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I“Youthful n a spirit of adventure like that of the artist, Haley Subit’s Change,” took on a life of its own.The winning entry to TSTT’s Live Clean…Live Green art competition and the current artwork on the 2009 residential telephone directory, almost never made it into the running. “I lost it in a grocery store!” Haley said, laughing. “I didn’t have any plans to enter the competition but I was persuaded by my family. I was totally shocked to have won because between first losing it and my little cousin accidentally scribbling on it, I really didn’t think it was any good.” Evidently Haley was wrong. Her piece was selected for a coveted spot on the cover of the TSTT 2009-2010 Residential Telephone Directory. “I’m a person who likes to try new things. I enjoy challenges and new experiences and I want to live life to the fullest,” says the eighteen year old student of COSTAATT’s Associate Degree in Graphic Design programme. Haley’s current stroke of genius began to take shape from a very early age and she honed her gift by pursuing and excelling at Art at the O’Level exams. Having successfully completed the Certificate in Computer Art programme, she returned to COSTAATT to pursue the associate degree, and says that she is excited at the opportunities the training will present. Haley describes her drawing process as one where she starts with one image based on something she may have seen or read and builds on that image using her own interpretations. “Drawing is a time when I feel like me, I’m relaxed and ideas just flow. Everything in life feels settled at that moment and I’m most happy and comfortable.”

Haley Subit’s “Youthful Change” reproduced from the TSTT 2009-2010 Residential Telephone Directory

For her “Youthful Change” she began with the frog and hibiscus.

blended colours. Then I would look back at my past work to see what was missing and what I could have done better,” she said.

“My portrayal was in coloured pencil measuring 24 inches by 18 inches and shows three babies coming together to clean up the world. One baby represents soap, one represents water and the third represents a sponge. They’re all together in a forested area.”

One artist she specifically admires is world renowned French painter William Bouguereau. “I love his work because his pieces aren’t motionless, you can see the emotion in all his works, each one is like a story.”

“I chose babies because they symbolize the future, and in the end they will be the ones to implement everything they learn from us,” she explained. That means that the adults are responsible for teaching them to take care of the world by doing it themselves and being good examples. I used the forest to represent the green environment we should be trying to achieve.”

Although artistic ability abounds in her family, Haley is certain that an inner artist lies in us all. “I believe that anyone can become a great artist – with patience, practice and a love for the craft,” she said. “You just have to persevere.”

As a budding fine art and visual artist, Haley recognizes the value of dedication and hard work.

Haley is certainly deserving of our congratulations. We wish her much success in the future.

“There was a time when I couldn’t colour very well and I started to pay more attention to how other artists used and

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SOPHIA EDWARDS

PASSION AND PURPOSE PERSONIFIED

I think a good teacher is one who respects their students and is flexible and understanding of the diverse minds that enter the classroom.

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Senior Lecturer in COSTAATT’s Journalism and Communication Programme, Sophia Edwards, works by this philosophy. Not one to back down from a challenge, she crunched numbers at BWIA for five years, then moved to the male- dominated area of aviation crew control, all while completing her AAS in Journalism and Public Relations full-time at COSTAATT. “I’m always willing to challenge the status quo,” she says. “I’m not always easily convinced but always willing to listen.” After one year in the Systems Operations Control Department, Edwards says she quickly realized that, “While I was very good at my job, it still wasn’t where I felt I should be. I enjoyed the rush that it brought and it made my creative skills work overtime to solve problems, but something was still missing.” What Edwards sought was passion. She firmly believes that pursuing something you enjoy makes the journey much more pleasurable. “Making money for others is never fun, especially when it involves your having to do all the sacrificing of time and energy with very little reward. After ten and a half years in the airline, I asked myself

where to from here, and the answer prompted me to leave. I appreciate diversity and, in the jobs I’d been doing then, I felt that the repetition was going to eventually pose a challenge. So, when BWIA closed on December 31, 2006, I too closed that chapter of my life.” Armed with her COSTAATT AAS in Journalism and Public Relations, Edwards was ready to move on. “While looking for information on a bachelor’s degree, I saw an advertisement in the newspapers by the School of Business and Computer Science (SBCS) offering a Masters degree from the University of Leicester. I pondered on the possibility or impossibility of applying and being accepted from an associate degree into a Master’s degree. I thought it was a crazy idea and, while I doubted myself and my ability at that time, I decided nonetheless to find out more about it anyway. Between the entry assignment I had to complete for the University and the recommendation letters I received from COSTAATT and Mr. Clint Williams, the then Corporate Communications Director at BWIA, I was accepted to pursue my Master’s. I was petrified just at the thought of what I was about to embark upon. This fear very quickly translated into determination as I kept telling myself that failure was not an option. I worked long hard days and completed the Master’s programme in


Today, Edwards teaches several courses at COSTAATT, including Fundamentals of Writing, Oral Presentation Skills, Critical Analysis of Media & TV Coverage and Mass Media in the Global Context. It is easy to envision Edwards, who stands above six feet, commanding the attention of students in the classroom. But despite her air of capability and confidence, she also exudes a quiet reserve. A self-described television fanatic, Edwards says she’s not the laugh-out-loud type and seems to prefer to reflect on her environment in quiet contemplation. She enjoys watching tennis and football as well as mixed martial arts and also likes reading in her downtime. Having worn the hat of both student and teacher, she understands the complexities of both roles. “I think a good teacher is one who respects his/her students and is flexible and understanding of the diverse minds that enter the classroom. These diverse minds learn in different ways and hence varying teaching methods should always be used to get your message across. A good teacher is also someone who helps his/her students to discover their strengths and guides them to develop these strengths. But, even more than that, I believe a good teacher is someone who, with gentleness, encourages students to have patience with their weaknesses and works with them on improving.” Edwards, who plans to pursue her PhD some day, says her long-term goal is to help Trinidad and Tobago achieve the status of having a first-class journalism and public relations sector, through education.

“I think the media is continuously evolving, thanks to technology and, if we are to continue to progress, we too need to stay abreast of these changes. Recognizing that the way we once received information is no longer limited to the traditional forms of media, as a part of our mass communications degree, we have included courses such as Communication via Social Networking, Film as Communication and Music as Communication. I trust that as things continue to change and evolve, we too will change with the times and continuously revisit our courses to ensure that our students get the best possible education. There’s always room for improvement in the media, especially since a significant number of our journalists were never formally trained in their field. While experience does count for a lot in the media, one cannot deny that there are many benefits to be derived from formal education. Thus, I’m proud to be working with an institution which shares my vision to have fair, honest, unbiased and free media, which we believe can be better achieved through education.”

As for the rewards of teaching, Edwards says, “Seeing the growth in students from class to class and also from the time they start to the time they graduate gives me an indescribable joy. Just knowing that their lives can and will be transformed and that they’re closer to achieving both their short- term and long-term goals makes the experience a great joy. I love seeing how the students take what they’ve learned in class and transform that knowledge into creative masterpieces.” ~ Tracy Chimming

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October 2006; and then graduated in January 2007 from Leicester University. In April 2007 at the SBCS (local) graduation I was selected to be the valedictorian, a role that I accepted with mixed emotions, especially with the passing of my grandmother only six months before.”


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