Student Voices

Share your voice!

Some possible starting points…

  1. If you were going to write a book called the THE BENEFITS OF BEING A _______, how would you fill in that blank. And what would your book be about? It can be fun to choose an animal/food/object (the weirder the better) and use it as a metaphor to explore your main character!
  2. People at Zoey’s school don’t understand her as a person and what her life’s like. Describe one thing about you or your life that people at school don’t know or understand.
  3. If you could change one thing about your world, what would you change? Why? Who would you need to talk to to start making that change? What would you say?
  4. There currently is no sequel to THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS, but the story could keep going. In your mind, what happens next––or down the road? And which character’s perspective would you write the story from? (Your thoughts as a reader are just as valid as the author’s!)
  5. Do you have other writing of your own that you want to share with people? Share it here! 

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Other Writing

Just a Girl
By Macy from Kansas

A story about life, loss, and the importance of who you are

“Being you is not an accomplishment, it’s something that makes you stronger.”

Hi, My name is Macy Gorsuch. Let me introduce myself. Let’s start here, and go back or shall we go back and forth? Just a fair warning: I’m weird but you’ll get used to me.

I am sixteen years old (Of course, now i’m seventeen). I have one biological sibling, two cats, two parents, five grandparents, and two great grandparents. (We’ll get there soon). I struggle with anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief, stress, and so much more. I do not have any body confidence, nor do I have any self confidence.

My whole life has not been “perfect”, and continues not to be. I am not perfect, neither are you. No one is.

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If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change? Why? How would you make that change happen?

I would change my grades. People look to me as a smart, nerdy person. They don’t really know what’s behind that. I spend at least 2-3 hours working on my math and science skills, leaving English and other subjects excluded. I wouldn’t say my grades are terrible excluding math and science, but they need to see an improvement. The thing about trying to be a straight A student is that it’s hard. People don’t really see it because you come to school with a smile on your face that’s just taped on there. On the inside, it’s really a pain trying to impress your parents and loved ones. But now, it’s a new start. I feel the need to change my grades (especially English) because I want to go far in life. I’m going to have to write essays in high school so, might as well be sharp on the subject from now. My family member once told me, “You have to strengthen your reading comprehension and English because the SATs and ACTs in high school aren’t just going to be on math and science.” Yes, I totally agree with that. I would make this change happen by consulting my teachers and going online for more practice. Maybe even reading more will help, but since I’m that type of math-sciencey person, that will be a huge adjustment. In a book I read titled, “Brave, not Perfect” by Reshma Saujani, she explains how not many girls are involved with technology, and how it’s a good thing to be good at math and science because men are usually in that field. I really hoped this inspired people to not get good grades to please people, but to make yourself confident and proud!

– Anonymous