Nearly twenty people wrote for the first issue. Below, a few reflect on what it was like to write for the first issue of the first magazine for all Asian women.
Olivia Wong – https://overachievermagazine.com/2018/11/03/asian-representation-in-hollywood-or-lack-thereof/
When I first received the direct message at 12:10 am, I have to admit, it looked more like a scam than anything. But when I moved to delete the message, the words “Contribute to our magazine” caught my eye. Curious, I moved to do the absolute minimum requirement that counted as ‘research’ (which meant just checking the profile), and I was sold. I responded to the message, and soon enough I was given an email address to contact.
Fast forward a couple of emails, and soon enough I was set with a topic and a deadline. As a person whose only experience in writing was school essays, this was an exciting adventure for me. I had the chance to share my viewpoint to the world as an Asian American girl living in Asia. I would spend my heart and soul on this project, and I was thrilled for the challenge.
Now I can think back to my first article and I can say for sure, I wouldn’t read it. I don’t have the strength to even look at it. In the months passing after writing the first article, I had a mixed bag of emotions. At first, I would’ve considered it my best piece of work, but now I could feel chills just thinking about its odd colloquiums and how it was essentially an argumentative essay. But I couldn’t deny the joy and pride I felt, pouring my heart into those paragraphs. The sheer excitement I felt, seeing my words on an actual magazine. I think the high of showing my work to a small section of the word is what pushed me to write a second article for Overachiever.
I won’t go into the nitty-gritty details, but that second article beat me into a pulp as much as I did to it. Mid-term finals were approaching, stress levels were high, and I crammed as much work into it as I could in a short time frame. It wasn’t anything revolutionary, but I will admit, it was much easier on the eyes than my first article. And oddly enough, I’m pretty content with that.
I used to beat myself up for not doing better, not picking better topics, not being a better writer. But writing this now, I have to say I’m glad my first two articles flopped in my eyes. Maybe this one will as well. I don’t have the experience to say if it does or not. I’m barely halfway through high school, I still have so much to learn. But writing with Overachiever Magazine opened my eyes in no way the American education system could ever. They pushed me into a world full of trial and error, where you will make mistakes, have horrible articles but you will still always have a chance to try again. It’s been a couple of months since I’ve written for Overachiever. But after standing on the sidelines, watching how this organization has flourished into a thriving community, I’ve never been prouder to have contributed in what minimal way I have.
This recap of my experience is a very confusing thank you note to the Overachiever Magazine. For reaching out to me. Coming back time and time again with new opportunities I would be too scared to seek out for myself. And after an amazing year, I have to say, I’m so glad this was never a scam to begin with.
Michelle Lee – https://overachievermagazine.com/2018/11/03/canada-welcomed-me-but-not-my-culture/
When I first heard about OM, I was delighted! Finally, a magazine run by, and one that put Asian women in the spotlight. It was empowering and insightful, and I’ll never forget the rush of pride and excitement I felt when I saw my article among all the others on the website. It’s always so stunning and jarring to see the growth that this magazine has made through the year. It always makes me happy to see a post from them on my Instagram or tumblr feed, and I think it’s so important that this exists. Thank you to everyone who’s contributed, and especially the team behind it!
Virginia Duan – https://overachievermagazine.com/2018/11/04/where-are-my-middle-aged-love-songs/