...and after 10 hours and 2 days working on this

Mom has her major 10 - 14 hour surgery today. Which is probably already started. I’m at work. 1. Because it’s only 15 minutes away from the hospital. 2. Because even under these circumstances I don’t think I could stand to sit for 10+ in a waiting room with my uber conservative father. Still, going to be heading there after work and I just hope I don’t get any calls during the day. Calls indicate badness happening.

A Stash of Tiny Study Tips


  • Create realistic goals: get ___ grade on next ____
  • Manageable let down; get back on track
  • Keep track of grades: focused, know where stand, no surprises
  • Start small
    • Low risk confidence builders
  • Take time to relax/give self rewards
    • Days off, breaks, rewards
    • All work & no play =/= living
  • Little organization goes a long way
  • Reward achievements!
  • Keep balance with exercise, clubs, friends
    • 2h/d: friends and exercise
  • Remember that hard work pays off
    • Isn’t a breeze to try to get a 4.0 GPA; but it’s possible
    • You’re smart enough and can achieve it
    • 90% there with these tips, 10% is just pure hard work
  • Only chill on weekends
    • Monday-Friday: school mode
    • Have time for some fun
    • If work as hard as should during week, will need weekends to blow off steam
  • Be self-motivated
    • Grades can matter, not everything, but follow through on what needs to be done
    • Not most important part of college but underperform? You will regret it
    • GPA cutoffs exist and matter to employers
    • College is full of distractions and opportunities
    • Nobody will hold hand and the work will suck but all the prouder of yourself to be
      • Suck it up, buckle down, get it done
        • If think need break, probably don’t
  • Turn off the little voice
    • Realize not alone in questioning ability
    • Avoid people who tend to burst bubbles no matter what 
  • Physical triggers to stop
    • Incentive to get something done when know have something else during the day
    • Don’t have a gaping abyss of study time
  • Work has to get done, in the end
    • Books, examiners, and especially your future self isn’t going to care about your excuses for not doing the work
    • Take the first step
      • It will almost be fictional how hard you thought the task was going to be
      • Just keep going because you simply can’t afford NOT to do anything today, nonzero days
      • Leeway, don’t give your perfectionism control over your life


  • Sleep! Think and function, mind & body
    • CAN sleep if keep up with coursework instead of procrastinating
    • Will miss out on some fun stuff
    • Need to stay awake in class
    • Figure out what need for full speed
    • Stay relaxed
  • Stay physically healthy
    • Diet and exercise
    • 1 hour exercise during week
    • Weekends off
  • Traditional breakfast not necessary if value extra sleep
  • Systematic habits: neat, prepared
  • Master material
    • Look for real world applications
    • Learning is a process: be patient, don’t expect to master off the bat
  • Designate study area and study times
  • Do trial runs
    • Practice tests
    • Ask a TA to listen to your oral performance
    • Study groups
  • Don’t copy other people’s psets and solutions


  • Spiral bound notebook, can color code with folders/etc if need be
    • Lecture notes: front to back
    • Reading notes: back to front (if fall behind on)
    • Seminar notes: mixed in with lecture notes, different pen color/labeled
    • Outline format
      • Bullet points for everything
    • Same NB for one set of class notes, separate notebooks for all classes
  • 5-subject notebook
    • Midterm and exam material in it
    • Mesh sources, study guide
    • All study material from week/month in one place
  • Pick the right major
    • Indulge in favorite hobby feeling
  • Pick professors & classes wisely
    • Take a small class
    • Pick classes that interest you so studying doesn’t feel torturous
      • Want to learn


  • Prioritize class by how can affect GPA
    • More credits: more weight
  • Work enough to get an A in your easy classes: take something good at
    • Don’t settle, don’t slack off, don’t put in minimal effort to get that B/C. Just put in a tiny bit more effort to ensure A
    • Will have harder classes and need to counteract
  • Take electives can ace
    • Anything but an A in an elective is kinda mean and an unnecessary hit for your GPA


  • Get to know teaching style: focus most on, lecture/notes
  • Pick and follow a specific note taking format
    • Outline
    • Date each entry
    • Capture everything on board
  • Decide productivity system
    • Google Cal
    • Todoist
    • Agenda: remind meetings, class schedule, important dates/midterms/quizzes/tests, no homework 
      • Always wanted to be prepared
      • Rarely last minute
      • Have plan, stay focused
    • Homework notebook
      • Good redundancy
  • Study syllabus
    • Know it thoroughly
    • Plot all due dates after class
    • Penalize if fail to abide by
  • Study the hardest for the first exam
    • Seems counterintuitive
    • Hardest/most important test
    • Pay attention to content and formatLess pressure: just need ___ on final to keep my A 
    • Easy to start high and keep high
  • Go into crunch mode at the beginning
    • End softly
    • Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and good food in the finals days before the exam


  • Get to know professors: go to office hours, care about grades/course/them
    • Easier ask for help, rec letter
    • Get to know interests and what they think is important
    • Figure out their research interests, 60% of their job is research
    • Learning is dynamic
    • Discussion helps
  • Get feedback early when not sure what doing
    • Take comments constructively
  • Consistent class participation: ask questions, give answers, comment when appropriate
    • Understand material
  • Find a study buddy in each class: don’t have to study with
    • Somebody can compare notes with, safety net
    • Pick somebody who attends, participates, and take notes regularly
    • Make some friends
  • Participate as fully as can in group activities
    • Be involved
    • Learn – not be taught
  • Be punctual
    • Good impression, on human professors
  • Skipping class =/= option: It’s “cool” to get attendance award
    • Make all the classes: it’s hard to feel confident when missing key pieces
    • Get full scope of class, everything will make a lot more sense and save a lot of time in long run
    • Mandatory class: higher graduating cumulative GPA
    • Go to class when no one else does/want to show up, reward
    • Get to know professor, what’s on test, notice, r/s build, material not in reading
    • Unless optional and super confusing professor
  • Sit in one of the first rows
    • Don’t fall asleep
    • Fake interest if you have to
  • Tutors


