Today I got the news that I passed all my 6 classes!! Another semester without ‘leaving’ anything behind, which is always my #1 goal!
This also means I have nothing to do till March ahhhahh!!
I’m going to rest a little bit, because waiting for your grandes can be really stressful and in a week I’ll focus 100% on this blog and creating content to post!
But you can expect a post where I’ll be talking about notes and what to do with them/how to storage your notes…and something like that!
Now omg guys…just one more semester. Just 3 more months of classes. 5 Classes and an internship of 100 hours. And I’ll be graduating from university! It’s happening. It’s real and it’s getting pretty close!
For someone who didn’t want to go to uni, I can almost say 'I did it’. A lot happened during these 3 years, all the way from some really bad stuff to some really good moments. And here I am. Just 3 more months.
I can do it. You can do it. We all can do it…andwill!
Put my nose to the grindstone and did my continuing legal education instead of exercising tonight. Applied for 3 jobs. Networked about three others. Made Todd a dog binder with special removable vital section in case of disaster and in case we need to prove that he’s licensed and neutered and vaccinated in a hurry. Sorted every gift card and coupon. Did all the laundry and dishes. Shredded until I broke my shredder.
I want to go back to exercising. Why does it feel so hard this year? Last January, I was going to class every morning at 5:45. Weird.
In Legally Blonde, Elle says the famous words, “what, like it’s hard?”
It’s become some sort of a mantra for female students applying to and starting law school. As kickass as this moment was in the movie, however, there’s something very important to note here.
She says these words in reference to getting into law school, not actually attending law school, which, as you recall, she immediately struggles with.
Getting into law school is deceptively simple. There are no prerequisites. Elle’s undergrad had nothing to do with law, or anything even in the humanities. Her focus was in fashion.
All it takes to get into a law school is to have gone through undergrad and to have taken the LSAT. There is no “passing” score on the LSAT, and you will be able to find a law school that accepts you somewhere in the USA if you have taken it at all. It won’t be a good law school, but it will be a law school.
Getting into a good law school, like Harvard, requires a good GPA and LSAT score. If you have a 3.9 GPA and 175+ LSAT, you’re almost guaranteed to get into Harvard Law.
I will not downplay what an impressive feat this is, but you still need to realize that both a high undergrad GPA and a high LSAT score are things that to some, come easily. We all know those kids in college who got straight A’s without trying, and kids who did well on standardized tests (like the SAT) without really trying.
Elle had a 4.0 GPA (so yes, she’s smart), and yes she struggled with increasing her LSAT practice score but she still got a 179 (a score I actually never heard of in real life) on the first try. Meaning, she’s a great test taker.
This has very little to do with how one feels while in law school.
At most law schools, you do not have any exams until the finals. Instead you are expected to only keep taking in information, without being tested on them in any formal manner, and you need to do this in ridiculous volume and speed. You need to be reading cases for 4, 5 classes that all meet nearly everyday, and retaining all this information. It’s not easy. It’s not designed to be easy.
The film made this as clear as it could. Elle’s struggles with getting into Harvard were not even half the battle. It was a cute, fun montage of her studying for the LSAT and putting together a video essay. Once law school starts, she initially crashes and burns, in more ways than one. And then she realizes she really needs to get her shit together.
It can be very discouraging for these hopeful Elle Woodses to start law school and then realize how difficult it is in comparison to everything they’ve done before. But it’s important to remember that their heroine, Elle Woods, struggled, too. You can do it. You can get through it. Just remember:
Everyone is super friendly, especially in the first few weeks
→ Introduce yourself to the people sitting near you for the first few weeks of lectures. Everyone is looking for a friend or at least someone to talk to!!
If you commute, make that time productive
→ My bus ride was an hour there and back each day. It sucks but I would try to be productive for at least half of the commute. I have a post about being productive on public transport here.
On that note, stay on campus as long as possible each day
→ As soon as I got back home I would procrastinate every little thing. Stay in an already productive environment for as long as possible.
Maybe don’t buy your textbooks used → I thought I was being smart by buying used textbooks (most schools will have a buy and sell facebook page for textbooks). I ended up having to pay for access codes in order to do my online homework – access codes that cost ~$70 separately and came included with new textbooks anyways. Email your prof or talk to someone who has recently taken the class to find out if you need an access code. If you do, your best bet is to buy a new version of the textbook (unless you can get a seriously cheap used textbook).
