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.


Why I Wouldn’t Vote for Mark Zuckerberg

There’s been buzz recently about Mark Zuckerberg gearing up to run for President either in 2020 or 2024. He’s taken steps to do so, including tours across the country and SEC filings that reveal he could take a leave of absence from his company if he decided to serve in government.

However, one of the big reasons why I wouldn’t vote for Mark Zuckerberg is the same reason why I wouldn’t vote for Donald Trump – because he has no experience in politics or governance. 

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And, Not Or.

Looking into your eyes, I see everything I am not. At least, that’s what the world tells me. The skies whisper that I must be generous or determined, kind or honest, in love with people or in love with their absence.

But in the glimmer of your smile, I see my own ability to dole out love to others while still saving a serving for myself. In the warmth of your hand, I feel my own ability to be kind while still clutching onto the honesty I hold so dear. In your presence, I feel my heart flood with love for people while still wanting to hide away to spill my emotions onto paper.

The world and its people know that it is easier if they can put me into a series of boxes. Extroverted or introverted? Obedient or rebellious? Intelligent or creative? But my very being knows that I am too much to be trapped in their categories. It screams that it is morethat it is both, that it is everything.

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You’re Not Perfect Just The Way You Are

“Write down a word that describes you.” 

Six year old me proceeded to write down the word “unique,” before realizing that everyone else had written the same thing. How ironic.

One of the largest factors in the success of Americans is their confidence in their abilities, real…or imagined. We believe that we are perfect the way we are, and that every part of us is special. We praise every part of ourselves, and expect others to follow along and do the same. In that way, we push away self-criticism and those who are willing to help point out our flaws. In turn, we have become our biggest admirers but are no longer our biggest critics.

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“Remember, you’re not white.”

No one likes to talk about rejection.

This summer, I was rejected from 3 national level summer programs that I applied to. I will readily admit that a lot of success in my life has come easily, and as a result I struggle with the idea of failure. But while I’ve come to terms with failure as a way to prevent my future complacency, I think what mattered more to me was how my parents responded.

Let me start off with a brief history of my parents. They’re first generation immigrants from Taiwan who came to this country without a dollar in their pockets. Both had a parent die from cancer, and worked diligently as a new couple in a foreign land so that they could provide a life for me that was better than they ever had. To them, I am their hope.

After finding out about the rejection letters, my first thought went to my parents and disappointing them.

My dad’s first words were, “Remember, you’re not white. But also remember that you’re not a minority.” 

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Trump is More Than Just A Late-Night Comedy Joke

For many of us Americans and the media, Donald Trump has served as a ridiculous figure on which to pin our jokes and at whom we roll our eyes at because of the sheer lunacy of the policies he suggests. But with news outlets such as the Washington Post speculating on the possibility of Trump lasting all the way to the nomination, they’ve also shifted away from ruling him out as the 2016 Republican nominee.

That in itself is terrifying to many. But what’s even more terrifying is the havoc that Trump has already caused.

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The Threat of Political Dissing

*mini dance because this blog turned a year old 2 days ago*

Today though, we’re here to talk about a less dance-worthy topic. Whether you like politics or not, you’ve likely heard of either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. Throw out both of those names, and you’ll get two waves: one of cheers and one of eye-rolls. Most people who support these candidates don’t want to admit it, but both of these candidates have at least a few utopian ideas that are considered absolute heresy by the other side of the political spectrum.

One factor that’s helped contribute to candidates as wild as Donald and Bernie to exist is the rise of social media, particularly with our generation. While social media may not be considered official or legitimate, it is playing a significant hand in how we talk about and are informed of politics on a day-to-day basis. You can see the polarization of “social media politics” everywhere- from Facebook pages calling themselves “Liberal America,” to Twitter accounts declaring themselves “True Conservatives.”

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