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College Survival Tips: Hitting the ground running

Okay, I get it, studyblr is full of this kind of post at the moment, but here’s some of my personal tips, specifically for freshmen, but parts of this are applicable to anyone. Like I said in my last college tips post, I go to a big university in Texas, so different resources! Different weather! Different social environment! And a whole lot of football.

The week before:

Try not to go overboard on buying stuff! As a freshman, I was inundated with “helpful” ads from department stores about what I absolutely needed for my dorm room– and most of it wouldn’t have fit! If you’re in a dorm, your residence hall people will probably have info online about furniture, amenities, and what appliances you’re allowed to have. Same with an apartment, really, except it’s on the website and/or in your lease agreement. Two sets of bedding/towels and a couple of dishes/tupperware are probably enough. (I got oven/micro/freezer-proof glass bowls with lids that have worked amazingly!)

When it comes to school supplies, start off with the same basics from high school, and hold off on buying textbooks! Get a new backpack, too, with room for your electronics. Make sure you have backup chargers for everything, and a surge-protected power strip. (you can be someone’s finals week library hero) Keep it simple: you can always buy stuff as you need it, and it’s likely that you’ll get a bunch of free stuff around the start of the year anyway.

The weekend before:

By now you’ve definitely moved in and gotten situated. Maybe you’ve made it to a few “freshman welcome” type events, maybe your school doesn’t offer any. Either way, this is probably the most important part of your first semester. Pull up your schedule, find a campus map, and figure it out. Know any campus shuttle/bus routes. If you’re really anxious about it, you can time your walking times between buildings. Nobody is going to make fun of a freshman walking around before classes with a map, in fact they’ll probably wish they had done it themselves! If there’s an online map, download that to your phone, as well as all the syllabi that are available so far, because odds are that the school’s servers will be very slow with everyone on them all of a sudden.

No need to print off your syllabi yet, since most professors will hand out a hard copy (in Texas at least, they’re legally obligated to make sure everyone sees it). Make sure to check your school email, since if you are supposed to print your own, you’ll be told there. Like I mentioned in my fall setup post, if you’re putting anything in your planner at this point, it’s a good idea to do it in pencil if you’re not fond of wasting pages. At least put in your exams and big assignment due dates, because it might be worth changing a class if you regularly end up with three exams or quizzes on the same day. Look at finals, too: my school lets you move finals if you have 3+ finals on the same day, yours might not.

The first day!

Breathe. Breathe some more. You’re going to be okay, especially because you’re prepared! Check the weather forecast (>20% chance of rain means it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella, >60% is rainboots weather) dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, and make sure you eat breakfast! Have your schedule where you can get to it easily: some people set it as their background and/or lockscreen, and there is zero shame in that. Check your school email once again. Leave your dorm/apartment at least 20 minutes earlier than you think you need to: roads, sidewalks, and public transportation are going to be really crowded, at least until people decide they can skip certain classes. (don’t skip. you’re paying to be here.) Take your time and admire the scenery: it’ll never look the same to you as it does today. Also, keep an eye out for landmarks, everything from cool sculptures to a funny-looking tree can help you get around later. Just keep track of the time, you’ll be fine.

Lecture halls can be huge and intimidating! If you don’t want to be the first person in the room, just walk around a bit and come back. In any classroom, I prefer to sit right in the middle. Sitting in the front will force you to stay focused if you don’t mind the pressure to do so, sitting in the back will let you people-watch more than you probably need to. Sitting by the aisles is good for a quick escape- just make sure you don’t take a left-handed desk if you don’t need one. Either way, make sure you have a good view of the board/projector! And make sure your stuff is tucked away where nobody can trip on it, especially coffee cups.

The first few weeks:

Don’t buy books until you’re sure. Some professors will do this “well, you’re supposed to buy this edition…” thing. Never buy from the college bookstore unless it’s a lab manual or a book you absolutely can’t find anywhere else. Pay attention to shipping dates. Do make sure that if you’re supposed to be getting online homework that a) it’s the right code b) you’re not paying for something you won’t use! For example, if you get the ebook for free with the homework, you really don’t need a physical copy. Also, sometimes you’ll get a looseleaf book, which is nice because you can break it up and carry a few chapters around at a time, but bad because you can break it up and lose pages.

Make sure you get a good sleeping/eating routine set in as soon as possible, and try to stick to it. Physical activity of some sort is good to work in there too! You can try to set a study schedule, but be realistic about it, and make sure that when you do study, you’re productive. Freshman classes are easier, but don’t let that fool you into slacking off! You’re setting up habits for the rest of your college career now.

I hope that some part of this helps you start your semester off confidently! If you have any questions or want to see something in a future college/study tips post, don’t hesitate to send an ask :) Be brave, be strong, you’ve got this ♥

The Hurricane

In the spirit of the current weather conditions, I’m writing a monster boyfriend piece. Hope you like it!

