My mother is the most amazing woman I know. Through her life she has taught me so much.

When I think of amazing women one of the first women I think of is my mother Shellon Karim-Lewis. I was so excited when Edi Giunta told me “Ayesha you nailed voice. Look up Jamaica Kincaid she could be your model author”. I have to say I love Jamaica Kincaid’s writing. She writes such beautiful prose. Lucy was the best book and I am reading Annie John. I loved Alice Walker’s The Color Purple both times I read it. That’s a book that means a lot to me. When I realized how awesome and worthy I was I realized that there are so many African American women just like me who don’t realize just how cool and worthy of happiness and love and just all that life has to offer. My mother is a woman who came to this country when she was 12 years old. My mom has been a nurse since she was seventeen years old. My mom has two Master’s degrees, one is from Hunter College in New York City where she told me she got her BSN when I was two years old. My mother is still  entertaining getting another degree. My mom is cool and motivated and such a remarkable woman and she’s a nurse-midwife too. My mom has done every kind of nursing there is. I am so proud of her and in two years she will turn 60 years old. I am going to try and plan a party for my mom. My mom deserves it. She was always there for me. She makes me a priority in her schedule even with all of the awesome employed woman things she does. She really looks out for me as her daughter. She told me “Ayesha be Independent like mom”. I am doing that. I’m Schizophrenic but I am doing that by pursuing my own interests and hobbies and by volunteering with NAMI Mercer NJ. I am busy and that’s the way I want my life. I can’t say where I’ll be in ten years but it’s going to include my memoir, my poetry, my blog, writing for children and teenagers and of course my Early Childhood Education second BA from NJCU. I also have my part time Mentor job at Mercer that I want to stay at for a few years. I may get my Special Ed cert too!

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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