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A user just messaged us asking if we could talk about community college and I cannot resist this topic. I’m about to go full-on rant in favor of community colleges, so sit tight.

Community college is fucking amazing. It’s a great way to get all of your prerequisites out of the way and kind of feel out the whole college experience without having to amass a lifetime of debt in the process. People give community college kids hell because they think it’s somehow lesser or makes you trash and I hope you spit on those people. I hope you laugh at their crushing debt. I hope you make them cry. Leave community college kids alone. They are doing the best they can and they are the ones who are out there taking advantage of what little their country is doing to help them with education and they deserve your respect. Anyone who wants to further their own education in any way deserves your respect and you damn well better recognize.

I was extremely fortunate to go to community college and have the state completely pay for it  completely (sometimes it pays to be poor). That’s right: the state of Illinois, that money leech of a state, actually paid for 2.5 years of my education and even let me keep what money I didn’t use on tuition for books and clothes and gas and all that other shit that colleges don’t tell you about when they tell you how great they are. These grants would not be possible had I not gone to a community college and that allowed me to knock off all those classes I didn’t want to take. At community college, you take all the low-level shit like math and bio so you don’t need to worry about taking them at a 4-year university, should you decide to transfer later.

The best thing is that there’s less risk. Sure, you still need to take specific classes to earn your associate’s degree, if that’s the route you want to take, but if there’s a class that interests you, you can take it and it won’t cost very much. No education is completely cost free or guilt free, but community colleges come pretty damn close. The best thing to do to figure out your major, I think, is take the lower level classes in areas you might want to major/minor in and then see if you actually like them.

I’ve known so many people who go to a 4-year college for a specific major only to find out they like it in theory, but fucking hate it in reality, and then they’re totally fucked because the major they want to switch to doesn’t exist at their university. That issue doesn’t come up so much with community colleges because everything is generalized. Community colleges want to serve the community at large, not focus in on specifics. 

Another thing to remember is that there are multiple paths available to you with community college. You can earn a 2-year degree and transfer somewhere without them looking too closely at your piss-poor high school grades. Actually, if you have a degree, most schools won’t even ask for your high school transcript, which is lucky for you, I’m sure. The other thing is that you don’t need a degree, you can just transfer because like my counsellor once said: once you have your bachelor’s, no one fucking cares about anything you earned before that.

But hey, maybe you don’t want to transfer to a 4-year school, that’s okay too! There are plenty of fields that only require a 2-year degree. You can be an LTA or a vet tech or whatever the hell program it is that your community college is really trying to sell you on. Not every job needs a 4-year degree, which no one seems to tell kids anymore. Yes, a college education is important, but not all college educations are the same. But that doesn’t mean people should look down on your associate’s degree. Seriously, fuck anyone who disses you for wanting to better yourself.

Another pro for community colleges: campus resources. Not everyone who goes to college is just out of high school, so not everyone has access to all the super cool shit that you ungrateful bastards are currently ignoring in your career services office. Maybe you’re just finishing high school and you’re now realizing what a dipshit you were to think you could figure out your college plans after graduation. It’s okay! Community colleges have your back. Community colleges have excellent career advisors and college counsellors on staff to help you make the most of community college and make it easier transition to a 4-year university—or into your field of choice. Again, your life is your own fucking life, you get to choose what you fucking deal with it, but they’re here to help you. They will help you do research, find the best schools, help you find money, tell you about internships in the area, and help you get your shit together and hide the evidence of your previous academic career. They’ll full-on Pygmalion you, if you let them.

Another great campus resource for figuring out your major/life are school activities. There’s such a wide variety of things offered on campus that can help you try things out without having to take classes or pay out the nose. And they make your resume look good. I wrote like three book reviews for the school paper and they still let me put it on my resume forever that I was involved even though I was too damn lazy to attend a single meeting and colleges ate that shit up. Plus, you can have a lot of fun and make lifelong friendships and meet the person of your dreams and all that high school hallmark shit that teen tv shows try to sell you on.

