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Davi-Gaye Julal - Finding Favour with God

Published:Saturday | March 5, 2016 | 3:00 AMShanna Kaye Monteith
Julal: When I reached UWI University of the West Indies) and got the revelation that I hated biology and chemistry was my true love.
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Julal:God had a plan for me. He promised to supply all my needs and He did!
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Growing up, my dream was to become a doctor, like most children. But that dream changed when I reached UWI (University of the West Indies) and got the revelation that I hated biology and chemistry was my true love. So I pursued my undergrad degree in chemistry.

I realised my love for chemistry when I was introduced to it in third form at Morant Bay High school. I was never satisfied with my chemistry grades. I was not until upper six that I managed to receive the chemistry subject prize and not until my second year at UWI before I got my first A in chemistry. Both semesters in first year I received B+. I believe my love for it is due to the never-ending challenge it provides.

My journey through high school was a great one. I was always in the "top stream" and always a top performer. I left high school with 10 CSEC subjects and 10 units of CAPE. I managed to hold various leadership positions throughout the years. I was form captain, class monitor, prefect, and deputy head girl, along with holding various positions in the clubs, I participated in. My high school experience helped to shape me into the young lady I am today. I learned how to manage my time well, to adjust myself to fit various situations and to give my service to others.

When it was time to apply for university I prayed the most. I wasn't sure how I would make it financially, because I had a sister attending UTech (University of Technology) at that time. But God had a plan for me. He promised to supply all my needs and He did. I was able to acquire a grant from the NCB Foundation, my church pitched in and all my older siblings contributed. It happened! Today, I am the proud holder of a Bachelor's degree in Food Chemistry.

But the next phase of life made me nervous. How was I going to get a job with only two summer jobs worth of experience? I prayed and I sent out job applications. I got little to no responses, but I still tried. Until one day I saw an ad on UWI's Placement and Career Services Facebook page. I applied and went through two rigorous interviews with 16 other applicants, and I was successful. I became a sub-contracted project officer to Quality Systems Solutions and Initiatives. After approximately four months, I was offered a permanent position. I think I am in my dream job, where I am able to help companies in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean implement and maintain their Food Safety and Quality Management systems, while meeting new people every day and travel at the same time. I think I am in the right place where I can grow and in the field I love. I believe God really favours me.

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