RWC UL’s Secondary School Essay-writing Competition

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The University of Limerick Regional Writing Centre (RWC, UL)’s 11th annual National Secondary School Essay-writing Competition for Transition and 5th year students is still open for submissions.

Each year, the RWC, UL asks TY- and 5th-year students from across Ireland to take a stance on a controversial social issue. This year’s competition asks students to weigh in on the relationship between social media and mental health.

The competition will require that students take a decisive stance on the following prompt, which is to be explored in an essay of 800-1,000 words:

In recent times, staying connected online has been our only option. While social media gives us an invaluable sense of connectedness and community, it has also been proven to have detrimental effects on young people’s mental health. In fact, nearly 30% of young people say social media makes their lives more difficult.

To what extent would you give up the sense of connectedness and community that social media brings in order to benefit your generation’s mental wellbeing.

The deadline for receipt of entries for this competition is Friday, 25th February 2022 at 5:00pm. The winners will be announced Friday, 15th April 2022. The awards ceremony will be held in University of Limerick on Thursday, 26th May 2022.

RWC UL’s Secondary School Essay-writing Competition

There are prizes for the best-written arguments, with the top essay in each category receiving a high-spec android tablet and the two runners up in each category winning One4All vouchers worth €100.

Details about the competition can be found on the RWC, UL website, here.

Steven Galvin

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