PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Throughout this week, the team at USM has been going into the different high schools on the island visiting the pre-exam and exam students in hopes to bring awareness on the programs that the University has to offer.
The Marketing and Admission Specialist, Ms. Mitsha Shobhan Giterson, along with a student and alumna of USM started its journey with the St. Dominic High school where they addressed over 60+ students about the benefits that the university has to offer to CXC students. Later throughout the week, the team met with students from the St. Maarten Vocational Training school and the Milton Peters College (VSBOE – T and HAVO/VWO) classes. They will be ending on Friday with the students of the Charlotte Brookson Academy, which will then tally to over 200 students.
Pre-USM student, Mr. Nahum Bell, joined the team and shared with his peers the experience that he is having in the Pre-USM program, one geared at preparing students for college. Mr. Bell advised the students to ignore any stereotypical comments one might hear about the University as he can already feel and see the benefits of the program in his life. As an aspiring psychologist and alumnus of SMVTS, he is determined to prove that he can become the best that he can be. As part of the Pre-USM program, Mr. Bell has already completed a college level course and is busy preparing for his GED exams. With the help of staff, faculty and even students at USM he knows that he is on the right path. He left the students with a quote from one of his favorite books “Experience is the best teacher that you can receive” and the message that experience is exactly what he is building before deciding to venture off abroad to complete his academic and career journey.
Ms. Giterson espoused the importance of self-realizing one’s potential and keeping your eyes on your ultimate goal. Ms. Giterson said “Our main aim at USM is to equip our students with the Key to a Brighter Future. However, it starts with you. We can only support one to a certain extent, the rest boils down to the student’s motivation to accomplish their dream. As we mark 30 years of excellence this year, we will be highlighting some of our own Alumni who are making big changes in the world at large as well as locally. With the exceptional value that we create for our students, they are trained and prepared to fulfill their academic/career dreams wherever they may end up”. USM proud alumna Ms. Rochana Richardson shared her journey of studying at USM and the importance it played in her college life. She completed her Associate of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management at USM and is now furthering her Bachelor studies at University College Birmingham in the U.K. Ms. Richardson stated that without USM, she would not be where she is today; succeeding in her studies!
Along with the team, Ms. Micaela Hart who is an alumna of MPC HAVO shared her journey of attending USM and then receiving the opportunity to work at the University. Today she stands as the GED Coordinator at the campus and is always happy to welcome new students. The team continues to welcome applicants to the upcoming Summer or Fall semesters of 2019. Applicants interested in furthering their higher education, Pre-USM, GED, English as a Second Language or Continuing Education Programs are encouraged to contact USM for more information.
Ms. Giterson ended with the 5 P theory: Perfect, Planning, Prevents, Poor, Performance to emphasize that it is better to start collecting information and doing the research from now to ensure that one is prepared to conquer his or her dreams. The team at USM would like to thank the students and guidance counselors of the various high schools for welcoming them to the schools. They look forward to visiting the other high schools through the latter weeks of January and stand with open arms to welcome persons interested in applying to the university.