Extra-ORDINARY: A Glorified Ad for Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Prompt: Describe making a bowl of cereal. 

The smooth edges of the white ceramic bowl glisten with expectation. Sleepily, I trudge over to the fridge, wincing as my feet greet the cold floor. Squinting, I reach for the colorful box, a true product of capitalism.

Plopping down, I free the plastic bag of cereal from its cardboard prison. The cellophane crinkles in protest, as if complaining about being awakened so early in the morning. Turning the bag on its head, the Cinnamon Toast Crunch tumbles out. Spinning against the smooth bottom of the bowl, it rings with a million little hellos. This cereal is more excited than I am to be awake, and it’s inanimate.

I realize that I’ve forgotten to get milk out of the fridge. For a second, I contemplate going without it. I mean, who decided that we should drink milk from cows anyways? Every other mammal only drinks milk from their own species, and whoever first found out that cows produce milk was probably an…odd one. But I’m on a self-improvement push (you know, trying to get a higher quality of life and all that), and today that means eating my cereal with milk. High-flying, I know. It’s like eating first class for breakfast.

Cracking open the icy wonderland of the fridge, I locate the milk. My cereal looks sad, as if expecting its impending doom. Or maybe that’s the three hours of sleep I got last night talking. The milk spills downwards (nothing like those TV ads), melding with the bowl as if they were meant to be. Some flakes don’t make it, sinking to the bottom. Natural selection for cereal flakes, I guess.

I turn around to put the milk back in the fridge immediately, as my mother taught me. Whirling the fridge door closed, I sit back down at the table.

My cereal is soggy.

Advertisements

KD College Apps #6: Supplements

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

Supplements. No, not the vitamins your mom makes you take every morning – the college app version! They are what they sound like, supplements to your Common Application and main essay. Each college asks for specific supplements, short responses to prompts that vary in length – they can be as long as a couple of paragraphs, or as short as a sentence!

Continue reading

KD College Apps #5: The Common App Essay

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

The Common App Essay. It’s scarier than the monster under your bed, the skeletons in your closet, and your mom after you accidentally wash the reds with the whites. But we’re trained monster-fighters, which is why we’re here to equip you with armor to tame the beast that is the Common App Essay!

Continue reading

KD College Apps #4: College Visits

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

The best way to know if you really want to go to a college is by visiting its campus. It gives you a feel of the environment and how you would fit in. While we understand that this isn’t the most accessible option, we’d urge the ones who are able to visit prospective colleges to do so.

Before we go on, we want to point out that visiting a college isn’t the only way to find out more about it. We recommend college visits, but we realize that they are huge commitments of time, energy, and money.

Continue reading

KD College Apps #3: Early Action/Decision?

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

When college application season starts, you may start hearing people talk about where they’re applying “early.” This may or may not be for you, but the goal is for you to know by the end of this post. So let’s start with a couple of definitions…

Continue reading

KD College Apps #2: Creating Your College List

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

We’re back! One of our biggest worries while applying was whether we had picked the right colleges. When applying, you honestly don’t know which schools will accept you – no matter who you are or how much you’ve accomplished. For that reason, your college list should have a variety of schools.

It’s a good idea to finalize your college list before senior year starts, and try to figure out why you’re applying to each – this means less time worrying about your list and more time working on your application. Don’t be afraid to add/remove colleges, though.

Continue reading

KD College Apps #1: Your College App Timeline

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

Before we delve in topic by topic, let’s start with the big picture of college applications. When should you be doing each of the things we’re about to discuss, and how do they all fit together?

Below we’ve compiled a SUGGESTED timeline with general benchmarks and deadlines. Don’t understand one of the things we’re talking about? No worries! We’ll go through each of them one by one. This is mostly a reference for later. If you see something you’re concerned about that’s not on our short list (see Advice from KD #0), just leave a comment for us below.

Continue reading