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I had a dream...Jamaican-born actress gives motivational talks to St Thomas students

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 3:00 AMShanna Monteith
Actress Sardia Robinson with a group of students of Golden Grove Primary and Infant School, of which she is a past student.

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:

They say successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire and push each other to be their best selves.

Jamaica-born and Los Angeles-based actress Sardia Robinson recently paid a visit to her hometown of St Thomas, where she conducted motivational talks at a few of the schools there.

Robinson, who left the island at the age of 20 to live with her mother, told Rural Xpress that the children of St Thomas inspired her to take the trip back home.

"I had a dream (while growing up), and even though I had a grandmother who taught me well, I didn't see anyone around that I could draw inspiration from. So, when I was approached to visit the same school I attended as a child, I was inspired to do it," she said.

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The award-winning theatre actress, who hails from Stokes Hall, St Thomas, and now making waves in Los Angeles, says she has always wanted to pursue acting, even while in Jamaica, but was unable to do so because her grandmother, with whom she lived at the time, could not afford to send her to college here.

However, upon migrating, she pursued her major in theatre.

Robinson's brief return to the country saw her visiting Golden Grove Primary and Infant School, of which she is a past student, and Morant Bay High School, where she took part in their Career Week Expo activities.

"The main goal was to empower and motivate the children to never give up on their dreams. And from my point of view, the mission was accomplished. Words cannot describe the joy I was feeling inside," Robinson said.

She added: "I saw me in their eyes. The energy they had and their eagerness to learn about me inspired me to continue going after my dream. I might have motivated them, but they sure motivated me and taught me that it's not where you are from, but where you are going. I love those kids. I'm so grateful to have met them," she shared, adding that she would certainly visit again to talk with the children of the parish.

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