Sarena Ksandra Whittaker made her dream become reality when she graduated from the International College of the Cayman Islands with a bachelor of science degree, majoring in finance.
Mrs. Whittaker also received the Cayman National Bank Award for the highest GPA in the Bachelor of Finance.
“I couldn’t believe it when they called my name at the graduation ceremony. I kept thinking they’d got it wrong,” said Mrs. Whittaker. She had attained her associate’s degree in accounting 10 years earlier, and although she wanted to go back to study, she realised the size of the commitment required, in addition to continuing a job, community activities and running a home.
“I always dreamed I would go back to studying and literally it was my co-workers and my husband who encouraged me to go back to school,” she said. “The course was five hours per night, Monday through Thursday. It meant I had to sacrifice some of my community activities such as the Girls Brigade at North Side and the First Assembly of God Church Choir.”
She has worked with Cable & Wireless, now LIME, for over 10 years. “They were very supportive and helped by allowing me to work flexible hours so that I could make it to class and study, which I really appreciate,” she said. “It would be remiss of me not to thank the Cayman Islands Government for their support over the last three years, too.
“I believe anyone can achieve their dreams if you remain positive and surround yourself with positive people. I would also thank my husband Mackenzie Whittaker for his total support during this time, ” she said.
Tony Ritch, general manager LIME Cayman Islands, said, “we are all extremely proud of Sarena. It is always difficult to study while holding down a full time job and running a home, therefore to achieve the highest GPA in her major is exceptional.”