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A life crisis for Kristine Jardine did not
come about as a result of a near-death
experience, a life-threatening disease or
the loss of a job or loved one.
Jardine resigned from her position as a
Consular Affairs Officer at the French
Embassy on Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain,
after 21 years service and returned to the
Four years and one semester later she
graduated from the University of New
Brunswick, Canada, with a bachelor s
degree in business administration and as
the valedictorian of her class.
Kristine followed her twin sister Kathryn
to Roytec where she pursued first the asso-
ciate degree in management studies then
continued to the bachelor of business
administration, offered at Roytec and con-
ferred by the University of New Brunswick,
Canada. Her concentration was in human
resources, finance and marketing.
The former national hockey player gave
up her extra-curricular activities to con-
centrate on school work for three hours
a day following her new job as a finance
co-ordinator at Bourbon Offshore Trinidad Lim-
But why leave the embassy?
Kristine said: "I had exhausted most tasks that
locals can execute at the embassy and I could not
imagine working for the next 20 years, doing the
same thing, so I decided to make a change and
switch fields. I got a job at Bourbon Offshore
Trinidad Ltd---a company in the energy sector,
based in Chaguaramas and which, for sure, was
totally different from the Embassy."
No stranger to challenges and hard work, Kristine
delved into her studies
as she did national
She said: "Going
back to the classroom
was not easy---with a
full-time job and
doing classes on
evenings and on Sat-
urdays and Sundays.
In addition to classes,
there were midterm
exams, end of term
exams, and individual
and group projects.
"Almost every class
had a group project to
submit in between the
midterm and end of
term exams. It was a
lot of work to prepare
for both exams and
projects so you never
really had any free time for yourself---that was a
bonus, if it came along.
"Preparing for the degree comes with a sacrifice
but to me, it was a sacrifice well worth it---education
is one of the best investments we can make in our-
selves---and also, I loved this new field, so different
At the embassy, her job entailed consular affairs
(processing passports, ID cards, preparing electoral
lists, registering births, deaths and marriages of
French nationals in T&T), and translating documents
"Now I was doing admin and finance, so a bach-
elor s degree in business administration was to me,
a step in the right direction to acquiring the right
skills and knowledge," she said.
Why do it?
Kristine said: "Today, it s a competitive, global
economy where we are competing for just about
everything. Jobs are no exception. Many require
specialised skills and knowledge, along with practical
training and in many instances, employers are look-
ing for the most qualified.
"After all the assignments, projects and exams,
achieving the bachelor s degree was a great achieve-
ment and a sacrifice well worth it. Then when I
was told that I was selected to be the valedictorian,
it was truly an honour.
"The day after the graduation, at the University
of New Brunswick Alumni Function, one of the
professors told me that not only did I get the highest
GPA at Roytec, I topped the list as well among the
Canadians meaning that I had the highest GPA in
T&T and at the University of New Brunswick,
Canada---Wow! I was shocked."
Did she miss the outdoors of the hockey field?
"Hockey is a big part of my life, both parents
played hockey and all my brothers and sisters (six
siblings). I started playing hockey when I entered
secondary School at Form One at St Joseph s Con-
"I have played competitively since then---in the
school s league, the T&T schoolgirls team, Ventures
and the national team."
Jardine scores going back to school
Continues on Page B15
the degree comes
with a sacrifice
but to me, it was
a sacrifice well
education is one
of the best
can make in
also, I loved this
new field, so
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