Freshmen

A word of advice to all literary/media/arts students - don’t be afraid to have an opinion on a text. You can love it or hate it or whatever, but have an opinion and don’t be afraid to put it down on paper. I fluffed my first semester of uni because I was trying too hard to find the “right” answer. What they want to know is that you’ve read the text, that you’ve understood it, taken something from it. 

If you have an opinion on a text, be it a play, a poem, a film or prose or whatever, shout about it. If you don’t agree with the ‘conventional’ perspective, say it. Explain why. Argue your point. Make your case. Show them that you have read into the text and taken something from it. Maybe it’s not what they expect. Maybe it’s not what they see.

But if you find something in that text that grabs you, if you can give them reasons, if you can give a solid argument for that opinion, it’s worth more than finding the elusive “right answer”. It shows that you have done more than just read the material. It shows you have put thought and consideration and your own interpretation in there. Don’t be afraid to make your voice heard.

school starts in about a month for me and i thought it’d be helpful to compile everything i’ve collected in the span of a year into one giant masterpost ! :]

back to school tips!!

get organized!!

notetaking methods

gr8 study methods !

essay writing

optimize your productivity

manage your time! 

web resources

put yourself first !

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i hope this helps ! & check out my studygram for studyspo pics + my bts blog for me fangirling tbh :] good luck! x

dear incoming freshmen,

1. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD IF YOU ARE BRINGING COFFEE/ETC. TO SCHOOL GET A SPILLPROOF CUP. rn i am flashing back to the month old coffee that got spilled in my locker, and how much i gagged whilst trying to clean it up. everything smelled like spoiled milk and it was awful. please get a spillproof cup.

2.you won’t need half the stuff you think you do. literally just get one big binder, some lined paper, a couple pens/pencils, and some highlighters.

3. don’t fuck w/ your sleep schedule. i speak from experience.

4. if you take gym, always bring your gym clothes even on the first day of class.

5. be nice to your teachers and they will let things slide. (i.e. late work, your inevitable sass)

6. holy shit don’t lose your textbooks/required reading/library books. pls just don’t.

7. always do the required reading because the one day you don’t will be the day there’s a goddamn pop quiz. also try to buy your own copy of the required reading, because a) the school copies are usually really old and gross and b) you can mark yours up. its super helpful to highlight and write in the margins, and then you dont need to take notes!!!

8. nobody really cares if you date/don’t date.

9. speaking of dating, DONT DATE THE SENIORS JESUS CHRIST 

10. be nice to yourself. one bad grade isn’t the end of the world.

11. im gonna repeat this because it’s crucial: BUY A MOTHERFUCKING SPILLPROOF CUP.

12. don’t stand in the middle of the damn hallway. pick a side. don’t walk slow/text while walking either.

13. your english teacher will either be super chill and or satan spawn, there is no in between.

14. bring ur headphones. bring ur charger.

15. when you do shakespeare try to watch the film versions too. the plays aren’t meant to be read, they are meant to be watched and it will make understanding so much easier.

16. be nice to your friends. they’ll let you copy their homework.

17. don’t fuck around with your grades tho. pls try your hardest because all those D’s will kill your college choices.

18. don’t be nervous, it’s just another school  year. you’ll do great :)

love,

a sophomore who’s done her time

Tips for New College Dormers!

- Don’t play your music loudly. You have people living on your sides, below you, and / or above you. You don’t know if they are napping, studying, or what. Even if they are just chilling, they don’t wanna hear your fucking music. Don’t be that asshole.

- Don’t stomp or make a lot of noise if there is a floor below you. My suitemates and I have complained to the RAs about this numerous times. Nobody likes when a suite or room is super loud and stomping around. Please respect the fact that there are other people living right below you.

