Choosing to leave Jamaica is difficult. It’s uncomfortable and agonizing having spent over a year studying, but the crossroads are brimming with possibilities. And the alternative is to stay in touch, when I go off to other great experiences.
I was born in Jamaica and have been residing in Canada for over 20 years. I graduated with Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at Seneca College, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. I've worked for the former Ministry of Children ad Youth Services (now the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services). Now I'm a Court and Client Representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General. In my spare time, I write press releases, blogs, and news articles for different organizations, including my own website. I write about experiences about travelling, social justice issues, relationship and spirituality. Visit me at shaunacassell.ca
My dream of living in Jamaica has come true. A year ago, I recalled seeing a sign in the airport beckoning me to return; so I have answered! With new adventures, especially extended ones, it is hard to get excited when you are leaving friends and family behind. It’s hard to […]
More than a year has passed since I’ve been studying in Jamaica, and the end date for the MBA program is approaching. Now, I must make the decision whether or not I want to stay or go. Do I follow my heart?
Sometimes you never know where one decision will lead you in life. I got to see President Obama, and weeks later, discussed my reflection at a forum put on by the Mona School of Business and Management.
Living on a tropical island allows me to balance hard work with the beauty of perfectly manicured trees and grass. Having the best of both worlds requires creativity. It’s why I decided to study at the ice cream parlour.
Time changes ever so quickly. It’s already 10 months that I have spent getting to know Jamaica; and now I am wondering, will I ever be able to live away from my new home?
It’s a new season- like when the snow-covered mountains and needle filled trees emerge alive in Spring, and ready to bloom, or when the butterfly finally emerge from its cocoon, ready to sore and take on the world. That’s the season I’m in. Since I returned from a restful and family-filled […]
As I get to know Jamaica, the more I find those aspects that are difficult to get used to. Like, the attitudes of the security guards, and that everything seem to have a complex process. But it’s the simple things like; the blue sky, the sun, and the lushness that makes me love being in Jamaica.
Lack of water has taught me how to be resourceful. It surprised me to find myself having to use containers of water to bathe with, something I never planned for, but I still survived. I was just fine, and still in love with Jamaica.
Anger, resentments, frustrations have been mixed with serenity, contentment and happiness. Some days, the mountains are my only solitary reminder that I am still in Jamaica. The heavy courseload, high-pressured environment, and overly competitive students are crowding my purpose for being on this island. Instead of laugh-lines on my face, […]