Rotterdam,The Netherlands- On November 23rd, UPG attended the first Dutch Caribbean Student Congress at Erasmus University. The theme was “Elevate your mind, Elevate your potential”, a day consisting of a variety of workshops powered to give students useful tips, tricks and tools that will help them to successfully complete their degrees. These workshops took place during the morning and the main event, a series of inspiring and captivating speakers and presenters in the afternoon. The day was then ended with an hour of networking.
A few of these speakers were Ms.Jean-Maire Molina, an Expert Eeducator on Study Success at Hogeschool Rotterdam. She drove a powerful presentation on her vision on Mindset, failure and success based on her Tough Love teaching method.The method looks at focusing on success rather than remaining and giving all your energy on failure. She even brought proof of her methods, with her student counterpart and future motivational speaker, Alexius Labega.
Jandino Asporaat, Comedian and Star of Bon Bini, the movie, made his talk about the students.Taking questions from the audience shed light on his journey to success, Asporaat shared shared his experience of coming from Curacao and dealing with the shame of not speaking the Dutch language perfectly.Then, learning what made him special and how tapping into and cultivating his natural talents coupled with hard work led him to his current success. Ending his talk, with encouraging the students to dream big and work hard.
Aminata Cairo, PhD, Lecturer for Inclusion and Diversity at The Hague University, delivered a presentation on Connected Learning. She first interacted with the audience with singing and dancing that later lead into great storytelling. These were stories that spoke about the good and hard times in her education, the family stress she endured and those that her student colleagues were enduring that drove the message of “never judge someone’s success because internally they could be struggling”. It was truly a refreshing and memorable experience.
UPG saw and meet many students from the different Dutch Caribbean islands as well as other stakeholders present. It was a great days if showing support to other organizations, learning from others and being inspired.