I would describe myself as an easygoing individual with a lot of potential. Writing is my passion, and I won’t stop till my pen stops bleeding.
My name is Fatima Sesay, 22, and I was born and raised in West Africa, Sierra Leone. Upon entering the United States in March, 2001, I was faced with the difficulties of kids teasing me for being “African,” and the invasion of the terrorists (I just wanted to go back to my country, where it was somewhat more peaceful than this ‘Brave New World.’).
It did not take me long to assimilate the American lifestyle –before I knew it, I stared making lots of friends, getting invited to parties, and hanging out at malls.
Fast forward seven years later, and I got my high school diploma my Thomas A. Edison. I decided what I wanted to be –a journalist. I knew the path to getting my degree was not going to be easy breezy. But at the same time, I knew I had to do something with myself that’ll set an example for the younger generation in my family. I decided to go to Lehman College in the Bronx, a two-hour commute from my home in Saint Albans, Queens. At Lehman, I was the Editor-in-Chief of the College Newspaper The Meridian, the vice-president of The African Student’s Association, and a member of Lehman L.I.F.E. (community service). I was also involved with clubs like Student Government and Black Legacy. I’ve learned so much from interacting and getting to know people, and I think that is a vital step for a promising leader to take.
With the grace of God and perseverance, I was able to get my Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism this May. I feel very blessed to have family and friends who’ve supported me through it all, and I know that I am destined for greatness.
I currently work at JC Penney’s in Long Island (4 years), and recently started working for Applause Magazine. I am also a freelance photographer.