• Douchey boy on train:So, you’re heading into Manhattan?
  • Me:Yes…?
  • Him:Cool, cool. If you want I could give you my number, take you on a tour?
  • Me:I am actually from the city, so I’m good.
  • Him:Nice, nice. I go to COLUMBIA.
  • Me:That’s great.
  • Him:Columbia is an Ivy League.
  • Me:I’m aware.
  • Him:So where you go to school? I bet you’re a women’s college type of gal, am I right?
  • Me:Nope.
  • Him:Aww, too bad. I wish we had girls like you at Columbia, but I guess you can’t be pretty AND smart.
  • Me:
  • Him:
  • Me:I go to Harvard.

I just found an amazing scholarship and college research website.  

It is called raise.me and it basically gives you mini scholarships for doing things like getting an A in a course, doing community service, or just taking an AP class in general. 

For example, you can receive up to $6,000 for a school because you completed over 200 hours of community service.

$30 per hour you work.  Guys, that is nearly triple minimum wage. 

Also, a few other schools offer mini scholarships for students who get B’s in a class or are taking a foreign language for more than 2 years. 

This is the scholarship website we’ve been looking for. 

Now you don’t have to spend dozens of nights writing scholarship essays when you can make money throughout your school career. 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE spread the word of this website. It is very helpful and will provide many people with the opportunities to graduate college!

Study Tip
How to Study by MIT Graduate

Scott Young recently finished an astounding feat: he completed all 33 courses in MIT’s fabled computer science curriculum, from Linear Algebra to Theory of Computation, in less than one year. More importantly, he did it all on his own, watching the lectures online and evaluating himself using the actual exams. Check out the link for more in depth info.

1. Coverage

The first step in learning anything deeply, is to get a general sense of what you need to learn.For a class, this means watching lectures or reading textbooks. For self-learning it might mean reading several books on the topic and doing research.
Take sparse notes while reading, or do a one-paragraph summary after you read each major section.

2. Practice
Practice problems should be used to highlight areas you need to develop a better intuition for.
Non-technical subjects, ones where you mostly need to understand concepts, not solve problems, can often get away with minimal practice problem work. In these subjects, you’re better off spending more time on the third phase, developing insight.

3. Insight

The technique is simple:

a)Get a piece of paper
b) Write at the top the idea or process you want to understand
c)Explain the idea, as if you were teaching it to someone else

What’s crucial is that the third step will likely repeat some areas of the idea you already understand. However, eventually you’ll reach a stopping point where you can’t explain. That’s the precise gap in your understanding that you need to fill.

For Formulas

Formulas should be understood, not just memorized. So when you see a formula, but can’t understand how it works, try walking through each part with a Feynman.

Most intuitions about an idea break down into one of the following types:

a)Analogies – You understand an idea by correctly recognizing an important similarity between it and an easier-to-understand idea.

b)Visualizations – Abstract ideas often become useful intuitions when we can form a mental picture of them. Even if the picture is just an incomplete representation of a larger, and more varied, idea.

c) Simplifications – A famous scientist once said that if you couldn’t explain something to your grandmother, you don’t fully understand it. Simplification is the art of strengthening those connections between basic components and complex ideas.

Please fire me. I work at an coffee shop near an Ivy League campus and these spoiled, rich students are generally terrible customers. And one time, a parent of one of these kids came in, and was digging around for the change for her coffee. When she realized she didn’t have it, she reached her slimy old hand into my tip jar and pulled out the change she needed!

Why Does Howard University Have No Money?

Howard University has no money because we (Black people) have no money.

LONGER ANSWER: Howard University has no money because we have no money, and it spends all of its money to attempt to provide for its students in a way that only really Ivy League schools and highly-selective PWIs do.


Let’s look at the statistics:

40% of our students are First Generation in College
95% of our students are supported by some type of scholarship, grant, loan, or other type of student assistance
48% of our students pay nothing out of pocket to attend this school.

MEANING: Through scholarships, grants, or other financial aid (Not including loans) Howard is FULLY financing the education of nearly half of its student body.

They could take away the awarding of automatic scholarships, and make that a separate application. It would save millions of dollars a year, but it would also drive away some of the best and brightest students to highly selective PWIs.

