On any normal school day, this is how it goes for Melanie Jackson.
She wakes up at 6:45-6:50, mostly. It doesn't really mean much sleep for her; she wished she would get more sleeping time. But, at the beginning of the school year, she vowed to get up earlier than 7:00. 7:00 just wouldn't do for her.
Melanie then pushes the sleep out of her body. Mostly by stretching, but sometimes by blinking or just sitting on her bed to wake up a little. It does take a while for her to get up.
She dresses. She tries as hard as she can to look nice-sloppy isn't good enough for her perfectionist mind. Always some type of cute outfit that's based off of the weather. She searches up the weather forecast before she sleeps so she can choose the best clothing.
She brushes her teeth. She knows Americans do it differently. She's heard from her sister. But, as a Chinese person, what's the point of taking a shower every day or brushing her teeth after she eats? No offense to you Americans, she thinks, but totally unnecessary. She also applies toothpaste to her sister's toothbrush and fills up her sister's cup. Her sister doesn't have enough time and enough motivation to do it herself.
Melanie heads downstairs to take off her contacts and do all that stuff you do. After taking out her contacts without much trouble, she skips to the kitchen and thinks about what she has to do. Then, she is a whirlwind of activity. Filling up her water bottle, packing her bookbag, putting on her socks. Melanie's breakfast is now ready. When she's done eating a short breakfast, she hurriedly grabs her backpack, puts on her shoes, and heads out the door.
She shoots out of the door. She's always desperate to get out of the house by 7:15. Then, she's in the car with her dad driving her to school. Her school, Oak Point Elementary, is farther away from her house then she can walk.
At school, Melanie hopes she's on time. She's almost never tardy. At school, she knows it's time to start a brand-new day. Happily.