#VeryRealisticYA

This weekend I helped put on a couple events at my university. I volunteered Friday at our first annual Publishing Career Forum, then Saturday I co-ran orientation for my study abroad program from last summer to Oxford. (I’m so jealous of the group that gets to go this year.) (For real, no matter what university you attend, if you’re interested in spending your summer in England, the St Peter’s College Summer School at Magdalen College, University of Oxford is the way to go.)

Outside of those events, I’ve also been doing a ton of homework, and Ch1Con work, and revising, and last night I did my laundry and cleaned my room at 2 AM, and yeah. As much as I love my classes, I am 110% ready for this semester to be over.

The other thing that happened this weekend is that a certain Teens Can write, Too! founder started an INTERNATIONALLY TRENDING HASHTAG.

Despite John’s status as my arch nemesis, even I have to admit that this hashtag is completely brilliant. Last I checked, it had been tweeted with over twenty thousand times and has been featured in articles from places ranging from Buzzfeed UK to The Huffington Post. And the results range from the hilarious, to the serious and important.

 

As Dahlia Adler so perfectly puts it:

It’s funny, because just a few days before this whole thing started, a group of us were discussing on Twitter the way being the creator of something popular gives you power. And with that power comes the responsibility to try to do good with it. 

More than anyone else, John was a proponent for the fact that if someone is listening, it is your job to draw focus to minority voices.

True to his word, John has taken the platform #VeryRealisticYA gave him to draw attention to the need for diversity in literature.

So, basically, John is an incredible human and he is SO deserving of all the attention he’s getting and I’m proud to have an arch nemesis who is so good.

And now, a couple more of my favorites from #VeryRealisticYA (although really, there are SO MANY MORE GREAT ONES you can find on Twitter):

Off to drown in homework! (#VeryRealisticNA)

 

~Julia

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12 thoughts on “#VeryRealisticYA

  1. That’s so cool and funny and amazing. I really like the last one. I think it’s important to remember that we can have stories that are all ordinary but still extraordinary, because they are unique

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  2. NO!!!!! It’s infiltrated EVERYWHERE AND JOHN HAS GOT TO YOU WITH HIS POWERS OF EVIL GOODNESS WHATEVER HAPPENED TO YOUR NEMESIS-SHIP OHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am dying slowly over here.

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