Congratulations to Dayzie Simpson whose Peace Essay entitled ‘Lead with Compassion’ won the MK and District Final and then the National Final in The Lions Clubs’ essay writing competition. Dayzie tells us all about her experience writing her winning entry.
I’ve never been very ‘creative’ or ‘imaginative’ and that’s what I struggled with when I first discovered my passion for essay writing. Being blind and not being able to see anything, I can’t do the ‘writing’ part, but as technology has advanced and I’ve learnt the skills I need.
I have learnt how to touch type on a QWERTY keyboard, how to use an iPad with voice over on, how to read, write and identify letters. If you go back a few decades ago, it just wouldn’t have been possible! The ‘creative’ part just comes with practise, I might not be naturally creative, but if I analyse what the essay question actually is, I can break it into parts without needing to be creative!
By saying how far technology has advanced, I promise I’m not that old, I’ve only just turned 14. My journey with my essay that I touch-typed started when I entered The Lions Clubs’ essay competition “lead with compassion” which I learnt about through VICTA. When I first started thinking of what I wanted to do, I barely knew what the competition title really meant. Read my essay if you want to know what “lead with compassion” means because it’s a phrase that can be taken in so many different ways! I’m so glad I entered because I not only won the district final but also the national final and soon to find out how I do in the international final which is judged in Chicago, USA. I learnt lots of new vocabulary, and everything else in between which made it well worth entering and gave me a project to focus on.
I would say to anyone thinking of entering a competition, don’t enter and expect to win, don’t enter a competition because your parents want you to, enter it for you. It might sound a bit odd because I did win and I’m so thrilled that I won the for the district and national final, but my tip for you is even if you don’t win the first competition you enter, keep practising your skills in essay writing. It’s not about the winning it’s about taking part! (but it is amazing to win too don’t forget).