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2017年4月17月(金)

>>>> Took advantage of campus being deserted for the Easter holiday by monopolizing one of the science building’s lecture halls with the roomie. Pros: surround sound system, giant windows, whiteboards galore 😻

Tonight: Grand Poetry Slam Finals!!!!

New Testament exam and World Cinema research paper this week!

4 weeks till I go home?!?!?!

Opportunities

Anon: College Klance, where Keith’s sick but he has a really important test in one of his classes so he goes to class anyway. Keith and Lance happen to have that class together, and normally Lance just tries to ignore the other boy, but the Keith waddles in wearing a big coat, scarf and a wool beanie. It’s like 80 degrees out, so he knows somethings off. Bonus: For Keith being light headed and having to be carried back to his dorm room. (PS Thank you for writing awesome fics)

A/N: So I heard you guys liked pining Lance. Cashing in the bonus, someone should draw Keith in winter gear with the scarf covering his face up to his bright-red nose.


Lance hadn’t noticed the boy before. He hadn’t noticed that mullet hair, or that red jacket, or that little glance they shared when the boy would walk in a minute before class started-

Okay, maybe he’d noticed. But that’s just because the guy sat in front of him in the lecture hall! How could he not look at the way his stupid hair turned up at the ends or the stupid way he twirled his stupid pencil with his stupid nice fingers-

Okay. Maybe he’d done more than notice. Maybe he’d put in some extra effort into trying to see the boy’s name on his test. Maybe he’d lost track of class while watching the boy lazily doodle on his notes. Maybe he’d seen ‘Keith Kogane’ on the list of packages at the front desk of his dorm hall and almost choked. Just maybe, though. Probably not. Definitely not.

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the married life (vampire!yoongi au)

summary: being married is never a bore when your husband is a vampire king + inspired by  “Stop calling me Princess!” “I apologize, my Queen.”

relationship: yoongi x reader

words: 11,361 (WHY)

warnings: mentions of blood/blood drinking of course, yoongi is bad at cooking, you being exasperated with your husband, implications of sex.

Originally posted by lethargicmin

a/n: something I started during halloween last year but never finished. happy birthday suga… I guess?


Your married friends had to deal with a lot of things; their husbands didn’t clean up after themselves, the sex was bad, or maybe they were too stubborn. And sure, you felt sorry for them, but you couldn’t exactly say you understood them either. If anything, the problems you had with Min Yoongi were… extraordinary. And the sex was never bad. But he was a little shit though.

From the moment that Min Yoongi had come into your life five years ago to now, there was nothing you could say you regretted. From the initial dislike, to the confusion, to the intrigue, to the fondness of friendship turning into something more, he had left you with something your friends could, unfortunately, never attest to: the feeling of a thousand years on his part of dormant love waiting for you that no one could ever ruin or one-up. How you got to this point, however, was quite the mirthful fairytale.


five years ago.

“You’re new here, right?

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My sophomore year a tornado touched down right outside of campus (and I should like to point out that it was the only time our tornado siren didn’t work). I don’t remember waking up, exactly. I remember that I was abruptly sitting bolt upright in bed, facing the window like “THAT WAS A TRAIN.”

My roommate and I were like “oh this is probably bad” and grabbed backpacks, keys etc to run down to the basement. My sister across the hall and her roommate were in a similar situation. Power was out, emergency lights made the hall super creepy.

Down the hall, our other hall-sisters peeked out like “Is that a tornado?”
And one girl was like “Siren didn’t go off. I have class tomorrow.”
“Me too.”
“I have homework.”
“I’m going back to bed.”
“But guys, I’m pretty sure that’s a tornado out there?”
“I don’t care.”

And that seems to sum up being a college student fairly well. The only thing that would’ve made it more fitting is if it had been during finals week.

how to survive university when dealing with a mental illness

i thought i’d make a post full of tips i’ve learned on how to manage university while dealing with a serious mental health condition. 

for context, i’m now in my final year of university and i suffer from bpd (diagnosed in january 2016) and while i’m set to graduate with a first, having a severe mental disorder has made my life hell as times, so i thought i’d share what i’ve learned over the past 3 years in the hopes that it might make life for some of you a little bit easier.

