My name is Zainab Akbari and I am currently a graduating senior at Rutgers University. As a student myself, I have always found myself struggling with readings for class. Not only was I trying to find the motivation to read, but I was struggling to connect with the readings. This made it difficult for me to enjoy reading books and poems and short stories. However, whenever the teacher introduced a text that was written in the late 20th or early 21st century, I found that I was always much more interested in reading  and even annotating it. I certainly never felt this way about high school readings, so I can understand where students would struggle with connecting to novels in high school. Because of my personal experiences and struggle with reading I want to be able change that experience for the students who are dealing with it now. I want to give them opportunity to learn at there fullest potential.