“We are very cruelly trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are. And we cannot possibly become what we would like to be until we are willing to ask ourselves just why the lives we lead on this continent are mainly so empty, so tame, and so ugly.”

- James Baldwin 

I am Nyasia Mercer-Long, welcome to my e-portfolio. 

Peer Mediators with the certificates at Common Ground High School

I have lived in New Haven, CT my whole life. I went to the same school from kindergarten to eighth grade: same friends, same people, same place for almost ten years. Deciding to go to Common Ground was the first thing I had ever done myself. It was both a terrifying and eye opening experience. It was the first time I was able to experience myself without the safety net of familiarity. This E-Portfolio chronicles the experiences I have had to become more socially aware and empowered to make change for both my community and within myself.