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ten easy steps to formulate a strong scholarship essay

as i enter into my first year of graduate school, i figured it was finally time to tap into all this free internet money folks kept saying exists. writing essays is easy, right? we do it all the time in academic settings, why not try to get paid for it…??


before you get to writing it’s important to actually find some scholarships. here’s an excellently organized post by @jesussbabymomma that covers multiple databases. got some? great. let’s get to work.


     >> the way i organize a scholarship essay is breaking it down to individual tasks [makes the whole situation far less daunting]; i top each task list with the scholarship name and the due date  <<

1. the easiest way to start is to specify the requirements of your scholarship essay. go straight to the source, copy-paste the directions, write them down, put em somewhere you can continually look back on. is it a personal statement? are they expecting you to present knowledge on a certain subject? do they just want you to talk about how worthy you are of free money? asking your educated opinion on a topical issue? whatever it is, know it in and out. the actual worst thing is putting hella time into a scholarship essay only to realize you misunderstood the directions.

2. if this essay requires you to write expertly on something you know nothing about, gather your sources. tap into those databases you’ve used for research papers in academia [or google scholar is always a great free resource]. hone in on that subject and get to searching.

3. as you find usable sources, begin to create an essay outline. mine tend to be pretty lengthy and detailed.. by all means use an outline style that fits your needs. there’s a few different components to this step; i handle this pretty much the same way i would a regular research paper..

  • solidify your argument; (if there is an argument you need to make); i’ve found delving into my new-found sources helps me sort of figure out my stance along the way. look at all sides of the issue, bring them up in your essay, impress them with your ability to think critically. you got it, superstar.
  • consolidate sources; i will often paste links right in my outline. i then copy the specific quotes from the source and place them exactly where i want to use them in my argument. this helps so i don’t have to go fishing later.
  • gain understanding of the content; it’s.. it’s pretty important to know what it is you’re writing about.

4. after your outline is created, take a detour and write the works cited [bibliography, reference page, get-out-of-plagiarism-free card]; you certainly don’t have to do this step here.. i know some people like to wait until the end. i just think it’s good to get out of my head a little bit… put the critical-argument-creating/ stream-of-consciousness-writing on hold and do some good old-fashioned citing.

5. at this point you’re likely ready to begin the first draft. which in my case is essentially is taking the bullet points out of my outline and changing the font to something that may even look like it’s work the thousands of dollars i’m hoping to receive.

6. if you’re anything like me, this next step is the hardest.. proofread && DEDUCE. we’ve developed this amazing skill of cranking out ten-page papers… but now we’re being asked to operate within a 500-1000 word parameter. (sometimes less?!? like some have 140 characters yeah uhm okay). here i take out any extraneous adjectives and run-on sentences. i blame the lack of brevity on my degree in the humanities sector.

7. once you get sick of reading your own work, find friends to edit. peer reviewing is certainly worth the shot at deduced tuition. when i’m crunched for time, this is the step i skip.. but i always feel more comfortable submitting something i wrote that a few others have looked over as well.

8. next, take the time to research the scholarship organization. for schmoozing purposes. this can happen earlier in the process too.. don’t ask me why i decide to see where the organization’s principles lie until after i’ve written the paper.. i take this time to learn a bit about who i’m asking money from, and make a few tweaks to the essay if i need to.

9. almost done!! final proofread aloud. this really helps with cutting down on word count, and just ensuring the whole thing moves smoothly. i’m always pleasantly surprised how much better my essay flows after i read it out loud.

10. once you feel confident in your paper, send it off! my final step is submit & schedule a time to check back.  sometimes organizations will post on the scholarship site which day they make their decision. make a note to come back that particular day to see the results! hopefully, you’ll get an exciting congratulatory email beforehand.. but it doesn’t hurt to be sure.

try these out, let me know if they work for you! now get out there and make that moneyyyy :}

Master-List

I may not frequently update this, but as of 11/22/2016 this is completely up to date with all of my writings. I take requests for all of the characters/actors listed below (no smut). Enjoy, I hope it’s useful!

* means over 200 notes
** means over 300 notes
*** means it is my most popular one shot (at the time of update)

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Avengers
It’s Going to Work! 
   -Movie night with the Avengers (Inspired by the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

Bruce Banner
You’re an Idiot
   -Bruce is shy about his feelings for you

Bucky Barnes
I Can’t Touch You**
   -While on a mission, Bucky becomes the Winter Solider
Home 
   -Your son gets kidnapped by HYDRA (Inspired by Home from the play version of Beauty and the Beast)
Wrong Number
   -You call Bucky instead of Natasha on accident
•Paralysis Doesn’t Change You
   -A mission goes bad, leaving you in the hospital

Clint Barton
Handcuffs and Broken Thumbs 
   -You and Natasha get kidnapped

Peter Parker
My Hero*
   -You are saved one night by Spiderman 
Prom Night
   -The school jerk asks you to prom as a prank and leaves you heartbroken in Peter’s arms (Based off a scene in Never Been Kissed)
Pedicure 
   -Peter paints your nails for you
Who Is Petra?
   -You lie to your dad, Tony Stark, about who you hang out with all the time