  • Take notes! Provided is bare minimum, accessed by students who aren’t attending lecture
    • Based on lecture and what read –> test; it’ll be worth it
    • Write it down
    • By hand
    • Bored? Doodle instead of going online
  • Read all assigned–even if need to skim
    • Seems cumbersome and maybe impossible
    • Figure out what’s important
    • Look at the logical progression of the argument/what’s important/what trying to prove
    • Understand everything that you do read–even if don’t read everything
    • PIck 2 examples from text per topic
  • Complete course material on time
    • Begin as soon as possible
      • Sometimes it’s just straight up impossible
    • Have it look attractive
  • Library doesn’t just mean = study
    • Social media in the library is still social media
  • Confusion is terrible
    • Read other textbooks, review course material @ another uni/by another professor, google the shit out of it
  • Review
    • Do not wait, do throughout semester
  • Exam prep
    • Ask for model papers, look at style & structure, thesis, how cite
    • Get old tests
      • Look at type of questions (detail level and structure)
      • Can solve old exams cold
      • If give out paper exams in class: probs won’t repeat questions, focus more on concepts but still learn the questions
    • Have class notes and psets down cold
      • Do all the practice problems
      • Read through notes a few times; rewrite into a revision notebook
        • Highlight major topics and subtopics
        • Different highlighter for vocab terms
        • Overall picture, go from concept to detail
          • Look at overall context and how specific idea fit into whole course
          • Ideas, don’t memorize all your notes
    • Better understand = more able to use and manipulate info and remember it. Understand = manipulation.
      • Charts, diagrams, graphs
      • Lists
      • Practice drawing labeled structures
      • Flash cards for memorization
        • Every school requires some degree of grunt memorization
        • Say it aloud, write it down
        • Get friends to quiz you
      • Self-test: severely challenge self, have a running collection of exam questions
      • Explain difficult concepts to your friends; force yourself to articulate the concept
    • Never pull an all-nighter
      • Do not spend every hour studying up to the exam
      • Eat, shower, sleep
    • Don’t wait until night before exam to study
      • Prep takes time even if reviewed throughout semester
    • Ask about format–don’t ask the professor to change it for you
    • Law of College: it will be on the exam if you don’t understand it
      • Ask professor, internet, textbooks
  • Night before exam
    • Jot what want to remember/have fresh
    • Read through in morning/before exam
    • Physical prep
      • Sleep, have test materials
  • Day of exam
    • Don’t cram every single spare minute
    • Go to bathroom before exam
    • Never miss an exam/lie to get more time
      • You won’t be any more ready 2-3 days after when supposed to have taken it
  • Slay exam. Get A. 


  • Friday morning: go through each syllabus, write down in HW notebook
  • All hw during weekend; study/reading assignments during week
  • Save everything
  • Divide big tasks into small pieces to help propel self
  • Standard study schedule: block off lectures, labs, regular commitments
    • Note the weeks that have assignments and tests that will require extra studying
    • Don’t oscillate too heavily every day with study times (i.e. don’t study 2-3 hours for weeks and then 10-12 hour days right before an exam)
    • Eat and sleep to make more extended work periods liveable and enjoyable


  • Set an amount of time would like to study every day
    • Try to study most days
    • Avoid vague/zoned out studying –> waste of time
    • Do a little bit daily but don’t let studying be your whole day
  • Review notes: 30mins/day, each class from that day
    • Look at important ideas/vocab
      • Prioritize new vocab because language is most fundamental and important tool in any subject
      • Circle abbreviations and make yourself a key somewhere so you don’t forget what the hell that abbreviations meant
      • Check spelling
    • Rewrite/reorganize notes if necessary
      • Format of ideas is just as important as the concepts themselves, esp. when it comes time for exam review
    • This helps you retain the material so you’ll be ahead next time you walk into class
    • Chance to ID any knowledge gaps that you can ask about for next class
  • Keep up with reading
    • Skim text before lecture or at least main topic sentences
    • Jot down anything don’t understand; if lecture doesn’t clarify, ask the professor
    • After lecture: skim again, outline chapter, make vocab flashcards
    • Highlight similar class and lecture notes
      • will definitely be tested on
    • Review and make study questions
  • Study
    • Disconnect from anything irrelevant to study material: help focus and your GPA
    • Don’t limit studying to the night
      • Study whenever, wherever between classes
        • Variety helps focus and motivation
      • Especially if tired at night and can’t transition between subjects
    • Try to study for a specific subject right before/after the class
Exercises for weight loss

Exercise is extremely important when it comes to keeping healthy and losing weight. For adults it is suggested that you should do at least 1 hour of exercise per day.

1. Cardio

-Swimming provides a great total body workout, while burning a high number of calories (around 600 calories per hour). The common freestyle stroke works well for most people, but using a variety of strokes places emphasis on different muscle groups - the change of intensity will burn more calories.

-Running is a good way to lose body fat as well as improving your fitness. Running burns around 600 calories per hour! It is recommended for beginners that you run at least 3 times a week for around 20-30 minutes per session.

