You visit your first college while a freshman in high school. The walls bleed ivy from the cracks between the bricks. The tour guide’s words echo hollowly. “Any questions?” The tour group stares back. You don’t know any questions. You don’t know. You don’t know why you are here.
The SAT is on a cloudy Saturday. You are asked to bring a calculator, a snack, and #2 pencils. You only use one pencil. The College Board gods consumed the rest while you were writing your essay.
AP Gov AP Bio AP Econ AP Psych AP Calc APUSH AP AP AP AP You pay $91 for each AP test. You do not ask why. College Board, the non-profit organization, rips the money from your reluctant hands. AP AP AP AP
At your neighbor’s incessant prompting, you confess that you are applying to Stanford. He replies that his co-worker’s nephew’s friend went to Stanford. Everyone’s co-worker’s nephew’s friend has gone to Stanford.
There is no box for your ethnicity on the application. Do you identify as Pacific Islander? Do you identify as the all-encompassing “White”? Do you identify as human? You have not been human for many years.
The empty boxes in the extracurriculars section haunt you. The cursor blinks accusingly. You try to remember what you’ve done. Have you done anything? High school was an endless void. Pencils scratching. Clocks ticking. You remember nothing. You did nothing. You refresh the Common App.
You get a college pamphlet in the mail. “JOIN US,” it says. It is not a suggestion.
i feel like lance and pidge’s friendship isn’t appreciated enough so….. here are some lance ‘n pidge things that are def canon
pidge will seek lance out just to sit on him, even if there’s plenty of empty room on the couch
especially likes sitting on his back or on his legs if he’s laying down
always asking for facts about the other’s special interests (lance’s is fish, especially sharks. pidge’s are lizards and robotics)
sometimes when pidge is hyperfocusing lance will stick random things in her hair like pencils and paperclips
likewise, if lance is hyperfocusing pidge will put things in the hood of his jacket
constantly trying to give each other wet willies. CONSTANTLY.
pidge has set up really elaborate situations, sometimes involving allura and shiro pretending to need lance for something important, just to lead him into a wet willy trap
lance on the other hand will just chase her around and try to get hunk to grab her when she runs past
lance, every time he’s sitting on a couch with pidge: *sticks bare foot in her face* lick it
pidge sleepwalks sometimes and lance has gone into the kitchen looking for a snack at 2 AM and found her rifling around pointlessly in drawers
he just. quietly takes her by the arm and leads her back to her room
lance: hey pidge if i decide to [insert really bad idea] what’s the probability that [insert incredibly unlikely but positive outcome] pidge, not looking up from laptop: i’d say there’s a 0.5 to 1% chance of that working out in your favor lance, already doing the thing: good enough for me
lance and pidge both stim by chewing and they both LOVE chewing pencils
back in the garrison days lance would buy packs of pencils specifically for him and pidge to chew on while studying
they can get through a pack of twenty in like an hour
pidge also likes to stim by zipping and unzipping things, so sometimes lance will let her borrow his jacket so she can just zip away
lance dissociates when he gets very stressed and pidge is always the one to get him some cold water and stay with him until he starts coming back to reality (also to make sure he doesn’t do anything weird like get into his lion for no reason)
talk to each other about their families when they start missing them too much
Hey guys! My name is Jessica, I’m 21 and i started my journey at the end of February 2016. Ive always been a picky eater so for me, “over eating” isn’t what made me gain weight. It’s what I ate, because everything I put in my mouth were fried greasy foods or straight carbs! I’ve dealt with being over weight my whole life until I finally told myself that I didn’t want to be like that anymore. After a month of exercise, I stepped on the scale for the first time in a year and a half and I was 322. Seeing that number is what made me keep going. Being in the 200s is a scary thing let alone the 300s so that did it for me! So far I have lost over 135 pounds and I’m still kicking butt to reach my goal which is 160 then eventually 145. For the first 3-4 months of losing weight, I was using Herbalife meal replacement shakes.2 shakes a day and 1 meal with healthy snacks in between meals. Then I started to only do 1 shake a day with 2 meals and healthy snacks in between meals for another 4 months. Then finally gave up the shakes and started eating normal meals and exercising still everyday. My life has changed so much and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going for me on this journey:)