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Getting Through UVI: Quick tips from an alumna

First things first. I don’t subscribe to giving people advice, because honestly who am I? What may work for me/interest me may not be the same for you. Also, I typically end it with “But it’s up to you,” or “But do what works for you,” in case you ruin your life, or end up unhappy and frankly I want no parts of that…In other words I don’t want to be responsible. The purpose of this lengthy post is about how to get you, a freshman, in and out of the University of the Virgin Islands without wasting time and money. This is, of course, if everything is going well–I.e. You have the finances, you’re passing your courses, life doesn’t throw a wrench in your plans, etc. With that said, I attended the University of the Virgin Islands from August 2010 to May 2015 (4.5 years). Had I actually done what I was supposed to–like go to class and take school seriously, because debt is no joke–I would have been out of there in three …


“Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.” — Arie Pencovici Model: Nalie Frederick Major: Mass Communication University: University of the Virgin Islands (HBCU) Location: St. Croix, Virgin Islands Photographer: Local Lady Photography Creative Directors: Patricia Francis and Nalie Frederick

Literacy across UVI

How literacy impacts success and unique challenges facing UVI students MARKIDA SCOTLAND | Published on UVI VOICE on 9/19/13 ST. CROIX – In the Virgin Islands, 90 to 95 percent of the population is literate. However, according to professors at the University of the Virgin Islands, while the students can all read and write, 88 percent have to take remedial English, which often makes graduating in four years unlikely. “I have about five students that are really stellar,” visiting Professor Alexis Walker, said. “My expectations are stringent, so I would say that out of my 60 students, there are about 16 that are below college level. The rest are just average.” According to Dr. Valerie Combie, an English professor at UVI, being literate is more than just being able to read and write. It all comes down to communication and the students are not aware of this. “I don’t think that students understand the importance of communicating clearly and it affects their writing,” she said. Professor Walker believes that a student’s attitude, their teachers and …