Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine January 2019 - Page 628

Shellissa Nanton Miss St. Vincent & The Grenadines 2018 & and Flow Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Shellissa shared with Mélange . . . “Pageantry . . . gave me a platform where I could advocate for my cause which was being a voice against bullying” About her background. The last of three girls born to Mr. Benson and Mrs. Lineth John, I am a citizen of the most beautiful place on earth, sweet St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Originally from the small rural community of Overland, on the windward side of the island, I currently reside in Georgetown, located in the same parish. I attended the Overland Primary School, then ventured on to the Thomas Saunders Secondary School which is all the way in the capital city, Kingstown. The commute from my home to school was pretty hectic and being actively involved in sports, it was exhausting. I was a victim of bullying in my early childhood as well as my teenage years, due to my family’s financial situation and because of this, it was very difficult for me to make friends. This led to feelings of insecurity and thoughts of being incapable of following my dreams, which at one point made me feel like giving up. It is not easy to be trying so hard to make something of yourself while the people around you are constantly pulling you down. And, to a child, this was horrifying! With that being said, I thank God today for my parents, siblings and the few others who I met along the way who gave me their support and their belief in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. It goes to show that just being there for someone or having that sense of moral support really goes a long way. Three years after finishing my secondary school education, I entered the Nursing Assistant Programme, which I completed and I’m now a licensed Nursing Assistant. Having always loved nursing, I wanted to learn more about the human body. Even though I was bullied I still cared for others, because I know how it feels when you have no one to call on, no one to be there when you need them most and it was for those reasons I wanted to be a nurse. I wanted a profession that combined something that I was passionate about and the opportunity to really help those who are in need. To be able to play a role in helping someone back to life is just amazing, and that is what nursing is to me, the art and science of giving care.