"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill
Kayla, a current student at St. Andrew High School for Girls, says that these words inspire her to keep reaching for the stars. A well-established student, both academically and socially, has found herself involved in a variety of projects to better herself and her society. Kayla highlighted her involvement in clubs such as Quiz, Key Club, iAspire International, Soaring Eagles Foundation, Level Up Youth Foundation, Level Up Youth Foundation, and the Kingston & St. Andrew Youth Council during our discussion panel. With role models like Laneka Rhoden, she plans to pursue a degree, perhaps at Cornell University, focusing on Biochemistry after finishing high school.
Kayla joined Dream Jamaica in the summer of 2020. Here, she was placed in the college preparation cohort, which she emphasized was a fun experience. She further explains that here she learned about student leadership, the art of failure and redemption, how to apply to international universities, how to write an award-winning scholarship essay and so much more. She then went on to further describe the experience as being invaluable.
"Dream Jamaica helped me to meet new people in the STEM and business fields!"
With this opportunity, Kayla was provided with the opportunity to build her network along with being introduced to numerous career opportunities that have given her the opportunity to apply her experience and skills to a real work environment.
Thus, in the next five to ten years she aspires to have completed her undergraduate degree majoring in Biochemistry. With this she hopes to gain a fulfilling career in biochemistry while finding a variety of ways to help other students to pursue their dreams.