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Camir Ricketts pursues excellence through academics

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Camir Ricketts

Ricardo Campbell, Youth Focus Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica-born Camir Ricketts is intent on making his mark at the University of Georgia in the United States as he pursues a Bachelor of Science in microbiology with a minor in computer science.

"My parents taught me that whatever I do, I should do my best. That mindset has helped me so much in academics," said the 18-year-old college student, who enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, and relaxing in his spare time.

"I met other international students here at the university, so that gives me the feeling of being home. But mostly, I have been learning to appreciate other races and what they have to bring to the table, making friends outside my comfort zone or ethnic association."

Ricketts secured eight distinctions out of nine subjects in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations while he attended Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay, St James.

When he sat the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, he secured three credits and five distinctions for four subjects in units one and two.

Different vibe

Ricketts also did a two-year stint at HEART College of Innovation and Technology (HCIT), formerly the Caribbean Institute of Technology, before being given the opportunity to attend the University of Georgia.

"It was such a different vibe there that it hardly felt like school. It was just an environment where it was easy to learn, and all the instructors wanted you to succeed and always gave you that extra push," he said of his studies at HCIT.

Ricketts offered encouragement to youth pushing for excellence in academics.

"School can be difficult at times, especially if it's the challenge of not knowing something, or if you have a hard time understanding the work at hand, let alone to complete it correctly," he shared.

"You're not going to be good in everything. With these challenges in mind, you need to have the motivation to keep pushing because the challenges will always be there."