Community college is for everyone, it’s about making the community as a whole a better, more educated place. Its sole purpose is to take sadsacks like yourself and turn you into decent members of society (or at least half-decent, they’re not miracle workers and some of you need a shit ton of help). They help newly graduated teens and they help stay at home moms who want to get back to school and they’re even there for the people who don’t want a degree, who just want to learn how to swear in French so they can understand the locals when they travel abroad. There are so many options offered by community colleges!

So, I say again: stop shitting on community college kids. Or community college adults. Stop shitting on people for wanting to better themselves. Stop shitting on people for trying to get a better education. Stop shitting on people for trying to save money. Stop shitting on people for making the best of their situations. Just stop fucking shitting on people and grow the fuck up.

Hello, it’s #optomstudies here again with another Sunday Study Tip on university life! This will be a multi-part series that hopefully will give a unique insight, since I can go on and on about university, and I love giving advice and helping others :)


Probably one of the best things about university depending on who you ask. Uni is the time for creating long lasting impressions on your resume and networking for the future. Everything that you do outside class has a very direct effect on your future career, so get moving, even if you personally hate the stuff.

Everything goes on the AHEGS, which stands for the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement. It’s supplementary to the testamur that you get for completing your degree, and can really make you stand out, especially if you have a lot of club leadership activities! 

Be passionate about something, anything! :) Uni has such a great variety of societies and clubs that you are sure to find something that interests you. Anywhere from the quaint Tea and Coffee Society to something more niche like PonySoc (for lovers of My Little Pony). A word of caution though: It is better to stay involved in one club for your whole degree than involved in several smaller ones for one or two years. I definitely loved my time as an executive member of Giving Sight, since it was something I was passionate about :)

Try to bring your own food to save money since there are usually quite a few easy-to-access microwaves on campus. Campus food is really expensive, like one of those rectangular disposable boxes of fried rice is $10, those Chinese takeaway boxes with the little handle was $9. That’s like $50 a week. And homemade food you can make to your own tastes and is often healthier!

Finding the best study places! There are a lot of places you can find yourself studying hahaha. Here are a few of my favourites :)

  • Empty classroom - somehow these are rare to find when you need them, in fact you usually spend more time searching. And they usually aren’t available for more than an hour or two.
  • Your faculty’s computer lab - my go-to study place is the optometry computer lab. It’s really nice having a place specifically for optometry students. It’s occasionally taken up by a class, but it’s got aircon, great chairs, big monitors and has a lot more hours where it’s completely empty ^__^
  • Another faculty’s study area - yup, crashing business school for those office-level-over-9000 chairs.
  • Obviously, at the library - best when you’re by yourself, difficult when in pairs or groups unless you rent out a study room. Try not to study on those beanbags - they usually just make you fall asleep - and think of the drool! D:
  • On the lawn - subject to windy weather, muddy pants and stray caterpillars. I’m a vampire and have a phobia of bugs so I usually don’t sit outside unless I have to.
  • Numerous benches and chairs - I sits where I fits.

Find a hobby. Some degrees in uni really do give you the luxury of time, and not any time, but time during the day. Honestly the rare days I get off are just amazing in terms of being able to be at home during the hours of the day. There are so many things you might find yourself doing once you’ve done your study for the day :)

Get a part time job or internship that is related to your area of study on your days off. When I was in high school I didn’t have any part time jobs because I kept thinking that I didn’t have enough time to simultaneously sacrifice weekends and achieve good grades. As a recommendation from a senior, I decided to get a part-time job in dispensing since it gives you an advantage over people who don’t have any work experience. Once you have your foot in the proverbial door, opportunities are easier to come by. 

Improve your skill sets and get career advice by going to career expos. Look up job listings that you’re targeting and identify key skills that you don’t have. Ask the careers advisor for tips on your resume, interviews and landing your dream job. Identify exactly what it is that you want to be doing once you graduate, down to the job title. I’m sure there are many students out there who just know that B Science can land them some lab jobs, but they’re not sure what else. 

