Write expectations

My parents both dropped out. Can I still get to college and become a writer? 

You’re on the right path, says our elder. Keep on following your passion.

Dear EWC

Hi! I would prefer to remain nameless, but I can tell you I am a sophomore in high school. Recently, I have been asked many times what my plan for the future is. Over the years, I always thought I wanted to do something creative, be it art, music or literature. I knew I would never be complete without living my life to the fullest. In any case, I want to do the best I can for my future. I have decided to try to become a writer, something I honestly enjoy and would love to do on a full-time basis. I believe I have the proper education to become a writer, but I have no comprehension as to how to go about it. I think becoming an English major would be best, but I have no clue exactly how to go about it. My family doesn’t have a lot of money, and we never saved up enough money for a college fund for me. As well as this, my mother had dropped out of college, and my father had dropped out of high school. I want to be the first in my family to work my way through college. Am I just being silly, or do I actually have a chance to become something people say I can’t? If I can, how do I do this? Thank you so much for reading my letter and, potentially, replying back with any and all advice you can give. Sincerely, Write Expectations.

Lincoln-Parker replies

Expectations, you are certainly off on the right path, and your high ambition is certainly not silly.  That’s what makes people like you successful when others, who may have had everything handed to them, fail.  You have a passion for being successful in a career you love, and nothing should stop you from pursuing it.

We are fortunate to live in a country where people can rise above their means – a country where the children of hardworking parents can use their example to go beyond what their parents were able to achieve.

The fact that you say that you want to work your way through college tells me that you have already chosen the path that is going to get you that first family college degree with very proud parents attending that graduation. Look for other opportunities such as scholarships and loans if necessary. If you can’t afford a four-year college at the start, start in a local community college with a plan of transferring to get that four-year degree in a university.

The important thing is to always keep that passion and try to do your best wherever you are studying. I can’t tell you how to become a writer because I have never done that, but if that remains your passion, you will figure that out as you study. I suggest that you contact or research some of you favorite writers to help find your path. Your high school and ultimately your college professors can also guide you.

Please keep pursuing your passion. Be prepared that along the way it may change to another creative area, but that is OK. Whatever it takes to live your life to its fullest is what you should do, and as long as you are willing to work for it, it can be achieved. People like you are the ones who, when they hear “You can’t do that,” always prove those naysayers wrong.

Finally, I would like to commend you on writing a beautiful letter; I think a writing career could certainly be in your future.

Good luck.


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