Chanda’s hard study paid off
After the stressful CAPE journey, Chanda Mwansa is embracing the reality of being a Barbados Scholarship winner.
Now enjoying leisure time again, Chanda recalled that “studying for CAPE was stress; it was a lot of hard work and dedication. A lot of the times I wanted to just chill and not do anything. I had to be doing work; but it paid off”.
Despite being 17 and one of the younger Scholarship winners, Chanda managed to attain all Grade 1s in five CAPE subjects: Caribbean studies, communications studies, biology, chemistry and pure mathematics.
“After my maths exam, I wasn’t to sure what the outcome would be, but when I saw the results I felt relief . . . . After a while, I just started to cry, because I couldn’t believe it!” she said.
The former Queen’s College student, who aspires to be a surgeon, is currently awaiting her acceptance letter to pursue her studies in medicine at UWI’s Mona Campus in Jamaica.
The well-rounded Barbados Scholar is also an Afro- Caribbean and modern jazz dancer of Dance Strides BDS. She believes aiming high is vital to success and that just “settling” should never be an option
“I don’t think that people should aim to be just average. I think that if you set your mind to something that you can do it. So aim for the highest point that you can.”