The periodic table is made up of singular elements. A lot of them. When those elements bond together, they become compound elements. Compound elements cannot exist without all of their pieces; water cannot exist without two oxygen and one hydrogen. On their own, hydrogen and oxygen molecules simply exist. But together, they are something every living creature needs for survival.
English, and this convention, have been a bonding experience for me in that way. I’ve existed on my own for a long time. But it’s simply been existing. I always thought of myself as small, as knowing nothing. I never gave myself credit for my ideas or thought they were worth anything. And now I am part of something greater, something that is bigger than I am. Something I was meant to be a part of all along. The small but mighty Parkside English program might be unknown, but it is amazing. My professors are awesome. I know literature, I know theory, I know how to have a brain and I know how to use it. The greatest lesson I learned this week was that, because I know literature, I have a place in this world. I may not know everything, but my college has given me all of the tools and the knowledge that I need to be successful. To go out. To bond.
At this convention, I became water.