Throwback to Japan

IMG_5925Although over 6 months have passed since my exchange in Fukuoka, Japan, I still keep in contact with my host family and friends; yesterday, I wrote letters and wrapped gifts to send overseas. While doing so, I pulled out the gifts I had received from them: a home-made sign that reads “Mimi, welcome to Japan” that my host family held when I met them at the airport, a photo/ letter album that my classmates created for me, and care packages from my area representative and host family. Continue reading Throwback to Japan


Living on One Dollar a Day

My priciest meal throughout my dollar challenge: $0.54
(Mashed potato, $0.17; 1/2 an egg, $0.15; 2 slices of toast, $0.10; black beans, $0.12; salsa, free; tap water, free)

For seven days, I spent only a dollar on food each day, and I survived. The optional assignment was inspired by an article on CNN about a woman who did the dollar challenge for a year, and my AP Environmental Science edited it and shortened it to a week long so that it is school-appropriate and doesn’t anger overprotective parents. The dollar challenge allowed students to gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyles of impoverished people living in developing counties. In some countries, people earn an income of $370 a year, which estimates to around $1 to spend a day. Continue reading Living on One Dollar a Day

Sheldon Cooper Quoting T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”

Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory replaces “whimper” with “barber” in T.S. Eliot’s quote from “The Hollow Men.”

“This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a barber.” -Sheldon Cooper (Season 5, Episode 18)

-Mimi C.
*Video was shown to me by my friend

No Longer Chained Down

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“Once Upon a Time” Known Unknown

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Writing Supplement, Art Supplement, Music Supplement…. How much is enough??

1 Common App essay, 3 writing supplements, 4 music supplements, 2 recommendation letters (1 from my academic teacher and 1 from my club advisor), yet I still have a nagging feeling that I am not good enough to become a Fighting Irish at University of Notre Dame.

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What else can I add?? A video of me playing Kabalevsky at the age of 10? An original composition made during my sophomore year? Continue reading Writing Supplement, Art Supplement, Music Supplement…. How much is enough??

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