Crying time for Aaliyah
Screams emerging from the Fernihurst, Black Rock, St Michael home of Suzanne Smith, sent neighbours into a panic this afternoon.
But fears soon turned to happiness, as they realized that Suzanne’s long, loud emotional sounds were shouts of jubilation after learning that her daughter Aaliyah Alleyne-Smith had secured a Barbados Scholarship.
And the excitement seemed too much for the mother.
“The neighbours had to help carry her up the stairs and give her Alcolado because she wasn’t able to climb the stairs by herself,” Aaliyah, a student of Harrison College, explained.
But once settled, the two hugged and cried, obviously overwhelmed by emotion upon learning that the family now had its first Barbados scholar.
“We had a crying session, because this was something I worked really hard towards. We were both on a diet, but we broke that by eating cupcakes and [drinking] wine after,” the former Erdiston Primary student told Barbados TODAY, while breaking out in laughter.
She said her father Junior Alleyne was also excited, and had promised to take her to lunch.
The 18-year-old received Grade 1 in all eight of her subjects – Pure Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry which appeared in unit one and two, as well as the two compulsory subjects, Communications studies and Caribbean studies.
She said it was a dream come true for her to be able to attend the University of Waterloo in Toronto, Canada, where she will major in Actuarial Science.
“I really needed this scholarship because I knew university fees for foreign students were very expensive. I put in a lot of hard work to achieve this and right now I am just so excited.”
Her mother also revealed that once in Canada, they would be having a family reunion to celebrate her daughter’s achievement.