10 big academic reminders

1. there is no shame in asking for help (academic, emotional, or mental) 

2. there is no shame in going to tutoring 

3. there is no shame in getting Bs, Cs, Ds, or Fs 

4. there is no shame in not knowing what you want to study 

5. there is no shame in having a job or not having a job

6. there is no shame in struggling in a so-called “easy course” 

7. there is no shame in withdrawing from a course you don’t feel comfortable in 

8. there is no shame in changing your major 

9. there is no shame in not taking a full load of classes in a semester 

10. there is no shame in realizing your school may not be for you

*follow my studygram! @_pencyls, I’m becoming more active there, i’ll be following back too!*


Hey guys, so I’ve seen some posts around about daily routines so I thought I’d share my own. I consider myself to be great at being productive even early in the morning, and here’s how I achieve that. Hope this is helpful, and feel free to ask me questions if you have any!


a small guide on how i battle my essays! (click on an image to view it clearer) 

(keep in mind: i’m an english major so a majority of my essays are literature-focused!)

these are just some of the methods i want to share that work for me when i write my innumerable amount of essays! i’m definitely a huge planner so it’s no secret that i spend a lot of time on an essay. if you’re a deadline fighter, these tips might not necessarily be helpful (especially the handwriting one). but i hope this gives you an insight on how i write my essays! 🌈

hey everyone! it’s been a while since i made a masterpost, and i recently found some good health-related apps on the play store that i thought to consolidate into a post.

all these apps are available for both ios and android users! i’ve also grouped similar apps together.

fyi: these apps are not intended to replace your therapist/counselor – they only act as an aid. the apps listed here are those that seemed credible enough and had good ratings on the play store. some may help you and some might not. since i don’t have depression or panic attacks, i can’t speak for the efficacy of some of the apps here.

For stress, depression, anxiety, or panic attacks:

  1. Rootd: exercises to help with anxiety and panic attacks, as well as lessons understand anxiety. it also includes emergency contact if you need help and a personal stats page.
  2. Self-help Anxiety Management (SAM): exercises to help you manage your anxiety. you can also build your ‘anxiety tookit’ and chat with other SAM users.
  3. PanicShield: for those who have panic attacks. it has a breathing tool to calm you down, information about panic attacks, and two techniques to train your mind to have fewer panic attacks (based on two types of therapy). 
  4. MoodSpace: short, interactive mood workouts that may help treat depression.
  5. InnerHour: a self-help app for stress, anxiety or depression. it has small daily tasks, helps you deal with distressing situations, helps control your stressful thinking patterns, and has a relief box.
  6. Moodpath: an interactive two-week depression and anxiety screening program that tracks your emotional and physical wellbeing and generates a personalized mental health assessment that you can discuss with therapists.
  7. Calm Harm: tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

To generally improve your life:

  1. Youper: conversations with a bot to improve your mood and emotional health. it also has mindfulness and meditation exercises, a mood tracker, journal and symptoms tracker.
  2. Wysa: similar to Youper, Wysa is a chatbot who reacts to the emotions you express to help with anxiety, stress, low mood, anger or sleep issues.
  3. Primed Mind: a life coach to help you reach your personal goals and improve yourself. it can help you build habits, calm down, fall asleep quickly, and study effectively.
  4. Headspace: meditation and mindfulness exercises
  5. Just Rain: a soothing audiovisual rain simulator where you can control the degree of rain sounds.
MASSIVE list of book recs


  • death of a salesman, arthur miller
  • macbeth, shakespeare
  • a streetcar named desire, tennessee williams
  • hamlet, shakespeare
  • a raisin in the sun, lorraine hansberry
  • a midsummer night’s dream, shakespeare
  • antigone, sophocles
  • king lear, shakespeare
  • the glass menagerie, tennessee williams
  • othello, shakespeare
  • pygmalion, george bernard shaw
  • the tempest, shakespeare,
  • much ado about nothing, shakespeare
  • as you like it, shakespeare
  • the taming of the shrew, shakespeare
  • the merry wives of windsor, shakespeare
  • the merchant of venice, shakespeare
  • oedipus rex, sophocles
  • an ideal husband, oscar wilde
  • who’s afraid of virginia wolf, edward albee
  • our town, thornton wilder
  • waiting for godot, samuel beckett

