The time comes in almost everyone’s life when he must look at what he is doing and say: “I need to make more of myself.” I had this epiphany a little over two years ago. When I saw the changes I needed to make in my life, I started to write about the pain I felt from my wrongdoings and about the recovery process that I needed to go through. As I wrote, I grew more confident that the things in my past were indeed real, and that I needed to write a “ new fiction,” a more hopeful fiction, to help my true self rise out of the ashes . . . and through my writings, I soon began to see the security in which I lived. I also began to feel the love that my friends, both new and old, had to offer me. I could even see the possibility of discovering real love. The literary skills I had honed since age three had finally rescued me from a desperate sadness, and I could once again enjoy my life, even more than I had before.
When I reached my senior year, I was given an opportunity to help rescue Lamar’s literary magazine so that student writing could be recognized in my AP English class. Ryan Lindstrom, my co-editor, and I decided to name the magazine “Rädda,” which is a Swedish word meaning “to rescue.” We hope that this magazine will showcase some of the best writing, both poetry and prose, in our AP classes and keep Lamar’s literary magazine tradition alive.