Print off your timetable and find all of your classes before the first day
→ This helped me so much! I found exactly where all my classes were before the first day of class. I wrote down little tricks to help me remember where everything was (i.e. my calc lecture is in the arts and science building which is also where the only subway on campus is).
Don’t knock living at home to save money
→ If you’re lucky enough to have a college or university close to home at least consider living at home. Getting your own place or living in dorms is expensive. (But if you have to find off campus housing on your own, don’t leave it too late or you might not find a place)
Figure out the best way to take notes for each class
→ You have to customize the way you study for each class, all depending on the prof and the content. I hand-wrote notes for some classes (chem, calc, and physics), but not others (psych and bio). If you’re writing by hand you can always just annotate your textbook notes or lecture slides (if they’re posted before class). If you fall behind while taking notes, just leave a gap and check out a friend’s notes after class.
Adjust your expectations
→ Don’t expect to get straight A’s, like you might have in high school. You can strive for straight A’s but be realistic as time goes on. For classes I struggled with, I expected to be near the class average. If I was a lot lower than the class average then I would know to invest more time.
Make time for physical activity
→ If we’re being honest I hardly exercised during uni. Go for at least a half hour walk each day and try to start a physical activity routine. Get a friend and join a sports team, go to a fitness class, or commit to some form of a daily workout with them! You’ll feel bad bailing on someone else, plus working out is more fun with other people.
Review content throughout the semester
→ Reviewing little bits of content will save you a massive content review right before finals! Look through old notes while you wait for your daily coffee or take 15 minutes to watch some khan academy videos on stuff you learned in the first month of classes.
Think seriously about how much you can handle
→ Don’t take on too many responsibilities at once and consider all of your options! I worked weekends and some week nights throughout the school year. Looking back I should have worked less because my stress levels were way too high. Also, quite a few people I talked to took 4 classes instead of 5, for their first semester of university. I don’t think I would have done it, in the end, but it’s always something to consider.
Have fun but be responsible at parties
→ Always go to parties with people you trust!! If you didn’t do much partying/drinking during high school (like me), remember to pace yourself when drinking! Eat before you go out and have some water between each drink, till you find your limit. Don’t let yourself be peer-pressured into anything but also don’t be afraid to have fun! And check out if your uni has a safe walk program (someone will come and walk you back to your dorm or your car if you feel unsafe or nervous for any reason)
When procrastination hits, aim to be productive in some way
→ The only reason my biology mark was so high was because I would study biology whenever I got sick of studying for physics and calculus. If you know you need to study but just can’t do it, start by being productive in some other way – study a subject you do like, do your laundry, organize your study area, etc. Get your brain to start thinking productively.
Labs are difficult so be prepared → I had so many labs first year. Some tips: eat and hydrate before labs, never assume you can finish your prelab last minute, be nice to your lab partner, always remember lab safety (don’t be the person trying to wear shorts in the lab, TAs will not hesitate to kick you out), don’t rush through an experiment but be efficient, and ask for help (even if you feel like you’re bothering your TA).
Please go to bed early. Sleep affects everything → I was so dumb and would never go to bed early even though I had to be up at 6 am almost every day to catch the bus. Lack of sleep will catch up to you eventually!! Also, all nighters are not necessary, unless you make them necessary. I prioritized and never had to stay awake too late. And never pull an all nighter the night before an exam (you’re better off getting sleep and resting your brain).
Bring a water bottle everywhere
→ Buy a decent water bottle and always carry it with you. Even though my uni is small there are still tons of spots around campus where I can refill my water bottle!! Stay hydrated my friends!
A practice problem a day keeps the F away
→ This saying probably works best for science classes, but I guess a reading a day will get you somewhere too. Do something for every class each day, even if it’s just a practice problem or a quick reading. Develop a routine!
You’ll have lots of midterms
→ I was under the impression that midterms happened just once a semester (I thought I would have one week where I had a midterm for each class). That was not my reality. I had 2 or 3 midterms for each of my classes scattered throughout the semester. Study really hard for your first set of midterms till you get used to the high expectations!
Don’t worry about what other people are doing or thinking
→ This is mostly in regards to social media. I was bummed when I looked back on my first year of university, because I felt like I hadn’t done anything fun compared to other people. You only see the image that other people want you to see. You don’t know how hard someone worked or how hard they didn’t work. Just focus on you and how you can affect positive results in your life.
Other people literally don’t care about your appearance → My friend’s little sister visited campus and asked us “Why is everyone wearing sweatpants?” People literally don’t care. Dress nice and put lots of makeup on one day, because you feel like it, and wear sweats the next day.