Once you know the key skills, do readings on them, take relevant courses, see the topics they teach to see if they have textbooks, read them to get a grasp on the content. Make sure you commit to what you decide to learn; employers can easily spot when somebody just learnt basic C++ for an job. Whatever you study, do it properly - no “learn java in 2 hours!” courses, no “business analytics in 2 days!” courses. It might sound difficult, but these are core skills and it’s to demonstrate your interest in a job opportunity or career; you can say that you want a job, but it’s much better to show you want it. 




buy my love [one]

Note: thank you for putting up with all those drafts. after forty-seven years here it is in full un-edited glory. it’s different than how i originally pictured it, but i’m happy that it’s done. this will be multi-part, and they’ll be short. sometimes they won’t even be connected. also i usually put pictures next to my scenarios, but i’m going to discontinue doing that starting now and moving forward.

Pairing: Taehyung x Reader
Genre: smut, smut, and more smut, sugar mama au
Warnings: escort/prostitution, oral, semi-public
Word Count: 1722
Rating: NC-17/MA

Multi Parts: [one] [two] [three] **ongoing, to be updated as i write…**

Summary: It started in the bathroom of a club…




Taehyung doesn’t expect a lot out of the latest networking event. It’s already two months into year four already, and so far he hasn’t scored a single internship, mentorship, apprenticeship, or a ship to moon so he could maybe die after disappointing his family for the last time. He’s generally not a bitter person, but it’s particularly off-putting to see all of his close friends make real progress towards their dreams while he flounders in some sort of weird, purgatorial, developmental hell. This was not at all how university was supposed to go. 

He fidgets in his seat as he rereads the texts Jimin sent him reminding him of the online statistics quiz due tonight at 11:59PM. 

[18:08] jimin: i know you didnt even start and its like 33 questions long

[18:08] jimin: it took me an hour to finish rip

[18:10] jimin: question order will probably be randomized but if u start and u need help lmk. good luck @ networking!

Taehyung is about 99% grateful for the reminder and offer from his roommate, so it’s with a guilty heart that he tries to squash the ugly 1% that wants to throw a tantrum about not needing a babysitter to finish the dumb quiz. 

Not good enough. No one says those exact words to his face, but they don’t need to - not when the world slaps him with a daily reminder through each rejection notice and unanswered call. It’s not like his current debt-to-income ratio isn’t depressing the hell out of him already. Graduation is approaching; he’ll probably enlist. And this would give him another two to three years worth of a grace period before he’s forced to tackle the biggest question of his life: now what?

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(hot tip: pretty much nobody has their life planned out. almost everyone is improvising)

(second hot tip: career advisors can help you. program rules and majors and minors and electives and shit sound scary, but there are people paid to help you navigate them)

Applying To Medical School Series- Part One: Are You Sure?

It starts early.

You’re 14 years old and your teacher tells you that you’re going to be starting the GCSE syllabus now. You still have to ask permission to go to the toilet but your future begins now. You have to start paying attention, even when everyone else is talking. You have to do your homework even if the rest of the class makes a pact not to do it and tell the teacher they forgot to assign any. You have to ask questions and study hard and do loads of practice questions to perfect your exam technique so that by the time exams roll around a year or two later, you can smash them.

August comes. You get your results.

Your results need to be great. Now this is relative, it really is. If the average GCSE grade across your year is a D and you got mostly Bs, a few As and maybe somehow scraped an A* or two, this can actually better than if everyone at your school averaged 11 A*s and you got 9 A*s and 2 As. Don’t worry whatever the case, all hope is not lost here.

Sixth Form begins. A lot of people will choose an “easy A” subject. Subjects they don’t really need to work very hard in and which aren’t particularly useful to them in the future.

You, on the other hand, need to have Chemistry. You also choose Biology and Maths. For your 4th subject, you decide on Spanish because you’d quite like to go to UCL and you’ve heard they prefer a non-scientific 4th subject. But crap. You were also thinking that with GCSEs like the ones you worked your butt off to get, maybe you’d consider Cambridge if your AS Results turn out well. And don’t Cambridge love you to have 4 sciences? Well whatever. What’s done is done. Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish it’ll have to be.

Oh but this isn’t all. 

You’re volunteering in a care home, tutoring younger students, acting as a mentor, working with autistic children at a weekly club, captaining the basketball and hockey teams, raising money for the school in Senegal that your own school is affiliated with and of course, you’re going to South Korea over the summer to teach English to children.

