For a long time, I just knew that I had to to read, that I had to write. I’d take a book, consume it, and start on another. As a child growing up, I can remember the smell and texture of a room, a whole house rather, just full of books. Life of Pi, Fahrenheit 451, Catcher In The Rye. When I was only 7, maybe 8 years old, I first read Animal Farm, and vividly remember being blown away. Not just by the writing and subject matter but by Orwell’s ability to change how I saw the world, creating so much impact by saying so little. Even with this burning passion to read and write I didn’t really feel supported in high school with my ambitions. I was lacking confidence, the confidence to pursue my dreams. It’s hard to get in, to be a professional writer. I think what you really need is more than just passion, but a voice. You have the power to change the way an entire audience can think about a subject. To spread ideas and to create discourse. Those are the characteristics that led me to choose the English course and it was going to City that really helped me find my voice. Joining City has really given me the confidence I was searching for. I’ve met friends for life, taken part in classes and seminars, and been a part of opportunities that I can really say have changed my future. Being part of the course here has really helped me develop as a writer. I feel like I’m on the right path now and have the correct tools to help me obtain my dream career. My name is Tammy, and City is giving me the confidence to become a playwright. I’m Sarah and City is supporting my ambitions to become a journalist.