Start essays and reports as soon as possible
→ You never know what might come up so be prepared for the worst! Outline your essay or graph your data as soon as you can.
Eat healthy and do meal prep
→ You can eat healthy during university! Set aside a couple of nights each week to do meal prep. Cook food in bulk to save money and don’t eat out too much. Try to have at least 1 serving of fruits or veggies with each meal or snack you eat!
Find a good study spot on campus
→ Explore your campus and figure out your favourite places to study. I had a couple of spots where I would always meet my friends to study and quiet spots where no one would bother me. Studying outside or in an area with natural light is always good.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your profs and TAs
→ This is the number one thing I’m going to try to do more of in my second year. TAs are chill to talk to and they can tell you tons of useful information on what upper year classes are like, which professors are good, why they chose to go to grad school, etc. If you’re struggling in lectures or labs, talk to your prof or TA! Make an appointment and be sure you can tell them exactly which concepts you’re struggling with or at least where you got lost. One of my profs told us he just waits hopefully during office hours for someone to come in. (Also profs love it if you ask them about their research or any topics they seem passionate about during lectures.)
Explore all the resources your university has to offer
→ My university has a program that is basically people bringing their dogs around for students to pet, in order to relieve stress. It actually works and gave me something to look forward to! Just be aware of your options so that if something in your life changes you know where you can go to ask for help.
Get a planner and utilize it
→ There’s no excuse not to have a planner of some sort. Use your phone, get a bullet journal, or buy a cheap planner. Have somewhere where you can record important deadlines and make to do lists. I also recommend back planning all of your studying at the beginning of the semester. Write down your midterms and finals dates and write down how much you’re going to study each day leading up to the exam. This way you’ll be able to look ahead at each month and figure out what needs to be done (i.e. getting an essay done early because the due date falls during a busy week of midterms)
This post ended up being a lot longer than I expected whoops. Take the things I said into consideration but remember that everyone’s experience will be different. Good luck to everyone heading to university!
1. Smell like a snack. Vanilla or cinnamon scents that have a sweet musk to them work best bc they release endorphins that are linked to sexual arousal.
2. Make sure you look fuckin snatch at all times. Keep your hair tamed with a brush or hairtie, moisturize ya skin daily, keep your teeth clean, keep your clothes matched and stain/wrinkle free, etc.
3. Act like you don’t need a man/women. Because you don’t. Girls that are confident and self assured get the most attention for sure.
4. Be smart. People are attracted to intelligence. Keep those grades up and offer the cute guys/gals of your class to tutor them👅
5. Smile and laugh a lot. Happiness is attractive as fuck.
6. Be nice to people. Compliment them, offer someone a snack/gum, don’t be a cold bitch.
7. Be tease-y, not easy. Don’t just sleep around with anybody and hope they come back for more; make it like you deserve to be worked for. When y'all are exchanging nudes, play with different angles to conceal the goods ever so slightly, and strip down to lingerie and ya naked body slowly, instead of just flat out sending them naked pics right away. Make sexual jokes every now and then, and if somebody offers to hook up with you as a joke or as a serious offer, just give them a smile and say “sweetie, you wouldn’t know what to do with me.” Lines like that keep ‘em crawlin for more.
8. Be touchey-feely (without being rapey, obv). Don’t be afraid to place a hand on someone’s arm/shoulder, or give someone a friendly nudge/shove when appropriate.
9. Draw attention to your lips. Wear a bold lip color every now and again, make sure they’re always moisturized and soft. Bite your lip gently or play with your lip absentmindedly when speaking to someone.
10. Develop pet names for people. Just a simple “thanks doll” when someone hands you something you dropped is all it takes to accustom people to it.
With the upcoming college/high school semesters soon, I figured y'all could use this.
1. Pens and pencils (obviously). I like to use the same color pen for all of my notes, it’s a psychological thing that makes me feel more uniform, organized, and helps me remember it better. Also studies show that you’re more likely to remember content written in blue pen than in any other color, so do with that what you will.
2. Two notebooks for each class: one for your in class notes (which can be slightly messier), and one for your at home notes (which should be more organized and neat).
3. Folders/binders for each class to keep all of your quizzes, tests, and worksheets.
4. Flashcards flashcards flashcards. Try to get different colored flashcards for each class/topic.
5. Whiteout if you use pens and can’t stand messy notes like me.
6. Calculator, protacter, and compass for math subjects (if required/allowed)
7. Dry erase markers: sometimes my friends and I will study in empty classrooms, and using the boards can reslly help map out certain concepts.
