Stecy Lancastre

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Stecy Lancastre

« I’m proud about the path I chose
because it pushed me to excel. »

Tell us about your journey!

My background is in literature. After completing my baccalauréat in literature, I went on to do preparatory classes at the Lycée Gerville Reache in Basse-terre for entry into prestigious universities. After two years of demanding courses, I flew to Paris to continue my studies in Modern Literature. I finished my university degree in a private journalism institute. This course allowed me to obtain a Master’s in journalism and to become an expert in editorial and multimedia content.

Why did you choose to study in the Caribbean?

I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, but I also knew I wanted to obtain first-hand experience before leaving. This is why I stayed in Guadeloupe in order to finetune my skills. The preparatory class I did exists since 2004 and are an excellent programme. It is in the top 10 of the best in France, and the teachers who teach there are very efficient. I am proud to have taken this course which fueled my drive to excel.

How has this been beneficial for you?

It was beneficial because I did not feel ready to leave Guadeloupe so quickly after the Baccalauréat. The age of 18 is also the age of naivete when one is very afraid of moving far away from one's family. This was a stressful moment, but it was also beneficial because I had the opportunity to plan and develop my career plans. This enabled me to develop the rigor and the sense of organization that I use wisely today in my profession as a journalist.

What are your recommendations for future generations?

If you do not necessarily feel ready to move far from home, there are training courses available in the Caribbean that I hope that Edu-Carib will highlight. The courses are excellent and attract many persons to the Caribbean, so it is important to reference them. The Caribbean is not only about beautiful beaches and tourism, there are also many other opportunities and this is why you need to get more information so that you’re able to excel in your region. For those who wish to become journalists, I would advise them to be committed to learning and becoming well-trained because it is a demanding job. A good journalist is one who has an analytical mind, a critical mind and who gives a relevant and insightful point of view.

If you had to do it again, would you do it?

Yes, without hesitation. I am very proud of my journey and I have no regrets. If I had a tool like Edu-Carib at the time, I would have been more interested in training in the Caribbean rather than going to France. We must open this Caribbean Basin to allow more people to study in the Caribbean, starting with Caribbean people themselves.

Some believe that it’s necessary to go to big countries or go to big schools to pursue a rewarding degree and to have a successful career. What do you think?

This perception is very real. In my personal story, like that of many West Indians, our parents always encouraged us to go to study because “there is nothing here". Today, I think more and more that it is false because in Guadeloupe, for example, we have two university centers which have very good training.

Less and less, we will see young people leaving right away. We will have more young people who would stay. We often forget our country when it needs us. Not everyone has the opportunity to return or the desire to do so, but we too have rewarding schools, we have a beautiful living environment and it is for me a region that has a lot of potential. It will take a lot of effort to reverse the trend and show that it is possible to have a good career in the Caribbean!

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