Greetings, Teen 10 readers!

If you’ve read my Teen 10 bio, you might know that I’m that SimCity enthusiast that spent most of her bio talking about memes and only briefly stated “oh… and I like to write” to sound like an intellectually competent editor.

At the time that I wrote said bio, I was hitting an all-time low in my life (it rained). Taking a second look at it now, I realize that this “bio” doesn’t actually reveal a significant element of my biography or character. Now, however, I’m at a better place in life and am ready to entertain you about personal details that you never asked for, but subconsciously want. So if you were hoping to learn more about that SimCity geek, you came to the right place!

Here are three things you should know about me:
I’m always willing to be proven wrong and accept challenges to my beliefs.
I can be a little aggressive (just a little).
I’m very transparent with my emotions and thoughts.

To begin with, I’m one of those people that don’t get easily offended at contradictions. In fact, I welcome challenges to my opinions and claims because I’m painfully aware that most of the time, I’m wrong. This naturally led me to develop a curiosity and passion for reading and writing, as I’m always intrigued by new perspectives that make me correct my own misconceptions and develop my thoughts. This is one of the things that I love about being an editor for Teen 10 – you may think that we only cover light-hearted stories such as ‘Top 10 Eyeliner Pencils’, but I sometimes read my writers’ articles and am surprised by how their voices make me realize things that I had previously overlooked in life.

As I willingly accept challenges, I’m also more than willing to challenge others. I don’t think I’m a particularly hot-headed or impatient person, but I am a little aggressive and I make my aggression known in various ways, such as sending an angry emoji, glaring at the back of people’s heads, or sending mass snaps to my friends and asking for sympathy. So SFS people, if you’re reading this, don’t ever cut me in the lunch line again! There is one good thing that has come out of my aggressive nature, though – I’m always intent on making my voice heard, which has helped me to become a better journalist.

Lastly, I’m a very transparent person. When I’m sad, I look sad, and when I’m happy, I look happy. I can say that I am everything but pretentious or fake… people tend to know what’s going on in my head, even when I don’t vocalize it. In fact, I’m sure it’s pretty transparent to my Editor-in-Chief that I’m writing this ‘letter from the editor’ at the very last minute, as the deadline is 12:00AM and it is currently 11:38PM. To link back to journalism, though, transparency is indisputably one of the most significant aspects of an article. As SFS’ newspaper journalist (and soon to be EIC), I’ve learned that transparency and accuracy are of paramount importance in journalism.

If you’re like me and like having your ideals challenged, want a medium to be a little aggressive and make your voice heard, and value transparency, then consider writing for Teen 10! We’re always open to Contributing Writers, and I’d be more than happy to look at a couple of writing samples that could stimulate my thinking or give me a laugh. I’m not encouraging you to ‘slide into my DMs’, but now that you have a slightly better idea of who I am, feel free to contact me with your own articles, online articles that you found intriguing, or even just 2AM thoughts. We would love to see you write for us.

Yours truly,
Grace

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