By: Muhammad Hammad
New York Times invited students from 11 to 19 years to tell them short, powerful stories about a meaningful life experience for their Personal Narrative Writing Contest. Their judges read more than 11,000 submissions and selected over 200 finalists which included eight winners, 16 runners-up, 24 honorable mentions and 154 essays that made it to Round 4 whose stories moved them and made them think, laugh and cry.
Ismail bagged a position in Round 4. Ismail Koshul, a college applicant at Eye on Ivy and a student of Salamat International Campus for Advanced Studies Liberty Complex, is the only student from Pakistan who made it as a Finalist to the prestigious New York Times competition. Ismail wrote a narrative titled “Outsider”