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College Comparison and Application Checklists

Hi guys! As an obsessive spreadsheet maker, I am constantly using Excel for EVERYTHING, including when preparing to apply for college. I’ve just been told that, for once, the spreadsheets I made for comparing college options and organizing my application checklist are actually helpful, so I’m here to share them!

The first can be used for initially comparing and deciding which colleges you are interested in and the second can be used more as a checklist to see if everything has been submitted or completed.

To make things convenient, I’ve made them available in Google Sheets, from which you can copy to your own Google Drive or download as a Microsoft Excel file! They are also both editable so that you can add or remove categories and compare what’s important to you. Colleges are not one-size-fits-all, so feel free to edit the spreadsheets to cater to you. As a quick example, I’ve used Harvard to demonstrate what each category is for, but you can use it however you see fit. Since I personally have not looked into Harvard, the examples used are not the most thorough, but they should still provide a general idea.

**DISCLAIMER: I am still in high school and have not yet applied or gone to any colleges/universities. I am no expert on college admissions and do not know everything about finding and selecting the perfect college. Please keep this in mind. Any constructive feedback is welcome!

College Comparison Spreadsheet:

College Application Checklist:

To use, click on the link, go to “file”, then either click “make a copy” and save to your drive or click “download” and then whatever format you want. A guide to using each is below the cut. Happy college hunting and good luck!

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Australian Universities

There are a load of posts floating around about university/college life in the US but I wanted to talk about how my experience of university in Australia differs from that. I wanted to write this so that Australian studyblrs know what their study future may look like, so that anyone considering moving to Australia to pursue higher education can get a feel for what the differences are, and more generally so that people in the US in particular have a greater understanding of the way things work in Australia.

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hereandtherethings  asked:

Hi Archy, Recently I began going to college for a five year bachelor of architecture program. I chose architecture because I like design and want to be able to give people interesting yet practical places to live. Now that I'm sitting in the classes and listening to lectures given by architects such as Donald MacDonald and Hans Butzer, I'm wondering if my mental processes of how to create will ever be like theirs. Is it normal to feel as if you simply won't be good enough when starting out?

IN MY OPINION, it is normal, and necessary, for any creative to feel the need to be better and to improve. It can sometimes be a self defeating exercise to compare yourself to others, because your normal processes are unique, and trying to compare them to any other creative in honesty is like comparing apples and oranges. You will never be a better Hans Butzer (for example, like I will never be a better you) but you can and will be a better you, and that, is all that you can strive for.

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I strive to be a veterinary technician but where I live there are no schools or programs at the moment and have no money to travel in regards to school. I am going to graduate soon and have already applied to a local college in hopes to pursue a bachelor's degree in bio. I am wondering if this seems like the right choice? Some of my friends have told me it is not required to go to college to become a vet tech but my mom is making me. Thank you in advance!


Phew, this is a loaded question. 

Let’s start by saying: this varies A LOT by location. It is definitely not straightforward, and every veterinary assistant/technician you ask will have a wildly different answer.

Every US state (I’m sure it varies even more wildly by COUNTRY) has different laws in regards to what people with different levels of certification can do. 

I currently work as a veterinary assistant who has been trained on the job. I don’t have any official certification - I was just taught by other assistants, technicians, and doctors over a few years. 

In addition, I have my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, and am planning to go on to veterinary school in the fall. 

That being said, I don’t have a lot of experience with veterinary technician schooling, exams, or licensure. Any of my followers with more experience, please feel free to add on or correct me!


According to NAVTA (The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) and the AVMA (The American Veterinary Medical Association), the correct term is “Veterinary Technician” in the US (as opposed to terms like “Veterinary nurse” used in other countries) - another source of debate and varied opinions! 

There are people with zero official certification, people who are LICENSED veterinary technicians (LVTs), people who are CERTIFIED veterinary technicians (CVTs), and people who are REGISTERED veterinary technicians (RVTs). Again, the difference varies by state.

