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Mya Kidson | December 28, 2017

As we wrap up 2017, it’s a time for reflection and time to look back on the year as a whole. To see what successes have come, and what we have to improve on. I can’t believe it’s been a year since my first blog post as E-writer in residence. It has truly been a journey delving into the art of writing in various forms. I am glad I could share my thoughts and I am glad you came along for the journey to read them. As I wrap up as E-writer and pass on the torch to the next ambitious writer, I just want to reflect on how this role has impacted me.

When I came up with the idea of having a teen writer for Idea Exchange, I really didn’t think it would be taken this far, with this much interest in the teen community. I remember. It was last summer and I was writing in my journal, and suddenly a small seed of an idea sprouted in my head. I thought, “What would it be like if I used my passion for writing to generate conversation and interest in the minds of like-minded teens in my community?”

I find that teens aren’t given enough of an opportunity to write as teens for teens on a bigger platform. With jubilant interest I hopped on the bandwagon, and wrote a proposal for what is now deemed the Teen E-writer in residence position. I really have to hand it to Patricia and Lee for being the backbone to this position, because without them there would be no Teen E-writer in residence. I really have to say that I didn’t expect this position to take off like it did, and I am glad there’s been so much interest in it.

Throughout the year, I had an article of mine published in the seasonal Idea Exchange Magazine, I got a job as a page with Idea Exchange Hespeler, which I accredit to this E-writer position and I have made Idea Exchange my second home. If you’ve been to Idea Exchange Hespeler I’m almost here everyday, even if I'm not working. It’s my place of serenity, a quiet place to study, or write, and I can never seem to leave.

Although this is my farewell blog post, the writing won’t end here. Even though I haven’t chosen to go into any writing based courses, I hope to pursue writing as a part time hobby aside from my endeavours as a future doctor. Maybe I’ll use my passion for writing and generate a few medical journals. But as a whole, I definitely won’t give up writing because writing for sure is the backbone to my life, it defines my life journeys and helps me overcome obstacles.