-Cycling involves the same muscles as running, but has the advantage of lower impact of injuries, therefore making it ideal for everyone. Cycling also burns around 600 calories a per hour!

2. Working out at home

You can also work out at home if you feel more comfortable rather than going to a gym. You don’t necessarily need weights but it can be more beneficial to help tone up faster (Bottles of water or cans of beans can be just as good!!)

-15 sit-ups
-20 squats
-30 second plank
-20 walking lunges (10 each leg)
-10 push ups

-Repeat this 3 times.

-Each day try and increase the number of reps you’re doing, for example after 2 days try and do 20 sit-ups, 30 squats and so on.

-Take at least 1 rest day per week!

Remember it’s important to do stretches before and after your workout to reduce muscle pain.


Please message me if you have any suggestions!!

How to Kill the MCAT in 5 Weeks

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posting these past few months. It’s been a whirlwind, with schoolwork, starting to apply to medical school (HCEC >__>), studying and taking the MCAT, writing an honors thesis, preparing another manuscript for publication, etc. I’m happy to say that I’m (mostly) back and will be trying to answer all of your questions! But this post is mostly dedicated to how I studied and prepared for the MCAT. While a lot of people spend months preparing for the exam, I didn’t start studying until the beginning of winter break and spent only 5 weeks (albeit a brutal 5 weeks) preparing for the exam. Scores were released yesterday, and I’ll just say that I’m very happy with my score. I’ll be discussing many aspects of how I prepared, and hopefully it’ll help someone out there.

1. Classes

If you really think about it, studying for the MCAT should really just be review. You’ve learned 95% of the material in your classes before, so re-learning it shouldn’t be as hard as the first time. In my opinion, the new MCAT really favors students who work in research labs since there are a lot of passages that require data interpretation. The exam seems also to focus heavily on biochemistry. I was lucky and took biochem just this past fall, along with another course called “Nutrition and Disease” (NS4410). Surprisingly, a lot of the content in NS4410 ended up being on the MCAT as well. Having taken biochem so recently, most of it was fresh in my head so it was not nearly as difficult to learn as it should have been. Realistically, you probably will only really remember material from classes you took from the past year - anything past that you’ll likely have to re-learn. My recommendation would be to take biochemistry right before the exam, since it is such an important component on the MCAT and you want it fresh in your mind. What is on the MCAT is really just a watered down version of all your premed classes - don’t forget that. It may seem like a monster to study for, but all the knowledge is somewhere in your brain - you just have to dust it off.

2. Study Materials

Personally, I am a self-studier. I’ve never done well with prep courses. I don’t really know why, but for some reason I think there’s always a part of me that feels like I’m getting ripped off since they are so expensive. There’s no reason you can’t self-study, especially since that’s what you do during the school year. As for me, I decided to go with the full set of books from ExamKrackers (EK) and Kaplan, which together totaled around $350 (vs. a $2000 Kaplan course). EK, in my opinion, is great because they explain everything so well and succinctly and are able to cover 95% of what is on the exam in half the length of other prep material. EK splits each book into chapters, and each book consists of anywhere from 4-7 chapters (each 60-70 pages long). For example, chemistry (organic and inorganic were combined) had 7 chapters and consisted of around 450 pages of content. The organic chemistry book alone for Kaplan, on the other hand, was 400 pages (general chemistry was ~600 pages). Since I was trying to get through all of the content within 2-3 weeks, EK was great because it was so short. EK also had practice passages in the back, which aren’t the same as the actual exam (they’re a bit more difficult) but are good for practice. I used Kaplan mostly for practice, since the full book set also came with online materials (including 3 full length tests). What I didn’t like about Kaplan was how long it was (as I mentioned before) and how detailed it went. They seemed to focus much more on facts unlike EK which focused on concepts. I also bought both full-length tests from AAMC (which together cost $60).

The one comment I have is about the psychology and sociology section is that I felt neither really adequately covered what I was tested. I had bought the Kaplan books because I heard they covered the psych/soc sections much better, but in the end there were a ton of terms on the actual test that weren’t covered in the books. I think this will improve as time goes on and more tests are released, as the test companies will get a better understanding of what is actually on the test.

3. Study Schedule

I set a very strict schedule for myself. I began studying the day after I got home from my last final. I studied every single day of winter break, 10-12 hours a day for 5 weeks straight (there were about 3 days [holidays] where I only studied ~4 hours). It’s brutal and takes discipline, but for me, this was the right decision since I knew spreading it out over the course of 3 months would be excruciating and I wouldn’t be able to retain the information as well. I promised myself that I would work through 2 chapters of EK each day, which is around 120-140 pages of content and I thought was very reasonable (I’m also a bit of a slow reader). At this rate, I was able to finish all the content in 2.5 weeks. After going through all the material, I took a single full-length practice test from Kaplan. The next day, I reviewed the test and spent the next week and a half going over every single subject again (doing 1 subject, like physics, every day). This entailed redoing all the practice passages in EK, all the book problems in the Kaplan books, and all the practice online passages for Kaplan that pertained to that subject. I spent the entire last week doing the other passages (the remaining 2 full-length Kaplan and the 2 full-length AAMC). I did a test every other day, and every day in-between I would go over the previous day’s test. On days that I did tests, I would watch a movie afterwards (as a reward for having just taken a 7.5 hour test), eat, and then go straight to sleep.