After completing a Veterinary Technician program (~2 years) and receiving your degree, most jobs require you to take the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination) - the nationwide exam. Once passing this, depending on the state, you may have to pay a fee (no exam required - just proof of your degree and your passing exam grade). Paying the fee will make you “licensed”. I believe this needs to be repaid every 2-3 years to maintain your licensure.

In addition, there may be a mandatory amount of C.E. (Continuing Education) credits you must obtained every year to maintain your licensure.

I’m not sure if this is still in effect - but in some states, you are able to take the VTNE exam WITHOUT attending veterinary technician school. (In other states, you need to show proof of your degree in order to even take the exam). Passing the VTNE will then enable you to pay for your license.

Now, once a veterinary technician or technologist, you can also move forward by becoming a veterinary technician SPECIALIST (they usually work under a veterinary doctor who chose to specialize in a certain field and become a board certified specialist). 


Let’s do a brief overview of the medical staff in a veterinary hospital.

Quotes below are according to the NAVTA website: 
VETERINARIAN: “The veterinarian is solely responsible for diagnosing, prognosing, prescribing medication and performing surgery. They are ultimately responsible for all patient care and outcomes. Most veterinarians apply for veterinary medical school admission while obtaining a bachelor degree in a compatible field. If accepted into a medical school, the course of study usually takes another four years, making that a grand total of eight years of schooling. Every state requires a veterinarian to take and pass a licensing exam. Successful candidates are given a license to practice veterinary medicine.”

“The veterinary Technicians and technologists are educated to be the veterinarian’s nurse, laboratory technician, radiography technician, anesthetist, surgical nurse and client educator. Many veterinary technicians and technologists are placed in a supervisory role in veterinary practices, research institutions and other employment options. Veterinary technicians can find employment in veterinary practices, biomedical research, zoo/wildlife medicine, industry, military, livestock health management, pharmaceutical sales, etc. Almost every state requires a veterinary technician/technologist to take and pass a credentialing exam. Passing this exam ensures the public that the veterinary technician has entry-level knowledge of the duties they are asked to perform in the veterinary clinic or hospital.”

That’s important to keep in mind. You don’t have to be working in a general practice small animal hospital giving vaccines to cats and dogs. You have the option to work with small animals (cats/dogs), large animals (horses/cows/sheep), exotics (birds/reptiles/rodents), zoo animals, wildlife animals. You can work in a hospital, or you can work in a research lab. You can work in industrial jobs or government/military jobs. There’s a huge variety of options.

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN: “A veterinary technician is a graduate from a two-year, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program from a community college, college or university.”

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST: “A veterinary technologist has graduated from an AVMA accredited bachelor degree program.”

VTS: “A veterinary technician or technologist specialist has met the same requirements as above plus spends about 75% of their time doing a specific task and has passed a specialist certification exam administered by a Specialist Academy. Currently, there are eleven academies offering specialty certification.”

Keep in mind this is a huge amount of work. It requires a lot of experience, hard work, and studying to become a VTS. 

Giving you even more variety, the VTS specializing options are:
Laboratory Animal
Anesthesia and Analgesia 
Clinical Pathology
Clinical Practice - Canine/Feline
Clinical Practice - Avian/Exotic
Clinical Practice - Production Animal  
Emergency and Critical Care
Internal Medicine - Small Animal
Internal Medicine - Large Animal
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
Internal Medicine - Oncology
Internal Medicine - Neurology 
Zoological Medicine 

VETERINARY ASSISTANT: “The veterinary assistant may have training through a high school, college certificate program or through a distant learning program over the Internet. Most, however, are trained on the job by the veterinarian or the veterinary technician. Their role is to assist the veterinarian or the veterinary technician in their daily tasks as well as some basic duties such as setting up of equipment and cleaning of key areas in the clinic like the surgery suite. Some may be asked to do kennel cleaning and janitorial work as well. NAVTA has recently created a Approved Veterinary Assistant program.”


