Considering it’s been a few years since I first started professionally tutoring high school students, I know that this time of the year is always anxious for graduating seniors. You know what college you’re going in to, what you want to (hopefully) study for the next four years - it’s a good time for the nerves to start kicking in! I try to follow a little acronym called “hope” (nope it’s not my favourite word nope) and I pass on this advice to my students every year - so I thought I would share it with studyblr this year!
→ Hobbies Are Important! Your hobbies are things that shape you and define you, activities that provide you solace and peace of mind when you need it. When college rears its ugly head and life gets busy, it’s really easy to drop your hobbies but it’s really important to continue on with them, as best as you can. Once you’re finished with college, you may find yourself with a lot of empty time on your hands. The workplace doesn’t need you to do homework, prepare for exams and make study guides - so what does one do in all this spare time? Your hobbies are as good as anything, here. No matter how significant or insignificant they are, remember to hold them close to your heart.
→ Organisation Skills Are Key! Many of the studyblr community understand this already, so I won’t elaborate on this too much. Much of the work at the K-12 level is structured easily for the student to understand, with things like worksheets and handouts. They’re not common in college (in fact, I’ve only had them in 2 classes in 3.5 years), so to keep on top of things, it’s important to have good note-taking skills, maintain a good planner and use whatever review methods work most effectively for you to study! You may feel like college is information overload, so rather than trying to keep it all in your head, it’s better to keep it written down, so that your mind is free to absorb new information!
→ Preparing Ahead Isn’t Just For Nerds! That’s right, cool kids can do it too! Nothing bad has ever come out of reading the next class’ chapter ahead of time or starting a study guide for the next exam right after you finish the one during last class. Being aware of the context when learning makes it much easier for your brain to comprehend and understand new material - so if you read up ahead on the chapter and you don’t understand much of it, chances are that when you go to class your brain would’ve remembered keywords, which it’ll pick up during class and help you retain this information more.
→ Expectations Are Personal! Success is a very relative term and should be taken on a personal level. Doing your own best is always what is important - don’t be weighed down by the expectations that others place on you. Many of you will be living away from home for the first time and it’s not easy, at all. “Work smart, don’t work hard” and such quotes make it seem like being disciplined and diligent is all that matters but it is also important to take breaks and take care of yourself too! Know when to take breaks and when to take time for yourself- but also remember to try outdoing yourself before outdoing anyone else!
Once again, this is just my opinion and tips based on my college experience. It is, by no means, an exhaustive list and I believe that once you begin, you too will come to realise some things on your own. I truly wish someone had pointed these things out to me during my freshman year at college but I hope that you come across this post and don’t go through the same mistakes I did! As usual, my askbox is always open for if you ever want to talk/discuss/chat/rant/whatever! I’m so thankful for this wonderful community and I cherish you all lots, just trying to do my bit and give back!
I suck, I know. I’m late. This is ridiculously short.
(ok, it’s not short now, but it was before I added in some fics that are gathering dust in my inbox to be read. There’s more fics I haven’t read in this rec than the opposite. oops.)
The Morning After the Night Before (4K): Harry and Louis have more or less grown up together, even now as adults it’s tradition for their families to spend a few weeks in the summer at a beach house together. Problem One: Louis has been in love with Harry forever. Problem Two: It wont stop raining.
I Slam Therefore I Am (4K): Louis and Harry are both creative souls but they aren’t friends, not by a long shot. This is the Rival Slam Poets AU that no one asked for.
I Found A Love (4K): Or the one where Louis is a nerdy English major who may just run into his happily ever after while working his shift at the local library.
just the sound of your voice (6k): It’s just. Harry’s so fucking quiet during sex and now Louis’ obsession with it is…it’s incessant. Louis questions it day and night, the enigma of it buzzing around his head like an annoying mosquito — all of the reasons why he’s so quiet consuming every one of his waking thoughts. Like, maybe he turns into an alien during sex if he’s not really careful? So he has to concentrate so hard on not turning into another creature he’s effectively struck mute from it. Or maybe…maybe he’s like one of those people who’s into tantric sex, like Sting or a throwback from the 1960s? And when he’s about to orgasm he travels to another plane of existence or something.
