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Saying Goodbye to Teen Ink

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Saying Goodbye to Teen Ink

Originally Posted by October 8th, 2017

Hello, everyone and welcome back to Join The ME Project. As I mentioned before, I used to be quite shy about showing what I was writing to my friends and family, but I had no problem publishing it online. I think I was I was worried about the personal opinion of what others that knew me, and I knew them. Online, I had the protection of anonymity, I didn’t have to worry about that. The website that I turned to was TeenInk.com.

I found it one day while I was doing some googling. The website’s tagline is, “By Teens, For Teens” that’s what attracted me to learn more. Not only can you publish your writing on the website, but they select a few to get published in their monthly magazine. It allows you to connect with other writers, read their work, and have them comment on yours.

The website’s tagline is, “By Teens, For Teens” that’s what attracted me to learn more.Join The ME Project

But there is an age limit for the site, it is called “Teen” Ink. Once you are over the age 19, you can no longer publish to the site, but your work will remain.

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In 2009, I found out about Teen Ink’s NYC Summer Writing Program. It was open to girls in grades 9-12 of that school year. The itinerary included: writing courses, individual instruction, guest speakers, and daily outings. Housing was at the Juilliard College dorms.

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To apply I had to fill out an application and send in samples of my writing. Thousands of girls applied, but they only picked 30 to be a part of the program for that year. I was totally shocked to find out that I was one of them.

(Author note: This is the video they made of our 2009 NYC Summer Writing Program. You’ll see a really young version of me)

Once again, I never shared my writing like that, so to get news that I had been accepted into this program with 29 other talented girls blew my mind. At first, my mom was not into it. She thought it was a big scam and I was going to be sold into slavery off in a different country. She would tell me that multiple times a day. The top really blew off, when we learned that the total cost was going to be $4,000.

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This was a two-week trip, so the cost included: meal plan, tours, Broadway shows, museums, etc. We just didn’t have the money. Throughout all of this, we were in contact with John Meyer, who was the owner and founder of Teen Ink.

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Looking back now, it’s simply hilarious and heartwarming because he would reassure my mom that the program was not a scam and I would not be sold into slavery. He said that they still wanted me to be a part of the program and things would work out.

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I kid you not, I remember sitting in my Creative Writing class and over the intercom, I got called down to the main principal’s office. The whole walk there, I was filled with such dread just thinking about the reason why I had been called out of class. His office was on the opposite side of the school, so I had a lot of thinking to do as I walked.

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I walked in, and there was a lady in his office with him, but they were both smiling so I figured I wasn’t in any trouble. She told me that she was from the Board of Education, and she heard that I had been accepted into the Teen Ink NYC Summer Writing Program. She said that she was proud that I had been one of the 30 accepted and that they were going to pay for me to go.

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When I say I lost my mind, I lost my mind! I called my mother on the phone and she just couldn’t believe it. Honestly, it wasn’t until we got to Juilliard and she dropped me off did she stop thinking it was a scam. The program was absolutely amazing, I met many wonderful and talented individuals. I’m honestly glad that I went and took the opportunity because I learned so much about myself that I didn’t know before. Sadly, the program is no longer offered.

Even after the program, and leaving my teenage years, I would still help Teen Ink. Occasionally, I would do the freelance reading for them and I kept in contact with John. We would always email back and forth, and try to keep each other updated on life.

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When we moved to our apartment, I emailed him to let him know our new address, but I never heard from him. There would be a gap in time between our emails, but never this long.

Eventually, I emailed one of the editors to ask her and she informed me that he had passed away in January. He had liver cancer. I read the email at physical therapy so I couldn’t break down at the time, but I did when I got home. My grief is new, but he’s been gone for so long and I didn’t even know.

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I had a moment last week of questioning myself. I questioned what I share and what I discuss on this blog. I never want to offend anyone by what I write, but at the same time, what I write is coming from my perspective and my life.

I know that not everyone shares the same views as me, and that’s okay. But everything just got to be too much, and I needed a break. Then I thought about John, and his continual support and I knew that I couldn’t give up. But I’m going to end this here before I start crying again…

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow JoinThe ME Project on Social Media!

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6 Winnipeg Date Ideas

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6 Winnipeg Date Ideas

If you’re a single and have recently purchased one of the condos for sale in Winnipeg, you’re probably curious about dating options in Winnipeg.

While it might be easier for you to find who you’re looking for here, you may need some help coming up with date ideas – these options should give you a good start.

The Manitoba Museum’s Planetarium

You’ll literally see stars in your eyes if you take your date to the planetarium at the Manitoba Museum. It features a variety of shows. You can take a guided tour of the night sky that includes planets, constellations and celestial events that can be seen in the dark skies over Manitoba. The show is updated by staff with current news and the latest discoveries.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf, Bumper Cars and Laser Tag at the U-Putttz Amusement Centre

Just like it sounds, this establishment is all about amusements with plenty of fun to be had. Including 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf. Test your skills deep in the sea with sharks, dolphins and fish in the front 9.

