Myself at Plaza de España, Sevilla, Spain
My name is Jamila Jacob. I am 22 years old and I am currently a junior at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania where I major in Mass Communication, Spanish and French. I am also the current senior editor of the Lincolnian newspaper, and the current president of the Lincoln University Association of Black Journalists chapter (an NABJ affiliate). I hail from Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island state sandwiched between the English-speaking Caribbean and Latin America. My country is often referred to as “the land of oil and music” as we are a musical people fed by an oil-based economy.
I consider myself a cultural enthusiast as I do love to learn new things about culture and customs, especially elements of language, arts and cuisine. Being at Lincoln University thus far, has wielded considerable personal growth for me as I’ve been afforded the opportunity to widen my perspective in a myriad of ways. Being a part of this institution has not only allowed me to experience another dimension of the African diaspora, that is the Afro-American and HBCU experience, but the resources here have also given me the chance to exist in an entirely different part of our globe. Through my Spanish degree program, I was able to spend three months in Spain, where I lived among Spaniards and absorbed many elements of their language and customs. ¡Fue una experiencia inolvidable! I also traveled to other parts of Europe; from the cobble stoned streets of Spain, to the beaches of Portugal, the Balearic island of Ibiza and even to the Arab-centric streets of Morocco, North Africa. It was undoubtedly a life-changing experience. At 15 years old, I also visited Martinique with my school to learn French, an encounter which I believe has also contributed to my open and enthusiastic spirit about intercultural research. Following those experiences, I hope to discover a new horizon this “Maymester” in Jamaica. Though I am a born and bred Caribbean woman, and I have now traveled as far as North Africa, this trip to Jamaica would be my first time visiting another English-speaking Caribbean island. As a West Indian myself, I do hold immense respect for Jamaicans. I admire their language, their music, and the way in which they cherish the elements of their culture and of who they are. I always say that you’d know a Jamaican anywhere because they rarely ever change their accents. In effect, I foresee this upcoming trip as an eye-opening experience, not just for myself, but also for my colleagues and for our audience with whom we will share our content afterwards. After all, I do believe that this is the essence of life; relishing our diversity, promoting integration and becoming better global individuals.
Jamaica Jamaica! Me cyah wait.
The Global Being
What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be part of this oh so diverse planet we call earth?
Separated by so many differences; language, customs, values, ideologies; by what can we be bound?
By what MUST we be bound?
Together we all exist, but separated we are by our differences,
our ignorance, our innocence.
By what MUST we be bound?
Why, not by our similarities,
not by our red blood,
but by our desire.
Desire to discover.
Our thirst for knowledge, our quest for a widened perspective.
For as we are different, we are also the same;
Global individuals, with OUR whole world waiting for OUR discovery.