Phenomenal Woman of the week #1: Meet Choyce!

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1. Name
Hello, I go by Choyce

2. Age

I am currently 20 years old.

3.Describe yourself in 3 words.
Open
Curious
Creative

4. Explain why you chose those 3 words.
I believe the fact that since I am an open minded it makes me very personable. I think me being open minded and curious coincide with each other. I love to get into peoples’ worlds and figure out what they like and why they like it. I feel as though my curiousity has open many doors for me. Getting to know what people are passionate about inspires me and feeds my creativity. From people who love anime, cosplay, video games, wrestling, or kawaii, Lolita, to grunge, pastel goth, sea punk, to people who love hardcore rap, rap battles, beatboxing, street style to rock music and opera, soul old school music, to people who love talking about energies, history, the universe. I become inspired by all things, and by being open it puts the judgment aside to create conversation and through conversation, it can not only  stimulate the mind, but you find yourself relating to people you thought you had no similarities with.

5. What is something that you are passionate about?
I’m passionate about all things art. I love to draw, which is something I stopped doing for a little while, but recently have picked back up on. I love spoken word and writing. I’m very into fashion, which is something I plan on expanding,  in the future. I love helping people in a variety of sorts, but one of the things I really like is I  when people ask me for hair tips. I like to experiment with makeup and I also do a little bit of modeling. I want to find more things to be passionate about, maybe languages , sewing, graphic design. It makes me happy to know that there are always new things out there to learn about and tha I can take as much time as I want doing so.

6. Who is the most phenomenal woman you know? Why?
My mother which is probably a very typical answer, but in order to explain why I would have to tell you her story.
My mom migrated with her father from Jamaica when she was 14. My grandmother was migrating back and forth from Jamaica  to New York when my mom was very small. At the time many family members were coming to the US, specifically New York. My mother lived with her sister, her sisters’ kids, her parents, and many brothers. When my mother came to New York her education level was of a 3rd grader, struggling with barely knowing how to read nor write. Also living in the late 1980s to the 1990s in the South Bronx of New York was not easy, especially if you were a immigrant/minority. My mother may not have been intelligent book wise, but when it came to academics she was passionate about swimming, track and most importantly dancing. Also during highschool, she was fortunate enough to have teachers, cousins and her boyfriend to teach her the value of an education and the importance of reading. Although she was grateful for it her dream in high school was to be a dance choreographer, but unfortunately at the age of 19 she unexpectedly had a child whom is now my older brother. So, she decided to quit school and work full time , with my father helping out on the side, but couldn’t do much at the time because although he was also an immigrant he didn’t have the necessary documents at the time to work. Then at age 21 she had me and was “kicked out” of her parents’ house and lived in a shelter for a couple months. After help with a social worker she then got a place. Although we didn’t live in the best of conditions, I felt safe and content. My parents split officially around when I was 8 or 9. They were both in my life, but things started to gradually change for the better. Without a college degree at the time my mom worked her, excuse my language, ass off to put my brother and I through private school and to a better living condition. Skip to around 10 years and two sisters later I live comfortably with my family and with my mother currently working at a hospital and trying to finish college to become, what she calls is her new dream,  a nurse and help others.

7. What does being a phenomenal woman mean to you?
I have a very loose definition of this. You don’t have to have overcame the worst of the worst in order to be a phenomenal woman. As long as you are still passionate about something, or still care for others or maybe fight to get out of bed everyday. You are indeed phenomenal.

Photo Credit: CHoyce

Photo Credit: Choyce

It’s an honor to be chosen for your new segment, and I hope you achieve all you can and want in the future!

Thank you for having me !

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