UPDATE: Although I have reached my $9,000 goal Kickstarter and Amazon together take almost 10% of the total amount funded (a number which I did not originally factor into my goal calculation). If everyone could please continue to spread the word and back this project I would truly appreciate it. Thank you!
Hello. My name is Alexis Marie Wint. I am 19 years old and in my junior year at Bard College at Simon's Rock nearly on a full scholarship. I have maintained a 3.92 gpa and I am lucky enough to have been accepted to go to Manchester, England, for a semester on a study abroad program. I want to change the world, but I don't want education funding to get in my way.
I will be researching race relations in Manchester, England and will write a collection of short stories, titled "Black Girl Abroad." The focus of my work will be on the experiences of Black Americans today, and how people all over the world learn about, interact with and perceive the lived experiences of African-American people.
The characters for each of the short stories will grow out of my observations and interactions while studying abroad in Manchester, England. This may not be the most exciting startup, but I am a driven young woman, and I think you'd be proud to have me eventually teach your children.
I am holding down three jobs at Simon's Rock right now and have leadership positions in two clubs; I plan on becoming a University Professor when I finish. As you can see by the attached link and biography in the lower right hand corner of the page, I have a uniquely positive perspective, grounded in shared everyday experiences of black-descended people all over the world.
As we work to become a more global society, I firmly believe that it is this type of very grounded but vividly image-driven story that will help to knit all cultures together in a global understanding. Thank you for helping me pursue my dream and enrich the world.
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