By Julie Abe
I was in college—going through the routine course load of a Business Administration major—when I first got a glimpse of a different future. Out of all places, I was browsing through the online course catalog to figure out what classes could fulfill my requirements. My classmates were all enrolled in Business Writing 101—there were plenty of spots open still. There, I would learn how to write a business essay, which I’m sure would be helpful with writing the thousands of emails and executive summaries to come in my future.
I scrolled a little further and there it was. Advanced Creative Writing: Application is required; only 15 candidates allowed. I love reading with all my heart, and I’d dabbled in writing here and there. In middle school, my absolute favorite assignment was to write my own “chapter” for the Martian Chronicles, thanks to my brilliant teacher, Ms. Johnson, and that had sparked an early interest in writing. But I never thought writing might be a class I could take.
This is impossible.
I submitted a little story I’d drafted a while back, but geared myself up for figuring out how to write formal business essays. I’d almost forgotten all about the class until I received an email, notifying me that I’d—along with 14 others who were mostly MFA hopefuls—had gotten in.
Believe in the impossible.