Celebrating My Heritage at Home and Abroad
I always try to make a difference wherever I am and in whatever I do, because I have a nation to represent, a flag to promote and a culture to value.
In my life, Haitian pride is reflected in five ways: the way I think, the way I speak, the way I act, the way I am, and the way I make other people see Haitian’s beauty.
Haiti may be one of the poorest countries in the world, but I believe this can change, and I always try to make other people believe this too.
When I am in Haiti, I always inspire my peers to be optimistic. When I travel outside of Haiti, I always let other people know I am Haitian. It is always a pleasure for me to let them discover Haiti’s beauty through pictures, through recounting our history, sharing our traditions, through and more. I let them know that Haiti is not only defined by Cite-Soley, but also by beautiful landmarks and cities such as Citadelle, Labadie, Jacmel, Port Salut, etc.
In 2013, my school and I represented Haiti in a competition in California; we impressed them so much, that many Americans expressed an interest in traveling to Haiti to visit us.
In 2014, I participated in New York University’s International Public Policy Forum, as a debate contestant. In 2015, I received an award from Group Excellence Plus for being one of the National Laureates to the Official State Exams for the 2014-2015 Academic year. All of these illustrate one thing: Haitians are brilliant; therefore we have more than one reason to be proud of being Haitians.
Every single day, I am always trying to be the best Haitian citizen possible I can be, so that the whole world testify that Haiti is more than a country.