You don’t have to dress super nice every single day. Dress nice your first week or so but then relax. I mean, don’t look like a slob, of course. But, trust me, upperclassmen dormers are the ones you see in sweatpants and little make up. Unless you have to give presentations or the like, you don’t have to dress up. Also going to the dining hall / cafe? Go in your pjs, nobody gives a shit. You live here after all.

- Don’t schedule your classes back to back if you have the free time! I don’t have work til the evening so I personally tend to space out my classes. Living on campus gives a great luxury of just relaxing between classes. Check your work for your next class, take a nap, watch some tv, whatever is good. Back to back classes could stress you out like crazy, don’t do that to yourself.

- If you can, put money on your ID card. Okay, idk if all colleges do this, but most tend to allow you to have money credit on your ID card. This can be used in the campus stores and, the best part, THE LAUNDRY ROOM. Really saves you the hassle of getting quarters each week plus, some schools have like 25 cent discounts when you use your card for laundry. Nice.

- Eating alone is okay. You won’t always have people to go eat with EVERY SINGLE DAY. So if you are hungry, go eat. Campus is home, you gotta eat.

- Stock your room. Buy snacks and easy microwave meals. Sometimes you don’t wanna get dressed and walk all the way to the dining hall. Especially weekends, so much work. Drinks, too. Usually dining halls close at like 6-8pm and don’t open til 7-8am. They also tend to close early on weekends. Buy cases of water cheap then stick em under your bed. Keep your fridge stocked. Take care of yourself.

- Go to dorm and campus events. Try to get out there and meet people. A lot of the events are really cool. Sometimes they have movie nights, or competitions, or carnivals, or whatever. It can be a bit nervous but don’t worry. For dorm events, the RAs are usually really perky and super into getting everyone involved. At school events, there are staff members (people apart of whoever is running the event) to make sure everything is safe.

- Get along with your roommate. You might not be best friends but try to be on good terms. Also, you usually get your roommate’s and suitemate’s emails before move in day so try reaching out and learning about them before hand. If you guys REALLY aren’t connecting well or even fighting, you can absolutely request a room change.

- Talk to the RAs. RAs, or Residential Advisors, are students who have applied and gone through training to manage resident students like you. They hold weekly events, break up fights, help you if you get locked out, and even talk if you are feeling depressed. They are really nice and awesome people. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them.

- Those blue security lights can save you. When you first get on campus, you might see something that looks like this all over the place. Sometimes they are black or red, but they all do the same thing. They are apart of campus security. If you are being followed or attacked on campus, go to one of these, click the button and you will be directed to an emergency line. Usually they have cameras attached to them that are being viewed back at the Campus Police Station. Please use these if you are in danger.

- You might be able stay on campus during breaks if you absolutely need to. If you are like me with a really abusive parent OR if you are a homeless student, check around for resources on campus. It’s different on every campus so I can’t list a specific organization but basically go to your housing authority and ask them for assistance. They can direct you to where you need to go to get authorization to stay on campus during breaks when the school is telling you it is mandatory to leave campus (excluding summer break). If you know other students who need this help, let them know.

This is all coming from someone going into their third year of dorming lol my campus feels like my home. If you can think of anything else, please add on! Stay safe!

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hey !! the school year is getting closer and closer so i made a little guide on how to prepare & feel better about it :] good luck this upcoming year~ 

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an open letter to incoming high school freshmen