4. Practice

The best way you can study is practice. A realization I had while studying for the MCAT was that this, like many other standardized tests, is one that can be learned. There are very obvious patterns to questions (especially in CARS), and EK was great at giving you pointers for choosing the right answer. It’s tricky because something as simple as a single word could mean that an answer is wrong. So much of the MCAT is strategy and endurance, so be sure to take multiple full-length tests. Diversifying your study materials will help you adapt to different types of tests. For me, CARS was my weakest section, and I needed tons of additional help on it. I used Khan Academy’s free materials (they have 50+ passages you can practice on). Also be sure to review answers you got right (and why you got them right) in addition to the answers you got wrong. The two AAMC full-length tests are very good predictors of how you will do, in my opinion. There aren’t many full-length tests out there, so treat them preciously. Once you take one, you can’t really take it again as if it were “new.” It’s important that you don’t take a full-length test until you finish reviewing all the material at least once because there’s really no point in taking it if you’re going to get a bunch of questions wrong. On days that you take full-length tests, try to emulate test day. Go to sleep early the night before, wake up early, eat breakfast, find a quiet spot you can work for several hours, and begin your test before 8AM. Do NOT go on your phone or on the internet during your breaks. Treating the test as if it were real helps with mental preparation for the actual test along with time management.

To put things in perspective, I scored a 506 on my full-length Kaplan test, which was 2.5 weeks before my actual test. Following a week of review of all the content, I scored another 506 on a Kaplan test (which was pretty discouraging). I next took the scored AAMC test, which I scored a 513 on. I took another Kaplan test and scored a 510, and my final AAMC test I scored ~518 (it’s not scored, but that’s the approximate score according to the percentages). Improvement can be quick and drastic when you’re taking multiple full length tests.

5. Test Day

How you treat test day plays a large part in how well you will do. This is where taking practice tests and treating it like the real thing helps. For me, I had been taking practice tests for the entire week so it was kind of like just waking up and taking another practice test. Trust that you’re prepared, even if you don’t 100% feel it (no one ever feels 100% prepared going into these tests!). I went to bed early, but was pretty nervous and woke up a few times during the night. I didn’t feel particularly tired, however, and I felt surprisingly calm going into the testing center (besides the normal level of nerves). I know it’s easy to say “stay calm” when it feels like your future is on the line, but just take a deep breath every time you feel your heart beat getting a bit faster. Mentality is everything. There will be a surprising amount of security at the test center, but just roll with it. The testing center will have noise cancelling headphones, but since you’re in a pretty quiet room I didn’t find them necessary (I actually put them on for a second but found them to be quite uncomfortable, and I had been studying at a noisy Barnes & Noble so I was used to any noise). People may be coming in and out of the room (quietly), so try to request a computer farther away from the door. Once you start, just let your instincts take over. You’ve been preparing for this - you know how to do it, you’ve just spent weeks/months studying!

Here’s my biggest piece of advice: realize that every single question on that test has an answer and can be answered. If you read a question and are very confused because nothing in your studies covered the topic, then the answer is in the passage. The MCAT will NOT give you a question that cannot be answered. If the question seems to be discrete but you just seemingly can’t figure out the answer, refer back to the passage and look for the answer. It’s there! I promise!

At the end of the MCAT, you will have the option to void your score. Resist your temptation to void your score. No one ever feels good coming out of that test - it’s absolutely normal. You’ve worked so hard for the test - trust that your preparation was sufficient. Unless you actually like fell asleep and didn’t answer 50% of the test, do NOT void your score.

6. Post-MCAT

Congratulations! You’re done!!! Go and celebrate! Do something to take your mind off all things MCAT! I went and saw a broadway show with a friend, and it was amazing. The next month of waiting will be excruciating, but you’ll get through it! The day of score release, I had such bad anxiety the entire day (I had woken up at least 8 times the night before). When my score came out, the website crashed and I wasn’t able to see my score for over an hour (which was the worst). When I finally saw my score, however, I was ecstatic. All my hard work had paid off, and to be perfectly honest, I was crying tears of joy. If you’ve worked as hard as you can, then be confident that you’ll be happy too.

I hope this helps someone out there. I won’t post my score right now (perhaps after I get accepted somewhere), but I will say that my score will allow me to be competitive at the top 10 schools. The MCAT is intimidating, but it’s possible to crush it if you work hard. Put things in perspective: this is only the first of many tests you’ll have to take if you want to be a doctor. It’s just a stepping stone in your career, and you’ve already made it this far.


anonymous asked:

I have to apologize for another "job in the industry" question. I've been in the tech industry for about a decade though my focus is on distributed systems and security (crypto). I have a stable and well paid Silicon Valley job but it's not in the game industry. If I were to ask you if I should try for a game dev job what reasons would you give me for absolutely NOT working in the game dev? And is there a reason to join other than the love of games?

Why shouldn’t you work in the gaming industry? There are plenty of reasons.

1. You get paid much less than other industries

Part of the problem of a “cool” job is that developers (especially engineers) get paid a lot less than another software engineer of equivalent experience doing enterprise software. There’s one engineer I know who left my dev team to work on casino games and his salary was practically tripled. This isn’t a problem for most fresh-faced bushy-tailed newcomers to the industry, but if you’ve already got things like a mortgage, a family, and commitments, this might not be the career for you.

2. You may have to work a lot of hours

Crunch is very real. Due to the waxing and waning need of people for AAA development specifically, there will be times where you spend 10, 12, or even more hours at the office each day. Working weekends will be expected. Again, not a huge problem for newcomers, but very taxing on those with families and friends. After crunching for months on a project and finally shipping it, I once had to relearn how to cook for myself since I hadn’t done so for so long.

