The first thing that came to mind when I read the headlines about Sade Dunbar, was BRILLIANT, but only when I read her essay, I realized how different this outcome could have been. So without adding more words ..please read Sade’s essay
For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamt of a career in medicine. This was not a choice concreted by trivial matters of money or even prestige but instead by the satisfaction I knew I would experience having made a difference in someone’s life
Never having been one to accept failures, my school’s motto, “Through Difficulties to Excellence”, is constant motivation. Equipped with this small, yet powerful phrase, I am strengthened by the battles I have and will have to endure.
Life in my household wasn’t always easy and has never been. However, my family taught me the importance of cohesiveness, camaraderie and most importantly, to be content despite the circumstances.
With this mindset, when we experienced adversities leading to difficulties with lunch money and even just food for survival, I did not give up. Instead, I relinquished some teenage privileges and acquired a Saturday job. I refused to allow these obstacles to render my dreams unreachable and doubled my efforts to remove the shackles of poverty.
Despite going to school and working part-time, I managed to participate in extra-curricular activities, mastering the art of balance. I am currently the Assistant Secretary of the St Catherine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and am a part of the Spanish Town Heritage Trail.
This project aims to facilitate historic tours of the town and restore it to its former glory. Additionally, I am involved in the Dispute Resolution Foundation and the St Catherine Tax Relief Committee. Playing an active role in such activities has honed my leadership and time management skills and has given me true insight of Gandhi words, “The best way to find your self is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
Growing up with four younger siblings, I discovered my strong affinity for children and this assured me a career in Paediatrics was indeed my calling. Sadly, the health of many of the nation’s children is at risk and I hope to offer my compassion and expertise to these children. After all, in serving the best interest of children, we serve the best interest of all humanity.
Life’s journey continues to shape the person I am; every act of participation, each small victory and each hurdle overcome add to the masterpiece I envision. My experiences and situations have instilled traits such as perseverance, determination and a great sense of responsibility and service.
The obstacles I have overcome in achieving my success thus far have forged an unbreakable strength and this strength combined with my acquired traits have molded me into the phenomenal young woman I am today. For these reasons, I believe I am most qualified for this prestigious scholarship. Without the aid of this scholarship, I am almost certain all my goals will remain dreams.
Even if you don’t SHARE or LIKE this story, it is still important to read Sade’s own words as she tells her story.
Some of Her Achievements
- She participated in the 2012 Math Olympiad in which she proceeded to the semi-finals as well as a Chemistry Competition. The Chemistry Competition was a team competition which involved fifth form students from all over the island and her team from Immaculate Conception High placed first.
- She has passes in 18 CXC/CAPE subjects with 18 distinctions (grade ones).
- She is involved in the Dispute Resolution Foundation and the St Catherine Tax Relief Committee
- Currently the Assistant Secretary of the St Catherine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Background Stories on Sade
Twelve-year-old Sade Dunbar, from Kingston, Jamaica, was the best international speller
WASHINGTON – Twelve-year-old Sade Dunbar, from Kingston, Jamaica, was the best international speller, tying for 13th. In the seventh round, she missed the word “hidradenitis,” which means inflammation of the sweat glands Hoosier teenager wins spelling bee
Jamaica Gleaner News – Sade Dunbar prepares for Scripps Nat’l Spelling Bee – Wednesday
The dictionaries she studies are nearly bigger than she is. If you\’re perusing anything this thick, it should have been for a doctorate. This is the life of Sade Dunbar at the moment. The Gleaner\’s Children\’s Own All-Island Spelling Bee Champion … Jamaica Gleaner News – Sade Dunbar prepares for Scripps Nat’l Spelling Bee – Wednesday
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