From the moment I landed in Jamaica I got a sense of rich culture and friendliness from the locals. Even through the registration process there was always a helpful, smiling face ready and willing to point me in the right direction. The orientation period was very helpful in getting me acquainted with the systems and rules of the school that were in place to help us as students and to keep us safe.
In the period between arriving in Jamaica and actually starting school, I went to a couple attractions on the island. Places such as Strawberry Hill and Port Royal were amazing to see. The beauty of the island was immediately evident.
Living on campus was an interesting experience. It was also a rewarding one as it helped to build my character by allowing me to interact with other students on a more personal level. Dorm life also allowed for more interaction with students from other regional islands and international countries that you probably would not otherwise have had the opportunity to interact with daily.
Now school life or in my case, “studio life” was a new experience for me. Those in the architectural program would agree that studio life is the most tiring, exciting, unexpected and rewarding experience of being in CSA. Having to stay up all night to finish projects, also known as “bleaching”, sleeping in the studio and the other crazy activities that occur in the wee hours of the morning are experiences that would always stay with me.
Having gathered all these experiences in my first year of school is truly amazing. That is what university life is about and I enjoyed it to the fullest. Having said all of that I must say I am recharged and ready for second year. Bring it on!
Trinidad and Tobago National
2nd Year, BA Architecture