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Choose901 Interns: Alliyah Jordan

On February 25, 1998 I was born in Memphis, Tennessee to two of the greatest people in my life. South Memphis to be exact. My mom Renee and my dad Kevin made me feel like I could do anything in this world throughout my entire life and have always devoted themselves to making sure I had whatever I needed. Growing up as an only child, I didn’t have many friends so reading and writing became mine. I would research and read books from children’s books like Goosebumps’ novels all the way to reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Fun Fact: By the time I was 14 years old I read over 200 books and novels by then. 

Unfortunately, growing up in Westwood, my love for seeing the world through the eyes of a book and just flat out being different from the other kids wasn’t reciprocated well and I found myself being ostracized and becoming the subject of bullying at school. By the time I got to 5th grade, I had been to 4 different elementary schools. By the time I reached 8th grade, I had been in 3 different middle schools. I felt like my voice didn’t matter so I stopped sharing myself with my peers and I kept everything from my depression, curiosity, and happiness to myself.

While I was still in high school I decided to take up various activities in the performing arts. I was in orchestra playing cello for a year. I was never good at it, (lol) but it made me happy. I also took a journalism class and did theatre for a time. I even had the guts to participate in a poetry slam contest.

Also, I met two of the greatest friends in my life Anna and Alexis. They are the greatest joy that has come to my life and I honestly never knew what a real friendship was until I met them. We all go to different colleges but manage to find our way back to one another. I never knew what genuine love and friendship were until I met them.

After high school, I went straight to the University of Memphis originally as a finance major. I had the whole plan set up. Even though I wasn’t a fan of math, I had a grandiose plan of sucking it up and getting through it so I can graduate college and get a job on Wall Street or something. Well, that plan went horribly wrong. I hated my major and I was beefing with my roommate and it showed in my grades and I did terrible my freshman year of college. It was so bad I’m still paying for it until this day.

When I went back home, I had to do some serious self-reflection and think about what was my passion, and it was right in front of me all along, which was journalism and writing. So, my sophomore year, I changed my major to journalism, and I have been enjoying it ever since. It was the best decision I ever made throughout college. 

Seeing Memphis as it grows and gets better makes me want to go out and write every beautiful thing that is happening. It also played a big role in why I joined Choose901 as a place to share information about the best of Memphis. I want this autobiography of me to not be self-deprecating, but as a lesson learned for the next person that reads this by saying you are important and your voice matters. No matter how hard or how little you feel, you make the world better every day you wake up. It gets better. 

Whenever I’m not interning at Choose901, I’m usually working at Ulta Beauty on Winchester (We are moving to Germantown Village Square soon) and traveling and hanging out with my friends.

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