Being a writer of poetry, for me, is a form of my identity and I don't believe I would have pursued my talent in writing so early in my life if it weren't for my third grade teacher, Ms. Seely. I have always struggled in areas of math and science in school, and this was especially damaging to my self esteem as a kid. I knew I was struggling the most out of any of the kids and I felt I was alone and unique in the worst way. Until one day when Ms. Seely read us a book of poems by Shel Silverstein, nothing had inspired me like his poetry did. These words weren't just going in one direction to follow one path of a story; these words were alive in some way and each one was tied to the next, sort of like a dance. It was like music without words. Feeling inspired, I wrote my first poem about a boy in the fourth grade that I was swooning over and then showed my teacher. Baffled at the length and (sort-of) rhyming words, she looked me in the eye and told me that I have the gift of creativity. I remember exactly the way she said it and feeling for the rest of the day, and the rest of my life, like I had something to wear with pride.
Like very many other fifteen-year-old girls and boys, I felt terrified entering my four years of high school. I wanted to join my school's showchoir, but I was rather shy and seeing the girls on stage jumping around and dancing with the boys looked like something I would never be good at. My best friend throughout High School, Anna Friss, did not allow me to chicken out however. She pulled me into the audition, starting out with a choreographed dance to "The Nicest Kids in Town" from the musical "Hairspray" and I was terrified, but I actually made the audition and was in the group for all four years of High School. Without my friend, I know that I would have let my insecurities get the best of me and perhaps I wouldn't have developed my talent for singing if it weren't for her. I have always loved music, and singing with other people in this group truly ignited a passion I have for performance and expression. Getting lost in creating something is one of the most beautiful feelings in the entire world and I think that it's vital for us as humans to find our own way of expressing