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University Theme Essay

Our University Theme essay contest is open to all currently enrolled Bay Path University students.

On behalf of Brenda Hardin Abbott, The University Theme Essay Contest is now accepting submissions from all current Bay Path University students. The top three essays will receive monetary awards of $500, $250 and $100 along with recognition at Academic Achievement Day. The winner will read his/her essay at the Marcia E. Conrad Awards Ceremony on April 19, 2017. The deadline for entries is Sunday, March 19, at 11:59pm.

This year’s university theme asked the questions: what does it mean to thrive? Maya Angelou once said the following: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” She reminds us that life is more than just surviving, more than just making it to the next day. To truly live, one must find ways to thrive—and this task is often easier said than done.

In the 2017 campus theme essay contest, we invite you to share with us how you define “thriving” in a world that is at times unfair, unkind, and unjust in its treatment of many of its citizens.

The guidelines and submission form are here. Please email your entries by Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 11:59pm to Dr. Kristene Barnett at Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Incomplete entries will not be reviewed, so please be sure to include the form and your essay.