from an incoming high school senior

- you’re gonna be fine
- there will be shitty days, maybe even weeks, and maybe even months but the fact is you’re gonna get through it
- when you do get through it, you’ll realize you’re tired as hell
- but being tired as hell means you’re getting strong as hell
- if you don’t want to go to that party, then don’t
- if you don’t want to do something, then don’t. you’ll be fine, i promise
- it’s okay if you only have one or two really close friends
- just be nice to everyone
- but know when you need to put your foot down/show some tough love/be a bitch (you may need to sometimes)
- you may be tired but please know that teachers get tired too
- please don’t make pulling all nighters a habit (some instances are unavoidable, though)
- time will definitely fly a lot faster than you think
- get joggers that fit well because that’s comfort and style rolled into one
- sneakers. just, sneakers.
- index cards and colored pens will be your best friends during exam week
- t a k e n o t e s
- it’s okay to skip school if you’re really not up to it. your mental health is important, too
- make something a daily routine; whether it’s morning yoga or washing your face or drinking water when you wake up- this routine will keep you sane when high school life gets messy
- treasure your summers
- keep your close friends close. you’ll be able to point out who you can really talk to during this time in your life
- and, as my parents said, “high school best friends are basically your best friends for life”
- proof to support the above statement: my dad still meets up with his high school group of friends. so does my mom
- try not to cram
- but if you have to, be smart about it (strategy, my friends)
- don’t be afraid to explore your interests
- you don’t have to be typecast. you aren’t defined by whether most people know you as the jock or the nerd or that one kid in biology, you’re you and you can define yourself okay
- be there for people, even if it’s people you don’t always talk to
- know that everyone’s going through their own shit
- i said it once and i’m sorry but i just really need to repeat it: TIME FLIES FASTER THAN YOU THINK
- find a teacher who you trust that you can talk to, it doesn’t have to be your guidance counselor
- if you need to cry, cry
- always keep an extra pen with you
- when the teacher says that the lesson is in the book, it’s in the book you just gotta look for it
- you’re gonna be fine
- TIME FLIES AND YOU’RE GONNA MISS SO MANY THINGS WHEN YOU LOOK BACK BUT THAT’S OKAY
- make memories, yeah?
- i believe in you

(feel free to add)

Tips and Advice for University Freshmen

Hello everyone! I’m writing this as I’ve finally finished freshmen year and I thought I’d share some of the things that I wish I’d known before actually starting university. You do not have to follow the advice, this is just what I believe from my experiences during freshman year. 

1. Your syllabus is your lifeline. For me, the syllabus is one of the most important things I receive from my professors because:

  • Your syllabus is likely to have reading/assignment schedule that you need to follow and you can transfer it into your calendar/ bullet journal on the first day and not worry every week about what it is you’re supposed to be doing for class.
  • It has policies the professor follows for things like tardiness and absences and this could literally make the difference in your grade. Every professor follows a different policy: some are okay with you missing three classes and some are anal about you being even 1 second late to class. (for example, I took a class with a professor that took off 5% of your final grade each time you were late).
  • It will have a breakdown of what your final grade includes and this can help you figure out what you need to prioritize working on, so for example, if your quizzes are only worth 5% while your presentation is worth 15%, you should definitely pay more attention to your presentation.

2.   ALWAYS do your readings. I can not emphasize enough how important your readings are (despite what some upperclassmen might say). If you do your readings before class, you will feel more prepared for class and you will have a better idea of what the professor is talking about. It also means that you have a chance to ask extra questions about what you’ve read rather than trying to come up with ones while the professor is lecturing (sometimes it’s difficult to come up with questions when you’re being bombarded with information). The one major thing I would say is that when you do your readings you have a better grip on the material and it helps a lot when it comes to exams/essays; contrary to people who didn’t do their readings the first time and have to go back and do all of it again before the exam. It might suck to have to do 50 pages worth of /boring/ readings but it will be beneficial in the long term.

3.   Use the resources available to you. Oh my god do I wish somebody made sure I did this. If your university offers something like a tuition/help center, GO WHENEVER YOU’RE STUCK. Use the books at your library or online databases you have access to. If your professors & TAs offer office hours, go speak to them whenever you have any questions. It might be scary but it will literally help so much plus it will help you make connections with people around you.

