I want to be rich and I'm not sorry

In the junior year of high school, I entered a creative-writing contest that awarded a significant cash stipend. I faced stiff competition from a number of Ivy League-bound classmates, but I submitted my essay with a reasonable expectation of winning.

I am a great writer, a conviction I kept private for fear of sounding obnoxious. When my name was announced at my school's closing ceremony awards, my class president stood up and cried "What?" in outrage and disbelief.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'I want to be rich and I'm not sorry'. Print Edition | Subscribe