KD College Apps #0: An Introduction

KD…as in, Kat and Daniel (the reference was too good – we had to). As promised, we’re going to be spending the next few months retracing our steps through the college application process. 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. However, we do feel like there were some very basic facts and pieces of advice that no one ever told us. As a result, we felt pretty overwhelmed and lost balancing both school and the craziness of college applications, and wanted to try to dispel that fog to make others’ lives easier.

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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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