Since Jamaica first started to experience the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have lived with recurring uncertainty and frequently, anxiety about the future. However, as the vaccination programme continues throughout the country, and indeed, the region, we look forward to the 2021-22 Academic Year with hope for greater stability and a return to some semblance of normalcy.
Even with the unpredictability of the situation, however, we are assured of better days ahead, if only because we have learned critical lessons over the last year and a half. We know that effective communication is key to managing any changes that come. We encourage you, therefore, whether contact is made online or by opening an office door, to make good use of the accessibility of our academic and administrative staff, particularly for academic counselling.
Another key lesson we have learned through the upheaval of the pandemic is the simple maxim that life continues. Whether you are entering the University for the first time, or returning to complete your studies, The UWI remains your place to shine. Online or face to face, make your best effort to excel at your studies; reach out and make new friends and meet new people. Strive to create and develop a community that is supportive and nurturing so that you can look back at your time spent at The UWI as a positive period in your life.
As you tackle the challenges of course selection, scheduling and registration, and later, the hard work required for optimal performance in your courses, it may not feel like it, but you are at a pivotal moment in your life. You have become a member of a scholarly community, and this is a wonderful opportunity to expand your intellectual horizons, discover your passions, meet new people, and develop what may become life-long relationships. You have a responsibility to yourself, and to the community of which you are a part, to strive to be the best that you can be.
The Department of Literatures in English wants to help and support you in this quest. Pandemic or not, we continue to respond to the changing needs of the communities we serve as part of our mission of excellence. Schedule consultations with your lecturers, get to know us and help us get to know you.