The weather’s not as bad as I’d expected it to be, so I’m posting this for you guys to read since I have interwebs after all.

It was a really long day. You’d spent all of it just trying to get your emergency supplies ready and to and from the store. You’d managed to get everything prepared and ready for the coming storm, but you still weren’t exactly thrilled about the prospect of it; it was your first major storm since moving out on your own.

The hurricane had weakened significantly after making landfall, so your area wasn’t going to be hit extremely hard, but it was still a hurricane, and it was pretty damn scary nonetheless. It would be arriving over the course of the night, so you’d probably be waking up to a completely different world the next day. You had your phone charged, backup chargers and flashlights all near your makeshift sheet fort bed in the living room. You had a battery-operated clock with an alarm set, and the weather radio nearby. A tub of snacks was within easy reach, and your blanket was pulled up around your ears. You didn’t really think you’d be sleeping at all tonight, but you were prepared either way.

You sigh heavily; living alone had both its perks and disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage was having to wait out this storm without anybody to help you. You had a few bad experiences with weather in the past, so you weren’t excited about the prospect of the hurricane bearing down upon you. You stare quietly out the window at the darkening sky; it was only 6 pm, but the clouds were already rolling in, thicker and thicker. A rumble of thunder shakes your apartment, and you jump. Ugh.

You pull out your laptop, determined to try and distract yourself. At the very least, the power was still on and your internet still worked. You dig into your files and find a movie to watch for a while. It’s one of your favorites, and despite the pouring rain outside, you find yourself smiling and giggling as the show goes on.

About halfway through the movie, you hear a peculiar noise. You pause the playback and listen closely for it to come again over the sound of the heavy rain. Another peal of thunder drowns out what may have been the sound again, and you stand, your blanket wrapped close. The power in the house flickers, and you quickly reach down and unplug your computer, for fear of a power surge frying it. The sound happens again, louder this time, and for some reason…

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One Foot Out of the Grave Pt. 3

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A/N: It’s been a while, I apologize. Writing has been a challenge lately, my brain has been too crowded with non-story related things. I am also trying to start up my Supernatural Imagine Blog—this one storyline has been swirling around in here for far too long. Here you go!

It’s time to battle Ultron. With a few modifications to your suit, a bit of courage, and an intense moment with Pietro, you are ready to do your job and kick some robot ass. 

Pairing: Pietro x Reader, Dad!Tony x Reader

Warnings: violence, references to death, language

Words: 2,770

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WitchTips’ Concert Tips

Originally posted by slightdownpour

I know this isn’t one of my usual topics, but many of my followers know that I’m an avid concertgoer, music fan, and a member of the industry. I’ve been attending concerts since the ripe age of 8 months old. That being the case, I decided to put together some tips to make your concert experience a little bit more pleasant! (Sorry, the “read more” made the numbers get all messed up).

  1. Wear comfortable clothing. You will most likely be sweating, moving, and walking a whole bunch. Things can get rough, depending on what environment you’ll be in, and the last thing you want is a torn piece of clothing or a ripped off bra strap (believe me, it’s happened). After the show you’re not going to care about how cool you looked, you’re going to want to be able to get back home/to your ride in a painless manner. If you have long hair bring a hair tie just in case you’re in a tight spot or you get too warm. (Note: This does not mean you can’t look cute AND be comfortable! There are tons of great looks that don’t take a toll on your comfort. Plus, you’re cute regardless of what you wear.)
  2. Wear proper footwear! I cannot stress this enough and I’ll be the first to admit that I often disregard my experience and convince myself that I’ll be fine wearing a new pair of shoes, heels, or sandals. Only you know what the best pair of shoes for you is, so don’t try to convince yourself that just because someone else can wear 5 inch platform heels comfortably that you can too if you know you can’t. Blisters and bleeding feet are not what you want when you’re out enjoying your favorite band/artist.
  3. Be kind to your body. Get a good amount of sleep before a show, eat something, and drink a lot of water. You’re not going to have any fun if you fall asleep or pass out in the crowd. If you’re going to be outside in the sun bring sunscreen and sunglasses.
  4. Bring as little as possible, or carry it in an appropriate bag. We all want to be fully equipped during a show. Backup charger, phone, I.D., cards, money, makeup, menstruation supplies, sunglasses, tickets, etc. Depending on the show, it’s length, the venue, and your personal needs you’re going to need most or all of these things with you. Having pockets is always a major plus, but not everyone owns/opts to wear clothing with nice spacious pockets. Backpacks are good for festivals, but can be annoying in tight spaces and when going through security. Wristlets are nice and usually can fit everything you’ll need, but depending on how much you move your arms they can also be troublesome. If you’re going to bring a purse, make sure it has a long enough strap that you can wear is across your body. This way, your hands and arms will be free and you won’t drop or misplace your bag. Something that is extremely important in any of these is a substantial zipper or button to close the bag. Having a way to keep your items secure inside of your bag or pockets prevents others from stealing or going through your stuff and it keeps you from inadvertently losing items because of sub par closing methods.
  5. Conserve your phone battery. Concerts have terrible signal, as does any place with lots of people all using their phones at the same time. Don’t use your phone for unnecessary things, especially if you don’t have a backup charger (I usually carry two). Your Snapchats, Facebook posts, and texts might not go through until after the show, but that’s okay.
  6. Keep the information you need available at all times. This not only means having your possessions with you and easy to access, but also that you should take advantage of technology. If you have a smartphone, save the digital version of your tickets (if you get them through an app or pdf) to your pictures. Just screenshot the bar code so you have it. Also screenshot transportation schedules if you plan on using public transportation or if you may have to take public transportation in a pinch. It also doesn’t hurt to screenshot the map of the area you’re in if you are unfamiliar. If you like to look up the set lists for acts, screenshot that, too! There’s no point in wasting your phone battery to look it up. That brings us to:

