Creativity. Passion. Art. Self-improvement. Taking this class helped foster my inner curiosity in art. This then maneuvered towards deepening my creative abilities. Before taking this class my writing and reading skills were average but after taking this class I significantly improved my skills by consuming and getting exposed to different types of literature and art. It would never have crossed my mind to listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Yet, because of this, I have consumed many types of books, news, and more. With my writing skills, I honestly always dreaded writing essays or research papers or anything academically given to me in school. Although, through this class we get to write about things that actually interest me. For example, I get to talk about a song that I really like and that has inspired me or the time I got to write about how music changed my life. Through these experiences, I can safely conclude that this course helped serve as a bridge to loving to write. My literacy skills may not be perfect but as I continue to grow and learn I am a step closer to becoming a better reader and writer. Additionally, what I really admire about this class is the ability to spend my time being creative. If I wanted to experiment with art or different types of designs I would be able to do so in this class. Creative writing is a place for me to flourish in my passion and to go beyond my abilities. To add on to my admiration with this class is my admiration for the quick writes we write in class. Not only do these quick writes stimulate the creative side of my brain but the occasional goal setting topic helps set up my future endeavors. This is relevant because growing up I always believed that setting up goals for the future will help you be organized. But, due to the pandemic I have procrastinated and lost my motivation to plan my day or week out. This is pertinent to creative writing because this class has influenced me to grow and mature my habits in my personal life. Moving outside of English class, I have grown as a person throughout high school. Starting from my freshman year, I was shy one year from when I first moved to The Great Neck South District. It may seem as though I could have adjusted properly to the environment and the social aspect that is carried out in Great Neck, Long Island, but I became shy and timid. The average “new girl” story may apply to this situation but I believe I became a strong person through my experiences in high school with the additional eighth grade experience. It was freshman year when I realized my skills in math. I actually wanted to do more math problems and solve the bonus questions. I liked to be driven past my abilities. This was the moment I decided to exponentially increase my math skills. This was also the moment that led me to choose my major that I wanted to do in college — business. Furthermore, in many of my classes — Spanish, English, History — I have always encountered the need to create presentations. In every class when there was a project presented, I always chose to do the creative option. This steered me to tap into my creative skills which led me to decide on doing business marketing for college. School has done so much to shape my personality and the road I walk on. School itself is an act of service given to me. Schools provide education, friendship, and the development of our personalities. What I loved was having extra help. In times of confusion and hardship, teachers were there to untangle the thoughts in my head and aided me with their guidance to achieve numerous things. Through many of the challenges, I can now move on to do bigger and better things from learning, growing, and maturing. To end it off, I hope to become a person people will come to for comfort and help while also the existence to keep people motivated and happy. I want to be perceived in a good light, one that is responsible, hard-working, and fun to be around. I just want to live life happily and not regret my decisions. So hopefully I am pushed to my creative limits and continue to work on my skills practiced in period 9’s creative writing class by Mr. Weinstein and Mrs. Fernandez.