Twelfth Night (6k): Queen Anne holds a masquerade ball to try and find matches for both her children on Twelfth Night. While anonymity reigns, Prince Harry spends the ball getting to know a handsome stranger.
‘Til I Tasted You (15K): Louis is Harry Styles’ biggest fan. It doesn’t matter that Harry is famous for being a food blogger and Louis can’t cook to save his life. At least, until Harry offers to give Louis a cooking lesson. Then it matters just a teensy bit.
Carried Away Like Butterflies (17K): It was probably a huge mistake for Louis to let his former One Night Stand move into his spare room, especially when said One Night Stand doesn’t seem to remember him.
Then We Talk Slow (20K): A famous/non-famous AU in which Louis banters back and forth with his new record company on Twitter, only to find out that Harry is the man behind the tweets.
Dance Like Warriors On A Battlefield (20K): Down in the arena, the triumphant gladiator places his foot on the back of the loser, holding him there as he waits for instruction on his next move. Kill or let live. It’s barbaric, really, the bloodlust involved in this sport. Louis is pretty sure that if it wasn’t for his distaste for the killing there would be a lot more blood soaking that sand. As it is, his father rarely gives the kill order anymore. He gives the order to let the loser live. Louis rolls his eyes, turning away. He doesn’t miss the way the gladiator’s eyes linger on him.
Like Candy In My Veins (31K): Basically the A/B/O, enemies to lovers, fake relationship, Christmas AU that nobody asked for.
All the Right Moves (32K): This is the third game in a row that Harry has been distracted by the noisy boy in the stands, five rows back. There’s really no reason that he should feel compelled to stare into the audience as frequently as he is, but he can’t help it. This boy is a nuisance. And he’s loud. Even from basketball court with nine other players running by him, shoes squeaking on the shiny hardwood floor, and thousands of cheering college students, Harry can hear this boy nearly shrieking, his laugh more like a cackle than anything.
The Reason Is You (37K): Louis is running out of time to find a summer job. His best friend offers him one that promises early mornings, late nights, long hours, and the best people he’ll ever meet. Lucky for Louis, one of those people is Harry Styles.
tangled up in you (45K): There’s still a big grin on his face, though, when he says, “I got you a professional cuddler.”
Safe and Sound (You’ll Always Be) (58K): When a failed case and a guilty conscience leaves Harry more than a little lost, his boss presents him with a new, less taxing assignment to help him cope. An escape from all the madness is just what Harry needs to get his life back on track. It’s just too bad his new client has a grin like the devil, a pair of electric eyes that Harry simply can’t get over, and no intention whatsoever of letting him catch a break.
Feels Like Coming Home (60K): The last thing Harry Styles expects when he’s hanging out at the Someday Cafe in Somerville one rainy October day is for his ex, Louis Tomlinson to walk through the door, but that’s exactly what happens. After a spectacularly ugly break-up three years prior, Harry hasn’t heard one word from Louis, and he’s moved on. Gotten over him. But having Louis back in his life, not to mention working at the restaurant where he’s a chef, isn’t easy, and the feelings that Harry thought he’d left turn out to be not so easily forgotten.
When We Were Younger (76K): Sixteen year old Harry Styles’ world turns upside down when he logs on to gay teen chat to discover somebody has stolen his photos and used them as their own.
Perfect Storm (80K): What do you do when your best friend asks you and your (now) ex to be the best men at his destination wedding? You can either tell him the truth, tell him you’re not together anymore, and deal with the consequences, or you can pretend you’re still together and roll with it, just pray you don’t spiral. Fake it ‘til you make it. You know, for the sake of the wedding. Harry and Louis choose the latter.
