy. My aunt had just retired from her job and travelling to and from school on a daily basis was a strain on her. As a result I decided to seek help at school, and it was then that I was placed on a welfare program that runs through the office of the Guidance counselor. This program was enough to ensure that I never missed school.
With my financial struggles lifted for that year, I was able to focus on my school work and some extra curricular activities. I participated in the Annual Utech-Sagicor National Debating Championships, where my teammate and I were able to emerge as second place winners at regionals and made it to the semi-finals at nationals. I also participated in inter-collegiate Field Hockey competitions and the Jamaica Cultural and Dance competition (JCDC)- public speaking category, where i medalled Bronze both years.
With regards to Academia, I was enrolled in the Pre-University Arts and Social Science program, I maintained an A average all throughout the 4 semesters which placed me on the Dean's honour roll consecutively. With the external examinations (CAPE) I was able to achieve 2 distinctions and 4 credits in units 1 and 2 of the following subjects: Law, Sociology, Communication Studies, Caribbean Studies, Literatures in English. During my tenure at BTCC I continued to volunteer at the school whenever I had free periods and this allowed me to develop a bond with members of staff, thus I was able to access summer employment through the school's Earn and Study program, which covered my tuition for year 2 as the minister made no further contact to me nor the school, and efforts to contact him proved futile.
As I have matriculated to the university of the West indies, thanks be to God, the challenges appear more real than ever, as I am now living outside the scope of family, and have to fend for myself mostly. I was awarded a Sagicor Tertiary Scholarship, which covered majority of my tuition, however, my miscellaneous fees and hall fees remain outstanding. This was a huge burden on me up to the point of Mid-semester exams until the Lord shone light in my direction and I now have a wonderful woman, angel sent by God, Faye Turner, lobbying help on my behalf. I am confident that it is God who works through her and as such I am relaxed knowing that all fees will be taken care of in the name of Jesus.
I wish to express my appreciation to all those whom the Lord has inspired to bless my life and cause by some means or another. Please know that I will always remember your kindness and I too hope to make such invaluable contribution to the life of one in a similar situation someday.