  • first of all, and most importantly: register with your university disability services (i can only speak from a uk perspective there, but every uni should have one)
  • if in the uk, apply for dsa. however, be aware that you need a diagnosis in order to apply for dsa, and that you must be of british citizenship
  • get regular appointments with a mental health advisor (or equivalent, such as a mentor if you’re in the uk and get dsa)
  • if you can, go to study skills sessions: i would recommend that if your mental health means you’re struggling to reach deadlines or do your reading/assignments (some people with mental health conditions don’t need advice on how to organise their work which is fine)
  • if you can have medical priority to live in halls of residence, do it: you’ll have help more readily available than if you live off campus, as most halls have security available 24/7, have residential support on call during the night if you’re having an episode, etc.
  • don’t be afraid to let your lecturers know (or if you don’t want to tell them yourself, get your uni’s disability services to email them) - in my experience they have been more than understanding and have offered to help in any way they can, and if they are aware of your condition then it will make it less stressful for you to email them when you miss lectures and seminars
  • if you don’t already have a diagnosis but suspect something’s up: go to your gp and get a referral to a psychiatrist. it might take a while (very unfortunately in the uk it does) but it will be worth it in the end. the psychiatrist will then probably refer you to a psychologist, probably to start CBT, and put you on medication. don’t be scared of being on medication, in most cases they help 
  • in terms of keeping yourself safe: my university is personally bullshit on this level but they used to offer students to keep their medication so they wouldn’t be able to overdose and the like - check with your medical centre if they would be able to do the same. if it’s not an option that’s available, find a friend (who doesn’t have mental health issues obviously) to keep your medication. this is obviously not an ideal situation and i know from experience that doing that may get you in trouble, but if you feel you’re in crisis then it’s better to get rid of any temptation.
  • if you live in halls and feel a situation is escalating, please call security, campus watch, or whatever the hell it’s called at your university. they’re usually supposed to conduct a risk assessment and if you’re too at risk they will call you an ambulance or make sure you get to your nearest hospital.
  • if you cut yourself and you accidentally cut too deep and require medical attention and it’s during the day, go to your medical centre on campus: they are able to give you butterfly strips, or if not they will get you a cab to A&E (at least that’s what my university does).
  • if you have to repeat a year: that’s fine and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. one of my best friends, who also suffers from bpd, had to do that and has now successfully almost completed her second year. however, if you do have to repeat a year, make sure to check with student finances how it will work and if they’re willing to support you financially for an extra year.
  • if you have to drop out or take time off: i know how fucking difficult that decision is, and i know how frustrating it is to have to do that, but sometimes it’s for the best. my girlfriend dropped out early in her first year because she wasn’t getting the help she desperately needed at university, and that’s fine - put your safety first. what people expect of you, or what you expect of yourself, comes second.
Miss Murder

It’s Murder season at UC National City, and Alex is determined to win.  A Sanvers college AU.

ao3


The rules are simple: there are no rules.  Actually, that’s a lie.  There are a couple rules.

Rule number one: You can’t murder someone inside a dorm room.  The halls are fair game, but as soon as you step into their room, that’s a safe zone.

Rule number two: You can’t murder someone in the dining hall.  There needs to be some public safe haven on campus and the dining hall is that.

And rule number three: You can’t murder someone if they’re naked.  No shower sneak-attacks, no skinny-dipping strikes.  Your victim must be fully clothed at the time of the murder.

Anything else is fair game.

If Alex Danvers hadn’t been awake trying to finish this godforsaken paper at four o’clock in the morning, she would have missed it: the swift patter of footsteps down the hall, a small rustling as an object is shoved under her door.

Alex pauses her music and looks down at the floor to find it: a single plastic knife.  Her face lights up in a grin.  This is it, her year.  This is the year she would finally beat her sister Kara at this stupid game.  She had a plan, a foolproof plan to be the last one standing.  And, for Christ’s sake, Kara doesn’t even drink alcohol so what was she going to do with the prized vodka that you win at the end of the game anyway?

No, Alex has a plan. Evade and evoke.  She would figure out who was her hitman early on.  She would lull her enemies into a false sense of security by making them think they were safe.  She would let everyone else make kill after kill, learning who they had, how many people were left.  And at the last possible moment, she would kill her victim and reap all the benefits. It was a flawless plan, a foolproof plan.  Nothing could possibly go wrong with this plan that she had spent the better part of the last year perfecting.

With a cocky smirk, Alex gets out of her desk chair and bends over at the door to grab her weapon and find out who the unlucky soul of her victim is.  She turns the small knife over in her hands to find a name written on it in sharpie.