And that’s not the goal.

The goal is to educate the smartest black minds into the smartest Black Leaders.

So why is Administration in a continual state of disrepair?
Because this school laid off about a third of its staff over the summer to be able to hire new teachers to instruct one of the largest classes in school history

Why have the scholarship requirements been raised?
Because this incoming class is so brilliant that had the requirements not been increased, nearly every freshman would have some type of scholarship, something we DEFINITELY can’t afford.

Why have so many scholarship appeals been denied?
Because Howard plainly does not have the money to sustain a growing pool of scholars for 4 years. Fucking tragic, but blame the Republicans in Congress who love cutting Howard’s funding, not the university itself.

Why is financial aid closed/dysfunctional? Why does the Wifi/cable not work? Why are the buildings crumbling?
Because in spite of all the cutbacks, there still isn’t enough money to go around. There are staff out here essentially being asked to volunteer their time in order to provide the infrastructure for us to get an education, and still we can’t keep everything operational. This University has decided to prioritize putting an instructor at the front of every classroom over a television at the foot of every bed precisely because it wants to minimize the impact these budget cuts have on a driven student’s ability to get an education.

Why are all the freshman intake orgs banned?
OPINION: Lol with the possible exception of FLA (because it provides the opportunity for students to travel abroad that many would never otherwise get) and a couple of others that I won’t name, I honestly couldn’t give a damn. Too many promising freshmen are getting pledged out of college for me to be that bothered by the moratorium. And if GPAs are higher after this year, maybe ya’ll won’t miss them either.

No doubt. There is laziness, and a shitload of mismanagement, and incompetence THROUGHOUT HU. But beneath that scummy exterior is the fundamental drive to provide every student with the OPPORTUNITY to become a Black Leader. Not an ASSURANCE, not a GUARANTEE, but the opportunity to succeed, with the expectation that once they have succeeded, they’ll lift a few people up behind them.

Don’t believe the hype?

Howard Univeristy is 25th out of the 539 top institutions of higher education when it comes to lifting people out of poverty (Social Mobility Index).      Harvard and Yale? 438th and 440th, respectively.

Howard University Hospital loses $100 million dollars a year because it is the only remaining university hospital in Washington, D.C. that continues to cater to low- and middle- income patients.

Howard University Medical School is one of the top educators of doctors that go on to serve underserved and disadvantaged communities. Period.

Howard University’ s Moorland Springarn Research Center has the second-largest collection of African American historical texts in the world (previously the largest, until many of its documents were donated to help found the upcoming Smithsonian African-American history museum). And this collection can be browsed for free, at any time, by any student.

Howard University’s W. Montague Cobb Research Lab has two of the largest collections of African-American human archaeological remains, and the third largest collection of any sort of human remains in the country, available for students to research.

Howard University produces more black doctors (PhD and MD combined) than any other school in the world, and has a disproportionate number of its undergraduates go on to seek advanced degrees. This is true for most HBCUs.

Howard University is one of the top producers of Teach For America participants, and no school produces as high a ratio of TFA participants per student.

No other school sent Alternative Spring Break participants to the heart of black anguish in Ferguson to help with voter registration, and at no other school do literally thousands of students wake up at dawn and shuffle to Cramton to give back to DC in the completely voluntary Day of Service Activities. 

This School Takes Black Excellence and Builds Black Leaders.

Want to know why Howard University is so broke?

Because that’s what it looks like when a University devotes ALL of its resources to lifting up its students.

Because this is what it looks like when a University gives till it hurts.

Because that’s what it looks like when a quarter of your funding is derived from a government of old rich white men who don’t understand the reason for your continued existence.

So absolutely, get your protest on. I’ll be out there with you, demanding the  university fix all of the things it can control.

But as for the things that it can’t, not only is it counterproductive to blame this institution, it plays into the dripping racism of larger society.

Take Back HU.