You’re also reading New Scientist and books by Atul Gawande and other popular medical books. You don’t read The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat because medicslacks on tumblr told you that everyone and their hat has read that book and seriously if you put it on your personal statement you are just wasting characters.

And of course. Work experience. You emailed every GP in the area and they all told you they can’t take you because it might compromise patient confidentiality. So you ask that girl in class who you kind of know but don’t really talk to if she could ask her dad, the GP, if you can shadow him for a day or two. She looks confused but says sure, she’ll ask.


You shadow the GP and realise this is only primary care. One of the patients really gets to you, a patient with Multiple Sclerosis and this intrigues you. You go home and read up about the condition. You then decide to email all the neurologists about your interest at your local hospital on the off-chance one of them will let you shadow them.

A miracle! A week later, one of them replies! Oh, but there’s a lengthy official process. That takes a month or so and then FINALLY you get some hospital work experience- just one afternoon, but you get to meet patients and ask the doctors more about MS and you decide it’s all worth it.

You grit your teeth as the kids with doctor parents talk about how they just follow their mum or dad around whenever they want.

And all this while you HAVE to keep working hard at school. You pay attention in class. You go home and do your homework, you flag things you don’t quite understand to ask at school. You start making notes early and you revise so hard in the run up to exams because secretly you’re still hoping to go to Cambridge and you’ve heard you need a minimum of 90% UMS in all your papers to have a chance. It’s okay if you don’t though- you know a family friend who got ABBC and still got an offer from Manchester.

But you’re hoping.

Results day rolls round aaaaand… YOU’VE DONE IT!


Now the nightmare that is application season begins.

UKCAT booked. Okay. You’ll worry about that later.

Everyone else has until January but YOU need to get everything done by October. You panic and sit down to draft your personal statement aaaaannnndddddd…

You draw a blank.


The hell.

Do you write?

It’s okay because I AM HERE TO HELP. Personal Statement Help Post Coming Soon!

But for now, let’s just assume you somehow get through it. You draft it and you take it to your careers advisor who looks at it and then asks where you’re thinking of applying. “Cambridge, Imperial, Leicester and Hull York.” you say. You like the variety.

Your careers advisor looks baffled. “You can’t apply to those 4.” She tells you. “Your personal statement will never tick all the boxes for them all, they’re far too different and are looking for completely different things. They all teach medicine in completely different ways. On the spectrum of Traditional to PBL, you’ve really run the whole gamut.”

So you go away and you look into the courses and you decide that you’re not particularly bothered about research and you want to see patients as early as possible. You don’t really care about the city you’re in or the prestige of the university.

“Ahh that’s better.” Your careers advisor smiles as she sees you’ve scrawled across the top of your page: “Leeds, Hull York, East Anglia and Sheffield. You know, with GCSEs like yours, you should really consider Birmingham.”

You decide to see how your UKCAT goes.

Your school also registers you for the BMAT since Leeds requires it. But you’ve got the whole summer to worry about that.

Over the summer you prep for next year by reading ahead in the text books a little and making some notes. You carry on with all of the extracurriculars and volunteering you were doing. On top of this, you start doing practice questions for the UKCAT and BMAT.

After your first day of these questions, you break down. This is impossible. How does ANYBODY do this?

The next day you take a deep breath and try again.

They’re a little easier.  

A week later and you’re finally starting to get the hang of it. You’re starting to know what to look for. You’re starting to notice patterns and learn the rules. You’re starting to think the right way.

You can do this!

You sit the UKCAT in the same seat where you did your driving theory exam. You get a 750. Excellent.

School starts again.

You refine your personal statement, you fill out the rest of your UCAS form. You see your reference.

You hold your breath as your Head Teacher clicks Send on your form.

Then you wait.

You don’t have time to stop. On top of school you’re now having to go over GCSE science again for the BMAT. And practicing writing as tiny as possible so you can fit an entire essay onto a page. As well as still struggling with all those logic questions. You’ve already applied to Leeds so now you HAVE to do it. You get a 2.5 in Section 2 of one of the past papers. You wonder if you might as well just give up on Leeds now.

You sit the BMAT and are fairly sure you failed every section. Whatever.



You’ve got an interview. AAARGGGHHHHH.