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Did you know that Jess never lets any of her electronics go below 25%, just in case someone else needs to use them?

(No, but seriously how does she even do that? How long is her battery life? Does she do nothing on her phone? What about when she’s at work? Oh- I just figured it out. Jess charges her phone at work. She probably has a backup portable charger and an emergency flip phone just in case though.)

(Also: Nick and WInston are wearing matching colours. Nice one, wardrobe team!)


Most fiction has a romance of some sort. Historical, literary, suspense–most plots, even if they’re not a romance novel, have a romantic subplot at the minimum. And actually, most of this advice can be used for all sort of relationships between characters (mother/daughter, best friends, lovers).

The interaction between your characters is what brings a book to life. No novel is written without dialogue, secrets, plot and emotions that cross between the characters in your novels. So how does this all come to life and become real for the reader?


1. Coincidence. It’s not that easy.

There is nothing more transparent than characters who come together serendipitously. It’s easy for a writer to have characters bump into each other on the street. What’s hard is to plot interaction naturally for each character’s own motivations and goals separate from their relationship to each other. Comb your writing for things that seem too easy; chances are, the reader can see right through it.

2. Can they just get in a room together?

The opposite of this is a similar problem. If your relationship issue could be solved by two people simply being in the same room and talking it out–it’s not plotted deeply enough. The characters have to be up against something external and bigger than themselves. If they themselves are the limitation to their happiness or coupling then the reader will get frustrated very easily.

3. Technology. The curse of modern relationship writing.

I know writers, this one isn’t easy. But, setting your novel in the 90s isn’t the answer either! (The reason for writing a historical novel has to be more than just avoiding the cell phone or internet.) Even having a characters’ cell phone drained of battery is hard because of the modern conveniences of car charges and backup chargers. No reader will believe this unless it’s a character quirk and even then we’re all frustrated by our own friends who don’t travel with a fully charged phone! Plus, there is wifi everywhere we go, so of course in a modern novel there will be the same amenities for your character. Therefore, you can’t make your plot too simple or else we’re back at Problem 2 (i.e. why can’t they just talk?). If you have to keep them away with a forgotten cell phone or dead battery then the see above (i.e. external conflict!).

A College Student’s Guide to Dealing With Anxiety About Due Dates, Schedules, and Other Things

Ok, so, you’ve got anxiety about that due date? Don’t think you’ll be able to finish the semester? Anxious that something will go wrong this semester? Well, as a college student who thinks too much about the future and has been in school for 10 years, let me tell you how I fight my anxiety. 

1. I do things early. I give myself about 3-4 days extra to budge around when writing papers and studying. It really works. I write my papers in sections for a few days so I have free time and it’s not weighing on my mind. Whenever I think about my paper, a rush of relief comes over me because I have already started it. 

2. I plan my routes. I plan my walking route from building to building. I make sure I double check to make sure I know where that building my class is in is. 

3. Double Check. For example, make sure you double check classroom numbers and building locations on the first day of class. Have it written on your hand. Have it on your cell phone. Double check everything before you turn it in. Triple check that shiz, even. Papers need to be triple checked also. 

4. Back things up. Back up everything. For example, have a hard copy backup of your room numbers and your schedule just in case your phone battery goes out on the way there. 

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I went to L.A. to see EXO plus hang with my friends who I’ve talked with for a long while now. We all went together but got separated at the concert but our theme was to wear rose crowns because it was Valentines Day 

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Hey fellow Pokemon Goers.

If you need a portable battery, I recommend this one.

The Solar Charger, Portable Solar Power Bank 10000mAh Dual USB Battery Charger External Backup Power Pack

This sucker will last you all day. It does take a while to charge, so I do it overnight. You also have to watch your phone from time to time, because once you finish charging, the charge turns off. 

The solar charging part doesn’t really work that great — it’s faster to plug it in to let it charge. 

The best part of this? It’s only $19. It’s a steal for how well it works. 

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