Amazing Kids! Magazine

Staff Q&A: Describe something important that has happened in your life that has changed you.

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: Describe something important that has happened in your life (event or journey) that has changed you.

Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief: A personal odyssey of mine was going off to the National Jamboree for Boy Scouts at Summit Bechtel Reserve. We toured around the East Coast first and then settled into a camp with 40,000 Boy Scouts there to hear speakers and entertainers and to conduct high adventure activities. I traveled for 3 weeks without my parents using one duffel bag and in the process learned a lot about being independent and decisive, working together as a team, and my physical limits.

Cathy Yan, Global Village and Adventure Column Editor, and Assistant Editor: My visit to Australia when I was five showed me how hard my parents would work to give me a better future. We flew for twelve hours from China primarily to submit immigration papers. Although we ended up moving to Canada, Australia will always be the symbol for perseverance and determination for me.

Allison Stein, Poetry Editor: One of the most insightful experiences I have immersed myself in is self-publishing two poetry chapbooks. This endeavor has taught me the importance of perseverance and reminded me how lucky I am to have a family and community that support me. My passion for writing urges me to push myself farther and has given me the courage to share my ideas and aspirations. Undoubtedly, my interest in words has redefined me: I have realized that my paramount goal is to reach out to others and make a difference.

Monica Gu, Fiction Editor: I have a confession to make: I went to nerd camp. And I enjoyed it. I’m not going to say that it taught me about finally belonging in place, or that being a nerd is okay, because that’s not really the bulk of what I got out of it. There are camp fanatics that I’m still friends with on Facebook who seem to have had that experience, and I applaud them for their continued enthusiasm. But for me, it was watershed in a different way. I learned to make friends and love people in three short weeks. I learned that some smart people have a lot to say, and some have nothing to say at all. I learned to be more tolerant, more humble, and at the same time more confident. And yes, I guess I learned that being a nerd is okay, after all.

Soumya, Avva, Photography Editor: During the summer, I received the opportunity to intern at a cancer research center. I learned that researchers have to try multiple times and wait for many years before they get any results. Although the process was hard, the researchers that I worked with still persevered to find a cure for this terrible disease. This experience not only solidified my dream of becoming a doctor, but also taught me that I need to approach everything in my life with tenacity and enthusiasm to be successful.

Catherine Cheng, AKOM Editor: Writing has changed me. Yes, that’s a little cliche, but it is absolutely true. Last summer, when I finished my first manuscript for a novel I’ve been meaning to write my entire life, I changed for the better. The moment you find your passion in life is the moment you learn to live.

Grace Tang, Contributing Writer: Since the day I started understanding speech, I have been through many journeys that essentially shaped my life into the way it is today. Perhaps the most significant event that has happened to me is immigrating to Canada at age six. The culture, language, way of life, media, and living structure was a shock to take in at first. Along the way I have learned many important attributes such as independence, confidence, and trust in family.

However, I believe the things that truly change me come in a series of abled smaller events. Stubborn by nature, I always like to prove myself to those that doubt me. And, it is this alone, that has shaped my life.

Whatever your reason, true changes come from within and not from external stimulus. This is the determinant of your life.

Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Column Co-Editor: I emailed Lynne Jonell, the author of the Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat Trilogy and The Secret of Zoom. As a young author, I asked her for advice on writing—pursuing my dreams, building my story, publishing my work. She emailed me back a week later and she congratulated me on my determination to succeed as a writer. What changed my life was what she wrote in the next email: she convinced me that there is no such thing as an impossible dream and that every one of my aspirations can be turned into reality. Since that day, I have been determined to work on my personal anthology with the knowledge that someone has encouraged me to write.