Teenagers and college choice

Alexis Setteducato (second right), Caribbean recruiter, USF, and Diandra Booth, USF alumnus, chat with students at the Education USA’s College Fair 2018, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston recently.

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 17-year-old female and I am concerned that my parents and I are having different views on which university is the best choice. I have been trying to tell them that my friend, who is a student at one university, is very impressed with it and has suggested that I enroll there because it is one of the best universities in Jamaica. What makes one tertiary institution better than another?
– Z.R.

Dear Z.R.,
Exploration of tertiary institutions and the application process is a time of anxiety, joy, confusion, and pride. These are just a few of the... read more


It’s natural for all of us to have our own sense of style. Usually, we are encouraged to express this style freely, but in some situations we just cannot. This is especially true when situations involve rules, whether documented or understood, that affect what we can wear or are not to wear. Here are some examples of how rules can challenge our sense of style.

Your school is having Costume Day. You are allowed to wear any costume you want, as long as it is not inappropriate. For your costume, you decide to dye your hair red with temporary hair dye. Upon seeing your costume, a... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: 16 and pregnant

Dear Counsellor,
I am 16 years old and I am four months pregnant. My parents do not know that I am pregnant, and my boyfriend is also afraid to tell his parents about it. I do not know what I am going to do. I am having conflicting thoughts about my options. I know that they will be angry and disappointed, as this happened to my older cousin last year. I feel stupid and disappointed. How do I tell my parents? What do I do now? Yours truly,

Dear R.A.,
An unplanned pregnancy is tough to deal with, especially if you have an idea as to the response you will likely... read more

10 fun facts about Canada

1.Canada is home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario and runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2,000km.

2.Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics, taking 14 golds at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

3.Canada has twice been invaded by the United States – first in 1775 and again in 1812.

4.Canada was named through a misunderstanding. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the New World, he met with local natives, who invited them to their... read more

CLAY SHOOTING ‘More than just shooting’ for David Wong & company

Clay shooting, a sport involving several disciplines such as trap shooting, skeet shooting and sporting clays, has been growing in popularity within Jamaica and the rest of the world. The sport mimics traditional bird shooting; however, instead of birds as targets, clay targets are propelled into the air and shot at various levels of competition across the disciplines. The Jamaica Skeet Club (JSC) is one of our country’s primary hubs for clay shooting, and several competitors, including more than 150 youngsters, learn and practise their art there. This week, Youthlink focuses on one... read more

‘I want to help others’

AnnaKay Hudson (right) with (from left) Campion College drama teacher Damian Radcliffe, her mother Annette Gibbs Hudson, and Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe, Burger King’s head of sales and marketing.

“In life, we do not always get what we want. This is particularly true for persons like me who are never handed anything without hard work, dedication, and upon the basis of merit. I want to have it my way, and not the predetermined lifestyle that my environment has in store for me.”

AnnaKay Shanice Hudson is very clear on the path she must take to achieve the success she wants.

With nine grade 1 passes at Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and four grade 1s at Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), she is even more excited now that the 2018 Burger King... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER: How do you feel about school clubs?

Beneficiaries of the Tryall Fund from St James and Hanover.

For some of us, school clubs are a reprieve from schoolwork and one of the best parts of school, while for others, they are simply excess school baggage. This week, we will help you to put into perspective exactly how you feel about school clubs and the requirements attached to them.

Your school encourages a maximum of three clubs and a minimum of two so that students will be involved, but also have time to focus on their academics. You are already in two clubs, but your parents want you to take up another so that you are as involved as you can be.

Your friend is encouraging... read more


Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook.

1. In any given month, approximately 1.28 billion people are active on Facebook – roughly equivalent to the entire population of India, the world’s second mostpopulous country.

2. The bird featured in Twitter’s iconic logo and branding is called Larry. Sadly, Larry wasn’t named after WordStream’s own Larry Kim, but rather legendary Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird.         

3 .Instagram launched on October 6, 2010. By December 21, 2010, the service had more than one million users. It took Twitter more than two years to accomplish this level of growth.

4. There are... read more

A monumental public-speaking competition for high-schoolers

Mrs Merlene Heholt (left), managing director, Jamaica Fire Equipment Ltd, and Ms Rosemary Duncan, manager, Rita Marley Foundation (Ja).

For four consecutive years, the Rita Marley Foundation (Ja) has held highly successful public-speaking competitions among high-schoolers across Jamaica. The aim is to develop outstanding oratory skills and the ability to represent Jamaica regionally and internationally. Former winners of the competition have excelled academically and in the oratory arena, including pursuing studies in medicine and winning the Optimist International Caribbean District Oratorical Contest.

The fifth event is slated for February 15, 2019. According to Rosemary Duncan, manager at the Rita Marley... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER: How would you spend your new years?

Sooner than we think, it will be another year, another celebration, another set of resolutions, another set of choices. Let’s see if entering the upcoming new year will help us get any better at some of the things that life throws at us.

You and your friends have been planning a New Year’s party for a while now; your friend even arranged for your favourite Jamaican artiste to perform. A week before New Year’s Day, your aunt invites your entire family to New York to ring in the new year in Times Square with the traditional countdown. You don’t want to miss your party; however, the... read more


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