My name is Yaniquecca Kennedy; I was born on November 16, 1991. I attended the Hemmingay Preparatory School, and in March 2003 after sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) I was the only student that year who gained a place at the Prestigious Hampton High School for girls located in the cool hills of St. Elizabeth. I attended Hampton High for 7 years, where I achieved 9 CSEC subjects with distinctions, credits and two (2) passes, and 8 CAPE subjects inclusive of distinctions and credits. I enjoyed my school years to the fullest. I capitalized on every given opportunity there was throughout my tenure there. And so I was involved in almost every extracurricular activities I could be a part of. I was the President for the Day Girl Drama Club, while being in Six Form. And in my earlier years I was The Vice President for the Choir, the Vice President for the Dance Group, the Cheerleading Captain, a member of the Spanish Club, a member of the Inter-School Christian Fellowship (ISCF), a member of the Social Graces Club, a member of the Environmental Club and a member of the Red Cross Club. I was also crowned Miss Hampton Junior Teens 2006.
After graduation in 2010 where I went on to the University of the West Indies where I was given the charge of being the Cultural Entertainment and Activity Cheer Person for the Mary Seacole Block in 2010-2011. In the midst of all this, I realized that my years at UWI were very much different from those years I had at Hampton High. This was time for me to be the best time manager I could be. I had to manage my time in an effort to keep my grades up to standard and that I did. And indeed I was tested and I won. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.
My lifelong dream is to become a lawyer and so I was very excited when I was accepted as a Full-Time student to read for the self-financing Bachelor of Laws degree in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies this academic year 2014/2015. Amidst the joy of being accepted and the hours I spent day and night studying, I am faced with many obstacles. Some of these obstacles I can easily overcome with the help of my strong-willed mother and a loving big brother. However, we are faced with an arduous financial constraint which threatens to shatter my dreams of becoming a lawyer. With each moment that passes while I am studying, I look at the possibility of not being able to do my examinations despite the many hours I have spent studying and all the sacrifices I am making in preparations to do so and it is very sad and likewise frightening if I am not able to do these exams.
My tuition for this academic year is 2014-2015 is One Million One Hundred and Sixty One Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty Five Dollars and Sixty Cents (JM$1,161,345.60) or Ten Thousand Dollars (US$10,000.00). However I could only manage to pay $281,478.00 to date. I am due to sit my examinations in early December 2014, but my chances of being able to do so seem hopeless because I still have an outstanding balance of Eight Hundred and Seventy Nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand Dollars and Sixty Cents ($879,867.60) outstanding. Presently I am allowed to have at least a balance of $150,000.00 outstanding which will enable me to sit my examinations. Therefore I am in desperate need of Seven Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty Seven Dollars and Sixty Cents ($729,867.60) to be able to walk in that examination room in December 2014.
It is therefore my sincere hope that I will be offered some assistance at this time, however small it maybe, from various sources it will add up and this will be greatly appreciated. Being given this help, I will be able to sit my exams, which will be the beginning of me being on my way to realizing my dream of becoming a lawyer and to give back to my beautiful country in a tangible manner. We are a unique set of people that are filled with great potentials and we can do great exploits, but we are faced with many obstacles that set us back and chief among them is the lack of finances to propel us as a gifted and talented nation forward.
Thanking you kindly.