I understand that your company specializes in the manufacturing and sale of diploma frames, and in no way through my entry do I mean to insult or degrade the value of a quality frame. I look around my home and see countless frames performing their duties beautifully, securing posters and pictures- images capturing still moments in time and forever keeping them safe and protected. While I truly appreciate the framed photos that lace the walls of my house and stir up warm feelings of nostalgia and happiness, I also believe that there are some things in life that cannot be framed- like my future. My future is intangible, ever-growing, and unpredictable. I constantly create a picture inside my mind of what my future may hold, but this picture is constantly changing as my knowledge and experience grow and my perceptions of myself and the world around me change. I feel like any attempt to frame my future would fall short of the endless possibilities that actually exist for me, and so I choose not to limit my future within the confines of any frame. Society constantly bombards me with social standards, regulations, and expectations, attempting to create a frame of what my future should hold- and so I choose to break this imposing frame. I choose to live my life with a cracked and broken frame, a frame that does not limit my potential, but keeps it open to whatever the world may throw my way, and whatever I may throw at the world. I have big plans for my future, as I am attending the University of Illinois and majoring in Biology, but I will begin my quest into college with the mindset that I express in my poem. I wish that we could all live with broken frames. I wish that we could all be open to the limitless possibilities that our futures truly hold. I wish that we could all escape the constraints of social expectation- the need for monetary success, the vices of power and pride, and the inherent evils of a closed mind. And so, I wrote this poem, to express the power that my broken frame embraces, and the power that I feel within myself to truly change our world for the better.