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Alumna Ayesha Karim Circles Back to College
That Launched Her


West Windsor, N.J. – When Ayesha Karim ’07 (A.A., Humanities and Social Science), of West Windsor, attended MCCC in the mid-2000s after graduating from Ewing High School, she knew Mercer was the right place for her. 

“The classes were good, the professors were supportive, and the campus was welcoming,” she recalls, adding that the counseling staff was also a great resource.  “They were caring and always available to help.”

Karim remembers Mercer as a family. "I loved it here [Mercer].  I had a feeling of being part of what was going on,” she said.

These days, Karim finds herself back at the college in a position to help others just as she was helped. She has joined the staff of the DREAM (Developing Real Expectations for Achieving Mastery) program as a mentor. Karim attends classes with three students with intellectual disabilities who are taking Foundations English. She takes notes during each class and then shares them with her students by email. She also escorts the students around campus and offers guidance and encouragement as they proceed with their assignments.

As a poet and creative writer, and someone who believes in the power of kindness, Karim says this job is just right for her. "I am helping intellectually challenged people. I have always wanted to do this."

Karim earned her bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing, from New Jersey City University in 2015. She is an avid writer and memoirist and has published extensively on PoetrySoup.com.

Ayesha Karim

“It is a joy to be back at Mercer helping others,” Karim said.  While she plans to continue on for her master's degree in creative writing, for now she is taking a breather from being a student and instead offering her support to other students.

"Someday, I want to teach middle school English. I hope to inspire people," Karim said.

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