I bid you the warmest of greetings. Allow me to first welcome you as a fellow student, a comrade, and then, as the Vice President of the Guild of Students.
I must however, take this opportunity to congratulate each one of you for taking this remarkable step that is tertiary education. I must also commend you for choosing this prime institution of the Caribbean that is the UWI to further your academic studies.
We are all now part of the same fabric that is to be woven into the Region to serve as catalysts for development, empowerment, and progress that the Caribbean so desperately deserves.
As young leaders, we are being called upon to serve, sometimes we can even say that our own leaders have failed us.
Where can I begin? you might ask. Right here at the UWI STA there are several clubs and societies that can enable you to be the change you want to see in the world. In addition, being involved in extra curricula programmes always assist in developing a holistic and all rounded individual, by forcing you to learn valuable life skills such as leadership and time management skills just to name two.
Something I have been able to work for all students relating to clubs and societies is the new policy of having students’ who actively participate and contribute to any club or society, that such participation or position be reflected on that students’ personal academic transcript. This will give you the much-needed recognition for the sacrifice made for each extra curriculum venture.
In doing all of this, we must also be keen to remember, the huge responsibility of contributing to the nation as well as the region. As I said earlier, we must serve as catalysts for development and progress in the Region. Do not let persons tell you that you’re too young to make a change, at 21 I still face the problem no matter how much I tend to achieve.
In addition, we must not forget the illustrious institution that will give so much to us that is the UWI. Also, we must keep in mind that we must uplift and empower those that are not as fortunate as we are to be blessed with the opportunity to pursue University education.
Once again, I congratulate you all for taking this step and wish you all the best in the future. Here at the UWI and afterwards, I hope to read about the marvelous things you all will be doing for our lovely region.
God Bless and most importantly, remember to have fun!
Michael N Rajnauth