Nile Anderson scores big in CSEC
WHEN THE 'oohs and aahs' that greeted Nile Anderson's overwhelming success in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations ceased, overawed reactions lingered long after.
Those who knew that Nile, a student of the Manning's School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmore-land, had copped a total of 19 subjects in the CSEC examinations wondered whether that amazing accomplishment was the record that it appeared to be.
The brilliant 17-year-old sat 16 subjects in 2014 and the three others before - while he was merely in second and third form - copping two grade ones and a grade two.
Of the 19 subjects, Nile, who is now on his way to sixth form, secured 15 grade ones and four twos in the process.
The bright teen has admitted that he was driven to this feat by bouts of uncertainty and indecision.
Not quite settled
"To be honest, I was not quite settled as to what I wanted to do, and I believed that every single subject I chose would contribute to my career in the future," Nile told The Gleaner.
But after the amazing successes and moving on to tackle the more challenging Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination Units One and Two, Nile is still undecided about career direction.
"I am still somewhat undecided because I had been considering medicine as I can handle biology and chemistry, but I am leaning towards mathematics," he shared.
With that in mind, Nile revealed that he is also pondering pursuing a career in engineering, or something along that line.
But even as he eyes the engineering field, medicine remains a real lure for Nile. "At the same time, I see myself in medicine, so there is really conflict," he said.
Asked how he felt with 19 CSEC subjects under his belt, Nile responded: "It feels good because it showed that I actually got something out of the work I put in."