8. Keep at least one sharpie marker on you for labelling and whatnot.
9. Scissors and a small tape dispenser/glue are always handy, just in case.
10. A small stapler should also be useful for essays and whatnot.
11. A laptop is essential for college notes. Typing out your notes, using quizlet and other helpful websites, and access to research sites and databases is insanely helpful.
12. Get a Google account. It includes helpful tools like Gmail, Google Drive, etc.
13. Extra stuff for your bag: hairbrush & hairtie, gum/mints, water bottle, nail file/clippers, and makeup wipes.
14. Always always always bring a laptop/phone charger for your devices.
15. Spare paper/looseleaf in a separate folder is useful.
16. Keep an agenda/planner for assignments, homework, and test dates. If you hate a paper copy, or have trouble remembering stuff even with a planner, try an app on your phone that sets reminders.
In 2016, a public school in Gardendale, Alabama stamped the words “I Need Lunch Money” on a child’s arm because of an unpaid bill – adding a smiley face, because the words alone didn’t convey the “Fuck you” well enough. It’s only a matter of time before the school starts weighing the cost-effectiveness of making these children wear shirts saying “I am a poor, hate me” as a uniform.
Gardendale is far from the only school district to turn lunch into a Philip K. Dickian nightmare, however. Plenty of states, like Pennsylvania and Utah, will take hot food from children unable to pay and throw it in the trash. They could feed another child with it, but it was served to a commie freeloader, so that food has lost all of its capitalist nutrients. Other children get threatened with “The Sandwich,” which sounds like a humiliating frat initiation but is in fact two pieces of cold bread with maybe something cheap in between, easily marking out these hungry unfortunates for efficient bullying. Administrators do assure that The Sandwich meets the minimum federal requirements – because when it comes to human decency, some schools gladly settle for being D students.
The Department of Agriculture is trying to get states to cut these practices out, on the basis of America still pretending it isn’t a dystopia, but they’re ultimately leaving the burden up to the states. So far, only New Mexico has tried to ban lunch money shaming entirely, reducing the amount of school-based shaming statewide by a full 6 percent. For everyone else, though, we can do nothing but hope that The Sandwich doesn’t eventually devolve into The Bowl of Gruel, which students have to work off in the textile mill after class.
What's this about a dude borrowing money from the Yakuza trying to roll Scathach lol
there’s… an urban legend if you will because I don’t think anyone’s been able to confirm for sure, about a certain man. a man with a mission. a man with but one singular goal that all of his years of living so far had been leading up to.
that goal was to roll scathach.
now, for some context. scathach had been in nearly all the promotional material for fgo since the game was announced, but as what would turn out to be a limited servant, she wasn’t in the game yet. she was in fact, together with arjuna, the only of the promotional servants (altera, scathach, arjuna, ushiwakamaru, mephistopheles, jekyll, and darius) who wasn’t in the game at all. as a supreme milf she was highly anticipated and when she finally became available for the first time, it was at very short notice and completely unexpected and so literally nobody was prepared for it whatsoever. since all the other promo servants were permanent I guess nobody thought she might be limited. not only was she incredibly anticipated just as a character, at the time of her release she had some of the sickest animations in the game as well as an incredibly powerful skillset. people went apeshit. you can imagine the chaos of people scrambling to find the money to roll her.
this is where the legendary scathach whale comes in. this man went above and beyond for scathach. he sold his car to get more quartz for scathach. he stole his parents’ credit cards to get more quartz for scathach. his parents found out and he got disowned so now he was out on the streets, with no car, because he wanted to obtain a spandex-clad milf in a mobile game more than he wanted to live.
that alone makes for a wild story but it doesn’t end there because I told you, this man was on a mission. this man would stop at nothing to obtain the waifu of his dreams. homelessness wasn’t nearly enough to deter him. so what he did, according to the story, is either he approached the yakuza or the yakuza approached him, and they offered him debt money to pay off his parents with. any normal person upon sinking to the level of accepting debt money from an organised crime syndicate would realize the magnitude in which they fucked up and at the very least pay off their debt before getting into more trouble, but not mr scathach whale.
mr scathach whale used the debt money to buy more quartz for scathach.
that is where the story ends. did the yakuza get him? did he ever get scathach? did this happen as told, or only partially, or perhaps not at all? it is a mystery lost to the elusive depths of word of mouth communication. I advise everyone to stay on the lookout for the upcoming limited 5* avenger class scathach whale.