Dress you up in my love (103K): Harry is single, and more than anything wants to find love. Agreeing to sign up to a dating website was a bad, bad idea. Niall’s bad, bad idea. Louis is single, but has no interest in relationships. Or so he tells himself. Harry is a lawyer whose boss, Nick, happens to give him a bonus, which he decides to splurge on a new work wardrobe. Louis is a frustrated designer, working as a personal shopper at Selfridges. Louis happens to be working on the day a very beautiful, but out of his depth, new customer ambles into their department in need of advice. Louis might have just found the muse he never knew he was looking for.
We Are Only Just Beginning (129K): In the dim light of a dorm kitchen, Harry Styles meets a boy who flips his life upside down. Three years later, he’s a senior in college, ready to take on the world with the love of his life by his side. And then Louis Tomlinson admits he doesn’t know what he wants to do after college after all, and Harry’s world flips again, this time not so pleasantly. He can’t imagine his life without Louis, but he’s starting to worry he might have to.
Title: All the Right Moves| now with chapter two Author: cherrystreet Pairing: Harry/Louis Where: ao3 Word Count: 32k Rating: Explicit Status: Complete Summary: This is the third game in a row that Harry has been distracted by the noisy boy in the stands, five rows back. There’s really no reason that he should feel compelled to stare into the audience as frequently as he is, but he can’t help it. This boy is a nuisance. And he’s loud. Even from basketball court with nine other players running by him, shoes squeaking on the shiny hardwood floor, and thousands of cheering college students, Harry can hear this boy nearly shrieking, his laugh more like a cackle than anything. It’s seriously obnoxious.
On College Studies: Adrien Agreste going to the US
Why do most fics that feature College!Adrien throw him in New York?
I mean yeah sure it’s such a great city with so many great colleges but why doesn’t he go like in England where they have the best business studies in the world? If he’s gonna study physics why doesn’t he go to Switzerland?
And if he’s going to study law or fashion, why doesn’t he just stay in France? And Paris above all things! It’s a really great student city too, despite the cost of living. But he’s Parisian anyway, right?
There’s the Nanterre university, the oh so famous Sorbonne and countless of more private schools where Adrien could get an amazing diploma recognised all over the world :D
Even so, there are a lot of cool cities in France like Rennes and Lyon and Strasbourg and Grenoble… And those are just examples but France is more than just Paris. Going abroad isn’t always about travelling to another entire country.
Not only that but 90% of colleges in France require from their students to have a 1 year exchange in another country, be it through partnerships of the school, or European Union conventions like the Erasmus one. So yeah, here you’ve got your Adrien going to Italy, or the USA, or whatever country you keep sending him to for a dramatic welcome-back-to-the-country-Adrien kind of plot!
Encourage patriotism by keeping the characters in their country! Plus, most French people just stay in their country for college anyway, because it’s very cheap. It’s really refreshing and college in France isn’t so different from the US when it comes to choosing your courses! Isn’t that great? All you gotta do is put Adrien in a French university (not college) and that’s it. No research. Just slam that american system in there.
the only difference is that you’re in a shitty old campus on your first year so they can sort out the good and motivated students and send them to the better facilities aka go check the Sorbonne campus for example but other than that feel free guys
I hope your doing well, and life isn't being too mean to you! I absolutely love your writing, and hope you are enjoying it and able to continue for a long time. I was wondering if you could do a headcannon for RFA+V+Saeran where MC is depressed/deals with a lot of self hate, but hides it really well and pretends to be happy all the until one day she just breaks down in tears and reveals everything she was feeling. Sorry if this request was long it would b comforting, thank you 4 being awesome!
this is me in a nutshell, but i don’t have anyone to confide in haha :’)) i hope this makes you feel better though ;v;
sorry this is so late kms
he’d have no clue until your meltdown happens
you’re always so bright and happy???
he asks what’s wrong and when you respond with “I hate myself I’m so sorry”
he’s so sad and upset
why didn’t you tell him sooner?