3. Volatility sucks

Most studios don’t plan more than a couple of years out at a time. Layoffs could hit after any project, even if the project does well.  There will always be a new project spinning up, and another one crashing and burning. As such, you may need to be on the lookout for a new job or a new opportunity. I was very recently updating my resume and I realized that I’ve shipped ten games with nearly as many studios. This is a bit above the norm, but really not as far removed as it should be. There are some industries and employers where you can plan to work for your employer until retirement. Video games is generally not one of those.

4. You won’t get to work on your own ideas for years unless you go indie

Unless you somehow climb the ranks at a meteoric pace, you probably won’t get the opportunity to write your own ticket for years. Any game developer needs to spend years earning experience, proving competence, and increasing the scope of his or her responsibilities. Only a very exclusive number of developers will ever be able to make his or her own ideas a reality. Most of the time, it’s being assigned tasks by the producers and doing them. Unless you decide to give up AAA development and work on an indie title, you’ll be working for them for years.

5. Somebody will always hate what you do

Games are public-facing. No matter what game it is or how good it is, there’s going to be a very loud group of people that will hate it. They will happily let you know as well - any decision you make to improve the game will be second-guessed and dismissed into oblivion. And they will park themselves firmly in your game’s official social media channels and continue to shout at you for as long as the game continues to be maintained. 99% of the time, they won’t know anything about the actual circumstances of things, but that won’t matter to them. Not that you’re allowed to talk to them anyway.

There’s a lot of practical reasons why someone wouldn’t want to work in games. It’s a nice idea, but reality is a harsh mistress. For many, the lower pay and the regular crunch are the primary factors in leaving the industry. It definitely takes a lot of dedication and passion to stay with game development as a career. There’s always a lot of people who want to get in, but the intersection of both passion and competence is not a very big number. Of those who might fit, the above reasons tend to drive many of them out as well. Game development is often thankless and draining. It certainly isn’t for everyone.

Manager with autism anon here. Today (3/10) was my store manager’s last day. I’m going to be by myself on dayshift for two weeks as manager on duty until corporate sends us a  new manager (THEY HAVE HAD A MONTH TO TRAIN SOMEONE, IT  DIDN’T HAPPEN) , one of my cashiers (A 59 year old man, WAY too old to act like this) quit on Thursday by calling out, despite KNOWING how much I need him, my only non-manager keyholder is going to be on restricted duty for 2 weeks because she just had surgery, I have NO spare people, and it’s supposed to snow 10 inches. If anyone at ALL calls out, I will have no one. Our district AND regional manager are coming sometime next week, I am by myself, I have a 2900-piece truck delivery to get out before Thursday, I get ONE day off next week and the week after because I have no one to work, I’m gonna be working 45 hours when my normal 33 almost kills me thanks to chronic pain, and I  had a customer call me a retarded little bitch and throw her car keys at me today because we were out of the SPECIFIC BRAND of toilet paper she wanted. I almost had a sensory breakdown at work today because of it. I’m ready to cry now. Please send good vibes and/or prayers my way? Please?

anonymous asked:

Just saw the gifs from interview panel Sam-Cait. Cait says " They shoot 10 months of the year,, 14 hour days". When do you have a relationship ouside of work on that schedule!!! I mean....you have weekends and 2 months off I guess??. Apparently both their SO's came after the show began. There is not enough time for developing a intimate relash outside of work imo. Especially when you hang with your costar out of those hours as well!!

Originally posted by justalittletumblweed

Bad Confessions

Originally posted by smtm-rn

Confession doesn’t go the way he thought it would // Part 2

(Requested) // Word Count; 866

Double K x Reader - Fluff

“I want to be more than friends?”

“What? So, like.. friends with benefits?”

You didn’t expect a conversation like this to occur, all you wanted to do was enjoy a movie night with your best friend Chang il.

It was a Friday night, a few hours after you came home from a long and miserable day at work. The idea of calling your friend over for a movie night lingered on your mind as you stripped out of your work clothes, you hadn’t seen him in 2 weeks so, it seemed like a good idea.

Chang il said yes after you had sent your simple “movie night?” text. He had thought about coming to see you, so, he was very happy when you sent a prompt text. The studio was only 10 minutes away from your apartment so, it didn’t take him long to appear.

The night had started off smoothly; Chang il popped the popcorn and poured the drinks while you selected a movie and brought blankets out of your closet. There was silence between you both as the movie started, the screen advanced from black to light with various colours sparking your dim lit room.

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jideni3  asked:

hey, with school starting up, i was wondering - how do you balance being a dedicated student and working out? my current class-load means i sometimes miss gym time 4x in a row, and it's frustrating when i get back to find my stamina+speed stagnant or reduced

also, completely unrelated, but i’d just like to say thanks. u go to a notoriously difficult school, work hard at both the gym and towards a future career, and still take the time to write and create and collaborate and engage with complete strangers. you dont have to, but you still meme and joke and share your time and energy so that others can laugh too, and it’s honestly a kindness, so. idk, thanks

Ah man,, ah man thank you!!

“a kindness” asjkhdhj thats tall praise for…the act of shitposting,, i appreciate it though

And yeah, I have very much run into (ha pun) the thing you’re describing. I’ve had school terms where I can scarcely step foot in the gym because of my school workload.

And it’s discouraging to finally get back to the gym and end up wheezing and dying with routines I used to do easy when I could work out consistently. I guess my most effective advice is that that stamina will always come back when your workload lightens so long as you still keep at it.