Maggie Sawyer

“Fuck,” Alex curses.

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I’m going to Ghana! I will be student teaching for half of a semester in Fetteh, a rural community in West Africa. As I hope to pursue my master’s in multicultural education this is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow as an educator. It’s also pretty expensive.

While my mom helps me with groceries when she can, I am basically on my own financially. I take out loans to cover tuition and part of rent, but also work on campus at a dining hall to pay for the rest of rent, utilities, birth control, internet, food, and my monthly loan payments.

So far I have applied to over 15 scholarships, and will be applying for more. Ultimately I need to make about $5,000 to cover my flight, immunizations, passport, and other necessary costs. Here’s how you can help this broke ed major and get something cool out of it:

Check out my Etsy and request a custom order! When I say I’ll make you anything, I mean anything. I have wine glasses, beer glasses, tumblers, coffee mugs, thrifted flannels, and tshirts all waiting to be customized to your hearts’ desire! I will be making Ghana work no matter what, but I’d really appreciate if you could keep me in mind the next time you need a gift for a friend or just want to treat yo self!

my Etsy
drinkware
clothing & accessories
prints

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College Au: Stan and Angie

11. College AU

So, I went the route of “meeting at a student mixer” instead of “meeting as classmates” bc honestly the mixer part seems more in character for the two of them.  Also, this happens during Angie’s short-lived punk phase, where she has brightly colored hair and goes by her middle name, Quinn.

Send me characters and a number and I’ll write you a ficlet!


               Angie leaned against the wall the furthest away from the loudspeakers.

               Why is it so dang loud?  This is a mixer, right?  They should want us to talk to each other.  But it’s pointless if we can’t hear each other.  Someone tapped on her shoulder.  She looked over.  

               “Hey,” the man about her age said with a grin.  She smiled back hesitantly.

               “Hey.”  He tugged at one of his long brown locks.

               “I like your hair.”  Angie blushed slightly.

               “Thanks.”  She twirled a strand of bright magenta hair around one of her fingers idly.  “Changed it the other day, that’s why it’s so bright.” The man nodded sagely.

               “It looks good.  The name’s Stan.”

               “Ang- Quinn.”  Stan raised an eyebrow.

               “‘Ang-Quinn’?”

               “I misspoke.  My name’s Quinn.”

               “Uh-huh.”  

               “So, uh, Stan,” Angie began.  She cleared her throat nervously.  “What’s yer major?”

               “Business.  You?”

               “Biology.”  

               “You’re too cute to be a nerd.”  Angie could feel her cheeks turning pink.  She looked down, abashed.  

               “I ain’t a nerd, so,” she said awkwardly.

               “Yeah, I know what nerds look like.  My own damn twin brother’s one,” Stan said.  Angie chuckled.

               “I’ve got a brother who’s a nerd, too.”  She looked back at him curiously.  “So, Stan, where are ya from?”

               “New Jersey.  You? Gotta be somewhere south, with that accent.”  He winked. “It’s a cute accent on you.”

               “Arkansas,” Angie replied, beginning to get flustered.

               “Arkansas?  Makes sense. I’m thinking I like what I saw.” Angie snorted.  “What?”

               “That’s a heck of a reach.  Not as smooth as the other stuff ya said.”  She grinned at him.  “Try again.”

               “No.  I’m sticking with it.”  

               “That’s bold of ya.”

               “Yeah.”  Stan cocked his head.  “So, uh, where do you live?”  Angie raised an eyebrow.

               “I ain’t tellin’ ya.”

               “I just mean, on campus or…”

               “On campus.  Turner Hall. The same buildin’ we’re in.”

               “That’s funny, I live here too.”

               “Really?”

               “Floor 5.”

               “That’s my floor, too.  We might have to meet up sometime fer a study session or somethin’,” Angie said casually.

               “What classes are you taking?”

               “I didn’t say it has to be a study session.  I did say ‘somethin’.”  Suddenly feeling confident, Angie winked at him.  Stan blinked, a bit taken aback, before grinning again.

               “I like how that sounds.”

               “Stanley!”  Stan and Angie looked over at the sound of a shout.  A young man who looked eerily like Stan walked toward them briskly, ignoring the excited students enjoying the free drinks and food.   “Stanley, stop hitting on girls.”

               “Why?”

               “We need to finish unpacking.”

