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I will not settle! - Chanik Miller pursues his dream

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 1:00 AMShanna Monteith

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:

Success stories often begin as struggle stories and the account of how Chanick Miller of St Thomas is on his way to becoming a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is no different.

From the rural yet busy community of Baptist in the parish, Miller revealed that he has had his fair share of tussle with his finances, health and even academics.

"I have to admit it, I was never the smart, easy to catch on type of person. I recall when I was at the primary level, I had issues with spelling, using the English language correctly and saying my time tables. I used to be laughed at and teased, but I never let that damper my spirit. I made the decision that one day I will be better. I started studying hard, reading more, practising my tables with my family until gradually, I started doing better," he said, adding that his hard work landed him in what was then called 'the bright class.'

Miller, who had gone on to the Morant Bay High School told Rural Xpress that upon completion, his mother wanted him to seek a job right away.

He explained that she had to sell ice cream at the gate of a school in their community in order to help him to finish high school and was uncertain how she'd manage to send him to college.

 

DEFYING ODDS

 

"But I never wanted to settle with just CXC and CAPE subjects, so I begged her to let me attend university. She explained that she don't know where the funds would be sourced now that my younger sister will be starting high school and she had just given birth to my baby brother months before. I understood I had to make a difference in my life and in hers one day and I kept that promise. I started to seek assistance, I sent out several letters to different institutions, but never got a response so I decided to go with the SLB (Students' Loan Bureau) financing. I explained to my mom the reason for going against her desire and what I wanted out of life and she gave me her support," he said.

Despite being diagnosed with bronchitis and having had to do an operation to correct problems caused by an appendix that had burst inside him, damaging his organs, Miller's mind was set on defying odds and succeeding.

And through sleepless and hungry nights spent at the university library, the now 24-year-old is a proud holder of a degree in accounting with honours and currently pursuing certified public accountant qualifications.

Miller also shared that he obtained his first full-time job one day after completing his final exam at the University of the West Indies in May 2014, a luxury many graduates know nothing of.

"Then I got the opportunity to venture into a new field of profession four months after which I was excited about. I took on the challenge and went into auditing and attestation at a well-known auditing firm.

I then ventured into another area, one which I've always been passionate about, that is, practising accounting and as such, I am currently working as an accountant," he shared.

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