he would have tried to help you to the best of his ability but
when he sees how hard you’re crying, he realizes that you’ve probably been storing up all of this self-hatred and depressive thoughts for so long
it must have been so painful for you…
he thought about making your favorite comfort food, but then realizes that’s probably not the smartest thing
when you cry out his name and reach your arms out
he instantly flies to you and hugs you so tightly
Yoosung’s worried but also flustered – he only dealt with this one other time with his cousin when Sally died
tries reassuring you with positive words and continuing to hold you in his arms
and you will have his undivided attention when you’re ready to talk
in a different way, you’re a better actor than him
but he never expected you of all people to be depressed
how could a wonderful person like you hate yourself so much…?
then again, he did remember hearing the saying that people who are always laughing and smiling on the outside are the ones who are actually sad and depressed on the inside
it was quite baffling for him, but nonetheless, he’s ready to support you no matter what
he wish he could magically kill off all of your negative feelings towards yourself
but he knows that isn’t possible, so he does his best to comfort you while you’re currently at your lowest
you were sure that your face looked hideous and hid it in you hands, not wanting Zen to see
about to run into a different room to cry it out by yourself, he grabs you and pulls you against him, not letting go
too upset to resist anymore, you cry into his chest
Zen wasn’t about to allow you to face your troubles alone anymore
he gently shushes you and kisses the top of your head in attempt to help soothe you
he will always give his best support in making sure that you’re happy again
might have a lingering suspicion here and there, but decides to brush it off thinking that it’s just her imagining things
you’re always joking around and happily messing with the other members like Seven, so it’s just her right?
as you were sitting on the couch with a warm cup of coffee, Jaehee notices that you’re quieter than usual
looking over at you, she’s about to ask what’s wrong, but then notices that you’re
setting your cup of coffee aside, you try and wipe the tears away, but they keep coming
you apologize and try to act like it’s nothing, but you’re in too deep now
you full-on break out into sobs
and she’s just like
what the hell am i supposed to do
she’s never been too good with comforting people so she’s not sure she can help
but when you literally throw yourself onto her, she’s confused, but decides quickly that the best thing is to hug you
now she’s extremely worried – she’s never heard anyone cry this hard before
and she can only assume for now that you’ve been holding this in for a really, really long time
hopefully, you will allow her to understand the reason why you’re crying this hard once you’re calmer
if you’re good at keeping a happy mask on, then he’s going to assume that you’re happy because he’s still getting adjusted to emotions and the like
so when he comes home to find you staring out the window and asking him the oddest questions
he’s confused and asks you why so serious all of a sudden?
and when you turn around with despair on your face and tears falling from your eyes
Jumin immediately jumps into action, rushing over to you and grabs your face gently
he’s wondering what happened to that smile that was the world to him, now replaced with sadness?
