Reading to me has become some form of a rescue raft . At a young age I realized that reading gave me joy and made me feel good. The more I read the more success I achieved, which boosted my confidence. The more books I read the more knowledge I gained allowing me to have conversations with people from all walks of life. You see, reading allowed me to deeply comprehend the lives of people I would never truly appreciate in my daily life growing up in an Armenian private school. It gave me the ability to be more open minded about several topics including opening my mind to cultural diversity.