               “You can finish on your own, I’ll take care of my stuff later.  I’m having a good time talking to Quinn, here.”  The young man, who Angie realized must be Stan’s “nerdy” twin, crossed his arms.

               “I’ve already unpacked all of my items.  All that remains is your bags.  You’re not getting out of it, Stan.  We share a room.  Please finish unpacking.  Now.” Stan sighed.

               “Fine, Ford.  I’ll unpack my shit.”  He winked at Angie.  “We’ll have to pick up this conversation later.”  Angie nodded, smiling.

               “Agreed.”

Virginia Tech Freshman Guide

Hey Hokies! I know you’re all super excited about your first year in Blacksburg but maybe you’re a bit nervous and don’t quite know what’s what just yet. Well luckily for you I am a rising sophomore with way too much time on my hands so I constructed this little guide to hopefully help you guys feel better about life at Tech.

I’m going to break this into sections for you:

·        Dorm life

·        Football games

·        Food

·        Classes

·        Getting involved

·        Campus life

Dorm life

So I know the first thing you’re worried about is where you’ll be living. Unfortunately, the new cadet dorm won’t be finished in time for this semester so that means we have a housing shortage on campus. They are offering $2,000 to all upperclassmen to move off campus just so they’ll have more room for you guys! This means that some of you might be tripled or even placed in a lounge converted into a room (that especially sucks because I don’t think you’ll have a sink then).

              My freshman year I lived in Lee hall which I would say is a pretty average. Some are better (like the AJ’s) and some are worse (like Slusher). You’ll each be given a closet, dresser, desk, desk chair, bed, and you’ll have one sink. The sink and closets pretty much take up an entire wall so you essentially have 3 walls to work from. I recommend both of you at least half lofting your beds (I full lofted mine and my roommate half lofted because she’s scared of heights). This will give you more floor space and open up the room in general. Here’s what my room looked like back in August before we fully decorated and it became a total disaster.

             As for roommates my number one tip is to be honest with each other. My roommate and I have a ‘no shit’ policy meaning that we’re both extremely honest with each other about any issues that might come up. I regularly yell at her to take out her trash and she yells at me to clean up under the sink. We are the only roommates I know that haven’t gotten in some weird passive aggressive fight because we stick to being straight up with each other. We’re rooming together this year too so clearly it works.

               The building itself won’t be bad either. In Lee the floors are separated by gender but honestly living on a co-ed floor won’t be an issue either. I have seen boys walking to the bathroom in just their towels and they have seen me doing the same. Think back to those first couple of days in 7th grade when you had to change for gym for the first time. Everyone was super self-conscious and you changed in a bathroom stall so no one would know that you’re on your period. Now think about the last day senior year when girls strutted around the locker room in nothing but thongs and it wasn’t weird at all. That’s what walking to the bathroom to take a shower will be like. It’ll be weird at first but you’ll turn into that thong wearing senior in no time I promise.

Protip: They don’t clean the bathrooms on the weekends so if it’s Sunday night wait until tomorrow to take that shower. Trust me.

              You’re RA is not some scary person out to get you! They’re actually the nicest people in your building and if you’re cool to them they’ll be cool to you. If something is bothering you in the building (roommate issues, gross bathrooms, loud neighbors, broken elevator, etc.) they are the people to talk to. Contrary to popular belief they’re not out to get you either. As long as you’re not disturbing everyone around you and you’re not a danger to yourself or people around you they most likely won’t write you up for being drunk. It’s only when they see alcohol with their own eyes or you’re throwing up all over the place that they HAVE to step in. I’ve gotten an RA to let me into my room at 3am while I was visibly wasted and my roommate and friends waited in the bathroom for the all clear and they didn’t care. Be responsible, respectful, and coherent and they won’t write you up.

Protip: If an RA hears you throwing up in the bathroom they HAVE to call an ambulance by law so if you have a little stomach bug (or knocked back one too many drinks) your sink is your best friend.

Football Games

              I’m going to write this section as if I was writing to my past self. I knew how to play football and I regularly watched NFL games (fly Eagles fly!) but I didn’t know people got so excited over college sports (I’m from the north I’m sorry!). So here is your basic northern girl’s guide to Beamerball.

              First off this man,

Frank Beamer, is the most winningest active coach in college football and if you don’t love him now you will by the end of the season. Hokie football is regularly referred to as Beamerball because of his unique coaching style. Personally, I love him most for the creation of the Fantastic Frank, but that’s a story for the food section.

