My Island Muse: Tarrin McMayo

Who is Tarrin McMayo?
I like to consider myself a lifeaholic. I love to travel, learn, and experience the world around me. I started doing gymnastics at the age of three and was a competitive gymnast for many years. When I arrived at Junior High, I tried out for the dance team and the rest was history. I danced on a competitive dance team in both high school and university. During my senior year at Florida International University, I auditioned for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and made it. I cheered with the Dolphins for three seasons and as a co-captain my third year. It was a great experience as I had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East, London, the Caribbean and Africa. After hanging up my pom poms, I auditioned and joined my sister as a dancer for the Miami Heat. Dance and gymnastics have always been a big part of my life. One of my goals is to open my own gymnastics school in Trinidad.

When I’m not teaching (dance or gymnastics) or working as an academic advisor at a local college, I model. I’m an aspiring model and hope to model for Nike one day. I have a B.A. in Psychology, Certificate in Women’s Studies and a M.S. in Human Resource Management. I plan to pursue my PhD over the next few years in either Clinical Psychology or Educational Leadership. Later I’d like to pursue my doctorate and coach and motivate young girls.

What makes you a proud Trinidadian?
I really enjoy our free spirited culture. We are jovial and loving by nature and love to entertain and have a great time.


One thing you wish all Trinidadian women knew:
Don’t forget your roots and YOUR personal goals. Nowadays, it is so hard to stay focused. We are easily caught up with the ‘American’ way of life (or what is portrayed on TV) and we forget what we are really after. What we see on TV is hardly ever real. Women should focus on what they want in life and try to uplift others in the process. Help your neighbor; be in friendships and relationships that bring out the best in you. It’s not about what how much you have or where you are seen partying… Always look at the bigger picture. Life is too short. Be you and strive to be the best version of yourself.

Favourite Trinidadian saying?
“Wuz de scene?” and “After one time is two”… I never really understood that until I got older.

Favourite place to visit when in Trinidad and why?
Aside from visiting my friends and family, I really enjoy outdoor activities. One of my favorite activities is hiking up Maracas Waterfall. I also have a tradition of camping with friends along the beach during Easter Weekend. I’ve even brought down a few American friends to partake! I love visiting Tobago as well. I think I am happiest when I am in a natural element because I genuinely enjoy spending time with my friends and family as well as reflecting. So an activity with little external distractions that can combine a bit of fitness(bike riding, jogging, swimming, hiking) typically attracts me.

I personally believe ones cultural heritage impacts their outlook on life, how has your heritage as a Trinidadian woman impacted your success and views on life?
I think my heritage has allowed me to be more open to diversity in the world. I am able to put myself in others shoes and respect others regardless of their religion, culture,  or customs. We are all different, and that’s what makes us unique. I thank my heritage for giving me that sense of understanding and tolerance. I was instilled with values and a great work ethic. I strive for the best and will do my best to help others along the way. Ultimately, I want to be a positive impact on everyone I meet. Sometimes we have to work harder than others to accomplish what we want, but that makes success that much sweeter.

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