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Passport Stamps

Passport Stamps

Maya Wiggins, Impact Staff

April 22, 2020

I love going on adventures. I have been fortunate enough to travel with my family since a very young age. The first trip that I can remember was our trip to Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios in Florida. I was four-years-old when we went. I vaguely remember being on stage of one of the shows....

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

Maya Wiggins, Impact Staff

April 14, 2020

I was born 15 days earlier than the expected date. Maybe if I came out on the due date, I would have normal eyes. I was born with a lazy eye. My left eye is noticeably lower than my right. My family did not point it out to me, but others did. “What happened to your eye?” That’s the question...

Help! I’m Losing My Mind

Help! I'm Losing My Mind

Maya Wiggins, Impact Staff

April 8, 2020

It is now day - I don’t know - of this quarantine, and I went from having two jobs to now only having one because of the city shutting down.  Sadly, I still have to go to the city for my other job. Being in the city during a time like this is scary. 42nd Street has turned into a complete ghost town...

That’s My Kayden

That's My Kayden

Maya Wiggins, Impact Staff

April 1, 2020

On Tuesday, Feb. 15 of 2011, I was blessed with a very special gift. My beautiful niece, Kayden, was born that evening. Kayden is my brother’s daughter and my oldest niece. When she was really little, we noticed that she was a bit antisocial. She wouldn't let anyone but her mother hold her. We just...

Celebrity for a Day

Celebrity for a Day

Maya Wiggins, Impact Staff

March 27, 2020

On Aug. 26, 2019, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime. My best friend, Malik, and I were able to go to the MTV Video Music Awards. He called me a week before to say that he got us free tickets. We had to go to the Prudential Center in New Jersey. For an event like this, I was surprised to see...

Green Onions Every Morning

Green Onions Every Morning

Maya Wiggins, Impact Staff

March 17, 2020

All of my childhood was spent either with my parents or going on adventures with my grandma. Every morning before my mom went to work, she would drop me off at my granny’s house. I would spend all day with Grandma and then come home and call her to talk about our day together. I remember when Granny...

Sheltered From My Own Home

Sheltered From My Own Home

Maya Wiggins, Impact Staff

March 3, 2020

Growing up, I was always a sheltered child. My parents made sure I was always being watched, and that I was safe no matter what. Whether I was with my grandmothers or with my mother, I was never left unsupervised. My mother is my best friend. We always did everything together. When I was little, I...

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