              Our quarterback is Michael Brewer

He threw the most interceptions of any quarterback in all of college football last season but he did beat Ohio State and he kind of looks like Zac Efron so people have varying opinions about him. Apparently we just got a freshman that will be a lot better than him so fingers crossed!

              Your first game is going to be a bit insane because we were the only team to beat Ohio State last season and you guessed it, we’re playing them first! Plus Sands is giving us the next day off so if nothing else be excited over that!!

              Now for Lane Stadium… The side with the scoreboard is the North end zone aka the student section. If you’re in the student section (which you want to be) expect to never sit down. People have shirts that say “you can sit when you graduate” and they mean it. This is the section that’s always on TV and is the representation of our school. If you’re not going batshit crazy then are you really a student here? In front of the students in this end zone is the Marching Virginians. They have set songs for each situation on the field and you will know all of them by heart by the end of the season. South end zone is home to the cadets and their marching band (yes we have 2 marching bands). When we score they’ll do pushups on the hands of other cadets. They get to wear fancy uniforms and is probably the most fun they have all year to be honest. You will love the cadets.

              If all you care about is being a good spectator, all you need to know is jump for Enter Sandman, don’t sit, yell like crazy whenever the other team has the ball, shake your keys on “key plays” (when the other team is on 3rd down), every 1st down and touch down we get you will chant “H-O-K-I-E-S Hokies!!”, Skipper (the cannon) will be fired every time we get a field goal or touch down (don’t be scared it’s fun), and if you hear “LET’S GO!” you respond by screaming “HOKIES!” at the top of your lungs. Also we love horses on treadmills. Don’t ask just cheer.

Food

              Apparently they don’t do a good job at teaching you guys about this stuff. Basically the bigger your plan is the more money you have to spend throughout the semester. Everything is bought using that money. It is not a swipes per week system. If you buy steak 24/7 you’re going to run out of money pretty dang quick but if you live off of nothing but coffee you’ll have extra money left over at the end of the semester. Everything is 50% off with the meal plan so that $10 steak will only take $5 off of your meal plan. Every dining hall has these little cards that tells you how much money you should have left by what date so you can tell if you’re on track or if you should lay off the sushi for a couple weeks. Try your hardest to stick by them. I get the smallest meal plan because you can always add more at the end if you need it.

              I’m going to break down all of your food options by dining hall here so this section may be a bit long.

Owens

 Although it’s not the fanciest looking dining hall it still has amazing food. Here you have stands for smoothies, sandwiches, locally grown organic food (closed on the weekend), Chicken and mac and cheese, pasta, Chinese food, burgers, Mexican food, “cheesesteaks” (I use the term very loosely), sweets, and a salad bar.

Personal favorites: Fantastic Franks from Frank’s Deli, Buffalo chicken sandwiches from Flips, and of course chicken parm from the pasta place (this is a special and is only offered every other Wednesday and Friday. People actually go nuts for it I once waited a half hour for it and I have zero regrets).

Warnings: I’m from South Jersey and let me tell you that “Philly style steak sandwich” is NOT a cheesesteak. If any variation of a cheesesteak has the word “Philly” before it do yourself a favor and don’t get it. I could go on an entire rant about how bad this “cheesesteak” was but let’s just leave it at I almost threw up and I became very homesick and craved the real thing for 3 months until I finally went home and got a real cheesesteak. No one should try it but if you’re from the Delaware Valley I’m sorry but you can kiss cheesesteaks and Wawa goodbye for as long as you’re in town.

Hokie Grill

               Attached to Owens is Hokie Grill. There’s not much to say about this place. There’s a Chick Fil A, bbq place, Pizza Hut, and Dunkin Doughnuts. Protip: doughnuts are only 49 cents on the meal plan.

West End

              West End was the world’s first pay for what you get dining hall in the world and is what earned us the #1 spot in food. Here you can get burgers, sandwiches, wraps, steak and lobster, salads, sweets, smoothies, pizza and pasta.

Personal favorites: Steak from JP’s, chicken Cesar wrap from Wrap World (best bargain on campus if you ask me), hot wings from the Fighting Gobbler, and the Cajun cream sauce special at the pasta place.

Warnings: Super crowded from 5:30-7pm. Go early or late if you don’t want to wait ages for your food.

