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Arti follows up CSEC feat with success in CAPE exams
Two years ago, Arti Ramroop stunned the country when she secured passes in all 21 subjects she wrote in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
Ramroop, 18, has now followed up that success with even more amazing results, after receiving nine Grade Ones and one Grade Two in this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
Ramroop was among the thousands of students around the region who logged on to the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) website yesterday to check their results.
Ramroop received grade ones in Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, Chemistry Units 1 and 2, Environmental Science Units 1 and 2, Pure Mathematics Units 1 and 2, as well as Physics Unit 1.
She also got a grade two in Physics Unit 2.
Normally, students do three subjects with two units each as well as the two compulsory CAPE subjects, Caribbean Studies and Communications Studies. However, Ramroop did four subjects with two units each in addition to the two compulsory ones.
Dissatisfied with her Caribbean Studies grade last year, Ramroop wrote six exams this year, as she did both compulsory subjects. One of the compulsory subjects is usually done in each year.
“When I wrote exams in Lower Six I got four grade ones and a grade two. I got a grade two in Caribbean Studies. Caribbean Studies is essay writing and history and that is not my strong point at all because I am a Math and Science student, so I did it over this year and thankfully this time I got a grade one,” Ramroop told the Sunday Guardian yesterday.
This year, Ramroop achieved five grade ones and one grade two to add to her previous year’s results.
“That two (in Physics Unit 2) hurting me a little bit but I’m thankful regardless,” Ramroop said.
Over the past year, Ramroop has started motivational speaking as a means of giving back to the youth, she said.
“That is one thing I would like the youth to realise, that you are not going to get everything perfect. Sometimes you try, you work hard, you put as much as you could on the table but sometimes it does not always work out in the first shot, but don’t give up,” Ramroop said.
“Sometimes it is disappointing when you have your heart set on something, but everything happens for a reason, and it is what you get out of the lesson.”
Ramroop, who graduated from North Eastern College, will be attending the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine campus in the upcoming academic year. She has already received her acceptance letter based on her Unit 1 results.
Ramroop hopes to be a teacher when she graduates with her degree.
“After I finish this major part of my education it will be about giving back. It will be about me seeing how much I can give back to the youth,” she said.
Ramroop said a workshop with a group of young women earlier this year helped her decide her career path.
“It was so nice to share my story and hear the problems they have and give them advice, and I realised that I really liked doing that talking to the youth, because I also learnt so much from them. I have learnt how much I have to be thankful for because of the different situations that are out there,” Ramroop said.
Ramroop left this bit of advice for all the young people out there: “Work hard, pray hard, put in the work and dream big. Tell the world ready or not here I come and regardless of who is ready for you, let them know you are coming.”