When I was younger, I thought that everyone noticed grammatical errors in books. I also thought that it was normal to tear through four books a week and to read at slumber parties. When teachers started to ask me to help other students write their essays in the fifth grade and I was exposed to my peers’ writing, I realized that perhaps this was not the case.
Right before I entered ninth grade, this cheesy movie called The Proposal was released. I saw it with friends at the local movie theater and was captivated by the strong female lead played by Sandra Bullock. She was the chief editor at a book publishing company and always had a manuscript in hand. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be a copy editor and correct other people’s mistakes because it is one thing that I am able to have control over. I may not be able change the way that other people conduct themselves or correct the mistakes that I have made in the past, but I can improve others’ writing and my own. It may not seem monumental or terribly impactful, but I feel like I am making a difference when I help someone with their writing and it is one of the few activities that makes me feel like I have a purpose which is a good enough reason for me to pursue this career that I have lusted after for many years.