Amazing Kids! Magazine

Staff Q&A: When has your Family Supported 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: When has your Family Supported You?

Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief: My entire family supports me every day. My mother and I volunteer together in many activities and she makes sure everything is organized, making me look good. My brother has encouraged me to pursue my acting roles and he has always been there to build me up, even when I miss a line or two. My dad has been a key educator both in life and in Boy Scouts.

Allison Stein, Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor: My mom always reminds me to look for experiences and opportunities beyond my comfort zone, and never has this advice been as indispensable as the months before I self-published my first poetry chapbook. Although publication had been my dream for years, I discovered that I was scared to share the writing so close to my soul. What if the words that had propelled me through each problem – that had enabled me to decipher the hope encoded in each heartache – didn’t resonate with readers? The fear felt paralyzing, but my mom, a passionate writer, encouraged me to explore and enjoy the uncharted avenues that lay ahead: Together, we saw my dream through.

Catherine Cheng, AKOM Editor: Growing up, my parents have always been my silent supporters, forever behind me, ready to catch me when I fall. I remember how my parents spent hours trying to comfort me when I was rejected from a writing program I desperately wanted to attend. My favorite foods were cooked, my needs tended to, and my wounded heart nursed. Family is the one thing that never changes.

Sehen Gamhewa, Comic Hub Co-Editor: You know, I’m just gonna start with a joke. When did my family support me? Every day! To be honest, since I have no siblings, my parents are my only supporters but they do a good job of it 😉

Soumya Avva, Photography Editor: My grandmother has always been my biggest supporter. Earlier this year, I was making a difficult decision to move to a boarding school that specialized in science and math. I didn’t want to live away from my family and friends. My grandmother was understanding and helped guide me through the application process. I am now happy to say that I attend this school!

Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Editor: My parents have always supported me in any challenges that I have faced! A recent example is when I volunteered to play Harry Potter music for a school play but was unable to find a piano notes book so I was not able to memorize the music. My dad, who had the busiest schedule that week, took time out and researched where to find the piano notes and bought them from eBay so I could learn it in a week and be ready to perform.

Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor: Last year, I wrote an essay for a journalism competition. Over the course of two months, I recruited friends and teachers to review my essay and provide feedback. It turns out that the most helpful supporters were my family. They didn’t know much about writing essays or journalism, but they encouraged me every step of the way. I didn’t win the competition, but the stalwart group of people standing behind me made me realize how lucky I was to be loved this much.