Enclosed in the packet was a letter that said I had successfully completed the admissions exam and that I was being offered an early-admissions scholarship. “What!” I thought to myself. I was only 16 at the time. I was surely too young to enter college. And of course if I entered college after my junior year in high school, I would miss what is supposed to be the most defining year of the whole experience – senior year. But what I also knew was that my parents didn’t have a whole lot of money and that a four-year scholarship was one well worth considering. But how could a 16-year-old be expected to do college-level work? My father reasoned that UVI would not offer me the opportunity if administrators did not feel I was ready for the challenge. He reasoned that college was no different from high school – I would be taught a lesson, tested on a lesson and expected to provide proof of learning the lesson. My mother, for the first time, allowed me to make the decision on my own.
By the time I graduated with a BA in Humanities with a concentration in Journalism, I no longer wanted to leave the territory. Something happened during my four years at UVI that made me want to serve my territory.
Nanyamka Farrelly is the Interim Public Relations Director at UVI.