Do you have something to share with the UIC Honors College community? Write a blog entry for the Ampersand and you could win Honors College prizes, including Honors College shirts, umbrellas, mugs, and more! We are looking for students to write about their experiences as UIC Honors College students and to share their ideas through the Honors College student blog. To get you started, we have four prompts for you to choose from:
1. Recount a meaningful Honors Activity experience.
2. Who is a person at UIC that has influenced you or inspired your journey through the Honors College at UIC?
3. Finish the sentence: "As an Honors College student, I am..."
4. For first year/transfer students: Recount your first semester at UIC. How has the Honors College complemented your experience so far?
Blogs that cover any of these topics can be considered for the contest. Submissions will be evaluated based on content and quality of writing. Blog entries vary in length, but generally are 400-600 words in length. Blogs do not have to be formal—express your voice in writing and be creative with the blog format!
But DO proofread and spellcheck to avoid simple grammatical errors. Please be sure to fact-check your writing, especially if specific events or people are mentioned. Keep in mind that the goal of the Honors College student blog is to encourage students to share their stories, ideas, and writing in a respectful and professional manner and fulfill the Ampersand mission: “To highlight the achievements of Honors College students, staff, and faculty, to report on Honors College events, and to provide a forum for students and faculty to share interesting experiences and opinions, all for the purpose of fostering a sense of community and celebrating diversity among the constituents of the Honors College.”
All submissions will be reviewed and edited by the Ampersand board before being published online. We retain editorial authority to reject submissions at our discretion. The Ampersand board will select the top three winners.
The deadline for the blog contest is Thursday, November 5th by 5:00 PM. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to submit more than one blog entry for the contest. All submissions should be attached as a Word document and include:
- Your full name, major and year at UIC
- A creative title for your piece!
- A high resolution photo that you have permission to use to go with your submission
Please visit the Ampersand website (http://ampersand.honors.uic.edu/category/blog-posts/) to read past blogs.
Questions can be sent to email@example.com.