I was 30 years old by the time I learned study and work habits. Until then, I only deeply engaged if I loved the subject matter. I didn’t value learning for the sake of it; instead of craving knowledge, my goal was to get by, and so my parents would leave me alone. It wasn’t until I was a high school sophomore when my English teacher assigned a series of personal essays that I found my voice and myself. I want that and so much more for my kid.