Author Marie Lu’s Visit to Ramona Convent was a Legend!

On Wednesday, March 11, the Ramona Convent community had the pleasure of meeting best-selling young adult novelist Marie Lu. Ms. Lu captivated the audience by recounting events in her life that fueled her creativity and resolve to become a writer.

Prior to her visit, the Book Club sponsored a creative writing contest where students were invited to write an essay inspired by the following quote from her book, Legend: “Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time…You try to walk in the light.” All students who entered the contest received a copy of Legend. Two winners received a Starbucks gift card and all four copies of Marie Lu’s books, including The Young Elites in hardback.

After Ms. Lu addressed the student body, Mrs. Angelica Seager, Science Department Chairperson shared that “her message of persistence was inspiring.” Student Kathleen Ngo (9th grade) echoed that sentiment by adding:

“Marie Lu is one of the most inspirational women I’ve met in my life. Although her manuscripts were initially rejected by publishing companies for a decade or more, she kept the spark of her dream and drive alive. Her persistence and creativity got her to where she is today. She is a living example of the joy that comes from following your dreams and living your life to your fullest potential, or as Ms. Lu herself said, ‘YOLO! You Only Live Once!'”

Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 West Ramona Road, Alhambra, (626) 282-4151 or visit





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