In Focus, “Tanya Brathwaite”

IN FOCUS is RealTalk.BB’s Question and Answer Interview Series produced by our Publisher and Editor-In Chief William Chandler focusing on the lives, philosophies, ideologies, passions and struggles of seemingly average but very driven Caribbean people. We encourage you to have a read, enjoy and share!



  • What’s your story?

I was born and raised in Barbados, I attended St. Angela’s primary school and Queens College before moving to Venezuela at 14 where I lived for two years (and didn’t learn nearly enough Spanish. ) On returning to Barbados I attended the Ursuline Convent where I completed my CXCs. In 2011 received a scholarship to attend the United World College in Montezuma and complete the International Bachelorette program. There I was able to meet individuals from over 82 different countries, participate in many clubs, become a resident advisor, go on daring wilderness trips and even lead cultural show representing the Caribbean and Latin America. On completion of the program I received a scholarship to attend the University of Florida where I am currently pursuing a degree in Advertising. Here I have become a member of the Caribbean student association, joined a service fraternity, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, joined the Florida Women in Business organization and started a fashion and lifestyle blog.

  • What’s the most intriguing thing about you?

Honestly couldn’t say.

  • Describe who you are now.

I’m a spirited college students who’s trying to find her place not only on campus, but in my life in general. I’m conscious of my flaws and determined to work on them day by day. I’m extremely driven and excited for all the new experiences the next few years have for me. I love fashion, I love to party and I love service. I’m also a cat person who love to sew, crocket and read.

  • Are you the sort of person who always moves forward, stagnates or gives up when the going gets tough?

I would have to say I’m always moving forward. I’m constantly looking for new opportunities and experiences.

  • Up until recently you were living in Barbados. How was it?

Living in Barbados is as close as it gets to a fairytale for me. Going to school with the my childhood friends, family lunches on Sundays after church, liming on the beach whenever, partying as much as I could (because the drinking age isn’t 21) and in general never really having to worry about much.

  • What’s your passion? What drives you to do what you do?

I would have to say my passion is meeting you people and seeing new places.

  • How do you define success?

To me, success can only be measured by how happy you are. I think the things that will make me happiest in life will me having a big family and the ability to support them very well, being able to travel and know that in some way I’m constantly working to bring positive change to the world.

  • Do you have a wild side? Spill!

I enjoy partying but I think most college students do.

  • If you could change one thing about your past what would it be?

They’re all things that we look back and wish we could do differently but I’m honestly very happy with the person I am today and where I am with my life and it’s all my past triumphs and mistakes that have brought me to this place so I can’t say I would change anything

  • When you look back on all your life to date can you honestly say you are successful?

As far as my life goals go I would say I’m on track to be successful but for right now I’d say I’m a work in progress

  • Do you see yourself as a Caribbean person?

Always and forever!

  • What’s your life philosophy?

I guess it would have to be just to make the most of years I have

  • What do your family members think about your chosen career path?

They’re sceptical at best but very supportive.

  • What plans do you have for the future or are you keeping those a secret?

They are secrets!

  • Even if you have secret plans surely there must be something you can spill.

All I can say is Barbados better watch out.

  • Do you see yourself as a world changer or spare change?

World Changer.

  • Do you have any regrets?

Not appreciating my time at home enough and not staying in better contact with my friends.

  • What’s the most exciting thing you ever did?

I would have to say it was moving away from home for the first time when I was 14 to live in Caracas.

  • Describe yourself using five adjectives.

Determined, creative, fastidious, well-rounded, curious. 

  • Have you ever had a life changing experience?

Attending the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico. The school is so much more than just a boarding cool, the 200 students from over 82 countries and all driven, amazing, socially conscious individuals who opened my eyes to so many new thing and at the end of the two years I had a whole new perspective on life.

  • Do you have a reason for living? What is it ?

To do as much good and have as much fun as I can in the time I’ve been given.

  • What do you want your future family / children to know about the person you are now?

That I’m working very hard to be the best possible me and I hope when they meet they’re proud of who I’ve become.

  • What’s your message to your country?

Try to appreciate how truly lovely our beautiful island is. 

  • What’s your message to the world?

I honestly don’t know, I guess just to appreciate the amazing life we’ve been given and try to make the most of it.


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