Mariah R. Embry here. I like to think of myself as optimistic. Living in California, while beautiful, is very hard. Money is scarce, and driving is a struggle, my school takes two hours to get to in traffic, rent is expensive, yet none of those obstacles are enough to deter me from my dreams. I've always believed that I can be anything I want to be, which is why I've never given up on any of my goals. I am a true believer that life is for living, so I always try and achieve whatever it is I set my mind to do. Ever since I can remember, I've always been telling stories. Whether it was making up stories or dreaming my ideas, I've always had various tales floating around in my mind. It wasn't until I decided to major in English, that I started to write my thoughts down. The art of storytelling is a part of me, and I could not imagine living this life and doing anything else. Perhaps, it's my free-spirited nature, but I can't be tied down to much which is why writing (and reading) is my greatest escape. Through the art of literature, I can escape anywhere, which is why I do what I do.