My love for all things Carnival started with my first Trinidad Carnival experience. In 2001, I studied “Trinidad Carnival, Culture, and History” at the University of the West Indies with Dr. Milla Riggio and playwright Tony Hall. My five-month study included lectures by author Earl Lovelace, an internship at The Trinidad and Tobago Review with Lloyd Best, a course on West Indian literature taught by activist Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh, j’ouvert with rapso band 3 Canal, and jumping up in Peter Minshall’s mas band on Carnival Tuesday. This trip changed my life. Now, I encourage those who may not know about the music, the artistry, or the culture to experience them with me.