What I Wish I’d Known Senior Year

Hi guys! Long time no see. I’ve officially graduated high school and thought I’d make a post for all you incoming seniors about some things I’d wish I’d known senior year/some tips and tricks to help make your senior year less stressful because we all need a little less stress in our lives ha. So without further ado,

  • Make your college list over the summer: The summer before senior year is the time to finalize your college list. Do this by making a list of places you’re interested in and narrow it down based on fit. Try to visit if possible but if you can’t, most schools have virtual tours that you can take online. Make sure to have your list done before September. College apps are expensive and the fees for sending test scores to your respective schools add to the cost. Include at least one safety and two match schools on your list.
    • Get a calendar and mark all the deadlines for college apps, scholarships, testing, when test scores have to be sent in, etc. It will keep you organized and on track.
  • Start your essays over the summer (or at least brainstorm some ideas): You don’t necessarily have to start your college essays over the summer - I didn’t - but at least make a list of ideas, look over the prompts if they’ve been released, and familiarize yourself with common essay structures and how to write a good college essay. You should have a pretty good idea by September of what you want to include in your essays. Start them early so that you’ll get enough time to show them to your English teacher, parents, or anybody whose input you value.
    • While there are some topics for college essays that are too cliché and aren’t worth writing about (you can find a list here), in general, don’t be afraid of writing about something that you think will be cliché. If you give a topic an original spin and people can hear your voice and tell that it was a unique experience, you’re fine.
    • DON’T PLAGARIZE OR HAVE A PARENT/TEACHER/FRIEND/OTHER PERSON WRITE YOUR ESSAYS. No matter how tempted you are, just don’t. It will cause you more troubles that is worth and can get you in serious trouble (plus the moral repercussions of it). Be you and write your own essays.
  • Ask for your teacher recs early. This means to ask teachers by late September at the latest. Teachers need time to write your recs and chances are, you’re not the only one asking said teacher for a rec. Getting your request in early will make sure that you’ll get a letter of rec and that the teacher will have enough time to write a good letter of rec.
    • Ask for letters of rec from teachers you know will write something good about you. Go for teachers you’ve known for more than a year and/or teachers who know you better.
    • After they’ve written your letter of rec, it is customary to give your teachers a gift. A gift card, food, or a personalized gift/memento are in order.
  • Your counselor is your best friend. Seriously. Be prepared to spend significant time in the counselor’s office or emailing your counselor. You’ll likely have a lot of questions about the whole college apps process and that’s ok. Your counselor has done it before and is there to help you. Plus, most colleges require a counselor letter of rec so you’ll need to get to know your counselor and your counselor will have to get to know you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because it will significantly reduce your stress.
    • It is also encouraged to get your counselor a gift if you feel they’ve helped you a lot. It’s a nice gesture that shows you care.
  • Send your test scores in at least 3 weeks before the college’s application deadline. This is super important because some colleges refuse to look at your application if your test scores aren’t in on time *cough* UMich *cough*. Plan ahead. This is why it’s good to have your college apps done early so that you’re not scrambling to send colleges your test scores two days before the deadline. If you’re taking a test in October, make sure to put all the colleges you’re applying to on the list of where you want your scores to be sent to so that the colleges will get the score in time. I had friends who sent their scores in too late and had their application bumped from early action to regular decision at a somewhat selective school where when you applied made all the difference. Seriously, send your scores in early and be done with it.
    • Most colleges won’t look at an unofficial score report so send the official one at all times. Don’t send paper score reports. We’re not in the 1920s.
    • If you’ve done all this but your scores will still be late, contact your college’s admissions office and let them know which brings me to my next point.
  • If you can’t find something on the college’s website or can’t find an answer to a question you have, contact the admissions office! The admissions office can give you the best answers to your questions and can help alleviate any concerns you have. Just make sure not to badger the admissions office because some colleges keep track of how many times you contact them and it can work in your disadvantage.
    • Don’t have your parents call in because it makes you look bad. You’re old enough to call someone and ask them a few questions.
  • Start looking for scholarships early. Preferably in the fall. Most of the big and prestigious scholarships have early deadlines and you don’t want to miss them. Finding the scholarships you want to apply to early gives you enough time to write the essays and get the other materials needed. 
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. There’s no point and it causes unnecessary stress. Be confident in yourself and your application and don’t worry about where others have applied/gotten in to or about what others have put on their applications. 

These are just a few points that I thought were worth mentioning. Good luck! Senior year will be over before you know it so enjoy it :)