The 2009 Expat Youth Scholarship Recipients have just been published. It’s a creative writing and media contest inviting TCKs between the ages of 12 and 18 to share their experiences living in a foreign country. Six $10,000 scholarships were awarded and you can see them here.
Not only is the standard of the submissions extremely high, but they are also deeply personal. Here are a couple of clips . . .
I saw the world through different eyes. When there were bombs in Lebanon I saw the pain in my friend Stephanie’s face. When children in Chechnya were held hostage, I worried about my friend Tamila. I cared about the politics in Portugal, the fighting in Serbia and the riots in Greece because I had friends who lived there. Bethany Turley, 17, Home Country: United States, Expatriated to: Belgium
I could not understand my teachers or my classmates. Their words flowed past me, and I would try to listen, but I could never quite hear anything. For half of fourth grade, unable to talk or to comprehend, I was locked away in my own, lonely little world. Yichen Zhang, 18, Home Country: China, Expatriated to: United States
One thing stands out and that is all the authors feel that living in another culture has enriched them. For me, the level of their maturity is striking. I’m married to a former expat kid and am mother to another, so I know their lives aren’t always easy but I have yet to meet one who regretted the experience.