Succeeding at UB, what does it take?
Le’Andra Mackey’s determination to become a medical doctor, specializing in anesthesiology, remains resolute. That determination is demonstrated by her fervent studies to maintain a 3.5 GPA in her biology and chemistry classes. Just like an anesthesiologist constantly monitoring blood flow, breath and the heartbeat of a patient undergoing surgery, Mackey’s current rhythm of classes, rigorous study and volunteerism keeps her focused and driven.
The eighteen year-old high flyer from Government High School, who is the first in her family to attend university, was awarded a $40,000, four-year scholarship and inducted into the prestigious University of The Bahamas (UB) President’s Scholars Programme (PSP). In her first year, she’s thriving in all aspects of university life, but not without sacrifices. When asked what it takes to succeed in university, she reflected and said, “time management is the key. I create a weekly schedule where I allot time to complete assignments and study which is usually between Mondays and Fridays. I reserve my weekends for community service and volunteer work which I usually do with the Rotaract Club.”
Since her arrival at UB, Mackey has received mentoring and support from university faculty, staff and University of The Bahamas President Dr. Rodney D. Smith on how manage the bustle of university life while balancing a full course load.
Proudly wearing the prestigious jacket as a PSP member, Mackey and her fellow ambassadors receive leadership development from the Department of Student Leadership and Counselling and Health Services. Each ambassador participates in development programmes throughout the academic year and study abroad opportunities to inform their worldview and learn from student leaders at other aspirant institutions.