By the Amazing Kids! Staff
Want to know a little more about the Youth Staff at Amazing Kids! Magazine? Check out our Q&A with some of the staff members; their responses to the question of the month are below!
Q: What has been a goal that you have reached for and achieved?
Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief : Ever since I joined Cub Scouts when I was 7, I wanted to be an Eagle Scout. I knew it would take many years to achieve and even after moving on to Boy Scouts, only 4% of all Scouts make it to Eagle Scout. But that did not deter my resolve. When I was 14, I earned my Eagle designation after 33 merit badges and numerous leadership positions. I have never been prouder of an achievement and thank Scouting for many of the character traits and experiences I have obtained.
Allison Stein, Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor: For as long as I can remember, my deepest dream was to become a published writer. Six years ago, with my first acceptance from Amazing Kids! Magazine, that dream came true. I will never forget the excitement of knowing that my words had the potential to reverberate in someone else’s heart or the realization that my tenacity had enabled me to reach a goal I had previously deemed a mirage. As I have gotten older and been more involved with the magazine, my priorities have somewhat shifted to voice others’ stories in addition to my own, but my core motivation is still that single moment when I discovered I could speak my heart.
Sehen Gamhewa, Comic Hub Co-Editor: That would be the International Benchmark Exam that I attend annually. My goal was and still is to achieve, the Regional Topper Award, which I got in 4th (by chance), and which in 6th, I worked hard for and achieved.
Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor: After much careful organization and planning, I founded a Creative Writing Club at my high school, a goal I set last year.
Ashley Lin, Nonfiction Editor and Adult Spotlight Interviewer: A huge goal I have been and continue to reach for is having a more positive and relaxed attitude towards life in general. I wouldn’t say I’ve completely achieved “total control” over my emotions and perspective, but I would say I’ve made some big steps in the right direction. I’ve learned to appreciate the calm moments, slow down, and fully enjoy life and the gifts it gives us.
Salma Danuningrat, Fiction Editor: One of my daily goals is simply to be kinder to people, so it feels great to recap at the end of the day and remember the moments where you did achieve your goal. Whether you spread some positivity or helped a friend in need, being as generous as possible to people, is one of the best feelings, especially when it’s already an objective you’ve set your mind to.
Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Kids Editor: Advanced Placement in Math (Aka, Math 7).
Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor: A goal that I have reached for, since I was 5 years old, is to be a published author. In December 2015, I fulfilled that dream by publishing my debut poetry book, SPOET. (It’s available on Amazon.) I’m very proud of the fact that I was able to achieve this goal and make my 5-year-old self proud.