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"Challenge Accepted!" - Radine Strachan

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Radine, a former Mermount High School student, is on her own route to pursuing her dreams. Since 2018, she has been a proud participant in the Dream Jamaica Summer Program. She considers her mother, Tafar-I, and Annie V. Moore to be her role models because of the unwavering support they have given her throughout the years.



Life is full of trials and stumbling blocks. Radine, on the other hand, regarded these "challenges" as a chance to learn and improve herself as she pursues a fulfilled life. She was an all-around social and academically engaging student in high school. During our conversation, she explains her participation in a few HEART programs during high school, which she successfully finished and became certified in food preparation, as well as how she is now pursuing a cosmetology program at the Shilot School of Cosmetology.


Outside of the classroom, Radine is a proud business owner and part-time employee in the field of telecommunication, all while attending classes. During our conversation, she stressed the influence Dream Jamaica had on her persona and accomplishments.


"Dream Jamaica motivated me and even urged me to start my business."

She notes that it is because of the inspiration offered by the program that she is now the proud owner of her one-year-old beaded jewellery business, which has successfully made over 100,000 JMD in sales. Feel free to visit her Instagram page and show your support for her company @uncommon gems.


In the following five to ten years, she expects to have completed her cosmetology program and matriculated to university, where she will pursue a degree in Business Management. Aside from her ongoing desire to learn new things, she hopes that during this period she would be able to effectively develop her clientele and rent a physical location for her business.


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