Our First Writing Scholarship Winner Has Been Chosen; Congratulations Julia!
Build Your Own Blog is pleased to announce the recipient of the New Writer Scholarship 2015 is…
Julia Zemmol, age 18
Ms. Zemmol attends college in the Midwest region of the U.S., started blogging a few months ago and plans to write a children’s book in the near future.
In fact, she submitted a blog post with her application (her first one!) that is quite charming, funny and inspirational.
I knew right away that regular visitors here at Build Your Own Blog would enjoy reading this one, as it will speak to many of you.
With her permission, here is a copy of the post, titled Try New Things…
This is my first official blog post ever.
I never thought in a million years I would start a blog. I always thought they were for middle-aged women who wrote about how crazy their life is handling 4 kids and a full time job.
Then I realized how many blogs I’ve read that I actually related to and I thought I would try it out.
As you all know, I started college this year (and I’m almost done with my first semester…what?)
The past 3 months have been one big rollercoaster. Learning how to juggle school work, living on my own, and making new friends has been nothing but challenging. Through all of this change though, I’ve learned quite a bit about myself and how prepared I actually was for college.
A huge part of college is being yourself and doing things that you enjoy while not caring what other people think of you for it, and this comes hand in hand with trying new things.
At the beginning of the school year, there was an event called Campus Life Night. This is when all (when I say all I mean ALL) of the clubs and student organizations have tables set up in a parking lot trying to get you to be a member of their club.
Let me just say, there are some of the strangest clubs on this campus (ex. Squirrel Watching Club and the Quidditch Club.)
I joined 2 that I never thought I would be interested in: Senior Citizens Club and Intramural Ultimate Frisbee. In Senior Citizens Club, 2 other girls and I go to a nursing home every other Saturday and play bingo with old people (nothing funnier when you call B4 and someone responds with “Did you say N30?!”) I love playing bingo, and playing with senior citizens just makes it even more fun.
I have only been in college for a short time and I’ve already done so many things that I would not have done while in high school.
Part of this is because I’ve known the people I went to school with since Kindergarten and I know they would judge me for it (then again I would have done it anyway because I don’t care what they think) and the other part of it is that there are not as many opportunities in high school as there are in college, which is probably why I want to try everything.
Not too long ago I decided that I want to write a children’s book. I even bought the cliché book for starting anything new: “Writing Children’s Books for Dummies” so that’s how you know it’s official. I have a few ideas written down and I have been researching the process and I can’t wait to get it published. My goal is to be able to go to Target and see it in the children’s book section.
Sometimes I eat meals by myself because I feel comfortable enough to do that. I go to restaurants late at night with people in my dorm because it was just a “spur of the moment” kind of thing. All of these things (and so much more) that I’ve done in this short amount of time is because I wasn’t afraid to do something different.
So whether you are 18 and just starting college, a 40 year old woman with 4 kids, or someone who I did not just describe, try something new.
Ask yourself this question: “When was the last time I did something for the first time?”
If you have to think for more than 30 seconds, then it’s time to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy (Thanks, Ms. Frizzle) because in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
To read more from Julia, visit her website 18 Year Old Blogger
Quick Interview with the 2015 New Writer Scholarship Recipient
Name: Julia Zemmol
Writing Background: My blog is my biggest writing achievement thus far. I never thought I would start a blog but now that I have I really enjoy writing about things that I want to share with others. At some point in the near future, I want to write a children’s book. I think this will show a lot of people, especially new writers, that once you set your mind on something anything is possible.
How the scholarship will help me: I plan on using this money towards college tuition and helping to publish the children’s book.
Advice for new writers: Don’t be afraid to show people what you can do! Writing is a form of expression and your voice should be heard whether it’s in a blog post or simply an essay for school. It’s important to be confident in your writing which makes people enjoy reading your submissions that much more.
Be sure to say hi to Julia in the comments!
Will the Next Writing Scholarship Winner Be You?
Stay in touch if you are interested in applying again for next year’s scholarship.
Details will be coming soon.I want to win the 2016 New Writer Scholarship
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There is still time to win.
Cheers to your writing future and blog success,