fantasy/fairy tales

  • the ranger’s apprentice, john flanagan
  • harry potter series, j.k. rowling
  • inkheart by cornelia funke
  • throne of glass, sarah j. maas
  • the chronicles of narnia, c.s. louis
  • the lord of the rings, j.r.r. tolkien
  • the hobbit, j.r.r. tolkien
  • percy jackson and the olympions, rick riordan
  • eragon by christopher paolini
  • the bartimaeus trilogy, jonathan stroud
  • howl’s moving castle, dianna wynne jones
  • the wonderful wizard of oz, lyman frank baum
  • the books of bayern, shannon hale
  • ella enchanted, gail carson levine
  • the princess bride, william goldman
  • the raven cycle, maggie stiefvater
  • the sisters grimm, michael buckley
  • the spiderwick chronicles, tony diterlizzi and holly black
  • the alchemist, paulo coelho
  • forgive my fins, tera lynn childs
  • alice in wonderland, lewis carroll
  • the faerie path, allan jones frewin
  • the school for good and evil, soman chainani
  • the grimm legacy, polly shulman
  • the sweetest spell, suzanne selfors
  • the tales of the frog princess, e.d. baker
  • the wide-awake princess, e.d. baker
  • once a witch, carolyn maccullough
  • the silver bowl series, diane stanley
  • the emily windsnap series, liz kessler
  • fairest, gail carson levine
  • the fairy realm series, emily rodda
  • the water mirror, kai meyer
  • the two princesses of bamarre, gail carson levine


  • the seven habits of highly effective people, stephen covey
  • the seven habits of highly effective teens, sean covey
  • mencken’s chrestomathy, h.l. mencken
  • yes please, amy poehler
  • is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns), mindy kaling
  • audrey hepburn: an elegant spirit, sean hepburn ferrer
  • how to be lovely: the audrey hepburn way of life, melissa hellstern
  • how to win friends and influence people, dale carnegie
  • how to win friends and influence people for teen girls, donna dale carnegie
  • #girlboss by sophia amuroso
  • 14,000 things to be happy about, barbara ann kipfer
  • choose to matter, julie foudy
  • the little book of skin care: korean beauty secrets for healthy, glowing skin, charlotte cho
  • where stylists shop: the fashion insider’s ultimate guide, booth moore
  • the girls’ book of glamour: a guide to being a goddess, jeffrie sally
  • the girls’ book: how to be the best at everything, juliana foster
  • the girls’ book of excellence: even more ways to be the best at everything, sally norton
  • the life-changing magic of not giving a f*ck: how to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do (a no f*cks given guide), sarah knight
  • bossypants, tina fey
  • we should all be feminists by chimamanda ngozi adichie
  • behind the scenes: or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the white house, elizabeth keckley
  • the pillow book, sei shōnagon
  • eat pretty: nutrition for beauty, inside and out, jolene hart
  • eat pretty every day: 365 daily inspirations for nourishing beauty, inside and out, jolene hart
  • narrative of the life of frederick douglass, frederick douglass
  • narrative of sojourner truth, sojourner truth
  • 12 years a slave, solomon northup
  • night, elie wiesel


  • the flowers of evil, charles baudelaire
  • a season in hell, arthur rimbaud
  • she walks in beauty, lord byron
  • shakespeare’s sonnets, shakespeare
  • we real cool, gwendolyn brooks
  • poems of emily dickinson
  • poems of robert frost
  • leaves of grass, walt whitman
  • the raven, edgar allen poe
  • poems of edgar allen poe
  • milk and honey by rupi kaur
  • the sun and her flowers, rupi kaur
  • the princess saves herself in this one, amanda lovelace


  • romeo and juliet, shakespeare
  • emma, jane austen
  • ever, gail carson levine
  • pride and prejudice, jane austen
  • eleanor and park, rainbow rowell
  • sense and sensibility, jane austen
  • jane eyre, charlotte brontë
  • landline, rainbow rowell
  • madame bovary, gustave flaubert
  • to all the boys i’ve loved before, jenny han
  • love in the time of cholera, gabriel garcía márquez
  • the sun is also a star, nicola yoon

