The first step was not only learning how to write, but understanding what it means to be a good writer. Understanding structures, grammar, and how to make words flow in a way that evoke the same feeling I had as a little girl became the most important thing in my education. Growing in my writing, I realized I wanted to help others as best as I can, guiding others to find their own voice with words I know hold much more power than they are given credit for.
When the opportunity to join SWAG was available, I immediately agreed. I remember what it was like to write countless college essays. It was difficult, even for someone like me, who loves to write. I remember spending time with my Junior year English teacher, coming up with draft after draft, until my words were as close to perfect as I could get them. My English teacher never gave up, even when I was not satisfied, and even when she had other college essays to go over. She worked hard to help me better my writing and relearn the power words can have in holding one’s voice. Being a member of SWAG helps me pay forward the guidance I was given. I hope that my help can aid another to continue working on their education, and continue using their words in the best way they can.