Student Spotlight: Marie Butterfield

Marie ButterfieldMy name is Marie Butterfield. I attend the esteemed Benedict College as a Junior. I was born and raised in Grand Bahama, a gem among the beautiful islands of The Bahamas. As we proudly proclaim in our Bahamian dialect,  “I Born, Bred, Ga Dead Bahamian.” Our Bahamian culture is not just the sun, sand, and sea; it has values, traditions, and a rich heritage. When I think of my cultural background, I think of Junkanoo; the sound of the goat skin drum vibrating through the atmosphere, the vibrant costumes, the rattle of the cowbells, and the pulsating rhythm that makes your body start moving uncontrollably. When I think of my cultural background, I can’t help but smile when I reminisce on the mouth-watering delicacy we call “conch salad”; the peas and rice that so perfectly align with any meat you desire, and the flavor-bursting fresh red snapper. When I think of my cultural background, I think about the habitual practice of saying Good Morning every time I enter a room; to say, “Yes sir” and “Yes ma’am” to every adult no matter their age because of something we call “broughtupsy”. Being a Bahamian has deeply influenced my values, perspectives, and aspirations. The rich culture and heritage of The Bahamas have given me a unique worldview, that most people do not have because “It’s a Bahamian Ting.”

One captivating facet of American culture that has piqued my interest is African American History. Despite innumerable hardships, it’s amazing to observe how the Black community has contributed significantly to the development of American culture, politics, and society. Their tenacity, political activism, artistic and musical talents, and overall civil rights struggle are all incredibly motivating and impart lessons in resiliency and solidarity.

During my time at Benedict College, I opted to specialize in Finance. My passion for the financial realm of business blossomed in high school, particularly when I encountered bookkeeping and accounting—my favorite subject. I chose finance over accounting because it provides the ideal balance of my need for human interactions and financial knowledge. The financial field not only equips me with the skills to understand the intricacies of monetary systems but also challenges me to apply these concepts in real-world situations. This semester, I’m enrolled in six courses: International Business, Real Estate, Investment Management, Intermediate Accounting, Principles of Marketing, and Principles of Management. My aim for undertaking these subjects is to equip myself with the practical knowledge and experience vital for my professional growth.

To put it briefly, my time in college has been an adventure thus far! I would not change a thing about my college experience, it was truly an emotional roller coaster with many highs and lows. There have been highs filled with unforgettable memories, friendships, and opportunities that have broadened my horizons. Simultaneously, there have been lows that tested my resilience, patience, and determination. However, each experience, whether positive or challenging, has enriched my understanding of life, offered profound learning experiences, and shaped my personal and academic growth. I can proudly say each memory and lesson has crafted me into the person I am today! 

To my dearest family and friends in the Bahamas, even though miles separate us, you are constantly in my thoughts. Your unwavering support and steadfast love have been the foundation upon which I’ve built my aspirations. I genuinely miss each one of you. I hope my journey thus far serves as a testament to our shared dreams and as an inspiration to the younger ones. Let them know that if I can navigate this journey, so can they. We might be oceans apart, but our hearts are forever intertwined. 

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