Monday 1 June, 2020

Aisha came, she saw, she conquered Master's Degree

Local dance group, Riddim Tribe has had much to celebrate this weekend with two of their female members obtaining degrees from the University of the West Indies (UWI). 

NIFCA award-winning choreographer and dancer, Aisha Comissiong has added another accomplishment to her growing list of accolades, the latest- Master of Arts in Cultural Studies.

Aisha told Loop News she conquered the most difficult challenge of her life to date in completing the degree, admitting she sometimes felt she had made a “mistake” by choosing to pursue post-graduate studies.

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She revealed she struggled to overcome feelings of inadequacy during her academic journey. 

“You may not feel ready - I certainly did not feel ready. In fact there were many times at the outset I wanted to give up and come back home. I remember calling my father and telling him this isn’t for me and that I felt as if I had made a mistake.”

She pressed on, despite encountering additional obstacles while attempting to complete her thesis paper. 

“The biggest challenge for me during my time of study was focus… trying to find focus and remaining focused was a mammoth task. I completed my course work in one year for which I received the Institute of Caribbean Studies Graduate Studies Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Student in Cultural Studies.

"After that I only had my final thesis paper to submit and this is where my roller coaster began. I was faced with many an obstacle which forced me to take several leave of absences. The insights I gained during that period surely proved invaluable to my research paper. My lived experiences became part of my process.”

It worked out well in the end, as was evident on Saturday when she posed for her graduation photos. Aisha said the goal is to use her degree to make a more meaningful contribution to the cultural and creative sectors in Barbados.

She offered words of wisdom to undergraduate students who maybe contemplating pursuing a Master's degree: "Just do it! But ensure that when you do, you commit fully." 

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