Amazing Kids! Magazine

Staff Q&A: When was a time that you found courage to overcome your fears and succeed?

By the Amazing Kids! Magazine Staff


Want to know 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.

Allison Stein, Editorial Advisor and Past Editor-in-Chief: For me, the act of writing is deeply personal, and putting my heart on paper takes courage. Like most young authors, I wrestle with anxieties that my work is inadequate or that my story cannot truly reach other souls. When I joined a local poetry group several years ago, I took the first step in overcoming my fears. By actively engaging with my community and exchanging ideas with like-minded individuals, I learned that I am not alone in those worries and that the world is a better place when all of us are brave enough to share our gifts.

Ashley Lin, Assistant Editor, Adult Spotlight Interviewer, and Poetry Editor: As a child, I was extremely shy and quiet. Content to walk in the shadows, keep my ideas to myself. Looking back, I was scared of my ideas and myself being rejected or judged. It was during a passion project my eighth grade year when I realized that I was privileged to have an opportunity to speak. So why am I staying in the shadows? When you find something you’re passionate about, you’ll do anything to make a tangible impact in that field. For me, that was Generation Z entrepreneurship, helping young people follow their passions, and find meaning in school and work. My passion gave me courage to overcome a fear of being different – not being better or worse – but being true to expressing myself.

Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor: A time I found courage to overcome my fears and succeed is when I applied for a journalism summer program that my teachers and peers dissuaded me from. Despite their intimidating words and my being scared of the program’s reputation, I considered that I already had experience from writing for this magazine and decided to just apply. I ended up getting into the summer program, which was ultimately a rewarding experience that I would never have if I had been too scared to apply.

Stella Prince, AK Adventures, Nonfiction, and Global Village Editor: My first audition for a local play, when I was 10– I was nervous in the beginning, but I decided to just be brave and try to do my best, and I wound up enjoying the experience. Plus, I got the part!