Like… I was honestly pretty ashamed of how much my stamina dropped last fall, after a spring+summer of an overloaded work schedule and bad gym hours. Prior to all that, I had been pulling off 10+ mile runs, multiple days in a row, and by fall I was struggling to do even 2 miles without taking a break ha… But I still went to the gym when I could, and worked back up when I could, and just glossed over the fact that I sucked ass. Now I’m back to being able to do 10+ miles from building myself back up this past spring+summer. (I actually set a new mile time yesterday).

Basically, putting an interest on the back burner isn’t abandoning it. You’re going to get rusty at it, but if youre getting rusty because you’re prioritizing more important things, then thats just being responsible. You can always build the stamina back up when you have the time.

Alternative solution: some people have figured out how to go for runs at 6 am before anyone else is awake and therefore avoid any conflict with class/homework during the day. These people are clearly not human. But they exist and do this somehow. So if you can figure out that secret let me know.

We Make the Kingdom - Pt.6

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Pairing: Yongguk x OC
Genre: Fantasy, with Angst and Smut to come
Summary:  After a vampire attack leaves you almost dead, you are rescued by a group of werelions, powers long thought to be extinct. Upon discovering the same magic flows in your blood, you join their fight against encroaching vampires and another, very human monster, to save the kingdom.
Previous parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ,  8, 9(M), 1011, 12, 13

Despite your accelerated healing, your body continues to ache at the end of each day of the following weeks. Jongup is a patient but persistent instructor, working you through drill after drill and never losing his temper when you make a mistake. They occur less and less frequently as the memory of the movements become embedded in your muscles, muscles that continue to  grow stronger.

The extra hours you practice, recruiting the lions who stay behind with you nightly as partners, aid your advancing abilities as well. It is obvious they hold back when they let you attempt to fight them, but hopefully soon they will have to put in some effort to hold you off. You are determined to match Jongup’s efforts with your own.

Yongguk’s teachings arms you with a mental arsenal of information. He continues giving you material limited to your vampiric foes, letting you evaluate it by yourself before reporting your conclusions to him. He listens, offering corrections as needed and prodding you to defend your positions with questions. Your discussions become spirited and enjoyable and variedas Yongguk opens to you. Beneath his almost placid exterior thrives an active, incredibly intelligent mind.

This discovery leads you to be even more intrigued with the alpha. Not only does he posses book knowledge of science and art and literature, but the often more difficult subjects of human nature and philosophy as well. Talking with Yongguk rekindles a insatiable thirst for learning in your heart, one he readily helps you try to fill.

He seems to enjoy your mental sparring as much as you, but you can sense he still holds some part of himself aloof from you. As many smiles as you’re able to coax from his lips, Yongguk never smiles with you the way he does the other lions. Sometimes you envy them and the obvious affection he holds for them, the ease and intimacy of their all belonging to each other. They are a pride and you are still an outlier: accepted but not yet into the inner circle. Whenever the feeling creeps into your skin, you brush it aside and throw yourself into your studies with renewed vigor. You will earn your place among them. Something so precious is not easily given.

Unfortunately, despite how well you are progressing in your other areas of study, fully shifting into your were-form still eludes you. You practice in secret with Junhong and in the privacy of one of the upper rooms when he hunts, wanting to surprise the others.

It was only a number of days before you could find it the instant you concentrate. The heartbeat of the lioness nestles in your chest like the steady purr of a well fed cat beside a fire. Waking your power proves another matter entirely.

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anonymous asked:

Are you learning German? How is it going? What's your schedule like?

yes I am :) it’s going pretty well but I’m not making very good progress with it because I’m not spending enough time on it, so it’s my fault! :/ but the language itself is very beautiful! 

my schedule for all my target languages is the same the only thing that changes is the amount of time i spend on each language.

I have two kinds of goals in language learning:

  1. Stuff I want to practice every day (speaking, listening, writing, reading).
  2. Stuff I want to get done by a certain time (I want to finish my Turkish textbook by September, which works out to 2 chapters a month, which after some experimentation I found out works out to about ½ hour a day).

Or simply try to fit it all in at different parts of the day in between other things because you will find it easier to do things in small doses,  instead of trying to find a big chunk of “language learning time” during the day.

  • Read for 20 minutes on the train/bus to school
  • Listen to a podcast or anything in your target language for 5-10 minutes when you are walking.
  • Work in your textbook when you find yourself free at random times of the day
  • Write a page in you notebook just before going to bed.
  • Chat with a family member or a friend (it better be a native speaker) in your target language whenever you get the chance to do so.

So you will get about an hour a day of (listening + reading + writing + textbook) plus some variable amount of time speaking.
I’ve been doing this  for a pretty long time so they’re just a habit now and I don’t need any will power to do them.
If I had to give you any advice, I would say that will power is a very hard thing to have consistently, but if you build certain things into your day and make them a habit then it’s much easier.

~ I hope you find these tips helpful.



Barbells and kettle bells and bodyweight, oh my. Afternoon workouts kick my butt, man. 50 rounds! I’m starting to notice more changes in my physique and I am pretty happy about it. I definitely makes the more difficult workouts worth it when I can see that it is, indeed, making a difference. Full body HIIT today.

30 seconds work. 10 seconds rest.
Jump rope sets in between exercise.