4.   Ask about professors and courses. This is perhaps the most important thing on this list because it can make all the difference when it comes to your GPA. When you’re picking courses for your next semester, ask around about the best professors and courses if you’re looking for a challenging course or ask about easy A classes if you’re looking to keep your GPA up. You should also try to balance what courses you take each semester so that they’re not all super hard and they’re not all super easy (believe me, you will get bored and depressed if they are). If worse comes to worse and you’re stuck taking cores first few semesters-which is likely if you’re a freshman- then try your best to organize your time so that it doesn’t become stressful for you.

5.   Speak to your academic dean/advisor. During your first week, you should try to visit your academic dean (if you have one) so that they can help you out. Here’s a list of things they can help you with:

  • They can help you make a graduation plan which is important if you want to take extra classes or if you have a minor you want to take etc.
  • They can transfer in your high school extra credit which can exempt you from some of the core requirements or count as extra free electives.
  • They can teach you how to use the university system if you’re confused when it comes to registering for classes and other administration stuff.
  • They can offer you support if you just want someone to talk to and/or ask for advice from.

6.   You don’t have to join a club. This one might sound very peculiar but here’s my reasoning for this. If you want to make sure you do well in your first year academic-wise, it might be necessary for you not to overload your schedule with club work if you cant handle both at the same time. Club work is rewarding so I encourage you to join clubs when you can but it’s okay for you to get a better grip on how things work in your university first.

And that’s all I can come up with for now, if you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message! Good luck to all you incoming freshmen.

Advice for High School Freshmen!

First attempt at these doodle infographics! It was really difficult to fit in everything I wanted to say about each topic, so I’m just gonna explain more over here:

ACADEMICS- Like I wrote, always give your 110% in everything you do. As a freshman, I did try to work hard, but my older sister always joked that freshman year was easier than 8th grade. Trust me, it’s not haha. Best to get into good study habits now, rather than in sophomore year when the struggles really begin…

EXTRACURRICULARS- I have so so SO much to say about extracurriculars. Personally, if there’s one thing I regret wish I had done in freshman year, it would be to join more clubs. I only joined two clubs, and worse, I only joined them because my friends were in them. Join the clubs that YOU want to join. In addition, (not to say that you should only join clubs for officer positions) it’s going to be a lot easier to apply for officer positions in clubs you have a passion for if you start from freshmen year and show a continued interest in it.

Also, freshmen year is going to be your least busiest year, so it’s really important to build your extracurriculars now. And it doesn’t have to be the typical speech and debate, or coding, or FBLA. Honestly, just find something you love to do.

HEALTH- Remember to get enough sleep, because there’s no reason you should be getting less than 7 hours of sleep. Don’t forget to exercise and eat a healthy breakfast!!! I remember when people in middle school thought it was cool to not eat breakfast LOL Was that just our school or…?

And for #11, focusing on loving yourself is a good habit. I never really was insecure in freshmen year, but I definitely became less confident in sophomore year when I realized how “average”I was in a pool of students with 800s on their SATS and 5′s on their AP’s. Just remember that you are amazing, and it’s okay to be upset, but don’t let that take over your life.

SOCIAL- Incredibly important that you find a solid group of friends now to stick to during your high school career. But it’s just as important to make new friends, especially upperclassmen. Upperclassmen really know their way around high school, and if you can get on our good side, we can help you out a lot (on schoolwork, general advice, life.) Also, never neglect your family! School can get tough at times, and I know I personally have lashed out at my family in times of frustration. But your family is always going to be your #1 support system, so understand how incredibly significant they are to you.

Hope this advice is helpful to any incoming freshmen, but this guide can be helpful for really any student looking to make the best of high school. Reblog/favorite if this is helpful, and you can message me if you have any more questions because I’d be willing to help out :)

- lattenotlate

  • Schools:Why are all the students so tired?
  • Students:Probably because of the 4-5 hours of homework you give us
  • Schools:Why are all the students failing?
  • Students:Because we're fucking tired
  • Schools:We better give them more homework so they understand the material

tips for going-to-be freshmens in high school: 

freshman year DOES matter. nearly 90% of seniors in high school wish they did that year over. listen to people when they say “this isn’t middle school anymore”. they are completely right and your work WILL be a lot harder. slacking off is a no-no.

 just do your work/homework. you’ll thank yourself later 

talk to your teachers/befriend them. they will help you throughout your high school career and honestly will be one of your greatest allies. 

everything will be okay. if you’re struggling, ask for help. again, you’ll thank yourself later. 

if anyone has any more tips, feel free to add! 

