Greatness lies within each of us. Wade Brown is a humble young man who realized his greatness very early in life. His life has been propelled by competition that has resulted in him excelling in several areas. He is currently pursuing a Bacehlor of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at CARIMAC at the University of the West Indies (Mona). Although he is only 22 years old, his life is testament to the fact that regardless of where you come from you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
Wade was raised in the volatile community of Tivoli Gardens. Despite its notoriety for gang violence, Wade was able to stay away from negative influences. He was raised by his mother and his grandfather acted as a male role model in his life. From a very young age, his grandfather instilled in him the value of competition. It was his grandfather’s guidance, along with his intrinsic motivation, that resulted in him placing first in a race in a track and field competition amongst basic schools in neighboring communities. He continued his athletic prowess while attending the Wolmers Boys’ School. However, he not only excelled on the field. He also excelled in the classroom and received a 5 year GSAT scholarship from Scotiabank to attend Wolmer’s Boys.
While at Wolmers he participated in several activities including: Schools’ Challenge Quiz, football, hockey, and student council. In 2008, the Schools’ Challenge Quiz team that he was a part of made it to the quarter finals of the competition. In 2010, the team made it to the semi-finals. In 2010, he was also the President of the Student Council and a member of the Wolmers’ team that made it to the Manning Cup quarter finals. Finally, he was a member of Wolmers’ under 19 ISSA hockey team that made it to the finals of the competition in 2008 and 2009.
The transition from high school to university was a bit challenging for Wade. He now had a new level of freedom and an increased work load. Also, he was actively engaged in several campus, hall and community activities. Nevertheless, as time progressed, he was able to strike a balance. Presently, he plays hockey for UWI and is also a track and field athlete. He is also the President of his community volunteer group and teaches marathons during the exam season. One of his most noteworthy accomplishments, while serving as Off Campus Representative for Rex Nettleford Hall, was being named Rexan of the Year for 2014.
Words of Wisdom
Wade does not realize how much of an inspiration he is to others because of how ambitious and actively engaged he is. Probably what makes him maintain his momentum is his life’s philosophy- Age Quod Agis. This Latin proverb means “Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability.” He also lives by the words “Love God, obey God, and do good.” Regardless of how daunting a task may seem, be encouraged by the fact that many people before you have gone through the same thing and emerged victors. Also, if you realize that you have taken on more than you can handle, don’t be afraid to make some sacrifices and drop some activities.
Let Wade’s story inspire you to do more and be more. Look for ways to become more actively involved today.