As much as I love my sweet home of Haiti, the corruption overshadows the good it has to offer. Having success in my country would mean one has to study for generic careers in law, finance, or medicine in order to be recognized as someone of great value in society. It demands a lot of time and effort — along with great perseverance. Not only that, but your wealth in Haiti is also based on your family name, and what your predecessors were known for.
I don’t agree with Haiti’s ideas of success because it limits the choices of children deciding what to do for a living. It also places a predisposition on prejudice in people who take a person’s eminence and attitude and compare it to that of their parents or grandparents without even analyzing that person’s true nature. For one to even be recognized as someone of great value, it would probably take years before that is even achieved. Because Haitian schools don’t really give the academic support children need, success is rarely seen in a genuine person.
To achieve real fruition in Haiti, people go into politics or do illegal jobs to cheat the civilians and the system in order to attain the prosperity they have always dreamed of. More often than not, opportunities are given to foreigners and the people of the bourgeoisie, instead of native citizens. Only intelligent and compassionate Haitians are able to sometimes achieve their goal of success, but that is also very rare. If things were different, maybe this tiny island wouldn’t be notorious for its corrupt ways.
Keesha Joseph is in the tenth grade at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She loves reading and writing both stories and poetry, and music is her second life. Keesha also plays volleyball with an amazing team and loves watching anime.
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