I was born in Norrkoping, Sweden, about two hours south of the capital, Stockholm. My parents, my sister, and I moved to Greenville, SC in 2011. I love learning about different cultures and all they entail: food, music, language, and so much more, and I always enjoy visiting new places. Some are real, and some are imaginary. Books let me experience what would otherwise be impossible; they are a doorway to exciting worlds yet undiscovered, waiting for a brave adventurer to turn their pages. From witty Mark Twain to intriguing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to comedic Lemony Snicket, I read it all. My love for reading led quite naturally to a love for writing. In high school, if I was bored in class, I would write poems and short stories beside my notes. In English class, when everyone else was grumbling, I really didn’t mind all those essays. Writing is a way for me to express myself, and more than that, it is an art and I know I still have much to learn. I take inspiration from details, short moments in time that I try to catch and pin down on a paper. But it isn’t always easy, and that’s why I appreciate the guidance of many teachers throughout my middle and high school years and of the professors here at Greenville Tech. I never thought that my silly little poems would grow into something that would be published by the Blue Granite Review. As for the future, I will always be writing. There are still so many places out there to see, so many people to meet, so many things to live, so many stories to tell. I want to share them all.