Young Persons Encouraged to Pursue Excellence


Advisor to the Minister of Education, Robert Miller, has implored young Jamaicans to strive for excellence in their academic and non-academic pursuits, and not settle for mediocrity.
Addressing a career fair at the Edwin Allen High School in Frankfield, Clarendon on Tuesday(March 3), Mr. Miller said that a wealth of potential existed within each person, which could be fully realised if they adopted a “Yes I can” attitude.
“You can be anything that you want to be, once you are determined and put your mind to the task. In this room there are future lawyers, doctors, teachers, scientists, politicians… but you must have a plan, dream your dreams and make it a reality,” he stressed.
Making reference to recently-elected president of the United States, Barack Obama, and renowned neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, author of the book ‘Think Big’, Mr. Miller pointed out that it was their “Yes I can” attitude, and determination to not only succeed, but to excel, that had contributed to them performing so outstandingly, in their respective fields of endeavour.
Lamenting the “number of youth your age that are monsters of our society,” he pleaded with the students to reject unbecoming behaviours and embrace those things that were uplifting.
According to Mr. Miller, persons can succeed despite the economic challenges. “A lot of persons succeed no matter the economic system that we are faced with. It takes determination and hard work to reach your true destiny. Don’t be afraid of blood, sweat or tears; at the end you will cherish every moment of it,” he stated.
The Guidance and Counselling Department of the Edwin Allen High School hosted a two-day career fair from March 2 to March 3 under the theme: ‘Yes You Can, We Can, All Can.’

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