In an attempt to clear up some of the CVT/LVT/RVT confusion, also from the NAVTA website:

CREDENTIALED: “The current terminology recognized by decree of both NAVTA and the AVMA is “Veterinary Technician”. Whether you are an LVT, RVT or CVT the term used is mandated by the technician’s state of residence. Here are some definitions to help understand why all three terms are in use.”

CERTIFIED: “Is the recognition by the private sector of voluntarily achieved standards. Certification is usually bestowed by a private sector, nonprofit, professional association or independent board upon those members who achieve specified standards. Certification is therefore distinguished from licensure because it is generally non-governmental and voluntary. Confusion can result when the title “certified” is used for a licensed profession, such as Certified Public Accountant. Many CVTs in the U.S. are recognized by government agencies, such as boards of veterinary medical examiners, which also adds to the confusion. States that currently certify veterinary technicians include Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.”

REGISTERED: “Refers to the keeping of lists of practitioners by a governmental agency. It can be equivalent to licensure but may also be distinguished from licensure in that criteria for registration may not exist, and registration may not be required for practice. States that currently register veterinary technicians include California, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

LICENSED: “Is understood as the permission to do something as given by an authority, with the implication that one would not be permitted to do this thing without permission. To be licensed is more than a statement of qualification, as certification is. It is a statement of qualification, and it is the right to do a thing otherwise not permitted by a given authority. Both certification and licensure, however, carry the connotation of trust, belief and confidence; for without these attributes, the certification or the license would have little worth. States that license veterinary technicians include Alaska, Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.”


It’s actually very difficult to find Licensed Veterinary technicians, so a lot of practices use on-the-job training, and teach people (over the course of years) the different skills a veterinary technician needs. Again, the legality of this varies by state, but it is done VERY often. 

Legally, if licensure is required in these states, these employees are “assistants” and have a limit to what they should be doing. Some LVTs are insulted by these employees being called “technicians”, as the LVTs worked hard through their schooling and exams to earn that title. On the other side of the spectrum, some un-credentialed employees working as technicians will tell you that licensing means nothing - and that some of the most skilled technicians never went to school. 

I am not going to TOUCH this very controversial area - as I have seen both perspectives.


Okay, anon. More from NAVTA:
Where are the programs for veterinary technicians/technologists?
There are over 230 AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology Programs located around the United States. You can earn either an Associate Degree, which takes 2 years or a Bachelor’s Degree, which takes 4 years at the various community colleges, colleges and universities offering a veterinary technology program. There are a number of distance learning veterinary technology programs that are also AVMA accredited and can be accessed through the web. The cost varies from school to school. You should contact the school of your choice and they will be able to give you information regarding tuition, as well as financial aid.
Where are the programs for veterinary assistants?
Individuals interested in attending a NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Program may review the current list of approved schools on NAVTAs AVA webpage. NAVTA currently approves 35 programs throughout the US and Canada with three online programs approved.”

Personally - I don’t see the point in a veterinary assistant program since most are inexperienced people who learn everything on the job. The veterinary assistant programs are very new. 


NAVTA on not going to school:
“In most states you can’t become credentialed without graduating from an accredited veterinary technology program. Very few states currently have an “alternate route” that allows people to sit for the exam, however there are a number of prerequisites that must be met before taking the exam. In 2000 there was a ruling by the Association of American Veterinary State Boards that within ten years they will no longer allow the National Veterinary Technician Exam to be used under these circumstances. If you are in a position to attend a veterinary technology program in your state it is well worth the effort. The amount of knowledge behind the skills you already know will astound you. If you cannot physically get to a program, there are five Distance Learning Programs that are currently accredited by the AVMA that can be taken via the Internet.”

