3 April 2019 • Contentteam
Just a moment with Sondra
“My son’s name is D’Yonne-dré. He’s named after his father who still lives on St Maarten. Yes, my son misses him, but he misses St Maarten in general. When the hurricane Irma hit the island in 2017 he was very worried. Our family over there passed through a lot. The home I grew up in was destroyed. It’s difficult to visit because there’s nowhere for us to stay. But I try to be positive and I am convinced our house will be renovated in a new and improved way.
I definitely would like to go back to St Maarten some day and do something for my community. My dream has always been to open a book store, because I love to read, but I also want to become a lawyer. As a single mom and a full time student as well I like to believe I can operate a business and work as a lawyer at the same time.
At the moment I am reading Mark Monson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck. You need that as a student, because as a student you care about everything. You care, you care, you care. About your grades, your participation, your financial situation. What I have learned? It’s a matter of balancing out the things you care about. It’s impossible not to care at all, but you shouldn’t care about the things that you can’t prevent from happening.”
Sondra Richards, first-year International and European Law student
JUST A MOMENT
Over the course of a day, you see dozens of faces pass you by – in the Atrium, on the stairs, on your way to class. Behind each face is a unique story. This series of interviews, inspired by ‘Humans of New York’, gives readers a little peek into the lives of students and staff at THUAS.