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.