From Biologist to Miss Guyana World 2012, LaGuardia Community College Alumna is Every Woman

July 31, 2012 | LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY—Arti Cameron, a ‘08 LaGuardia Community College graduate who went on to become a pre-med student, will be representing Guyana in the Miss World 2012 Competition.  The beauty pageant is currently underway. The final night of the pageant takes place on August 18 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.

The 23-year-old contestant, who is planning on pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor, began her journey when she enrolled at LaGuardia as a Liberal Arts and Science major.  There, the Honor student not only excelled in her science and mathematics courses, but she won a College-wide speech competition and published literary works in the College’s magazine, Literary LaGuardia.  She was also the president of the Psychology Club, and an elected official on the Student Advisory Council.

“LaGuardia offered the diversity and nurturing support I needed when I had just moved to the U.S. It was just the right place for a young girl with big dreams,” said the multifaceted woman.

Upon receiving her Associate Degree in Mathematics and Science with Honors, she transferred to Hunter College where she graduated, also with Honors, in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. While working toward her degree, Arti also volunteered at the Hospital for Special Surgery. 

She is now preparing to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and plans on applying to medical schools in the United States.

“I see myself practicing medicine and traveling to some of the most vulnerable parts of the world to volunteer my services and better the lives of others,” said Arti. 

Since her crowning as Miss Guyana, Arti has made significant humanitarian contributions.  She is supporting the Ruimveldt Children’s Aid Centre in Guyana by serving as the official patron.  She has also volunteered for Now AfriCAN, an organization dedicated to helping children in post-war situations in Africa. She plans on using her fame to draw attention to such efforts as these.

Arti was born in Guyana but spent her childhood living between Jamaica and Guyana before migrating to the United States. She believes that there is a great need for Guyanese living in the diaspora to promote a positive image of the South American gem she calls her homeland. For this reason, she sought to represent her native country at the competition.  If Arti wins, she will become Guyana’s first Miss World winner.

The theme of this year’s Miss World competition is “Beauty with a Purpose,” and its goal is to teach contestants real life skills to make a lasting contribution to the lives of the sick and disadvantaged. 

The 2012 Miss World competition will be televised internationally on the E! Entertainment Network. To follow and vote for Arti during the competition, please visit her official competition Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-World-Guyana/249125551862686; and her official Fan Facebook page (www.facebook.com/articameron). 

For further inquiries, please contact Team Arti Cameron via email at artiforguyana@gmail.com.  

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 LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

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