Social Stories: The Brainchild of The Sociology Group, Uniting Individuals through Shared Academic Struggles.
Academia is a field that is known to be highly competitive in nature. Therefore, you cannot assume merit to be the sole measure of your capabilities. Other forces such as economic, social and psychological are at play, which influences your success or its lack thereof.
We, at Sociology Group, are looking for stories that can inspire people and motivate them to navigate their struggles through our latest initiative, ‘Social Stories’. Sociology Group is a global academic community that caters to the requirements of all the social science disciplines. It aims to foster critical thinking among students. By publishing essays, book reviews, interviews with distinguished personalities in academia, media, and with social activists, the team aims to revolutionize the way you learn. The ‘Social Stories’ initiative is the latest addition to fulfilling this dream.
Join our platform and start a dialogue about the rigorous nature of academic life. Share stories of academic success or failure, social empowerment, and help readers overcome obstacles in real life academic settings.
Why Does It Matter?
Sharing our trials and tribulations with others lifts a weight off of our shoulders. ‘Social Stories’ has a similar aim. By sharing impactful stories on our platform, you are not the only one benefiting from it. Whether you have accomplished your goal or you are yet to, your story has the ability to empower people to take the next step in their academic journey. With the help of ‘Social Stories’, you can create a community which fosters positivity and builds a space irrespective of gender, caste, class, or nationality where everyone feels heard. Whether you are applying to your dream college, struggling to write a compelling proposal for a research grant, or a mother second-guessing your return to the workforce, you can find a sense of belongingness here. It is indeed a big claim but as John Keating from the movie Dead Poets Society puts it, “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world”.
Understanding the Initiative
‘Social Stories’ welcomes inspiring tales of education and empowerment globally. For example, a student in West Bengal faces prejudice but excels through education. A divorced woman in Tripura pursues higher education for financial stability. An American man, wrongly imprisoned, strives to rebuild his life. Similarly, a queer person from Karnataka becomes a advocate for queer rights through a law degree. In the West, a Californian student breaks the cycle of poverty through education, while a Scottish woman overcomes gender discrimination to succeed in the tech industry, advocating for gender equality. These stories highlight the power of education and resilience worldwide.
If you want your story to be featured on our platform, you must go through these selection criteria prior to submitting your entries:
- Stories will be selected on the basis of originality and its ability to impart valuable life lessons.
- Contributors are encouraged to emphasize the theme ‘social empowerment’ in their stories by narrating experiences of caste-based, gender-based or racial discrimination, or any other form of social injustice.
- Creativity in story-telling will be accounted for.
- Instead of chronologically listing the events of the story, contributors are advised to focus on the obstacles faced and the strategies applied to cope with these challenges.
Please note that contributors whose stories will be featured on our platform will receive a certificate of appreciation.
If you are on board our mission and prepared to share your story with the world, send us your entries at [email protected]. You are welcome to contribute to the platform regardless of your age and educational qualification. We also request you to adhere to the following submission guidelines:
- Kindly submit original content only regardless of it being a story of academic success or otherwise.
- Content should be between 800 and 1500 words in length.
- Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Only typed articles in .doc or .docx format will be accepted.
- All submissions must be in English.
- The story should be written in first-person point of view i.e., a narrative in which the author or protagonist uses pronouns such as ‘I’ to relate to the story. If you choose to share somebody else’s story, you may use the third-person point of view.
Sociology Group’s latest initiative ‘Social Stories’ aims to unite individuals all around the world through shared academic struggles. Your story, whether it is about the challenges of belonging to a marginalized community, overcoming academic failures, or the joys of achieving educational milestones, can empower people to fight their battles. If you wish to make a meaningful contribution to this initiative, send us your entries at [email protected]. We will give you the space to celebrate your accomplishments or find a source of motivation to overcome challenges.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the purpose of Sociology Group’s ‘Social Stories’ initiative?
- The initiative aims to unite individuals globally through shared narratives of academic and social empowerment.
- ‘Social Stories’ is designed for sharing experiences that are impactful to society, rather than purely personal narratives.
- How can I contribute to ‘Social Stories’?
- Submit your stories to [email protected] following guidelines, regardless of age or educational background.
- What types of stories are encouraged?
- Stories highlighting academic and social empowerment, emphasizing experiences of discrimination, and showcasing creativity in storytelling.
- What benefits do contributors receive?
- Featured contributors receive a certificate of appreciation from Sociology Group.
- Can I submit stories in languages other than English?
- No, all submissions must be in English.
- What is the word limit for a submitted Story article?
- Content should be between 800 and 1500 words in length.
- Can I submit handwritten articles?
- No, only typed articles in .doc or .docx format will be accepted.
- How should stories be written in terms of point of view?
- Write in the first-person point of view; third-person is acceptable for sharing someone else’s story.
- Where can I get more information?
- For more information, contact [email protected].
- Why share your story on ‘Social Stories’?
- Empower individuals worldwide by sharing stories of academic challenges, successes, and overcoming obstacles.
- Can any student share a story, or is it limited to those studying social sciences? Any student, regardless of their field of study, is welcome to share their impactful experiences through the ‘Social Stories’ initiative.