Becoming The Writer That I Am Today Essay

716 Words Sep 13th, 2016 3 Pages
Becoming the writer that I am today, was not completely a single bound but rather several small steps. My family has greatly influenced- both positively and negatively- my development as a writer. I have also had the immense privilege of having several amazing teachers over the course of my education. Though, my development as a writer has been most deeply impacted by the division between my personal and academic writing styles and goals.
I grew up in Bakersfield, California which is a conservative hotspot in one of the most reliably liberal states in the United States. My mother and father each has minimal education but worked hard to provide an environment that would allow my sister and I to thrive academically. Since my sister is four years older than me, I learned at an early age to flourish in her shadow. Despite the age difference, our parents always compared us. This constant comparison motivated me to search for subjects where I could independently excel. As my sister began to struggle in her science courses, it became apparent that the sciences would be one of my few opportunities to be better than her. My pursuit of a scientific mind meant that I sacrificed writing in favor for Biological studies and interests. My family dynamic was the primary reason for my disinterest in academic reading and writing.
Though years later, my family dynamic was the reason I found writing again. While I was in the seventh grade, my life began to fall apart and the sciences…

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