Ysanne puts God first in prepping for exams
Living in Runaway Bay, St Ann, Ysanne Williams had to make the daily sacrifice in ensuring that she got to the Westwood High School in Trelawny on time, while making sure she understood every concept that was taught.
This didn't prevent the 16-year-old from excelling in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations, gaining eight ones.
Her subjects included biology, chemistry, physics, French, Spanish, English literature, mathematics and English language.
Williams, who wants to be a medical doctor in the future, noted that the process presented numerous challenges from time to time, but said she was willing to do the work.
"It takes a lot of work. However, I was so dependent on God because through him all things are possible. I also ensured that I always took good notes in class and that I listened and understood the concepts during class. Therefore, when I am revising it's easier. I put God first and pray before all my exams. I stay up late, and I also wake up very early to study, and I ensure that I don't 'cram'."
DETERMINED TO OVERCOME
She said at one point there was not enough time to learn all the concepts, which made her a little worried. Williams, who is currently now a sixth-form student at deCarteret College in Mandeville, said she was determined to overcome.
"There were a few topics that we didn't get to cover in some classes. Ironically, some of the topics that we didn't get to cover were the ones that came on the exams, so we had to sort of teach ourselves," she said.
"Also, for the labs, you had to make sure you get good grades so that there was not a lot of pressure going into the exams. Sometimes I was at school till very late completing labs and making sure I got it right."
* Note: This story has been update with the correct spelling of Williams' first name.