Tribune press service
Amritsar, July 17
Zyna Dhillon, a Class X student at Mount Litera School, was shortlisted for the prestigious John Locke Institute Essay Competition which received over 4,000 submissions from 101 countries this year.
The competition invites students to explore a wide range of challenging and interesting questions beyond the boundaries of the curriculum, across a variety of topics. Zyna wrote an essay in the History category, on the topic “Should we judge those of the past by today’s standards?” How will historians of the future judge us? Was invited to Oxford University in September for an academic conference.
The 15-year-old said she was eager to meet other shortlisted candidates and academics. Passionate about writing, Zyna said she made it part of her routine. “I’ve always been in writing and want to explore different genres of writing. I attended summer programs on creative writing and language skills at the John Hopkins Center for talented Youth. It’s something that I love and wanted to explore my skills while using it as a tool to express my opinions on topics that I consider important, ”she said. Outside of writing, Zyna finds the debate therapeutic. “Throughout the confinement, I took care of doing what I loved. I did a lot of research for my essay for the John Locke Competition, reading about world history and the ethical and moral foundations that have changed over the years. In my essay, I explained how racism or castism, which was considered acceptable in the early 18th and 19th centuries, cannot be judged on the same parameters today. I have mentioned several recent incidents like the riots of 1984 to analyze how the evolution of social structure, circumstances and human behavior affect the meaning of right and wrong over a given period ”, he said. she explains. Dealing with complex topics and talking about things that need to be mentioned, Zyna believes that if you have an opinion, share it. For now, the teenager who likes basketball among other things wants to do medicine.