Again, I have to recommend going to an actual school if at all possible. In my experience, online classes don’t give you the hands-on experience you need in this particular field. Being in a classroom and having labs will help immensely. (In addition to getting LOTS of experience in a hospital!)


In regards to not having money for school - most people don’t! What kind of graduating high schooler has $50k/year for college? 

Are you SURE there’s no programs around you? Check out NAVTA’s website and see if you’re missing any. If not, you unfortunately may have to travel.

You can save money by commuting and driving to class every day, but if that’s not an option, you may just have to use a loan for dorming/renting an apartment for the 2-4 years you’re away at school. You will NOT be alone in doing that.

If your mom wants you to get your bachelor’s so badly - is she willing to help you at all with college costs? If she can’t/won’t, look into (both private and government) student loans. Most people get through college on student loans, and once you have a steady salary, you can worry about paying them back. 

If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get some financial aid that you don’t have to pay back! In addition, you can try applying for scholarships. 

When you get a job, sometimes there is loan forgiveness. Not sure how this applies to veterinary technicians specifically, but if you work for a government job (public health, food animal production, military, etc.) or even a big corporation, sometimes they will offer to pay back your school loans if you commit to working for them for a certain amount of time. 


You can definitely get your associates or bachelor’s degree while deciding what you want to do. If possible, I would aim for a program that has an Animal Science degree. You will have access to a lot more relevant classes and hands-on experience. For example, I was able to take classes like Comparative Mammalian Anatomy, Animal Nutrition, Animal Reproduction, Companion Animal Science, etc. in addition to working with laboratory animals and farm animals over 4 years. That will probably be harder to find with a program for a degree in biology. Biology will be focusing a lot on humans, in addition to plants and the environment. 

However, if you definitely want to become a veterinary technician, I would just go straight to veterinary technician school. 

If you (or your mom) want you to have your bachelor’s degree - it sounds like a 4-year veterinary technologist program (as opposed to a 2-year veterinary technician program) would work for both purposes. You would have your bachelor’s degree, and you would have finished a program allowing you to take the VTNE exam. 


Some Links:
NAVTA (technicians/assistants)
AVMA (veterinary)


Good luck!

anonymous asked:

Hi! Maria I love and follow your blog. Thanks ! Do you know any studyblrs on Computer Science (Engineering)!? Thanks in advance!

Hello!! Thanks so much for following!

Yes I do, you can check out the list I made previously where there are Engineering studyblrs. Here are specifically active Computer Science studyblrs:

Komagayda: A Writer who Dares to be Different

When it comes to fanfiction, people have written a lot of works that, more or less, have the same plot or the same alternate universe. And most of you readers don’t mind these at all. Some of you may find these cliché, but the majority continues to enjoy them anyway. After all, fanfiction is about simply enjoying yourselves. Whether it’s by quick reading a one shot or by binge reading a multi-chaptered fic in one sitting, fanfiction is about letting yourself unwind and having something to squeal or to cry about your favorite characters. It’s not really about the plot, but about what the fic makes you feel when you read it. It doesn’t matter how many similar Coffee Shop AUs you’ve read as long as you’re enjoying yourself.

But if you come across a work that gives you a unique plot as well as scenes that triggers your emotions, then wouldn’t that be considered a bonus?

Introducing to you, Komagayda, a writer who dares to be different by coming up with completely original ideas!

Komagayda, as known in AO3 ( @kougaons in Tumblr), has four works under the YOI fandom. He likes writing mostly Science Fiction AUs but he has also written a Fantasy and a Vampire AU.

His most notable work is World’s End Holiday, a 20-chapter Science Fiction AU that has garnered 570 kudos and 7,105 hits as of date.