young adult

  • fangirl, rainbow rowell
  • great expectations, charles dickens
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe, benjamin alire sáenz
  • when the moon was ours, anna-marie mclemore
  • the goldfinch, donna tartt
  • looking for alaska, john green
  • we were liars, e. lockhart
  • the wrath and the dawn, renée ahdieh
  • little women, louisa may alcott
  • palace of spies, sarah zettel
  • the clique series, lisi harrison
  • the finishing school series, gail carriger
  • eyes like stars, lisa mantchev
  • the ever after high series, shannon hale
  • along for the ride, sarah dessen
  • girl online, zoe sugg
  • keeping the castle, patrice kindl
  • stargirl, jerry spinelli
  • stir it up, ramin ganeshram
  • prom and prejudice, elizabeth eulberg
  • the summer i saved the world…in 65 days, michele weber hurwitz
  • pink and green series by lisa greenwald
  • six of crows, leigh bardugo
  • the catcher in the rye, j.d. salinger
  • the house on mango street, sandra cisneros
  • turtles all the way down, john green
  • under the lights, dahlia adler
  • geekerella, ashley poston
  • simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda, becky albertalli
  • it’s not like it’s a secret, misa sugiura
  • the idiot, elif batuman
  • the outsiders, s.e. hinton
  • everything leads to you, nina lacour
  • a wrinkle in time, madeleine l’engle
  • dumplin’, julie murphy

historical fiction

  • the great gatsby, f. scott fitzgerald
  • the scarlet letter, nathaniel hawthorne
  • a tale of two cities, charles dickens
  • the song of achilles, madeline miller
  • the last of the mohicans, james fenimore cooper
  • the constant princess, philippa gregory
  • the count of monte cristo, alexandre dumas
  • les misérables, victor hugo
  • war and peace, leo tolstoy
  • a mad, wicked folly, sharon biggs waller
  • manor of secrets, katherine longshore
  • to kill a mockingbird, harper lee
  • uncle tom’s cabin, harriet beecher stowe
  • atonement ian mcewan
  • the unbearable lightness of being, milan kundera
  • things fall apart, chinua achebe
  • ophelia, lisa m. klein
  • the god of small things, arundhati roy

gothic fiction

  • frankenstein, mary shelley
  • dracula, bram stoker
  • the picture of dorian gray, oscar wilde
  • wuthering heights, emily brontë


  • catch-22, joseph heller 
  • candide, voltaire
  • don quixote, miguel de cervantes
  • animal farm, george orwell
  • the importance of being earnest, oscar wilde

science fiction

  • the city of ember, jeanne duprau
  • 1984, george orwell
  • the handmaid’s tale, margaret atwood
  • brave new world, aldous huxley
  • the lunar chronicles, marissa meyer
  • the time machine, h.g. wells
  • the fourteenth goldfish, jennifer l. holm
  • fahrenheit 451, ray bradbury
  • twenty thousand leagues under the sea, jules verne
  • the extraordinary voyages series, jules verne


  • beowulf, author unknow
  • the odyssey, homer
  • the iliad, homer
  • the bhagavad gita, vyasa
  • the mahabharata, vyasa
  • inferno, dante alighieri


  • the bell jar, sylvia plath
  • the secret history, donna tartt
  • swann’s way, marcel proust
  • the art of war, sun tzu
  • the awakening, kate chopin
  • moby dick, herman melville
  • anna karenina, leo tolstoy
  • the canterbury tales, geoffrey chaucer
  • the crucible, arthur miller
  • one flew over the cuckoo’s nest, ken kesey
  • the antichrist, friedrich nietzsche
  • sew zoey, nancy taylor and chloe zhang
  • the candymakers, wendy mass
  • my sister the vampire series, sienna mercer
  • eight hundred grapes, laura dave
  • their eyes were watching god, zora neale hurston
  • the adventures of huckleberry finn, mark twain
  • the adventures of tom sawyer, mark twain
  • a christmas carol, charles dickens
  • the old man and the sea, ernest hemingway
  • to the lighthouse, virginia woolf
  • utopia, thomas more
  • a spy in the house of love, anaïs nin
  • crime and punishment, fyodor dostoyevsky
  • the assistants, camille perri
  • a room of one’s own, virginia woolf
  • the joy luck club, amy tan
  • sputnik sweetheart, haruki murakami
  • the namesake, jhumpa lahiri
  • a thousand splendid suns, khaled hosseini
  • crazy rich asians, kevin kwan
  • save the date, morgan matson
  • neuromancer, william gibson

thanks for reading! i hope this helped some of you out. hugs, mel ✨✨✨


☆*:.。. 21 FEB 2017 | 2月21日 | TUESDAY | 화요일 .。.:*☆

first very late post of the year? :’) these are some glimpses of the notes I made last week in preparation for my chem quiz
╰(*´︶`*)╯♡ tbh I went in there not knowing half of what I was writing ahh but I barely got an A at least ( ˊ̱˂˃ˋ̱ ) better than a fail imo

also!!!i’ve recently gotten a studygram :) follow me over at @/mochi.studies for (more hopefully) updates!!


aka how to create presentation slides that actually improve your presentation

By Eintsein

(apologies for the variation in image quality. idk what went wrong with tumblr)