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College Fair well received by students

11/3/2010

By Patricia Thangaraj

Secondary School students flocked to the College Fair at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) yesterday to talk to administrators from local, regional and international colleges and universities to see what they had to offer.

The majority of the students who spoke to the Barbados Advocate expressed an interest in heading out of Barbados and the region because they wanted to gain exposure and have the experience of living in a diverse and metropolitan country.

One of these students was Gabrielle Williams, a 15-year-old fifth form student at St. Ursula’s School. She said that she was interested in studying Spanish or Law and was looking at Canada, preferably Brescia because they had the programme that she wanted to study and she was hoping to go there after she completed her CXC courses since it was one of the few places that accepted persons without having completed A’ Levels or an Associate Degree.

Another student interested in studying Law in Canada was Mareah Knight, a 17-year-old student in upper sixth form at Harrison College. She was interested in studying Human Resources Management or Psychology.

Jean-Pierre Alleyne, another upper sixth form Harrison College student, wants to head to the US to study Civil Engineering. He was looking at going to either the Florida Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) or the University of South Florida (USF).

His schoolmate, Zahra Spencer, also a 17-year-old upper sixth form student, was thinking about studying journalism or advertising. She wants to head to the US because she believes that she would have more opportunities there and she was interested in attending either New York University (NYU), the University of Maryland or Boston University.

Students from Combermere were also in attendance at the Fair. Among these was Simon Reid, a 17-year-old upper sixth student. He was looking at studying Financial Administration, specialising in Banking, in either the US or Canada because “both of these countries have good educational systems and they are both developed countries”. He said that he preferred the US because he might by able to receive a track and field scholarship. However, he was also looking at George Brown College in Canada because he liked what he heard about this institution.

Chad Wickham, another 17-year-old Combermere upper sixth form student, wants to head to Canada because he has family there and they can make the tran-sition of living in a new place easier. He plans to study either Civil Engineering or Bio-Medical Engineering and he was looking at McGill University, the University of Waterloo or Memorial University.

André Edghill, a 17-year-old fifth form student at the St. Michael School, wants to go to “either Toronto, Canada or anywhere in the US because they have good educational institutions”. His first choice is Computer System Technician – Networking and he is looking at Humber College or Georgian College in Canada or F.I.T. in Florida. He added that he would pursue studies in Culinary Arts if his first choice didn’t work out.

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