Komagayda has a talent for drawing readers in with his believable poignant world-building and the mysteries that drive his stories forward. In World’s End Holiday, for example, the story starts off with an introduction to the environment where Yuuri was and what he was doing by engaging the senses of the reader. Here’s the first paragraph of the story:

The friendly horns bounced through the morning air, slightly scratchy from the sound of the old vinyl record on the turntable. The smooth sound of the music carried airily as Yuuri Katsuki, age 23, stretched. He’d just finished setting up his solar still for the day, and picked some small tomatoes. The cucumbers and lettuce looked like they were coming in well, and the rudimentary cage he’d built around his strawberries seemed to have kept out any hungry scavengers so far, so hopefully they would grow to maturity soon.

Komagayda doesn’t randomly throw the reader into the middle of some conversation or action scene, where the reader would have no idea as to what was happening. He also doesn’t start like “ten years before the main plot,” doing long, elaborate, but unnecessary background information that, although essential when it comes to the upcoming drama, is really arduous to have to go through.

Somehow, he manages to go straight to the point without shocking or confusing the reader. It is easy to be drawn into his stories and to lose yourself in the worlds he create. With each chapter, he introduces a question or mystery that needs to be solved and it leaves readers wanting to find answers. There is never a dull moment with Komagayda’s writing.

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I had a few questions about your macbook. I'm looking to buy a laptop for school - I'm starting my first year in a Bachelor's of Science program (my goal is to go into medicine). I think a macbook would be good, but my mom disagrees. She thinks that there will be programs I will need to run that won't work on a mac. So, I was wondering if you think a mac would work for a science program. Thanks!

Well I have never had any problems with that, but there might be a couple of math programs and computer programming things that won’t work with a mac. But to be honest, I would always consider other computers, mostly due to cost and especially because of the new charging system that the macbooks have, I dont think I will be getting a mac next time unless they change the inlet/outlet system back on the new macbook air. Good luck on your science program btw! Hope you get into medschool!

Little prayer before your dream interview
ACCEPTED - Sheridan Animation Portfolio 2015

I’M SO SORRY THIS IS SO LATE. I’ve been super busy and time just flew by. But here is my portfolio that got me into Sheridan’s Bachelor of Animation program! I’m still nervous and self-conscious about posting this here but I hope this helps anyone who is thinking of applying next year!
My final score was 3.39! (Mediocre at best)
I was feeling a bit down after seeing all of my soon-to-be-classmates’ work, but I’m over it. I am SO LUCKY and HAPPY to have gotten in in the first place. I am truly humbled. I still have a long way to go, but I am ready to keep working hard and learning for the next four years.

Here are my life drawings! I need to work on hands A LOT but the rest were pretty good. :)

Character design has always been a weakness of mine so I got all 3s. But I’m still working on it and that’s what my daily doodles are for right? 

Storyboarding was my favourite part! Mostly 4s! :D Can’t say I feel the same way about Layout though. I may have cried a bit… a lot. 

I didn’t have much personal art at the time. I have more now but this was the best I could do in the Winter.

I guess that’s it! 
I am soo ready to graduate and go to college now though! I hope this helps all future applicants! GOOD LUCK! YOU CAN DO IT!

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you had any advice about buying a laptop for school. I'm going into my 1st year in a Bachelor of Science Program and was looking at buying a Macbook Air. However, my mom thinks that it's not a good idea bc I won't be able to run all the programs I might need. I was wondering if you think this is true? Or is a Mac a good investment? Thank you!!!!

Hey!! Firstly good luck with starting your new course soon, that’s super exciting.

I personally have a MacBook Air and absolutely adore it. I don’t think I would go back to any other brand of laptop now. I’ve had it about 5 years and it’s never let me down. It does everything I want it to do and I take a hella lot of notes etc. It’s also more than capable of running some pretty hefty programmes, for example I have a few anatomy applications which are huge.

But, it all depends on what kind of programmes you’re going to want to be running? Maybe look into the sizes of those a little more first. I originally went to the store not interested in buying a Mac at all but after explaining what I would be using it for the salesgirl pointed me in the right directions. So I would recommend visiting a few computer stores and getting their advice. Even if you’re wanting to buy online you can always go in to ask questions! Laptops are a lot of money so of course you don’t want to be getting this decision wrong!

