How Did A High School Dropout Become Guild President of (UWI), Mona?
The path was clear for Oshane Grant to be part of the statistics that represent juvenile delinquents and high school dropouts.
But at 26, Grant holds the highest student post at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona: guild president. His journey was filled with curves, failures, red lights, and now, success.
Oshane spent his younger years on Darling Street in Westmoreland. At about age four, he moved to the area known as ‘Russia’, in the same parish, to live in a “one-bedroom board house”.
He would soon move again to another one-bedroom board house in the same community.
Stability for young Oshane was hard to come by because soon after moving for the third time, he moved yet again, this time to Strathbogie, approximately three miles from Russia, also in Westmoreland.
That was the first time he was living in a concrete structure. But it would take more than a house built of cement, steel, and block to solve the difficulties facing his family, financial burden weighing the heaviest.
“My mother had no stable job. She used to wash or clean for people. One time, she tried her hand at selling toys …,” said Oshane.
Having lost his biological father at age six, his mother would eventually find love again. She introduced a stepfather into the picture, but that was not good news for Oshane. He called him his “sworn enemy”.
“He used to beat me a lot. My mother used to beat me a lot as well. I wasn’t the best-behaving child,” admitted Oshane, a Savanna-la-Mar Primary School past student.
His Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) earned him a place at the Godfrey Stewart High School, where he attended classes while floating between living with his mother and an uncle.Full Story At Jamaica Gleaner