Pietro Maximoff
Cinderella 
   -Pietro falls for you at a Stark party

Steve Rogers
•The Symbolic Meaning of Flowers 
   -You are receiving flowers from a secret admirer
Lady In Red 
   -Steve dances with you at one of Tony’s parties (Based off Lady in Red by Chris De Burgh and Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen)
Selfless (Pre Serum!Steve)
   -Steve has liked you for a while, but will not talk to you because he fears that you do not like him (Inspired by Uptown Girl by Billy Joel)

Tony Stark
Anthony
   -As a childhood friend of tony’s, you’re the only one allowed to call him by his full name

Chris Evans
Never Been Kissed *
   -Your best-selling book is being made into a movie and Chris is the lead male (Loosely based upon the movie Never Been Kissed)
Nineteen Years Later
   -You were supposed to go to prom with Chris in high school and meet him again years later
The Sister 
   -You visit your brother, Tom, on set
•The Patriots VS. the 49ers
   -Your relationship is built off football
•The Director 
   -Chris wants to direct the movie adaptation of your book
Don’t Wanna Be All By Myself* 
   -Chris gets drunk one night and announces your relationship to the public

Sebastian Stan
Unscripted
   -Sebastian is your costar in a movie (Based off Mamma Mia! The Movie)
Scottish Folds 
   -Sebastian loves your Scottish Fold, although he’s allergic
Why 1982 Is the Best Year 
   -Sebastian overhears an argument between you and your friend
Difficult Dodger 
   -Sebastian dogsits Dodger for Chris

Tom Holland
Handstand Kisses
   -Tom wants to try a handstand kiss with you
I Dare You (AU) * 
   -You grew up with Tom (Based off Mary’s Song by Taylor Swift)
•Best Friends’ Brother** 
   -You are best friends with Tom’s twin brothers, Sam and Harry
•Thinking Out Loud 
   -Tom learns the dance to Thinking Out Loud for you because you were the dancer in Ed Sheeran’s music video
K-I-S-S-I-N-G ***
   -You are Tom’s costar in Spiderman: Homecoming and have never been kissed
You’re the One That I Want**
   -Harrison sets you and Tom up on Halloween (Halloween one shot; Inspired by the movie Grease)
Un-Break My Heart*
   -You and Tom broke up months ago, but both of you are suffering from the heartache.

Productivity: Planner edition!

2016 is just starting, and a lot of us are setting up our new planners, so I’m posting these tips that can help you get shit done and be productive with the help of it, no matter if you’re already familiar with planning or if you’re just starting out.

These tips I’m giving you here are general, that means they can work with any type of planner (including bullet journals!).



• Set deadlines (and respect them!): This is everywhere, and you probably know this already; to me, it became rather repetitive, but this is so far one of the best things you can do to actually reach your goals (and get shit done). If you really want to make some progress, you should make yourself have something finished by a specific date, and not let it slip if you don’t do it.

• Mark your deadlines: This way you can keep in mind that there is something due in the next few days, for example; and even if you forget about it, the next time you check your planner, you’ll notice that there is something in for you.

Mark dates for events, appointments and special (or important) occasions. This tip goes with the last one. Don’t ever think you won’t forget something. Don’t ever assume this, please.

Don’t forget about your planner: Check what’s in for you in the future (assuming you always write everything down). Don’t stop checking your planner just because you know this is not a busy week -you may have an essay due next Friday or a test for a subject you’re struggling with or a birthday is coming up and you have to buy a present.

Use it to set and keep track of your goals. Your planner is your friend, so don’t think it’s just a calendar. Write down what you want to accomplish and then how you will achieve it.

Write down your tasks, and if it’s possible, schedule them. You can always reschedule something if it benefits your productivity.

Know when to reschedule: that means you can’t say you’ll do laundry tomorrow because you want to watch Netflix right now and you still have clean clothes. Yes, it can wait, but you should always learn to do what is good rather than what feels good.

Plan ahead. This is what the monthly, weekly, and daily spreads are for. Don’t limit yourself to knowing what you have to do today, but also make a list of all the stuff you have to get done tomorrow or by the end of the week. If you’re in school or college, this can and will save your grades.

• Try to add a pocket at the back so you don’t lose small, important pieces of paper. This is one of my very favorites; I carry some sticky notes in different sizes in case I need them, receipts and stuff people give me -the point is not losing things and your mind over it. Here’s an awesome tutorial so you can make your own (don’t add it too close to the edges of the planner, because the edges of your pocket will wear out and tear).

• If possible, reserve a small part for random ideas that may come to your mind while you are busy doing something else or just on the go (e.g. what to get your friend for their next birthday, the plot for your next story, something to add to your painting…) so you don’t forget about it.

Customize it! Make you love your planner so you don’t forget about it if your motivation wears off.

Make time for yourself. I know that sometimes it seems like it’s not necessary or that the stuff we have to do is more important, but don’t ever forget about your personal health and happiness. After all, you are using your planner for your own good, right?