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Before heading to prehistoric times in the back 9 playing among pterodactyl, a tyrannosaurus rex and brontosaurs. You can crash into each other in the bumper cars and play a friendly game of postapocalyptic-themed laser tag too.

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Catch a Show at Celebrations Dinner Theatre

The Celebrations Dinner Theatre offers three-act musical comedies. Enjoy your entertainment while being served a delectable four-course meal by servers in character. The talented cast crafts parodies some of the biggest names in film and television.

Enjoy Brunch at One of Winnipeg’s Top Spots

Brunch is not only delicious, it’s somehow romantic dining on croissants and a host of other delights while sipping mimosas. Some of the best places in Winnipeg for the in-between breakfast and lunch meal include Crème DeL’Essence. It’s menu blends French dishes with Filipino roots. You will find incredibly tasty chicken and waffles, and eggs benedict.

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Ben & Florentine serves up comfort foods like breakfast poutine smothered in hollandaise, while Frenchway Café features sweet and savoury crepes, brioches, breads, croissants and pastries.

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Take a Hike

Fort Whyte Alive is a great place for a hike with over four miles of trails and five picturesque lakes. There are bog boardwalks and even a bison herd and prairie dogs as well as an interpretive centre. It features nature exhibits, including an aquarium and burrowing owls. During the chillier months of the year, it’s a great place for tobogganing, ice skating and cross-country skiing.

Laugh Together at Rumors Comedy Club

Winnipeg hosts the Rumors Comedy Club providing a great way to enjoy some laughs together. You know what they say, “Couples that laugh together last together,” so if you’re hoping for something more long-term, this date idea may be a must.

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As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

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Top 5 Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio

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Discovering Home

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. As some may know, I live in what’s called the Tri-State area, a meeting place of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Growing up, I spent a lot of time traveling between the states. But I still don’t know of all of the wonderful gems in these areas.

So I’m announcing a new project, on my site, Discovering Home. With this project, I will be making guides for known and unknown places within the Tri-State area. And if you’ve read the title, you know where I’m starting.

Top 5 Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio

Along with being the capital city of Ohio, it offers so many activities for you to do both free and some affordable. Let’s get into my top five list.

1. North Market

This is a market where you can truly find just about everything you need. Made and sourced locally by merchants, farmers, and makers. North Market was established in 1876 so by visiting and supporting, you are helping local small businesses and a piece of history.

Address
59 Spruce Street • Columbus OH • 43215
Phone Number
(614)463-9664

Upcoming Events

  • Mix & Shake- Saturday, March 9th
  • Apron Gala- Saturday, May 18th
  • Farmer’s Market- Each weekend during the growing season

2. The Candle Lab

I’m a true believer in self-care and creating the right environment that promotes relaxation. The Candle Lab fits right into that equation. Inside the shop, you can experience making your own soy-based candle. If DIY is not your style, simply buy the candles, diffusers, room sprays, and more.

Address
1255 Grandview Ave • Columbus OH • 43212
Phone Number
(614)915-0777 x3

Upcoming Events

  • Pour with your Pups- Wednesday, March 6th
  • St. Patty’s Cocktails, Cookies, & Candles- Thursday, March 14th

3. Columbus Museum of Art

I feel museums are one of those places where you can spend hours at a time, especially when you are not in a rush. General admission for the Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays.

Address
480 East Broad Street • Columbus OH • 43215
Phone Number
(614)221-6801

Upcoming Events

  • Art Book Club- Sunday, March 3rd
  • Spotlight Tour at Pizzuti Collection- Saturday, March 30th

4. The Book Loft

Located within the German Village, The Book Loft is one of the largest independent bookstores. It’s literally 32 rooms of books. You are instructed to pick up a map to help you navigate the store.

Address
631 South Third Street • Columbus OH • 43206
Phone Number
(614)464-1774

Upcoming Events

  • Charlie J. Eskew- Sunday, March 3rd
  • Local Authors at The Loft- Sunday, March 10th
  • Conrade C. Hinds- Sunday, March 24th

5. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

One of the most known places to visit is, of course, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. But what would a top ten list be without it? It hosts more than 7,000 animals and 800 species.

Address
4850 W Powell Rd • Powell OH • 43065
Phone Number
(614)645-3400

Upcoming Events

  • Camp and Activities Expo- Saturday, March 9th
  • Eggs, Paws, and Claws- Friday, April 19th
  • Party for the Planet- Saturday, April 27th

Let me know what you think about this new series. Do you like it, would you like to see more posts like this? Thinking about moving to the area? Check out Columbus homes for sale.

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