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Hi, I’m Amber Dean

Hey y’all, my name is Amber Dean. First and foremost, I would like to say I am not very good at bios.

I know you’re probably wondering, “How is she not good at something so simple?” If you are, it’s because I find it hard to describe myself. Yes, I know who I am as a person, but it’s just a struggle to put everything into words without sounding a little self-centered. But, I’m guessing bios give a chance to be self-centered? However, I’ll do my best to give everyone a glimpse of who I am. Warning: I may get a little personal.

I was born and raised in South Memphis, TN to a single mother. I have a 16-year-old sister who is the complete opposite of me. My mom would describe us as being “different like day and night.” Speaking of my mother, she is the woman who I give partial credit to my success (the other person is God). She pushed me to not only to become the first person in my immediate family to graduate from high school, but also the first to go to college. Back in 2016, I graduated from the Soulsville Charter School. I currently attend the University of Memphis and I am a junior journalism major with a minor in social media marketing. Since my time at U of M, I’ve joined the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and also written for the campus newspaper the Daily Helmsman. Although I started off strong, I faced an obstacle that would change my life forever. Well, at least until it’s time for me to let go.

In the fall of 2017, I found out I was about eight to nine weeks pregnant. I’m pretty sure you’re reading this and saying, “How did she not know she was pregnant?”. I mean guys, I was trying to figure out how I didn’t know myself. Anywho, I finished my sophomore year as strong as I could. A baby was definitely not going to stop my grind or my success. I attended every class up until my sophomore year was over. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl by the name of Chrissy this past June. Even though I had a pretty smooth pregnancy, my labor was not.

After failing to dilate to a full 10 centimeters, I was forced to have an emergency c- section. During the surgery, I started hemorrhaging. I woke up to tons of nurses and several doctors attempting to stop the bleeding. Once they did, however, I was told I had to have a blood transfusion. Despite my having a near death experience, I overcame and was ready to take on motherhood and get back to working on what was important to me. My career.

Two months after Chrissy’s arrival (August of 2018), I walked the U of M campus with a vengeance. Yes, vengeance is a pretty terrifying word, but I feel that’s the best way to describe how focused I was and still am. I wanted to be successful at everything. I now have a tiny, but chunky human being who is looking up to me while I am looking after her. The decisions I make today can definitely impact her later. So, why not do what’s right so her future can be bright?

Despite the hardships that I have faced over the last year, I can only thank God and be appreciative of what I have during this moment. I’m super excited about being able to give you guys insight on the coolest and trendiest events, places, and people within the bluff city. I hope you all enjoy what I have come, and thanks for learning a little bit about me!

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