Editorial Board Spotlight June 2018
"We are sharing our ideas about how to change the world through a method that we are passionate about: writing."
"We are the generation that is experiencing climate change on a new level, and with the technology that we have grown up with, we have a lot of power to bring about favorable change."
Menlo Park, California
My name is Amrita Bhasin, and I am a junior in high school in Menlo Park, California. I have a passion for writing. Some of the literary magazines I have been published in include TeenInk Magazine, Creative Kids Magazine, The Writer’s Slate, Aerie International and New Voices Youth Writers. I have also won writing competitions that include Scholastic Writing Awards, PTA Reflections, the Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest and the TeenInk nonfiction writing contest. I enjoy writing short stories, science fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Last summer, I interned for Girls’ Life Magazine. In addition, I am on the varsity debate team at school, and I play tennis and field hockey. Other hobbies of mine include filmmaking, coding, photography and entrepreneurship. I also tutor kids after school as a job.
What does Actions in Spotlight mean to you, and why is it important for you to promote the sustainable development goals?
Actions in Spotlight means that we, as youth, are engaged in our community and working to combat global issues in a creative and innovative manner. We are sharing our ideas about how to change the world through a method that we are passionate about: writing. It is important to promote sustainable development goals because we are the generation that is experiencing climate change on a new level, and with the technology that we have grown up with, we have a lot of power to bring about favorable change.
What has been your favorite submission so far? What was it about and what was the story behind your work?
My favorite submission so far has been my nonfiction article titled “How to Give.” I like this submission because I incorporated my own, personal values and feelings about cost-benefit analysis in terms of something simple: giving back to the community. After reading a lot of philosophy at school this year, I also added philosophical ideas about utilitarianism. Overall, this was my favorite submission because I was able to reflect on a problem in my local community and tie it into an ideology that I believe could apply to the world.
What are your goals for the future? How do you think Actions in Spotlight plays into these goals?
My goals for the future are to expand my skills and abilities as a writer. Actions in Spotlight plays into these goals in that it has given me an opportunity and a platform to share my writing with others all over the world. In learning about the Sustainable Development goals every month, I have expressed my thoughts about them through my work. I have also written many different genres like nonfiction, fiction, opinion and poetry. I am not sure yet what career I want to pursue, but creative writing will always be a passion of mine.