WEST WINDSOR -- Ever dreamed of going to Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas or any other island nation in the Caribbean? Well, the perfect opportunity to learn about the Caribbean before visiting may be on Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) West Windsor Campus, with the new Caribbean Vibes Club.
“I would love to teach people about our culture and share how the Caribbean has impacted the world,” said Raissa Garvey, MCCC student and Caribbean Vibes Club president.
The Caribbean Vibes Club was introduced to MCCC during the college’s Fall 2019 Club Day, when the organization’s charter members made themselves available to answer questions and offer students a taste of what the islands have to offer. According Garvey, Caribbean Vibes embodies what it is like to have a unique background and history.
“Being an immigrant from Jamaica I always felt out of place here in the United States, especially at school,” Garvey said.
Garvey explains that the inspiration for the club came from her personal experiences in school, and a desire to educate others about her homeland.
“I’m probably not the only one who feels this way, so why not create a safe place for people like myself to come together and celebrate our culture, meet some friends, and help each other navigate through school?,” Garvey said.
The club is a fun place where people can come together and have a good time with each other, said Garvey. Any student can join, including those who feel misunderstood or have a difficult time making friends.
“If you need somewhere to meet people and take a breather from the stresses that come with school, this club is perfect for you,” Garvey said.
The club meets every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Administration Building, room AD119.
“My intentions for the club are mainly to educate people so they can understand and have an appreciation for our culture and see our perspective on life,” Garvey emphasizes.