Achieving it all
Nashauna Drummond, Lifestyle Coordinator
For Astarte Daley, failure is not an option. - photos by Janet Silvera
Astarte Daley is a lecturer by day and a graphic designer by night. After spending eight years in the United States, Daley knew it was time to return home.
"After being away for eight years on my own,
Daley, 26, returned home in July of 2009. "I had no idea what I was going to do when I came back," she said. Her sister, who was attending the Western campus of the University of the West Indies in Montego Bay, told her about a new programme the University was introducing - Digital Media Production. This was right up her alley. She applied for a teaching position and the job was hers, lecturing first-year students.
"Right now, because it's a new programme and I have first-year students, I have a limited number of classes, so I teach part-time.
"Teaching is great. I like sitting down and teaching them a new concept and seeing when they have that 'aha' moment, when they get it. It's fulfilling to see them grow and watch the growth process."
Daley has always been ahead of herself. Graduating from Holy Childhood high school in Kingston
In spite of settling in quickly after her first semester, she had a terrifying first day.
"I was terrified, probably afraid I would fail or something. Once you go and show that you know what you are talking about, it makes it easier, especially if you don't look down at the students," said the lecturer, whose next goal is to attain a doctorate in communications. This she may achieve by the time she's 30 years old but, for now, she is focused on conquering the classroom.
Daley is from an artistic family. Her mother designs for fun, her father is a graphic designer, her sister is following suit and her younger brother shows similar inclination. "I never thought I would be in graphic design. I thought maybe public relations. At the end of graduate school, I realised that I really liked design. I had done business communication but not much graphics."
Now that she has shifted gears, there is no limiting this ambitious young woman, who strives to be the best at everything she does, including being the best designer. "Being a good designer doesn't come overnight. When you find out who you are as a designer is when you go through that process (of finding out who you are.) Seeing your personality in your design is the sign of a good designer."