I like who I am, I like me…so what if everybody else doesn’t. So what!

I feel so comfortable in my own skin in my 30s that you know something it really surprises me. In my teens before I was fifteen years old I felt so bad about myself. I only had one girl I went to the same high school with tell me “Ayesha you’re pretty” (to be dark skinned she added). I remember this broken unbearable feeling inside of me that fragmented everything I thought or did. I stared into space in my late 20s even when I started to get involved with NAMI Mercer. The people I had known for years looked at me for the first time not staring into space but feeling much better, knowing them and feeling good to be connected with them. I am social with Just Friends social group through NAMI Mercer and I’m a volunteer. I’m a poet and a writer too! Maddy Monheit is in charge of the NAMI Mercer newsletter and she published my first poem in the January 2013 newsletter. I have a poem in the May 2017 newsletter coming soon!

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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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