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Students urged to conquer challenges

Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer

With mere hours to go before the start of the new academic year, students are being encouraged to remain focused and to maintain a positive attitude.

That was a word of advice from Kevin Powell, lecturer at the University College of the Caribbean, who was addressing 25 students who were awarded with scholarships, at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) luncheon, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, yesterday.

Powell, who has arthrogryposis, was guest speaker at the event and used his own story to encourage the students.

"Due to my disability, persons literally told me that I wouldn't make it very far but I was determined to fulfill my God-given purpose," he declared.

"There came a time when my father could not lift me anymore and my parents insisted that I learn to use the crutch. I fell many times at first but I conquered and that's how it is in life. You will fail many times but you must be determined to get up," he said.

THINK OF STRENGTHS

"Many of you are probably having feelings of anxiety, nervousness and curiosity as you think about the new school term but with each challenge you face, always think of your strengths and work on them," he said.

General manager of the UDC, Desmond Malcolm, also charged students to make use of opportunities even with limited resources.

"In a few days , you will be embarking on a new journey, one with a new environment, new people, new teachers new friends and certainly new challenges. But fear not, move forward in excellence," he said.