Hard work, sacrifice pay off for Alicia Browne
July 31, 2009
Hard work, sacrifice pay off for Alicia Browne

If one wants to know what it means to work hard and sacrifice, Alicia Browne may be the best person to speak to. Not many students can balance work and school and maintain high grades, but Browne did and came out on top.{{more}}

The Frenches resident, in July this year, received her Law Degree with upper second class honours from Holborn College in the United Kingdom.

Beaming with confidence, Browne spoke to SEARCHLIGHT about her sojourn. She said that her achievement came with much hard work, sacrifice and long hours of studying. “It was never easy for me since I had to learn to get accustomed to a new environment and a new way of life,” Browne said.

Apart from spending countless hours studying, Browne worked at the institution’s library so as to help with her loan and tuition. “I know I funded my studies, so I had to work all the time. I used to get up at 5 am in order to get to work for 7 am. From then, I would work until 1pm, and then it was school until about 5 pm,” she recounted. It didn’t end there. Browne said when she got home, she studied from 8 pm throughout the night.

A member of the Fundamental Bible Church at Gibson Corner, Browne admitted that her only form of socializing came on Sundays when she attended church. “I hardly had time for social events and I’m glad I used to get the opportunity to attend church,” she stated. The budding lawyer, who has her eyes set on becoming a judge and an ambassador for St Vincent and the Grenadines, says unlike some other persons who finish their studies and remain abroad, she wants to live and work here and contribute to the development of the country.

The 25-year-old revealed that she will soon be pursing her Bar studies in England.

Before going off to study in 2006, the former Girls’ High School and Community College student worked at the Court House and International Financial Services Authority (IFSA).

Browne thanked her mother Norean Browne, Louise Mitchell-Joseph, Claude Samuel and lawyer Sylvester Raymond Cadette for the role they played in helping her achieve her goals.