Haiti, an awe-inspiring island yet unmistakably in despair is the place I call home. Just one hour and a half off the US coast, Haiti has had its fair share of unfortunate circumstances due to national and international corruption, environmental issues, natural disasters, and overall wide-spread poverty. Growing up in Haiti has given me a first hand view of class and race imbalances and the social problem arising from these disparities.
Despite the obvious problems and not so obvious solutions, Haiti had been crowned by oppressors as “La Perle des Antilles,” The Pearl of the Antilles in colonial times. Although Haiti has been stripped of its resources, it nonetheless deserves the title.
A new cultural component that has been ingrained into most Haitians’ minds, is to attempt, in any way possible to go abroad to the US, Canada, or Europe to obtain a higher level of education. After high school, I moved to New York City where I currently attend Pace University. A young adult plucked right out of a sheltered Haitian life into the grandest city in the world. Beginning college in a new country with an entirely new culture forced me to look at my own culture and examine myself. I decided to major in Sociology and Anthropology, as I strive to understand the structures and the dynamics of society with a widescreen lens.
After my freshman and sophomore years in New York, I decided I had not challenged myself enough. In an effort to study even more cultures, I decided to spend a semester abroad in Paris. Living as a Parisian along with my travels to 14 European cities exposed me to the diversity of this world in a way that I had not experienced in New York City. One of my most enlightening trips was to Marrakech, Morocco. Encountering a modern Islamic culture was like nothing I’d ever seen before. Oh how I realized after my trips, how I saw the world with a squinted view.
Currently I have just begun interning in the Communications Department at CBS. I am excited to dip my feet into this field and see where it leads me. As for career goals, I am not ashamed to say that I have not a clue what I will be doing 10 years from today. All I know is that I want to be great at whatever I do and whoever I become, so keep an eye out for me.