Walking Push-ups
Kettlebell Swing
Squat Pulses
Clean&Press + Squat&Press
Push-up + Burpee
2 Wide Squat + 2 Narrow Squat
Wood Chop (left side)
Wood Chop (right side)
10 Mountain Climbers + 2 Walking Push-ups
Squat & Press
Overhead Triceps
Plie Squat Hold w. Punches
Pike Abs
Plank Jacks
Mountain Climbers
Pogo Press (left side)
Pogo Press (right side)
Hip Thrusts
Up&Down Planks

I have been trying to take breaks every hour while I’m cake decorating and baking to hop on the treadmill to make sure I’m moving during the day. I put in a little extra walking after this workout and some yoga too.

October Goals and a Reintroduction

Hello all, like I said in my post last night I have been having a difficult time with all of my healthy habits such as my eating, but here we are in October! It is a fresh start!

In case there’s anyone else that just joining me here, my name is Robin, recently turned 30, and finally finished celebrating it. I’ve run 7 5ks, 1 8k, 7 10ks, 3 half marathons and 1 marathon all since November 2013. In January 2014 I started my fitness and weight loss journey in its current version. I had lost weight in high school and gained it back in college, to a high of 210 pounds. I’ve lost 60 pounds, and kept it off for nearly 2 years now.

Now a days, I’m working now on keeping my weight in check so that I can race the way I want to! My goal right now is to run a sub 2 hour half marathon in November and I plan on spending 2018 training for my next marathon, as I am still chasing the sub 5 hour goal I set for my first marathon this year.

My goals for October are:
1. Keep up with training plan
2. Stretch after each run and foam roll daily
3. 20 weighted squats, 10 weighted lunges, 15 push ups, 45 second plank daily
4. Track eating 100% and no extra snacks at work
5. 7 and a half hours of sleep minimum

I’m thinking of having a nice treat day on Halloween of the month goes well!

on 'you've never seen ______???'

yesterday, a male coworker discovered another blockbuster hit of yore that i haven’t seen. it happens from time to time, but i realized that i honestly don’t think a woman has ever exclaimed with such shock that i haven’t seen such & such movie. it’s always men. AND they usually enlist men nearby in their dismay– ‘can you believe juli hasn’t seen blahblahblah?! how could you have not seen whosiwhatsis!!?’

i admittedly don’t watch a ton of movies in general, so it’s partly just pure chance that the one they say is in the no category. i kind of always feel guilty spending a ton of time in a dark room watching something if it’s a nice day, i’d rather be outside. & i work nights in the restaurant industry so, who has the energy to hunker down for a 2 hour film after a +10 hour shift on their feet? & i’m kind of picky about which movies i want to take a chance on to see at all.

but, it hit me yesterday that i think it also speaks to the male gaze, male representation. these men are flabbergasted that i haven’t seen a movie, every time one that very much fails the bechdel test, that is so pivotal to their sense of self, to their formative years, what it means to be a hero or a villain or a heartthrob or the funniest man in film that summer, that it makes them yell out in a public place in utter disbelief that i could shun such an important work, almost that i should be ashamed to have missed it, my life must be emptier, i am an uncultured hermit. this experience is also common in other art forms, obviously, but movies being maybe a more accessible, mainstream form that it’s more often a topic of small-talk.

they think of the mainly white, male-driven stories as the default. they can’t understand that i wouldn’t relate as much or at all to that narrative, wouldn’t overlook all the failings of telling the same problematic stories with shitty to no representation, spitting out the same stereotypes & dangerous rhetoric, not laugh at all the jokes at the expense of those oppressed & struggling to be heard.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'd like to ask how would you balance school and learning arabic on your own? i've been self-studying arabic but my routine neglects arabic once school starts and i feel really bad because i am not able to make time for arabic. any suggestion or experience you could share with me?

well, I’m not learning Arabic, I’m a native speaker! :D

But I used to have the same problem with Spanish and Turkish, I know it’s hard to make a good balance between school and language learning, but here is my advice for you:
set a goal and a schedule in connection with language learning, make sure you have a “time table” that shows what material you wish to learn at a specific time.

for example I have two kinds of goals in language learning:

  1. Stuff I want to practice every day (speaking, listening, writing, reading)
  2. Stuff I want to get done by a certain time (I want to finish my Spanish textbook by May, which works out to 2 chapters a month, which after some experimentation I found out works out to about ½ hour a day).

Or simply try to fit it all in at different parts of the day in between other things because you will find it easier to do things in small doses,  instead of trying to find a big chunk of “language learning time” during the day.

  • Read for 20 minutes on the train/bus to school
  • Listen to a podcast or anything in your target language for 5-10 minutes when you are walking.
  • Work in your textbook when you find yourself free at random times of the day
  • Write a page in you notebook just before going to bed.
  • Chat with a family member or a friend (it better be a native speaker) in your target language whenever you get the chance to do so.

So you will get about an hour a day of (listening + reading + writing + textbook) plus some variable amount of time speaking.
I’ve been doing this  for a pretty long time so they’re just a habit now and I don’t need any will power to do them.
If I had to give you any advice, I would say that will power is a very hard thing to have consistently, but if you build certain things into your day and make them a habit then it’s much easier.

