***NOTE: THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2013 ADMIT/DENY BLOGGING OPPORTUNITY IS NOW CLOSED.***

Are you a junior in high school? Are you looking to gain more writing and blogging experience? Do you want to add something cool to your high school résumé? Do you want to work with a staff that describes itself as “nerdy chic” (at least, that’s what we tell ourselves…)?

Well, we are here to present you with an exciting offer.

The Prospect is looking for 4-6 high school juniors to blog for the next year (12 months) about their college admissions/higher education experiences. From now until April 22nd, you can apply to be one of these incred bloggers.

How to apply (we’ll repeat this part at the end of this post too!): Fill out THIS ONLINE APPLICATION (we made it short ‘n’ sweet on purpose because you’re all busy people and AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT). Then, email us (theprospectblog@gmail.com) your resume (this will not affect your chances of getting a spot) and 1-2 writing sample(s). These writing samples should be things that show your personality: a personal narrative, a Tumblr post, a Facebook post, some funny original Tweets, anything.

Pros

  • Being yourself (yeah, we went there): You get to write it in YOUR voice. No academic writing, no boring assignments. YOU pick what parts of your journey you write about.
  • Seriously, personality: We DO NOT care about what your GPA is/what your test scores are/what college you want to apply to. We care about your writing voice. We care about finding and following interesting people.
  • Exposure (I promise we’re not pulling a second Nate Thayer incident): Along with your posts, you will receive your own Prospect website bio that will link followers to whatever you want: your blog, website, Twitter, Facebook, personal home address, social security number, anything.
  • Experience: Writing can be a great boost regardless of what field you’re going into (but for all you cool cats looking at writing or journalism, having some actual publishing creds can be wicked helpful).
  • Bragging rights: “Oh, I am a guest blogger for a popular online publication.” Yeah, you’ll be that cool cat.

Cons

  • You may overdose on swag.

Requirements:

  • Must be a high school junior entering senior year next year (public, private, parochial, homeschooled, we don’t care what type of school)
  • Personal/unique writing voice (we don’t do academic/”cardboard” writing)

Expectations:

  • 1-2 quality posts every month for The Prospect for 12 months
  • Approximately 1-2 hours of work per week (if you’re writing that week)
  • Full immersion in the journalism process–proofreading, editing, constructive suggestions (I promise we’re nice and fun!)

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUBMIT TO APPLY:

  • THIS APP.
  • Email a resume and 1-2 writing samples to theprospectblog@gmail.com (writing sample suggestions come after you complete this form).

APPLICATION TIMELINE:

  • March 22: Application opens.
  • April 22: Application closes.
  • May 10-12: Applicants notified.



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the author

Lily Herman is a junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Besides bopping around on The Prospect, Lily is a columnist for USA TODAY College (read the Quad Report, yo); an editorial intern for The Daily Muse; a contributing editor for the campus blog Wesleying; a national contributing editor for Her Campus; and an editorial/marketing intern at HelloFlo. When she is not studying or awkwardly waving at people around campus, Lily enjoys eating Sour Patch Kids and re-watching the Friday Night Lights series finale (she's Team Saracen, by the way). Also (shameless plug alert), feel free to follow her on Twitter, or email her at lherman(at)theprospect(dot)net.

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