How to Survive the First Week on Campus

So college starts again soon. Like, really soon. My sister has a countdown until she moves in - she has 25 days. However, a lot of people don’t really think beyond the whole “school is starting up again aaaaaaaaaaaaah” panic to figure out exactly how they’re going to handle that first week back. It’s an important week - starting off strong will give you a good foundation for the rest of the semester.

How should you do that? It’s funny you asked, because I’ve been spending some time thinking about my own plan off attack. Here’s how I’m going to be handling Week 1:

Know where you’re going. If you’re a freshman, do what you can to figure out exactly WHERE, in WHAT BUILDING, and on WHICH FLOOR, all your classes take place. Don’t be the person to sit through half of a class you think is Bio 105 before you realize it’s actually Econ 213. Walk your routes from class to class. It will be super helpful, I promise!

Get syllabi figured out early. Many teachers will have general project and paper deadlines on their syllabi, which will usually get put up online a couple days before class starts. Print out those syllabi or put them on your computer and bring them to class! Then put all the deadlines and such into your planner, so you don’t lose track. Most professors will remind you about stuff, but I’ve had a couple that will give you a reminder three weeks before, and then the class before, and that’s all. Don’t be the person who misses one class and shows up to find there was a test they didn’t know about, just because you didn’t read the syllabus.

(Don’t be meeeeeee.)

Figure out plans of attack for long term projects. You probably won’t have any semester long projects as a freshman, but juniors and seniors, this is for you. Know how you’re going to approach that practicum/thesis/seminar paper. Put time in your schedule to work on it regularly. It deserves more than three days of work, and you deserve better than the hell those three days would be. For my thesis, I’m going to be spending about 4 hours a week at the library for the first half of my semester, then moving up to 6 the second half. I shouldn’t need to do more than that, if I stick with it.

HAVE A SCHEDULE. Oh my GOD do schedules help. I would forget my own birthday if it wasn’t on the schedule, I swear. If you can’t schedule huge blocks of time for studying, that’s okay. If you need to schedule every single thing in your life, that’s fine (I certainly do). I will never ever ever stop repping for schedules - they help my disorganized disaster brain know what it’s supposed to do, so I don’t get paralyzed by decisions and end up staring at the wall listening to the Adams Family theme song on repeat.

Be flexible. Keep to that schedule I mentioned like 86% of the time. However, when someone asks you to go with them to a trampoline park? GO TO THE TRAMPOLINE PARK. If someone wants to do a late-night ice cream run? DO IT. Your schedule will recover, but trampoline parks are gonna get sued out of existence eventually, probably. If a unique opportunity comes up that won’t completely kill your GPA or whatever your long-term goal is, try it.

Be willing and able to meet new people. I don’t care who you are, your first two weeks on campus every semester are a GoLdEn time to meet new people. Talk to people next to you in your classes. Join a new club. Keep your dorm room door open if you’re home (note: I do not recommend this for apartments). Friends are great, friends will help you get through stuff, and classmates will help you study. Meet people.

Have a backup class in mind. There’s a 75% chance that during your college career you will go to the first or second day of a class and you will realize you absolutely DETEST it. If you can, dropping this class and taking a different one will make life much nicer. Have an alternate class that you could sub in if one of your classes completely sucks butt. You will thank yourself for it.

Your first week at school may feel scary, or exciting, or you might not feel anything much at all about it. But keeping these things in mind helps me get through it intact, relatively calm, and on time, which is all I can really ask for. Good luck!