Mock interview. You NEED a mock interview. You beg your careers advisor who sorts out for a local doctor to come in and interview you. They ask you about your personal statement, your work experience, they ask you about a few ethical dilemmas and some odd questions that seem to have no purpose. They also discuss some topical issues in the NHS with you. You make a joke about Jeremy Hunt.

They laugh.

A few days later, you get your BMAT results. You did SO much better than you thought. Excellent.


Another interview.

You’re on cloud nine when… UCAS Track updates again.

Your first rejection.

It feels as though someone just snapped a rubber band around your heart. Why would they reject you? What was it they didn’t like? Were you not good enough? Did you not seem dedicated enough? Why?

You swallow down the disappointment. You already have TWO interviews. You’re so lucky. There are thousands of people who don’t even get that. And you have EARNED it. You’ve been working hard for years for this.

You prepare for the interview. You ask yourself questions and change the answer every time. “Why do you want to be a doctor?”

You know they’re going to ask you this but what do you say? You have an idea! You’ll talk about a patient. The patient with MS you saw at the GP who really touched your heart. You can say you liked how the science that the doctor knew would be nothing without the way he was able to console her more personal worries and concerns and this kind of application of science to help people really convinced you that you want to do this. At least by adding in a patient you saw, your answer will be more personal.

Interview day arrives and you’re sitting nervously with a few other students. A boy in an oversized suit and a girl wearing heels so high you’re worried she’ll break her ankle on her walk to the room. A student at the university smiles and calls your name. She walks you to the door. “Are you ready?” she asks. You nod but it’s not true, your stomach is full of butterflies and you feel a bit sick.

And for a second you pause.

Are you sure?

Are you ready for the path this could lead you down? The life of a doctor. Forget that. The life of a medical student! Antisocial hours, a lifetime of having to keep requalifying and doing exams, mountains of paperwork, not really saving lives so much as helping to reduce the effect of symptoms. Putting your heart and soul into delaying the inevitable.

Is making a difference to even just one life, is making life less painful or less miserable for just one person, is keeping just one person alive so their loved ones can see them for another day, or helping even one person to die in as little pain as possible… is that enough for you?

You take a deep breath and open the door.

Two weeks later. You get an offer.


You end up getting two more offers.

August rolls around again.

You cry when you get the email from UCAS confirming your place at your Firmed University.


It was all worth it. You got into medical school.

Your parents buy you a copy of Gray’s Anatomy and this is when you realise… The work has only JUST begun. The first 18 years were nothing.

So I’ll ask you again.

Are You Sure?

anonymous asked:

percy + oliver and 10 (from the prompts list)

i’m so annoyed at myself for how far back I had to scroll to find the list again

for @hpminorcharnet’s non-canon relationship creation event;
     → percy & oliver

“They’re so weird,” Ginny murmured to the small collection of Gryffindor’s who were gathered around the table, watching another Oliver and Percy debate occur over in front of the fire. “They’re arguing, but it sounds like a true love declaration.”

The band of students all hummed in agreement, heads tilted slightly to the side as they watched Percy over-dramatically fling his hands in the air, dragging his fingertips over his cheeks after joining his palm to his skin.

“Oliver, you are so wrong,” Percy declared, straightening his posture as to not lose any ground in their ‘argument’ by appearing anything less than perfectly formal. “Education is so important. How do you ever expect to succeed if you fail all of your examinations?”

“I don’t need examination results to pursue Quidditch, Percy,” complained Oliver, arms crossing over his chest in an attempt to appear annoyed; everyone in the common room knew Oliver could never actually be anything but sweet to Percy. “Just because you can’t mount a broomstick to save your life doesn’t mean it’s not a valid career. Besides, since when are you my careers advisor?”

“Quidditch is a very dangerous sport, Oliver, it definitely violates many-”

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via Agolde Mag

There wasn’t much of a precedent for Cameron Avery’s current rock stardom, given that he grew up in a traditional household. But his musicality was firmly in place from a young age. “My mum says I used to stand in front of my aunt when I was 1 and sing ‘The Lord Loves Me’ over and over,” he says. “When I was finished, I’d say, ‘Clap for Cameron?’ Then I’d start the song again.” Later he moved on to more complex musical pursuits. “When I was older, I took a tennis racket, strung some shoelaces through it and pretended it was a guitar. I was a pretty skilled kid, apparently.” He’s a skilled adult as well—in addition to playing bass for Tame Impala, the Australia-born multi-instrumentalist is a former member of Pond and The Growl, and he released his winning solo debut, Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams, in 2017.

