Adrielle Jackson: Hard work and humility keys to success
Fourteen-year-old Adrielle Jackson was a fifth-form student at Portland High School, where she was the head girl and was part of many other school-related activities. She recently completed her Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Prior to this, she had passed five CSEC subjects with straight A profiles in previous sittings and had a GPA of 3.7 and now has 13 subjects under her belt; she passed eight subjects this year.
With an ambition to become a forensic scientist, Adrielle focused heavily on the sciences. Despite being extremely modest, Adrielle was quite popular at her high school as she was regarded as a genius. She currently attends Northern Caribbean University (NCU), where she continues to have a reserved personality as she endeavours to achieve her dreams.
“I am currently enrolled at NCU, where I am doing a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, and I will select my minor next year,” she said. “I also want to encourage parents to have discussions with their children about enrolling at a university after finishing high school. Some students don’t even have the basic understanding of what a degree is until arriving at university.”
READING EXPANDS VOCABULARY
“My favourite subject is mathematics. I love maths because I love solving problems. I like thinking outside of the box and finding solutions. I didn’t really have a least favourite subject, but if I did, probably it was English literature. I overcame it by reading a lot. Reading expands your vocabulary and teaches you many words. I read everything I could get my hands on and did a lot of research on the Internet. Technology has advanced so much and continues to improve day after day. The information is there! We don’t need to physically be somewhere to learn about its inhabitants, geographical location, or geological history. Because of technology, this can be done almost anywhere, so there’s no real excuse for a person to be ignorant about something. All that’s left is to apply and implement what you’ve learnt,” said Jackson.
LEARN FROM PEERS
“It was an honour being the head girl and top-performing student at Portland High. I was encouraged by my teachers and parents a lot for doing well and having a GPA of 3.7. Through it all, the glory really belongs to God because He is the one who gave me this talent so that I can inspire others. In everything in life, adversities arise. Every capacity holds its own degree of responsibility. I don’t consider myself to be better than my peers. In fact, I saw myself as having the responsibility, at just 13 years old, to motivate and help others to do as well as I did. Instead of seeing my peers as inferior to myself, I wanted to learn from them and assist them to reach where I was or even higher,” Jackson said.