About Inkwell Scholars

inkwell scholar deskAre you still in middle school, high school, or college, dreaming of one day changing the world?

At Inkwell Scholars we are creating a community for passionate young thinkers, artists, dreamers, and entrepreneurs who are seeking to discover and hone their God-given talents and skills in order to leave this world a better place than the one we now live in.

Inkwell Scholars exists to compile resources that will train you to write well, grow your mind, and learn how to use the Internet to share your ideas and inspire others.

We believe that every minute of our time is valuable and should be invested in our struggle to achieve a better tomorrow. We believe that you should never be content with saying “I did my best,” but rather say, “How can I do this even better?”

What will you create today?

Hi, I’m Nicole, the brain behind Inkwell Scholars.

Why I created this site:

Inkwell ScholarsI founded Inkwell Scholars partly because it’s the website I wish had existed while I was in high school.

You can find countless websites that encourage college graduates and business professionals to follow their dreams, start their own businesses, and do work they love. Often, however, college graduates are unable to follow their dreams because of student loans. They are forced to work a 9 to 5 job and have no time to dedicate to the work they are truly passionate about (for example: writing a book, making a film, recording a song).

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if students in middle school and high school were given the tools necessary to follow their dreams? If they were taught that they didn’t need to abandon their passions in order to make money? If they learned how to use the internet to share with the world what they have created?

That’s the goal of Inkwell Scholars.

My Story

I didn’t have a site like this one when I was growing up, but I did have parents who encouraged me to develop my writing skills. Writing has always been my passion. Since I learned how to read, I dreamed of seeing my name on the spine of a book one day.

My parents homeschooled me, which gave me lots of time to work on honing my writing skills. In middle school, I started writing a literary newsletter and handing it out to friends and family. It contained short articles, book reviews, and short stories. When I was twelve years old, my parents encouraged me to transfer it online and bought me my first website. I fell in love with web design, teaching myself HTML and CSS, and started my first blog at 14 during the Xanga craze. I later transferred it to Blogger and then to WordPress.

In high school, I had a number of speech & debate adventures while competing in a speech and debate league. I loved the opportunity to speak in front of an audience. I was the Original Oratory champion two years in a row, the Persuasive Speech champion, and the Lincoln Douglas Debate & Speaker champion at the NCFCA Northeastern Regional Speech and Debate tournament. I also competed in speech and debate on the national level and was a nationally ranked Impromptu speaker.

But my proudest moment came when I entered an essay in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy competition. My essay placed first in New York State and seventh in the nation. I represented New York State in Washington, D.C. and met President George W. Bush.

I completed a year and a half worth of college credits through online classes and Advanced Placement tests before finishing my degree at the King’s College. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

While in college, I worked at the college newspaper as a webmaster, writer, and editor, and I also started two businesses: a freelance web design business and Inkwell Scholars. I’ve been teaching classes at the Academy since 2011.

During my senior year, I started dabbling in film production and helped write, narrate, and produce an 8-minute documentary film on the history and causes of the Great Depression. It won the grand prize in the Foundation for Economic Education’s film competition.

After winning the film competition and graduating college, I realized I wanted to do more with Inkwell Scholars and with my life.

I want to write that novel I’ve been dreaming of since the day I read my first chapter book in grade school.

And I want to take Inkwell Scholars to the next level: a place that inspires others to dream bigger and put those dreams into action.

That’s my story. What’s yours?

You have an artist inside you, waiting to share your artwork with the world.

What will you create today?

inkwell scholars badgeBefore the invention of ballpoint pens, the printing press, or computers, people used small jars called inkwells to hold their ink in a convenient place while writing. A quill pen and an inkwell gave anyone who knew how to write the ability to record their ideas and share them with the world. In honor of those first inkwells, we named our organization Inkwell Scholars. Why scholars? We believe that it is important to learn something new everyday and always try to expand our knowledge. A scholar is someone who enjoys studying and learning about the world and seeks to become a master in his or her field.

Thus, an Inkwell Scholar enjoys learning new things, honing his or her talents, encouraging fellow scholars, teaching others, and sharing with the world what she or he has created.

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