A Guide to Writing a Student Story

A Guide To Writing A Student Story

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“The ability to see our lives as stories and share those stories with others is at the core of what it means to be human. We use stories to order and make sense of our lives, to define who we are, even to construct our realities: this happened, then this happened, then this. I was, I am, I will be. We recount our dreams, narrate our days, and organize our memories into stories we tell others and ourselves. As natural-born storytellers, we respond to others’ because they are deeply, intimately familiar.” – John Capecci and Timothy Cage

blue bean strives to share the personal stories and experiences of students from around the world. If you’re a student who wants to share their story but doesn’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. 

As you might assume, having your work published can feel invigorating, further inspiring you to keep writing and broadening your portfolio. But we believe there’s more to just writing for self-affirmation. Writing should be reflective and transformative, and we hope you’ll find this to be true as you write and before submitting your work to our platform. 

Here are three tips to consider while writing:

  1. Embed emotion into your writing. Help readers understand (to an extent) what you went through in your chosen experience, whether that be a positive or negative emotion. Who knows, perhaps the reader might deeply resonate with what you’re writing about. 
  2. Think about who’s reading your story. Our website receives hundreds of visitors a week from international and domestic backgrounds, consisting of students, postgraduates, or those who veered away from education. In connection with our first tip, being able to convey your emotions through writing is extremely important. blue bean is about educating to create awareness, so make sure your story, which is potentially going to be read by thousands of visitors, makes an impact on each and every reader. 
  3. Include vivid descriptions and imagery. Be as descriptive as humanly possible. Editors can take away details that they feel are unnecessary, but can’t add anything you don’t include. Dig deep and you may be surprised at what surfaces. 

Know that sometimes, readers cannot fully understand how a writer felt when living through their story. Experiences are individual, so convey your narrative in a way that allows the reader to take away a partial understanding of how you felt when going through your chosen experience, so that they might use what they read to understand a group, community, or even themselves better.

Good luck! Whether you’re using this guide to help strengthen your story for blue bean or elsewhere, we hope you learned even a little bit more about how to make your piece as effective and impactful as it can be.