Meet Our Wayfinders: An interview with Shama Maiwan

Posted on Monday March 10, 2014

A Wayfinder Schools Interview with Shama Maiwan, Camden Residential Class of 2014

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WS: What made you decide to come to Wayfinder Schools?

 

SM: I liked the set-up of the classrooms and how they teach us new things, so I decided to give it a try.

 

WS: What have you enjoyed most about your Wayfinder Schools experience so far?

 

SM: I like the classes because they’re way different than other classes.  I like the different activities we do instead of the same thing every day.  And I like that our classes are all about hands-on work.

 

WS: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far this year?

 

SM: Our Green Initiative studies about buying and raising our own food, and buying locally grown food. Also, Diversity and Social Justice Class.

 

WS: What’s the favorite meal you’ve cooked so far at school and why?

 

SM: Breakfast for dinner-pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs-I like breakfast for dinner but not for breakfast.

 

WS: How did you decide on your work/internship site?

 

SM: I chose PeoplePlace Cooperative Preschool because I’ve been working with kids for a long time and I babysit a lot.  I wanted to do something I was familiar with.  I like that I get to work a lot with kids and the people are really nice.  And I get extra babysitting jobs.

 

Editor’s note: Since the time of this interview, Shama has started working at Goodwill Industries, where she helps out in the Rockland store.

 

WS: Tell me about your experiences volunteering or on an ELE.

 

I liked rock climbing over the water. It looked scary, it was scary, but it was fun.   And I liked the long camping trip -not relying on technology as much as we do when we’re at home.

 

WS: What do you hope to get out of your experience at Wayfinder Schools?

 

I hope to get my driver’s permit and to get my diploma-to graduate with everyone that’s here.

 

WS: What are your hopes and plans for after graduation?

 

SM: I plan to go back to daycare or babysitting and then I want to go to a community college. I like helping people.

 

WS: What would you like people to know about Wayfinder Schools?

 

SM: Everyone should attend this school if they think school is not their thing.  It’s very helpful; it helps you with real life skills and schoolwork.

 

WS: What would you like the world to know about you?

 

SM: That I’m not a basketball player and I’m good at baking.

 

Fourteen facts about you:

 

Your name: Shama Maiwan

 

Where you were born: I was born in n Egypt and I was raised in America (Georgia, Maine and Tennessee). I like Georgia but not the violence. I like Maine but not the cold.  Tennessee was quiet. I liked that.

 

Your favorite color: Pink

 

Your favorite food: Boneless Buffalo wings

 

Your favorite sound or smell: I like the smell of mud after the rain.

 

Your favorite hobby or thing to do in your spare time: Baking, drawing and anything else that interests me.

 

Your favorite possession: I don’t hold onto much of my stuff.

 

Your favorite book, band, quote, song or movie: My favorite song is

Background by Christian rapper Le Crae.  And I like scary movies. 

 

One place you’d like to travel to: Germany.  I have a lot of German friends and they seem cool so I want to visit their country one day.  And I like their language.

 

Something you’re proud of: Coming to this school

 

Something new you’d like to try: Skydiving

 

Who would play you in a movie: Maybe Rhianna

 

Your favorite spot in Maine: Cadillac Mountain

 

Your favorite superhero: The Joker-he’s funny in a mean way

 

Your favorite holiday: Christmas

 

And…anything else you’d like us to know about YOU!:

 

When I grow up I want to build my own house and adopt kids.  The house will have at least 18 bedrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a playroom for toddlers, and I’d put it in a state that has snow at Christmas but is hot in the summer.