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RFA+Saeran & V as Teachers (Pt. 3)


{Career Advisor}

  • is the nicest, most hardworking teacher alive
  • tries her best to help every student find a career they’ll love
  • goes out of her way to arrange job experience opportunities that suit the students goals/dreams
  • encourages students to do extracurricular activities that satisfy their interests and adds to their resume
  • ensures that all students know about employment laws and work safety because ain’t nobody taking care of cats after office hours for their boss under her watch
  • needs a cup of coffee brewed by MC every morning 
  • students give her coffee related gifts during the holidays because SHE’S JUST SO DAMN AMAZING
  • also school’s coffee club administrator 

(Stay tuned for Teacher Jumin :))

More: Yoosung; Zen; 707; Saeran; V

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anonymous asked:

Hello there! I'm in college and I'm currently contemplating a career between a financial advisor and an investment banker. Investment banker's starting salaries are higher than advisors, but they were tedious hours. Advisors have high earning potential but it's mostly sales. I honestly want to live a rich lavish lifestyle in which I can travel often .Which career do you believe I would have a better chance of achieving this ? Thank you ! ❤️

Financial advice is big business these days. You can also become self employed or start your own business. Wealth management is a similar career to high net worth individuals only. What about management consultants? Some consultants make six figures per job task. Finance is so vast. If you want to work for firms, choose ones that includes travel in the job description

We were talking about the idea of “Male historians vs Female historians” in one of our seminars and it got me thinking. History is such a predominately male-dominated field. Now, one would suppose that, you know, as we’ve progressed, this has somewhat changed but it hasn’t. One of my seminar tutors, a female PHD student, told us that she is always being given advice to cut her hair shorter, dress in a more “masculine” fashion and sit in a more “masculine” way in order to achieve more. I was told, by a careers advisor, that women don’t get taken that seriously in the field of history. Why? I’m just as smart as any man, if not smarter. So is my seminar tutor. We don’t need to become more “masculine” (whatever that means) to be accepted. If all these fusty old academics think that my tits get in the way of being able to work properly, they are sadly mistaken. I’m young and I’m quite feminine, but it doesn’t render me incapable, shockingly.

And you know, very famous historians like David Starkey (who I don’t particularly respect anyway but that’s another story) have said that female historians tend to focus on social history, and the more “gossipy” side of history, whereas male historians focus on military history and SUPER SERIOUS~ stuff. That assumption could hold some weight. But rather than saying “Both areas are equally important,” anything female historians are interested in is deemed less serious, less important than anything male historians are interested in. It’s bollocks. It’s absolute bollocks. There is nothing inherently inferior about social history. And there is CERTAINLY nothing inherently inferior about female historians. In fact, many of the young female historians you see on the television these days tend to be far more charismatic than the older order of men. In short: All of it matters. 

I hate it. I hate that I’m always going to have some man breathing down my neck telling me that his work is more noble and worth while than mine. Hands down, I’m smarter than most of the guys on my course anyway so…there’s that. But really, there is something seriously wrong when, in order to succeed in a subject that effects every single one of us, I have to assert my authority and my worthiness to be there by behaving “more like a man”…whatever that means. 

Six Years Old

A/N: Inspired by this photo by this artist. This is not anything in particular. At most, it’s a collection of my image of Shikamaru and Temari at certain points in their lives. (I appreciate feedback and constructive comments!)

Six years old. Shikamaru joins the academy. He hates waking up early every morning. His teacher calls Ino, Chouji and himself a “little gang” even though they fight and Ino bites. He grumbles in the morning but at least he goes to sleep with a grin.

In the same year, Temari attends her Uncle’s funeral. She smothers her mouth and cries silently in her room at night. At home she is consumed with fear, at school she feels anger, and she thinks these feelings make her weak. She is nine years old.

