2019 ThiNK Essay Contest

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The ThiNK Education Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 "There's Hope in North Korea" Essay Contest.


High school student (living in the US)


Deadline: March 10, 2019

Submissions after deadline will not be accepted.

Results will be announced in early April by email and on thinkatyale.org


Grand Prize (2)

- Published on thinkatyale.org and ThiNK Facebook page

- Certificate

- Yale sweatshirt

Excellence Prize (2)

- Certificate

- Yale hat

Essay Prompts

1. What is your perception of North Korea? Explain what factors have shaped your view (or lack thereof) on North Korea.

2. How should we deal with human rights issues in North Korea? Address your essay to a particular audience (e.g. United Nations, President Trump, etc.) and provide a solution.

3. Imagine yourself as someone from North Korea. How would you view the outside world and North Korea's relationship to it?


The Education Committee of ThiNK pursues the mission of encouraging thoughtful and actionable discourse on topics related to North Korea. We hope this essay contest is a fruitful opportunity for high school students to seek a more comprehensive understanding of North Korea and express novel ideas to effect change.


ThiNK Education Committee Chair: Samuel Lim - samuel.lim@yale.edu