D2

              This is the only all you can eat dining hall on campus. Because of that it’s a bit more on the pricier side. Don’t go here unless you’re really going to get your money’s worth. Definitely go here if it’s a themed day (CHOCOLATE DAY IS A REAL THING AND IT’S GLORIOUS) and be sure to stop by at least once for Sunday brunch (which lasts until 3pm).

Personal favorites: Everything on chocolate day, eggs benedict on Sunday brunches at the Chinese place.

Warnings: This is probably the worst dining hall on campus which means it has pretty good food. If this is your worst food than you are in the right place my friend.

Dx

              Located on the first floor of D2 is Dx. Basically take a crappier version of Wawa and shove it into a hallway and make all the customers drunk and you’ll have Dx. Since it is the only food option on campus after midnight (it closes at 2am) it is a popular place to go after a night out. You will find yourself stumbling through here at one point.

Personal favorites: Corndog nuggets and the butterscotch pudding with Heath bar crumbles.

Warnings: The sushi is gross and a lot of people get sick from the food here (I never have so I don’t know what their problem is). Basically this is what normal schools have as their actual food and this is your crappy late night place so be happy.

Deet’s

              This whole building is basically all dining halls. Deet’s is your typical little coffee shop. They have ice cream, coffee, baked goods, and even paninis. It’s open until midnight and there are lots of chairs so I usually find myself there late at night working on group projects with people.

Personal Favorites: Blacksburg sunset (get lemonade for sour, sprite for sweeter) and the southwest chicken panini.

Warnings: No outlets for your computer so come charged up if you plan on staying awhile.

Squires

              Although mainly the student center Squires still houses Burger 37 and ABP. It’s all a bit pricier but it’s on the meal plan and you won’t find a better burger or milkshake on campus.

Personal favorites: B7 burger and the chipotle mayo for the fries at Burger 37, free refills of lemonade at ABP.

Warnings: Super crowded most of the time but worth it.

Turner

              The only dining hall on the academic side of campus! It’s closed on the weekends but here you can get bagels, convenient store stuff, coffee, crepes (crepe guy is super attractive), sushi, hibachi, salads, Qdoba, southern fare, steak and fish, smoothies, and pizza. Check out the cadet room on the first floor it’s one of my favorite places to study.

Personal Favorites: Beef at the hibachi place (only at lunch), custom salad at the salad place, taco salads at Qdoba, and salmon from Fire Grill.

Warnings: closed on the weekends and always packed between classes.

Classes

              Now the part you all hate: actual learning. This is more going to be little tips and tricks than anything since I don’t know your major. I am majoring in Mechanical engineering with a minor in Biomedical engineering so if you happen to be doing one of those feel free to ask me about more specific questions!

              Please don’t be afraid to go to office hours! Your teacher will help you I promise and sometimes they’ll even give you little tips or benefits that won’t be offered to other students. I’ve gotten extensions, extra credit, news before everyone else, and candy just from dropping by my teacher’s offices. Trust me it’s worth it and a whole lot better than failing and feeling alone.

              Do your work as soon as you can. Life happens and you will have unexpected events come up that you didn’t plan for. Would you rather fall to just 4 days ahead of schedule and go out and play bumper soccer with your friends or stay up until 3am doing that chem lab you haven’t looked at since lab day? You will have so much more fun (and sleep!) by staying on top of your work.

              Plan out your next semester schedule early. Look up your proposed degree path and see what you should take in the spring. Go to Hokie Spa and sift through the timetable of classes for the spring until you’ve found that perfect schedule and request those classes. When you don’t get any of the classes you requested, use coursepickle to tell you when the classes you want are open and get your perfect schedule. Protip: schedule free time for 8am and never be scheduled an 8am ever again!

Getting involved

              This one is the most important if you ask me. Classes are one thing but being a part of the Hokie nation is another. Every year in September we have this thing called Gobblerfest which is basically this event where almost every club on campus comes out to the drillfield and tells you information about their club. This is a great time to explore your interests and find where you belong at school. Thanks to Gobblerfest I’m now a sister of a sorority, on a design team, public relations officer of the Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Society, and vice president of Engineering World Health (and all of this in one year!). I met some of my best friends from these clubs. If nothing else you’ll get tons of free things at Gobblerfest (all of the sunglasses I own are from this event) so make sure you go and check out clubs!