you apologize incoherently saying that you should have told him sooner
but you didn’t want him to worry over you so much
resting his forehead on yours, he softly shushes you in attempt to stabilize your mood
it takes some time, but eventually his low voice while trying to calm you down works
but because that breakdown was so emotionally draining, you put all your weight on him and began dozing off
picking you up and carrying you to your shared bed, he tucks you and puts Elizabeth the 3rd next to you and she gladly cuddles up to you
both of you are two peas in a pod
while he does love your happy and fun side, Saeyoung can see right through your fake smiles; just as you saw through his
while you two are lying on the couch together, he brings this up and you act like you don’t know what he’s talking about at first
but the way he looks at you makes you realize that he’s not joking
tears begin forming in your eyes, and eventually you just completely break
a sad look covers his visage as you’re sobbing and constantly repeating how you hate yourself and that you don’t want to be in the world anymore
it hurts Saeyoung to see how long you’ve been bottling up all of those feelings of self-hate and negativity
if he could, he’d take all of your burdens and sadness from you because he doesn’t want you to feel like he does from time to time
he wants to see you smiling and genuinely happy without having to fake it everyday
Saeyoung pulls you closer into his chest and you you cry and cry
and at that point, tears begin falling from his eyes as well – the amount of pain you’re in is really getting to him
so you lie there on the couch, crying in each other’s embrace until sleep overtakes both of you
because V can’t see your face, he relies on your tone of voice to determine your mood most of the time
and it always sounds so happy and bright
it’s like music to his ears
but one day, you just break down, unable to hold in all of the negative emotions in anymore
lots of “I can’t take it anymore” or “I’m just a burden” escape your mouth
and the sound of hurt and pain coming from you breaks him
V understands the feeling of being a burden, but he doesn’t want you to feel that way – you don’t deserve to feel so low
moving closer to you, he embraces you in a comforting hug with his comforting arms and pulls you as close as he can, letting your tears stain his shirt
V is silent while you cry
but strokes and kisses your hair softly, reassuring you that you can cry and scream for as long as you want
he won’t let go until you confirm that you’re okay for the time being
he knows that he can’t cure your mental illness, but he promises to always be your rock when you need him
as you are his when he needs you
you’re always smiling and laughing and trying to cheer him up when his periods of depression kick in
and he really does appreciate that because he needs that form of positivity in his life
but when he hears a muffled sound coming from the bedroom and goes to check, he’s more than surprised to see you curled up in a ball and crying
at first he wasn’t sure if he should intervene, but something in the back of his mind was telling him to do it anyway
when he crawls into bed and asks if you’re okay, but instead of a proper response, you cling and cry into him, incoherent words escaping your mouth
he does, however, catch “I hate myself so much” in your midst of bawling
and a genuine look of worry covers his face as he realizes that you’re more than likely suffering from depression, but he’s also angry
angry that you have to put up with dealing with depression and hating yourself – you don’t deserve to feel so shitty
how long have you been bottling this up; masking your pain and darkness?
Saeran definitely knows what it’s like to self-hate and have depression and it’s not fun
he’s not sure if he’s really doing the right thing, but he awkwardly puts his arms around you in an effort to comfort you
he didn’t dare try and comfort you with words, as he knows he’d mess up and say the wrong things
even if it took the whole night to calm down, he’d stay with you, because he remembers that you’ve done the same for him when he was at his lowest
Hi. I love the fics where Louis and Harry start out hating each other and have really hot hate sex but end up falling in love along the way. Do you have some recommendations? Thanks!
- You Drive Me Round The Bend : In which Louis is a spoilt rich kid who’s always on the phone while he
drives and Harry is a struggling musician making his way down the
mountain. It’s just a matter of time before they crash and burn.(77k)
- Three French Hems :In which Louis is a designer at Burberry and Harry spends December wearing Lanvin… and Lanvin… and Lanvin. 19k
- Up To No Good: Harry doesn’t think of himself as a womanizer, not at all.
Sure, he enjoys sex, enjoys how women feel underneath him, and by some
people’s standards he has sex with quite a lot of people, but that’s no
reason to tell him that he can’t have a female PA anymore.It’s
especially no excuse for giving him a male PA who’s possibly the most
gorgeous boy in the world who won’t even let Harry look at him for too
long.Sometimes Harry hates his life. 22k
- Search and Rescue Me :Louis never really paid attention to Harry until they get stuck in the locker room together.Larry High School AU (17k)
- Love Is A Rebellious Bird
: Louis is the concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Harry is
the New! and Exciting! interim conductor/ex-cello prodigy who “has made
Mozart cool again” according to Esquire Magazine (Louis hates him
immediately, which is definitely why he internet stalked him in his dark
bedroom late at night that one time), and Niall is the best. Zayn and
Liam are around too. (134k)
- Learning to breathe :He’s playing football at one of the top universities in England and he
should love everything about his life right now, but instead he’s moving
backwards. How does your past fit into your present? Louis is still
figuring it out. (110k) .