Best of luck with Arabic, I hope you find these tips helpful.
Whenever you have any questions or simply want to practice your Arabic I’m here :)
~ Rahaf

My Daily Routine:

Hi, a lot of you have wanted to know what my routine and schedule was for school days and on weekends/holidays:


  • 6:00 - My alarm goes off at 6 and then I will exercise for (usually on a cycling machine, I go for a run, or I do some kind of HIIT circuit).
  • 6:30 - Then I have a shower and get dressed and ready for school
  • 7:00 - I then go into the kitchen and have breakfast, talk to family and listen to the radio etc.
  • 7:40 - Leave for school. I arrive at 8:10 and lessons start at 8:30. There are 5 lessons a day (each 1 hour long).
  • 15:20 - Lessons finish. I either walk home, but on a few days a week I go to concert band/orchestra until 17:00, and once a week I have a saxophone lesson after school.
  • 16:00 - I get home about 10 minutes before this, get myself a coffee and check tumblr. Then at 16:00 start my homework and making notes. I will usually take short breaks between homework tasks.
  • 19:00 - I usually stop working around this time. I will read a book, watch TV or go on tumblr. Once every 2 weeks I have a Youth Council meeting from 19:00-21:00.
  • 20:00 - I have dinner and watch TV, talk to my family etc. and just generally relax. I have a rule that I don’t work after 20:00 so I can make sure I have the evening to myself and I’m not stressing about school
  • 22:30 - Sunday to Thursday I usually go to bed around this time to make sure I can get enough sleep.


  • 9:00 - Usually I get up around this time and exercise (usally a cycle or run) but sometimes I get up earlier and read/go on tumblr; I’m not very good at sleeping in late.
  • 9:30 - Once I’ve exercised I shower and get dressed etc.
  • 10:00 - Have breakfast and usually start making notes or finishing off any homework I didn’t do after school during the week.
  • 13:00 - Have lunch - on a lot of weekends I will usually have lunch out with friends or family, and if I don’t I will usually go out in the afternoon to see friends for a coffee etc. 
  • The rest of the day is usually spent reading/watching TV/with friends. What I do during the weekends and holidays really varies from week to week and so there’s no routine I do rigidly. I just always make sure I’m up to date with work/studying and that I see my friends and relax a bit ready for the next week of sixth form.
  • Quite a few weekends I volunteer on Saturday for a Mencap children’s daycare. The hours I work on those days are 9:30-15:30.
  • When it gets close to exams and I am on holiday/study-leave then I will spend a lot more of the day studying. Usually I will work 10:00-13:00 and then from 15:00-18:00 with short breaks about once an hour. This gives me 6 hours of good revision a day, but with a long lunch break and the evenings to myself.
how to get back on track after taking a mental health day

If you’re like me, you tend to falter a bit for a few days leading up to your designated mental health day. Your ethic slips; notes aren’t completed, readings are ignored, etc. By the time you take the mental health day to relax, there’s already a small mountain of things for you to get back to doing. It can seem quite overwhelming at times.

1. Make a list of all the things you have to do. You can make it an orderly list (ie by subject), or you can list things as they come to you. Either way, just make sure you have everything written down on a piece of paper, or typed up on a word document. It gives you something physical to look at and makes you feel like you’ve already taken some measure of control.

2. Prioritise. Not everything on the list has to be done today, hopefully. Organise things in terms of what’s due first - a report due tomorrow should always take precedence over a reading due next week. 

3. Create a schedule. Be realistic. You can’t just sit down at your desk for the next eight hours and expect miracles to happen. You’ll likely feel pressured and then you’ll avoid doing anything - especially if you’re just coming back to your work after a mental health day. So, be realistic about it: how do you work best? In 10-minute chunks? 30 minute blocks? An hour before it’s due when the adrenaline kicks in? That’s how I do everything. Figure it out, and make a little schedule for yourself. Do your best to make it happen. 

4. Be disciplined, but not harsh. Don’t be too hard on yourself. There’s nothing wrong with taking a mental health day or two if you need it; getting upset or frustrated over the work that’s piled up in the meantime won’t do anything except make you feel worse. Do your best to power through it, but if you feel your stress levels rising or your bad mood coming back, take a break. Make a cup of tea or have a shower. It’s important to take care of yourself too.

5. Accept that you won’t always be on top of everything. This doesn’t mean “don’t try because it’ll never happen”, but sometimes we just don’t have enough time to catch up on every piece of work we have to do, and that’s okay. It’s insanely hard to keep on top of schoolwork all the time. Some people are better at it, some people aren’t. Don’t beat yourself up too much - the important thing is that you’re doing your best. If you’re really struggling, then talk to your instructors about the workload. I guarantee they’ll try to help you out. 

Good luck!

anonymous asked:

I utterly hate all but one of my coworkers in my current job, and he's offered to help me get a second job out in a factory for seasonal work (about 6 months a year) i'm currently surviving off of 10 hours a week, this job is a promised 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. I'm scared to give up the other job because of the benefits though, but also fear over working. I'm no stranger to up to 80 hours a week but i'm not sure how well i'll handle it after a 2 year break from crazy shifts like that.

how to motivate myself:

1. “rewards” are useless. 10 minutes, a day, a week after the reward it’s like you didn’t even get it (aka. “after eating that chocolate bar you’ll want another one in half an hour”). brains don’t work that way. giving yourself a reward for studying now isn’t actually going to help you keep studying later, so why bother rewarding yourself. it’s a waste and you’ll use rewards as a crutch or excuse.

2. likewise, keep working through your suffering because an hour after the suffering’s over, you’ll have forgotten all about it.  yesterday is yesterday. a week is going to pass whether you study or not, and with it so do those feelings of suffering: better study.

3. always split things into the smallest possible amounts. i want to study 3 hours today but feel like i can’t study at ALL. instead i’ll set my timer for 5-10 minutes and do only that, then do another 5-10, then another…. even if i have to do that for the entire day, i’ll end up studying for hours.