I started to like myself for the first time at around age 31.

I had struggled with being bullied in school since the beginning probably as early as 3rd grade. I remember the principal of the school I went to who also happened to be female saying she was going to need my mother (then unmarried and a widow) to give her permission to skip me. I would be a 16 year old high school graduate until I repeated the 10th grade at Pennington Prep then just finished high school through home schooling in June of 1998 at age 17. I did not take high school graduation photos for the Ewing High School yearbook. However, I am happy to say that I had senior portraits taken for my college graduation from NJ City University taken on the King Holiday in January of 2015.

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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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