Eight. At this age, Nara boys are supposed to have mastered basic shadow manipulation but Shikamaru spends more time with Kiba and Chouji than he does training. His father tells him to include Naruto in their games. He doesn’t comprehend when his father says “Naruto doesn’t have a family”. Where did his family go?

Eleven. Temari cleans blood from her younger brother’s cheek. Every time he shudders she wants to hug him, but his wide eyes terrify her. She says soft, meaningless words until he stops muttering and in the days following after she sees blood on her hands that isn’t there. Kankuro arrives home three hours late some nights, but her father doesn’t notice.

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My career advisor like went out of her way to get me an interview at the tiffanys on fifth ave on Tuesday because she can “see me working there” and even went as far as to write down answers to all their questions and I feel so bad because I know damn well it’s not realistic 🙃

Advice/Reminders for 2015 VCE students:

For the ATAR:

  • The ATAR calculator is a lie. Don’t listen to it.
  • 90+ is actually really fuckn hard to achive. 
  • The average ATAR is in the 60s. 

Study Scores/Subjects:

  • Above 30 is a beyond average study score for anything. Most people get high 20s/low 30s.
  • Waste no time on subjects you don’t want/need to do. 
  • Fuck the scaling system and go for what you love. You’ll do better that way.
  • Just because you didn’t get the Dream Score, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world


  • Talk to teachers. They’re a beautiful resource.
  • Practice essays = too important for words
  • Pay attention to all feedback. 
  • Read the examiner’s reports.
  • Don’t measure your achievements against other people.
  • Practice papers are some of the best things
  • Revision lectures are great for wrapping your head around content.


  • Pathways are everywhere. Look out - not getting into a bachelors isn’t the end of the world.
  • Talk to your careers advisor. They should know what’s up.
  • Don’t not put something there just because you think you won’t get the mark.
  • Just because you got a bit below the clearly in, doesn’t mean you won’t get in.
  • Be aware of all prerequisites for the courses you want to do.
Q & A with Joanna Volpe, head of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. and agent to Veronica Roth (Divergent), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha), and Kody Keplinger (The Duff)

1. What does an agent do? Do I need an agent?

An agent is an author’s advocate, career partner, editor, negotiator, advisor and champion. But that doesn’t mean that every author needs an agent.  I will say that at the very least, every author should have some kind of advocate who is well-versed in the publishing industry, whether it be an agent or a publishing attorney.  But a lawyer’s job is much narrower: they advocate and negotiate, but they can’t give career advice, edit your manuscript or work on your publicity and marketing plans.  So it really just depends on what you need. 

2. Is there any way to increase your chances of having your query selected from the slush pile?

Yes, by writing a good query!  There are tons of resources online that can show you how to do that.  

3. What happens after the query is selected from the slush pile?

After a query is selected, I ask for the full manuscript.  And after I read the full manuscript, I decide whether or not I want to have a call with the author and see if we’re a good fit to work together. 

4. Have you ever passed on a ms. that went on to do well? If so, what went into this decision?

Absolutely!  I’ve passed on plenty of projects that went on to sell and some to sell very well.  Many factors go into that kind of decision, and the biggest one is: I don’t offer representation to a manuscript.  I offer representation to an author.  Sometimes I’ll love a manuscript, but as soon as I get to know the author, I realize very quickly that we don’t share the same career goals and vision for their work.  And in times like those, I don’t offer representation.  There are also a number of times when I read a manuscript and think it’s great, but I just don’t personally love it enough to champion it through the good times and the bad times.  So I pass, and watch it go on to sell with the right agent for that author.  There are a lot of reasons, and I have never personally passed on something that I regret.  

5. What are the top three common mistakes authors make? 

In queries, the biggest mistake I see is that they don’t talk enough about the project. They talk more about themselves and why their book is great, but not enough about the story itself.  It happens all the time. 

In revisions, underestimating how much time they’ll need to edit a book.  Particularly early on in their careers. They don’t want to displease anyone, so I’ve seen many authors set deadlines that they can’t keep. Even if something is going to take longer, just be realistic and honest upfront.  It helps everyone else plan around you!