Like I only really need mine for pretty basic things, and honestly I’m no tech expert so I don’t really have all that much I can tell you except my personal experience with my Mac!

I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a better answer than that 😕 but please let me know if you have any more questions or anything at all and I’ll always do my bestest to answer 💛

anonymous asked:

Is it possible getting into an architecture degree having a bachelor's degree in biological science?

I imagine that if you fulfill all the requirements required to be accepted into the master degree program you could. It all depends on the courses you took in your bachelor program. Depending on the institution there might be additional requirements but I know of people completing a masters in architecture with various bachelors besides architecture.

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I am apart of the 2%. I wasn’t supposed to graduate college let alone before 30 if I did. I wasn’t supposed to graduate high school. I was supposed to fall victim of being a mother at 16 and never reach the height that I have today. I still as a teenage mother accomplished my goals, finished High School, Finished College, Join the Org of My Dreams (Eeee-Yip!) and become what others had prayed upon me to be. My parents pushed me, my friends helped me (and baby sat LOL) I asked for help, I let go of pride and I understood it wasn’t just about me. It’s tough but without realizing I took it one day at a time and I looked up and realized I was at the milestone many did not see for me. if you know a teenage mother encourage her, help her, be her advocate and if you must tell her my story. Tell her I am not finished! Tell her at 22 I Have completed my Bachelors program, Tell her I am beginning my Masters Program, then finally my Doctorate. I am a proud statistic. Because not only am I teenage mother, but I am the 2%.

Colorado State University-Global Campus (Greenwood Village, CO)

The campus of Colorado State University-Global, on the Internet, and the University-governmental organization founded in 2007, and offers a range of bachelor’s and master complete, as well as university degrees and graduate programs. A member of the system Colorado State University, International University of Colorado campus enrolled more than 7,000 students.

US News & World Report ranked Colorado State University World Campus # 7 in its list of the best online bachelor’s programs.

Colorado State University campus on a global level holds accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education.

It includes presentations grade campus of the University of Colorado on a more global level of achievement bachelor dozens of programs, such as accounting, communications, project management, organizational and leadership; and a master’s degree, ranging from management to criminal justice to manage health care. Every major field of study includes specializations that allow students to customize their courses to a certain concentration.

CSU- Global lessons begin every four weeks.

Students can get a score of 100 percent on the Internet and on their own schedule. The World classes in synchronously CSU- and students can access the school day or any time.

nuclearsatan-deactivated2017032  asked:

Hey! I'm currently going to Sheridan (saw you went there in a previous answer) and wanted to know how you found the animation program?

Rough. It ended kind of badly, and I nearly quit drawing after graduation, read about that whole nonsense here. But it’s not the same program now. I’m assuming what you’re taking the 4 year Bachelors program? I graduated in 2004, and back then it was a 3 year diploma program, so it’s very different now. I think 2005 was the last year of the 3 year program.

I have many conflicting feelings about college. It was an extremely difficult time for me personally (my parents broke up, my dad struggled with mental illness, my dog died, my parents got back together), and I nearly quit after my second year because I hated it so much. There was a long period after graduation where I was very angry at the school, and while I’m not angry anymore (god it was 10 years ago), it’s hard to look back on that time and feel anything positive. 

While Sheridan gave me some great art fundamentals, and I am grateful for that, it was the years after Sheridan where I continued to develop my skills where I feel I REALLY learned how to draw. What they don’t tell you in college is you don’t graduate a fully formed artist. College is one step towards learning to draw well.  

Oh, one nice thing I remember about Sheridan: my first year character design teacher was Kris Pearn, who works at Sony Animation. He was super nice and kind and seemed genuinely interested in his students. A single fond memory of college, that’s all I got.

Sorry. I’m sure you’re doing better than I did. It was just a bad time in my life. :(