You’ve probably seen the hashtag, #UAchieve. But did you know it’s more than just a fun tag to use on social media? We would go as far as saying that UAchieve encompasses exactly what we stand for at the University of Aruba. How, you ask? Allow us to explain.
While at first glance, #UAchieve seems like a mere play on the University of Aruba’s acronym, UA, and the word achieve (meaning to complete a successful degree program), we believe that’s just a small part of it.
Anyone who has studied, worked, or spent a significant amount of time at the University of Aruba knows the experience is about so much more than simply attending and graduating. It’s a journey full of ups and downs, fun times and not-so-fun times, laughing, crying, hard work and simply being present.
As mentioned before, of course, the letters UA represent the University of Aruba. At the same time the U represents you, the student, the lecturer, the industry partner, the visitor. While we realize the University of Aruba is a community, it is important to recognize that it is made up of individuals with unique experiences and the most diverse backgrounds. It’s made up of people like U.
The word achieve also represents several ideas. Achievements come in various shapes and forms. When we say UAchieve, it can refer to an academic achievement like getting a good grade, a project well-done, or even a graduation. At the same time, it can refer to softer (but not less important) achievements you are likely to experience as part of the UA community. Think of taking steps to support your community, having the courage to undertake a new extra-curricular activity, or simply getting through a tough day.
The phrase also serves as a reminder of your potential on days it seems like you’re not as successful at achieving your goals. Today may have been rough, but you’ll bounce back, #UAchieve.
By embodying the spirit of this catchphrase, you essentially let the University of Aruba help you highlight, cultivate and amplify your personal and collective achievements. We wish you all the best in the 2022-2023 academic year!