Amaiya’s Point of View
By Andrea Salazar
“If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?” This song quote from Kendrick Lamar’s song “Poetic Justice” is a representation of Amaiya Jones’ life story. “Growing up, there were multiple times in my life where my father wasn't really there. I was in a really dark place because of him.” The little girl who once felt abandoned now plans to help people who are in similar, helpless situations.
Amaiya Jones is an 18-year old girl who attends Canton High School. There, Jones takes a Family & Child
studies course, where she learns the basics of caring for children. “I can use the knowledge from this
class to put it into my future career. Becoming a nurse has been a dream since I was younger,” Amaiya
says. She knew from a young age that being of service to others was in her future, “I'm really passionate
about it. I like helping people, especially when it comes to kids.”
Amaiya plans to not only pursue nursing but also seek a job in the cosmetology field. She’s always loved
doing makeup on herself and others. “I’ve been dreaming about it since I was younger so why not do
nursing and cosmetology on the side?.' she says. Amaiya finds art in wearing synthetic lashes and hopes
to become a lash technician. “They’re a big part of my personality, I like to stand out, they’re very
empowering.” I had never thought about cosmetics holding as much power as they do. Today, I got
to see another side of Amaiya where she shows that makeup can be a form of expression and
that helping people
is a gift, not a chore.
Whether it’s by making someone feel beautiful or caring for one of her family members, Amaiya is truly an ambitious and benevolent person; she took her desolate past and transformed it into a bright future for herself and others.
Above: One of Amaiya’s birthday photos,
taken at venue hall in Stoughton