Self-discipline is the key to success.
Just ask 16-year-old Barbados Scholar Natasha Rouse, and she would tell you.
Natasha, who skipped fifth form and went straight into sixth form at Harrison College, is excited but humble about her most recent achievement.
“I am very happy; it is a very good feeling. I am very humbled as well that I have worked so hard and I have received such a prestigious award,” she said.
“I put pressure on myself. I want to do well and I think that is one of my greatest attributes. I worked very hard. I was motivated throughout the year. I was totally into it. I went in with a plan, I had my goals set and I knew exactly what I was working towards. As I went through the year, I reminded myself every once in a while of what I was working towards and what the end result would be,” she added.
Natasha said she enjoyed the support of family and friends and her principal when she decided to skip fifth form.
“Everyone supported me. My parents were very supportive. They said go ahead and do it. I started sitting my CXC exams since third form so it kind of snowballed from there. I knew that I could do more, so they let me do more,” she said.
She will be heading to Howard University on Saturday to begin her Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering.
But great achievements are not a strange thing to her household. She is following in the footsteps of her sisters Amelia and Nicola. Nicola received a Barbados exhibition in 2013 and Amelia received a scholarship from the University of West Indies in 2008.
Nicola said she was very proud of her sister and was looking forward to having her at Howard with her this fall.
“I am really happy for her. We always knew she could do it; she’s just like that.”
Mom Andria said while she was a little tentative about having her 16-year-old daughter moving away, she was happy and excited.
Dad Vancourt said he was extremely proud of his multi-talented daughter, who is a member of the Youth Orchestra, a ballet dancer and violinist.
He encouraged parents not to cut extracurricular activities off from the children while they did their exams because they were important.
Natasha encouraged others with similar ambitions to “set goals from early”.
“You need to make sure you are clear on what you want and set your pace and achieve them,” she said.