Though ENG 100 focuses largely on honing our writing skills to prepare for future academic coursework, it is equally important to consider the power wrapped up in the act of writing itself. We mediate the human experience through language—it is what binds and connects us to each other. Language can just as easily empower as it can erase. Therefore, as responsible citizens, we must cultivate an attunement to the ways language is used and an awareness of ourselves as writers. We are all storytellers, and our stories often collide in ways that are both beautiful and messy. The assignments built into this course are designed to help us begin thinking about the ways we use language and how we enter discourse. As we navigate this time together, let us move forward with openness and humility—valuing each other’s stories and in hopeful anticipation of the ways we will learn from one another.