I appreciate the sacrifices my mother and my grandmother made in their lives that I was able to benefit from.

I know God is with me. I have been a volunteer with NAMI for almost ten years. I just appreciate all of the staff members there. I got so much help from peers and also over the years I enjoyed added perks of being a member of the organization. The people at NAMI are so helpful and nice too. I have been trying to think more about my parents. I know they made certain sacrifices for me that made it possible for me to enjoy the life I enjoy. I want to try to do things for my mother, my grandmother and also my stepfather that helped my mother raise me. I never thought of myself as a role model but I know I have influence and I care enough about my peers with a mental illness to think of them as well. I want to be a helpful person who tries to help someone else out. I think the best way to try to get your foot in the door of employment is volunteer work. I’ve enjoyed so many great perks since I became a member of NAMI and a NAMI Mercer NJ volunteer.

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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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