When I speak to young adults, I frequently draw from the 2008 New York Times' "Modern Love" essay contest. The achingly honest reflections from college students about their perception of love in the modern world provide a stark contrast to the search for authentic love articulated by John Paul II.
But what if the winning essays did not contrast John Paul's articulations, but supported them? Now there's a second chance. The New York Times is hosting a second "Modern Love" college essay contest. Submissions are due by March 31.
While penning an unassigned 1,500-1,700 words may not sound wonderful to a college student already drowning in papers and midterms, the thought of a $1,000 prize and a unique opportunity to share one's convictions with the world might lead to sufficient interest. More information about the contest can be found here.