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High School Students: We Want to Hear About Your Experience With Social Media

Submit a story about your experience with social media for a chance to be published on Thrive Global’s Thrive on Campus section.

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Update: Due to overwhelming interest we’ve extended the due date for final submissions to Thursday, 5/30! There’s still time to register and submit here.

If you’re a student ages 13-18 with a passion for mental health advocacy and building a healthier relationship with technology and social media, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global wants to publish your work!

On World Mental Health Day on October 10th, in response to startling statistics about the rise of student mental health concerns (over 90 percent of Generation Z students say they’re stressed out, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2018 Stress in America report), Thrive Global launched Thrive on Campus, a major ongoing initiative anchored by a special section devoted to stories from the student and educational communities about improving mental health and well-being in class and beyond.

Recent research has shown that our constant state of connectivity through devices and social media comes at a significant cost to our mental well-being, especially for teenagers. With so many conflicting pressures around being “always online,” getting good grades, loading up on extracurriculars, and preparing for life after high school, teens are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression in increasing severity and at younger ages. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that American teens say anxiety and depression is the most important problem their generation is facing, with 70 percent considering it a “major problem.”

We’ve heard what adults have to say about this — but we at Thrive want to know what you, the students, have to say about your own experiences.

Thrive is partnering on a special Op-Ed Writing Competition with Write the World, an interactive online global community for student writers to develop their voices, refine their editing skills, and get their work published on an international platform. Thrive’s Editorial Director, Marina Khidekel, will be the guest judge.

What’s in it for you:

  • Professional publication: Finalists’ entries will be judged by Thrive’s Editorial Director, Marina Khidekel. Thrive will publish the Best Entry, Runner Up, and Best Peer Review stories on the Thrive on Campus special section, and share on Thrive’s social media channels.
  • Prizes: The Best Entry will be awarded $100, and the Runner Up and Best Peer Review will be awarded $50 each.
  • Expert reviews: The first 100 entries will be eligible for personalized feedback from Write the World’s team of expert writers, teachers, and education professionals.

Here’s what you need to know:

Competition eligibility: Current students ages 13-18

Registration: Register for a free contributor account on Write the World

Opening date for submissions: May 13th, 2019

Due date for submissions (EXTENDED): May 30th, 2019

Winners to be announced: June 7th, 2019

The prompt: Unplugged: Living life without an audience. How would your life be different without social media? (See here for the story prompt and competition details.)

We’re eager to hear your thoughts and to give your voices a meaningful, global platform.

Subscribe here for all the latest news on how you can keep Thriving.

More on Mental Health on Campus:

What Campus Mental Health Centers Are Doing to Keep Up With Student Need

If You’re a Student Who’s Struggling With Mental Health, These 7 Tips Will Help

The Hidden Stress of RAs in the Student Mental Health Crisis

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