Our blood is boiling
: “I can’t believe you’re making me this angry when it’s almost
midnight and I’m not even drunk. You know what? I could take you down
right here, right now—”“You’re red.” Harry interrupts, his lips curving
up into a smug grin. “Am I making you red?”Louis purses his lips and
absentmindedly brings a hand up to feel his cheek. It’s definitely warm.
God, how can he even come back from this? [Louis meets indie singer
Harry Styles, otherwise known as the bane of his existence, at a pub.] (6.5k)
UPDATE (much more fics under the cut)(last update on June 18th 2017)
A/N: I saw this video recently, and it inspired me to write this. I hope you enjoy.
Also, I know I’m a little behind on Blind Spots. I decided to switch two chapters around, so the one I thought was gonna come next was mostly written already, and I had to switch to a different chapter to write. I hope to post it by the end of this week.
“The referee blows his whistle! It’s time for intermission, with the Dragons leading 2-1 over the Vikings! Get your drinks and snacks, because it’s gonna be another exciting half in about 20 minutes!” the announcer’s voice echoed through the stadium. All around Astrid Dragons supporters cheered for their team, before getting up to go to the bathroom or grab some soda. The big screens stopped showing the field, and instead started playing commercials for beer and cars.
“You want a drink?” Astrid asked her boyfriend, the rush of the game still racing through her veins.
Cheerleading is one of the craziest sports. If you don’t want to do cheer for the rest of your life don’t start now because once you do you can never go back. It becomes an addiction and it consumes you. Towards the end of the season you are tired and over it and say you don’t want to do it next season, but when you stop going to practices, stop stunting and stop wearing that uniform, you can’t think about anything else. All you can think about it is cheering again and you realize you wouldn’t want to do anything else.
AN: I guess this drunk series is called Back to Me LOL. Here’s a mellow tale of cutie pie Akaashi and his reader best friend/roommate in college ~
Cheers to drunk confessions from your best friend.
WARNING: Alcohol mention!
“Dammit, Akaashi! Can you at least try to walk!?” Kuroo groaned, lugging around the delusional setter. “How are you so skinny, but still weigh a ton….”
“No!” he said, yelling right into Kenma’s ear on his other side. “I-I’m drunk! Let me be!”
“Quit yelling,” Kenma scolded.
“Hey, man, I drank, too!” Kuroo pouted. “Selfish….”
“Why am I stuck with Bokuto-san? He weighs like 200 pounds,” Kenma said.
“Oi!! Rude!” Bokuto clung to Kenma tightly. “I never see you come out to play, Kenma! Why don’t you love meeee ~”
“Am I homeeee yett ~ ?” Akaashi sang into the sky.
“Can you all relax!? It’s been like two minutes! And why are you so eager to get home now!? You were so excited to go out earlier.” Kuroo asked.
“I wanna see _____-sannnn ~”
“Eh!?” Kuroo looked at his wobbling friend with wide eyes. Kenma raised his brow in curiousity while Bokuto smirked at his words. “Why’s that?”
“They had a date today. And I wanna hear allllll about it….”
Akaashi’s words sounded encouraging and thoughtful, but neither of the boys missed how his voice softened. Kuroo felt Akaashi’s body begin to feel more relaxed, and he looked over to see his eyes drop to the ground.
Kuroo glanced over to his two friends with panic in his eyes. “Fuck, what should we do? Should we still take him home?” he mouthed.
Both of them shook their heads furiously. Kuroo nodded in agreement and started to steer away from Akaashi’s apartment slowly.
“Ok, Akaashi ~ We’re gonna head to my place instead,” Kuroo said, tightening his grip on Akaashi’s waist.
“No! I wanna go home ~”
“But our place is closer - Hey!”
Akasshi slipped out of Kuroo’s grip and ran for it, leaving the three behind. Kuroo thought about trying to stop him, but that would be too much work, and his body wasn’t willing to do so. The three boys sighed loudly and jogged to catch up with their lost friend.