              However, clubs aren’t the only way to get involved. In the spring Tech has The Big Event, the largest collegiate Relay for Life in the world, the 3.2 for 32, and so much more. Get a group of friends together and spend you weekends helping people and having fun. You don’t have to commit to a club, just one day. It’s a lot of fun and I promise you you’ll come out feeling like you were really a part of something bigger than yourself.

Campus life

              As a freshman you’re guaranteed campus housing. But what is campus like? Are there traditions I’m not aware of? Are there shortcuts to places I’m not aware of? Don’t worry! I’ll break it all down for you here!

Traditions

              By this point you probably have seen the drillfield and know the two distinct features in front of Burruss and Torg Bridge.

The pylons each represent Virginia Tech’s principles. In the center sits a cenotaph, DO NOT TOUCH THIS!!! The cenotaph is there representing all of the Hokies who have received a purple heart. We don’t touch it as a sign of respect to them. If you see someone touching it (or using it like a coffee table like I once saw) kindly tell that person why we don’t touch it. Hokie respect people.

              This is the April 16th memorial. After the shooting that took place on April 16th, 2007 a group of students were sitting on the drillfield wondering how they could honor their fallen Hokies. They decided to go to the quarry and take 32 Hokie stones (one for each live lost) and place them in a semicircle in front of Burruss. These makeshift stones were eventually given to the families of the victims and were replaced with today’s Hokie stones (which have each of their names engraved into them). Every April 16th a memorial service is held here and cadets guard each stone with pride. It is easily the prettiest place on campus during that week.

              The next tradition occurs on the first snowfall of every year. The cadets vs. civilians snowball fight happens on the drillfield and is easily the most epic snowball fight you’ll ever be a part of. Last year I saw people with lab googles, Captain America shields, American flags, and even the Hokiebird took part in it! Keep a look out on Facebook when it snows because that’s where the date and time will be announced.

              Each and every class at Virginia Tech creates their own class rings. After the rings are given out there is a huge dance to celebrate it. It’s kind of like the college version of prom except you’ll actually have fun at this dance.

              Similarly, the Military Ball takes place every year. Cadets HAVE to bring a date so get out there and find a cadet to dance the night away with!

Getting around

              So now you know some of the traditions on campus but how do you get around easily? Well you can’t go wrong with walking. If you have a crazy schedule like me and you need to go to Litton Reaves to Randolf in 15mins (good planning on my part I know) you might want to invest in a nice bike. Make sure you register it! It’s free and it will stop you from getting a ticket with VT parking services or will help VTPD track down your bike if something happens to it. If bikes aren’t your style I’ve seen people on skateboards, longboards, scooters, unicycles, tricycles, you name it. If you plan on bringing your car make sure you get a parking pass and be careful where you park! Getting a parking ticket is on the Hokie bucket list because it happens so often. When in doubt don’t park there.

              If you need to go off campus Blacksburg Transit is your best friend. Download the BT4U app to see which bus will take you where and at what time. Below is a list of places I went to often and which bus will take you there. I know it’s scary at first. (Note: there are 2 Krogers in Blacksburg. “Ghetto” refers to the smaller, older one next to the math empo; “Gucci’ refers to the bigger, newer one on South Main (no I didn’t make these nicknames up.))

University Mall- Ghetto Kroger, Math Empo, the “mall” (like 4 stores and the empo lol), Panera Bread, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, and Macado’s.

University Boulevard- Literally all the same places as U Mall you might just have to walk like 3 feet extra.

South Main- Gucci Kroger, Cookout, Our Daily Bread, and downtown (if you’re super lazy).

Two Town Trolley- CHRISTIANSBURG, Walmart, the hospital (only on week days), the Christiansburg mall (aka the closest thing to civilization you’re going to get down here), and the movies.

Originally posted by vtdsa

I hope this whole thing helped someone out there and I can’t wait to see you all in Blacksburg in just a couple weeks!

Long Distance

Requested: I love your stuff! Can u do a Shawn Mendes imagine of what it would be like to date him realistically? - like the struggle of long distance

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Grabbing your phone from where you left it under your pillow, you press the home button and squint at the screen. It reads 2:08 am, and you sigh. You’ve been lying in bed for the past two hours, trying desperately to sleep, but no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get comfortable enough to sleep. It is just one of those nights where your bed feels cold and empty without your boyfriend beside you. And the saddest part is that there is absolutely nothing you can do to make yourself feel better. Shawn is on the other side of the country, probably fast asleep like he’s been since ten pm your time when he texted you goodnight.

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