When I started ALW two years ago, I was a freshman in college. My self-esteem was low but my hopes were high. I was not sure what would come of it, but starting a blog was a decision I still stand by. As soon as Her Campus began its blogger network, I applied and became part of its vast sisterhood. I had only written publicly a few times: 8th grade for NPR’s “I Believe” contest, and 11th grade for “Falling for the Story” anthology. These writings were personal, but my teachers urged me to submit to contests and see what happened. I thought maybe I did have something to say after all.
There are some days when I truly do not know what the future holds. I turn to writing in order to understand my problems and solve them on paper. It is terrifying to put your writing out there. For so long, I pushed off adding English as my second major because I was scared of someone reading my writing and saying it was not good enough.
The truth is: there will always be someone telling you, you aren’t good enough. There always will be a better writer than you. Nobody can write from your perspective though. Your voice is important! What you have to say is so much more important than you think.
To all the folks out there who write in the back of the biology notebooks or in Moleskine hard covers, let one person read your writing today. It will get you a step closer to being the best writer you can be. Writing is like a muscle – the more you practice, the better you become.
Thank you all so much for reading my blog over the past few years. I hope to continue to write things that make you laugh, smile, think and create.
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