The personal essay to me, embodies the qualities of what Phillip Lopate would consider to be a good writer. When I write, I tend to use first person quite frequently. I will admit that sometimes I am too honest, even with myself. I try to envision that there is some kind of audience watching, listening, learning. There is always a moment of self-discovery in writing. Through writing, I am not only establishing a connection with the so-called audience, but also with myself. As I was reading The Art of the Personal Essay, by Lopate I was struck with that moment of self discovery. I considered my self to be a good writer. Not a great one of course, but good enough. Writing personal essays during my childhood gave me a voice when my parents wouldn’t hear me. Writing separated me from the masses within the school system; just knowing I was smart enough made me feel less like a failure. So to become intimate with paper and pen (or whatever medium of your choosing), is to become intimate with a larger audience and to connect, resonate, and make an impact on them. That is what I hope to invoke in readers someday. I am not without faults however, I know that there are, or might be certain areas where I fall short but I hope to overcome them through practice. I love to write but usually the question arises in the back of my mind, “how do I find the time to write? Hopefully, this class will force me to do what I tell myself everyday, but never really find the time to do. Now, I have to find the time to do it and through that struggle, it will lead to finding myself.