As a 25 year old single individual, the reason why I do anything is because it brings be some sort of personal benefit. Personal writing has benefited my life in the sense that it allows me to organize the thoughts in my head, analyze my feelings and impressions, and make new discoveries about me and the world around me. This is what I have enjoyed most about writing, and the reason why I am so excited to be in the writing minor program at UM. Beyond explaining an academic idea, writing has the power to transform individuals lives by creating a space where people are free to delve deep into and come to fully understand a new way of thinking about a topic. There are many other reasons why I write, but for me the personal, analytical, explorative writing is what has been most significant in my life so far.