My dream is to become a creative director of my own video games. The world of video games is the ultimate storytelling medium, more so than any book or film. An expertly crafted game immerses the player and brings forth a layer of interactivity that pulls emotions: excitement, grief, happiness, more powerfully than any other form of media due to the actions the player him/herself is experiencing, due to their own in-game choices. My stories will change the way people look at conflict & resolution, as well as serve as a gateway to whole other worlds, lives, and perspectives. The world of gaming has done so much for me, and I want to contribute to that magic with my own ideas. I’ve learned how to cope with loss, experienced the freedom of adventure, developed sharper critical thinking skills, and have befriended and connected with fictional characters that have become inspiration for me in my darkest moments. The combination of interaction, self-expression, and storytelling have brought forth life-changing masterpieces like “The Last Of Us” and “Bioshock”, games that have transcended the concept of a video game to bring forth the power of storytelling to the player’s own hands. The player traverses through these worlds, accomplishes impossible tasks, and it’s an emotional roller-coaster every step of the way. I want to be the artist behind the brush, to bring my visions to life, and to the lives of millions across the globe. This grant could be that imperative nudge forward.