Students of Queens College were today encouraged to continue their tradition of excellence.
Noted media professional and former director of news and current affairs at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, Dr. Sharon Marshall told the youngsters that anything less than excellence was unacceptable. But she also stressed to them that achieving excellence was about doing their best by their own standards.
“You are benchmarking the best yourself, not your best friend or study buddy. You measurement should be, ‘is this the best I can do?’” she told the students.
“If you put a group of people in a room and ask them what excellence is, you would receive many different answers, but they should have something in common. Excellence is about doing your best, and every day we are reminded how important it is to strive for excellence – be it in life or at work. By nurturing a culture of excellence within your organization, you open the path to success.”
Making reference to the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt and Barbadian singing sensation Rihanna, Marshall told the students it was their job to find their talents and perfect them.
“Excellence is hardly ever accidental. It’s intentional and it requires hard work. Your purpose is to find your gifts and use it to the best of your ability. Be excellent at it,” she encouraged them.
Marshall also cautioned them not to take shortcuts on their journey to excellence.
“Shortcuts can have disastrous consequences. Be aware of the terrain you will be attempting to travel. When you see others getting ahead, be very discerning about what they did to get ahead,” she told the students.
Marshall further urged them not to be ashamed to call on a higher power to get them through rough times, and to never lose sight of the lessons they had learned throughout their lives.
Principal Dr. David Browne, speaking under the theme, Striving for Just Excellence, praised the students for their excellent work thus far and urged them to keep it up.
“The results last year were impressive. QC is functioning at a very high level and we are prepared to continue to produce students ready for the university level,” he said.