Editorial Board Spotlight November 2018
"Without Actions in Spotlight, I would not know as much, if anything at all, about issues such as poverty, hunger, poor education and health, gender inequality and climate change."
"People suffer under bad working conditions all around the world, but it is only a concept until you see it with your own eyes. "
My name is Grace Muresan, and I am a sixth grader at Peterson Middle school. I graduated elementary school from GATE Academy, a private school for gifted kids. Last year, I published a book on Amazon called Pierce: Reunited. Recently, I entered a nationwide Mental Health PSA video contest and won first place. For the video, I gathered notes about mental health issues and depression from my middle school classmates. (https://youtu.be/IxcKC08bD0k)
Ever since I was little, I have always loved writing stories. More recently, I developed a love for poetry that helps me express myself in a different way. Some of my other interests include traveling, Kung Fu, kickboxing, parkour, singing, drawing and reading. I also love going to competitions and have competed in multiple academic, literary, performing arts, robotics, and sports competitions. More recently, I participated in the White Castle Slider Search event and was invited to attend a USA Luge on-ice screening camp, where I will be trained at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York.
What does Actions in Spotlight mean to you, and why is it important for you to promote the sustainable development goals?
Actions in Spotlight is very important to me, as it provides a way for me to do what I love and try to help other people see that even though the world has many things to improve on to ensure equality, well-being and a good education for all, it can change as long as nobody stays ignorant. Without Actions in Spotlight, I would not have made the effort to go to meetings and study to write nonfiction piece, and I would not know as much, if anything at all, about issues such as poverty, hunger, poor education and health, gender inequality and climate 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 was The Story of Mak Sul (Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth) because it was a true story and happened within my family. People suffer under bad working conditions all around the world, but it is only a concept until you see it with your own eyes. The story made me cry and inspired me when my mother first told me, and I never expected that so much misfortune could happen to one person that I met and know, who is still alive.
What are your goals for the future? How do you think Actions in Spotlight plays into these goals?
When I grow up, I want to be a forensic pathologist. I want to specialize in crime scene investigation and toxicology because I want to understand why and how people die to make sure that nobody else dies in that way. Through Actions in Spotlight, I learned to be open-minded and to understand that not all concepts can be explained and fixed in a straightforward and simple manner.