Follow My Heart?

study by the beach

This morning I arrived at school feeling the exact same as when I first got out of bed about 6:00am. Lethargic. It was 7:28am when I found a parking spot. As it was frigid outside I did not want to leave the warmth and comfort of my car so I thought I’d rest my head on a pillow I carry around for times like these. It didn’t work. My mind was on those assignments I needed to edit and print for my first class. This was the reason I arrived early.

Regrettedly, I donned my gloves, saddled my backpack; and proceeded to take the five minute journey to the computer lab. When I arrived and found an available computer, I stood over it to observe a magazine that was resting on the hard drive. It read, “Career Options.” I dropped my backpack on the desk, plopped myself on the chair and let my curiosity get the better of me. Deep inside I knew I needed to know what options were available to me because I have been feeling that I needed change. Without clearly realizing it, I was and still am at a junction in my life and hard decisions will have to be made; ones that can cause me more strain or put me where I’m supposed to be. Still feeling tired, I rested my head on the desk and proceeded to scan the front cover. One heading peaked my interest: “GET A TAN WHILE GETTING YOUR DEGREE: STUDYING ABROAD (pg41)”. I hurried to page 41 and already the blue sea, blue skies and white sands warmed me up and I couldn’t stop imagining myself sitting on the desk by the sand “Studying in the Sun.”

I rested my eyes on the picture and I let the words seep into my soul.The words of the article woke me up and I started to think about how I could shift my education from this cold country to another; one that could bring some heat and passion into my life- Jamaica. I turned the pages and saw a map of just a few of those warm beaches.

Related: Follow Your Heart And Live In Jamaica

This article made me see hope because I wanted to travel- to revisit Jamaica and to make an impact in my country of origin. It wasn’t the first time I thought about this idea; in fact it was the same feeling that led me to the island eight months ago. It was this same feeling that led me to seek out volunteer organizations which resulted in me taking time off work to revisit my first home and to get involved in the community (schools and churches). So here I am again. By the time I completed the article I was on their suggested website filling out an application form to attend a University in Jamaica to study Governance Policy/Management. Now it is simply all I can think about…how can I get an organization to fund me to work/study there for a few months or longer?

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Shauna-Kay Cassell

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

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