Hello, I’m Heather Chesiyna. I was born and raised in Kenya, East Africa and moved to America in 2007. In 2010, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and minor in Accounting. Although I academically excelled in this field, my desire since childhood has been to advocate for marginalized communities. I was lucky enough to transition over to patient advocacy. Currently, I work full time as a senior case manager in a nonprofit that has advocacy at the heart of what it does.
I am currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work (MSW) at University of Maryland, Baltimore at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). This program at USG was my first and only choice, and I’m extremely ecstatic that I was accepted. I hope to use my studies to further my advocacy skills and knowledge so that I can be more equipped to fight for the rights of the marginalized.
Literature and storytelling has always been a part of my life. In African culture, our elders relied on oral literature to pass important cultural information from generation to generation. From a young age, I remember being told fascinating stories that nurtured my creativity and imagination. I started writing short stories and poetry when I was seven years old. The Kenyan school system emphasized literature and poetry as part of our curriculum and these quickly became my favorite classes. We studied literature and poetry in both Swahili and English. It was quite intriguing to study literature in these two languages. In 2000, I started journaling but soon after transitioned to blogging as I felt my work would be easily accessible in digital format rather than in a diary.
Aside from working full time, I also have my hands full at home with my two children aged six and two. My blog will highlight how I juggle studying, parenting, and my job. I will also find clever ways to share Swahili proverbs, time management tips, and inspirational life lessons.
I hope you will enjoy reading my blog posts!