• Use sticky notes, stickers, colors, doodles… express yourself. The possibilities are endless -the planner is yours. Make it fun.

• Break stuff into smaller loads. Make it all manageable. Sometimes even seeing that you have something to do can be overwhelming. 

→ Small steps are better than nothing, so if your to-do list looks like this, and it helps you, then so be it!

-Clear desk.

-Take books out of backpack.

-Turn phone off.

• Remember that your planner is just a tool to be productive, so merely owning one won’t help you at all if you don’t use it. Doing stuff is still 100% up to you.


Having a planner can be really fun! I hope this helps you kick ass this year. Remember to make every day count -this is your year. Happy planning!

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Hey guys! I’ve decided to open up my commissions again for a bit to raise some money for a new headset, so ask your friends if any of them would be interested too! I’d prefer to keep them league related but if you’d like something else I’m sure we can work it out. I’m pretty flexible with what you’d like and I try to keep you up to date on my progress.

Send me a message on tumblr or facebook what you’d like so I can get started! You can see other work I’ve done at https://facebook.com/laavka/

Payments can be sent to my paypal: megash94@hotmail.com

Thanks for commissioning and/or spreading the word!

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I am notgoing to make duplicates. Please look at this post before you ask me for a banner.

I’m making it easier since I’m still getting asked to make duplicates and I’m not going to do that. If you want a specific skin that’s perfectly fine as long as it hasn’t been done yet. If you want a specific champion that’s fine as long as they have enough skins for everyone. 

  • i.e. 3 people have asked for Jinx so far, the first two will get a banner and I will ask the third person to change what they want because she has limited skins.

Also, do not get mad at me for not making your banner right away. You will not get one. I have over 20 to make right now, and I’m sure I’ll get more requests as the day goes on. I enjoy making these and I know it makes you all happy but I have other things to do and working in photoshop all day isn’t one of them. And again, I am only making banners for followers. If you’re not following me and you ask for a banner you will not get one and I’m not going to respond. Thank you!

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With all of that said, this is a list of champions/skins I have already done (click to see each one if you want!):

  1. Underwold Wukong
  2. River Spirit Nami
  3. Tempest Janna
  4. Special Forces Gangplank
  5. Arcade Miss Fortune
  6. Dino Gnar
  7. Creator Viktor
  8. Reaper Soraka
  9. Winter Wonderland Lulu
  10. Koi Nami
  11. Blood Moon Akali
  12. Mecha Kha'Zix
  13. Redeemed Riven
  14. Jarvan IV
  15. Championship Riven
  16. Guqin Sona
  17. Championship Thresh
  18. Jade Dragon Wukong
  19. Jinx
  20. Aether Wing Kayle
  21. Thresh
  22. Overlord Malzahar
  23. Bioforge Darius
  24. Atlantean Syndra
  25. Dragonslayer Vayne
  26. High Command Katarina
  27. Leona & Diana
  28. Popstar Ahri
  29. Dragonwing Corki
  30. Gnar
  31. Sejuani 
  32. Lulu
  33. Guardian of the Sands Kha'Zix
  34. Valkyrie Leona
  35. Frost Queen Janna
  36. Justicar Syndra
  37. Kalista
  38. Lunar Goddess Diana
  39. Hired Gun Graves
  40. Iron Solari Leona
  41. Freljord Ashe
  42. Debonair Vi
  43. Mafia Jinx
  44. Fisherman Fizz
  45. Snowstorm Sivir
  46. Bladecraft Orianna
  47. Elise
  48. Nightblade Irelia
  49. Nasus
  50. Masquerade Evelynn
  51. Dragon Trainer Lulu
  52. Workshop Shaco
  53. Braum
  54. Debonair Jayce
  55. Battlebunny Riven
  56. Blitzcrank
  57. Heartseeker Vayne
  58. Vi
  59. Sad Robot Amumu
  60. Dark Valkyrie Diana
  61. Officer Vi
  62. Zed
  63. Pulsefire Ezreal
  64. Victorious Janna
  65. SKT Vayne
  66. Ravenborn Leblanc
  67. Temple Jax
  68. Bloodstone Lissandra
  69. Lucian
  70. High Noon Yasuo
  71. Caitlyn
  72. Pentakill Sona
  73. Headhunter Caitlyn
  74. Corporate Mundo
  75. Forecast Janna
  76. SKT T1 Zed
  77. Dynasty Ahri
  78. Nighthunter Rengar
  79. Championship Shyvana
  80. Spooky Gangplank
  81. Sewn Chaos Orianna
  82. Arctic Warfare Caitlyn
  83. Panda Teemo
  84. Mecha Malphite
  85. Ironscale Shyvana

 

And this is a list of champions/skins that I haven’t done yet in order of how they will be finished: 0000000000000000000000000000

If the champion is crossed out, please do not ask for that champion anymore. If you ask for just a champion then I pick the skin for you, if you want a specific skin then ask for it!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I will let the people who’ve asked for duplicates know but for any more after this they will just get ignored. I will be updating this as time goes on.

Send me a ♠ and a champion and I’ll make you a small banner with your url!