After publication, they read the online reviews of their book.  Big mistake, and one that almost everyone makes.  I am a firm believer that constructive criticism is a crucial element in honing one’s craft.  But there’s no way to filter the constructive from the downright silly or mean things said online.  And every author I’ve ever worked with is not prepared for how painful that experience can be.  It’s creatively stifling, and very difficult to get over.  DO NOT LOOK!

6. How is querying for a picturebook different from a MG or YA title?

When you’re querying as an illustrator, you’ll include links to your portfolio and may include a full “dummy” of the picture book for review. You’ll still need a pitch though!

7. What is your favorite part of your job? The least favorite?

My favorite part of my job is when I get to read a new manuscript that I am enjoying.  It is one of the best feelings!  Even better if I have time to ruminate afterward for a while. Think on it. 

My least favorite part of the job is when I have to part ways with a client. 

8. What is a fun fact that few people know about you?

Popcorn is my absolute favorite snack.  Particularly movie theater popcorn. 

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How To: Cope With a Bad Grade

Hopefully this will help those of you who either didn’t get the grade you wanted, or didn’t get the grade you needed, whether for College or University, or to continue the subject next year.

First of all:

  • Take time to yourself. Do something that will make you feel better, whether that’s spending time with friends, watching a movie that never fails to make you feel better or listening to your favourite album, take some time to get yourself into a place where you can look at your work objectively. Don’t start studying or thinking about your grades immediately, unless that’s helpful to you. 

If you got a bad grade on an assignment:

  • Look at your work objectively. How much time and effort did you put into your assignment? More importantly, was the time well spent, or did you go off on tangents and fail to answer the question? Does the assignment meet the criteria? If you genuinely aren’t sure where you went wrong, speak to your teacher for more feedback to find out what areas you can improve on.
  • Make a list of the areas you could’ve improved upon.
  • Look at your options. Will this grade significantly impact your overall grade? If yes, speak to your teachers about redoing the assignment if possible, or doing extra credit work. If not, then recognise it as one mistake that can be improved upon, and if it will but you aren’t able to improve the grade, look at ways to make sure that your next assignment earns a better grade.

If you got a bad grade on an exam:

  • Recognise you can’t change the past, but you can change the future.
  • Even if you need a higher grade to continue the class, speak to your teachers. Often, they’ll let you into the class or course regardless, depending on how full the course is. I got a C on my Music exam in 4th year when I needed a B, but was able to continue to Higher anyway. Look at your options.
  • Put it into context. Is it a subject you’re taking next year? If yes, then spend extra time during the holidays revising and improving on your exam technique to prepare for next year. If no, then does it really matter what grade you got, if it isn’t affecting your ability to continue the subject or get into College or Uni?
  • Consider what you struggled with most. Was it answering the questions, or did you not understand the content?

If you needed a better grade:

  • In high school, speak to your teachers to see if you can continue the subject regardless. If they won’t let you continue the subject, see if you can speak to a career advisor or counsellor about the grades you do need, and other options that will get your into the course you want, or reconsider the course you want to study after school. 
  • For college or University, your place may still be confirmed even if you didn’t meet the grades. See if you can speak to someone at the University about your place.
  • Consider an alternative route to Uni. You can often do a HNC or HND at College before continuing to University to start a BSC/BA. It may take a year or two longer, but if you’re able to, this is a great way to continue to pursue your dream course. 
  • Consider distance learning - Open University, for example, provides tuition for all sorts of qualifications, including BAs and BSCs. There often aren’t many entry requirements, so if you didn’t get the grade you need, this can be a great way to complete your dream degree.

Future studying:

  • Use this as a learning opportunity. What could you have done better whilst studying? What could you have done better on that particular assignment or exam?
  • Consider starting to study earlier, focusing more on exam technique or course content depending on where your weaknesses lie, attending study sessions or open-door sessions if your teacher has them, using different methods to study, and focusing on understanding rather than memorising content. 
  • Speak to your teacher about feedback. Maybe the point you were trying to make was correct, but you weren’t structuring it clearly enough. Figure out where you can pick more marks up for future assignments and exams. 

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I hope this helps! If there’s anything that helps you, let me know!