Congratulations to Ta’lor: April Winner of the College Mate Contest

Ta’lor did it again! Her ability to write candid and relatable posts has made her a College Mate Contest winner for the second consecutive time. This ties her with Shandean Williams-Reid, the only other contestant to win twice in a row.

Ta’lor’s winning submission gave tips on how to maintain a happy long distance relationship. This is a scenario that many of us can relate to when transitioning from high school into college; and then again, from college into the real working world.

Even so, Ta’lor admits she didn’t expect the kind of support she received from readers. She says:

There was one comment on my article that stood out to me. It said, “sharing of social media login info – this is soo damn right; I’m in total agreement with you.”

When I wrote this article, I thought that I would receive a lot of push back on this…  and instead, there were many who thought this was spot on and should be a part of every intimate relationship…

My passion for helping younger generations of women learn from my mistakes is so important to me and I cannot wait to continue to share my story.

The support she received led to new connections through College Mate, and a significant increase to her website traffic. She plans to add to both by spending her prize money on more social media marketing. She shares:

Last time, I used the money to promote my page on Facebook, but this time, I think I’m going to promote my Twitter page @ladypinkspen in hopes of gaining more traffic.

Ta’lor would like to thank everyone who read, likes, commented, and re-blogged, and shared her blog posts on social media. She also adds, “…I personally want to thank Alexis Chateau for her encouragement, constructive criticism, and for her feedback on my work.”

You’re welcome Ta’lor. It was our pleasure!

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As a heads-up, there will be no May winner for the College Mate contest, as we didn’t receive any submissions in time.

That was an easy win out the window! So if you’d like to try your luck and writing skills with the College Mate contest, check out our submission guidelines here

About Ta’lor Pinkston | Pinkspen

Ta’lor Pinkston graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s in creative writing and a master’s in social work.

Although her passion is working with youth and families, she also enjoys using her writing to support childhood development, anti-bullying, positive relationships, equality, and the empowerment of all women.

You can find her at LADYHOOD Journey, where she writes as Pinkspen.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Pinkspen says:

    So honored to be the 2nd time winner of College Mate’s Monthly Writing Contest for April 2017. Thank you Alexis for the opportunity and I hope all college and perspective college students see the value of this resource; College Mate is helping students all over the world learn and know how to navigate through college life!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. College Mate says:

      Thank you Ta’lor! We’re glad you’ve been contributing, and look forward to seeing more from you. Young girls especially have much to learn from your posts.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Pinkspen says:

        Thank you for such kind words. And yes, you will be seeing more from me. Working on a outline currently.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. College Mate says:

        Looking forward to it 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Pinkspen says:

    Reblogged this on LADYHOOD journey and commented:
    So honored to be the 2nd time winner of College Mate’s Monthly Writing Contest for April 2017. Thank you Alexis for the opportunity and I hope all college and perspective college students see the value of this resource;

    College Mate is helping students all over the world learn and know how to navigate through college life!
    Please check out the winning article (link) https://collegemate.org/2017/04/25/how-to-maintain-a-happy-long-distance-relationship/
    Thank you all for your Likes, Comments, Pingbacks, Reblogs, and Shares to social media! I appreciate your support and hope you check out my website LADYHOOD journey to be inspired.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. simpledimple says:

    Big congratulations to you! Xo

    Liked by 1 person

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