This is my Valentines Day gift to Devin this year.

I decided to go with this presentation for Valentine’s Day to pay homage to my artistic roots and to the fact that I suffer from anxiety and depression, with a maybe satirical Valentine’s Day gesture (I made up for the silliness with a heartfelt note I attached to the bottom.) I had a lot of fun making it though and I hope he enjoys the humor in it as much as I did.

p>Here’s a short art history lesson for background in case anyone doesn’t understand the reference. Vincent Van Gogh was a very emotionally troubled artist. His life was filled with emotional turmoil and suffering. At one point in his life he institutionalized himself because he realized he was unstable. Anyways, there’s a story that Van Gogh once cut off a part of his ear and presented it to the woman he fancied who of course wasn’t too thrilled by it. (Some of his later self portraits show him with his ear bandaged up from the incident).

Below is a link to a video that shows the full outside painting of the box that I did. (A friend sculpted the ear)


anonymous asked:

Hi, so recently someone with a gun came to my university. No one was hurt but I am so on edge and I'm having trouble focusing on schoolwork. Do you have any recommendations of how to deal with this? I don't have money for a counsellor or anything... Thank you

If you’re a university student, you don’t need to pay for a counselor—you have one on campus ready to help you. Because of this terrible event, that counselor is not only prepared for, but expecting students like you to contact them. The school might even be working on putting together small group sessions or training volunteers to help offer additional support. Or maybe you can work with a teacher/counselor to set up a group, because you’re certainly not alone in this situation, and even more unfortunately, this sort of thing is happening more and more often.

Even though no one was hurt, this is still a very serious situation and it’s affecting the whole student body. Take the time to care for yourself and get the help you need as soon as you can.

Today is February 1. If you live in the US, you should have all of your paperwork ready to file your taxes. You have no excuse for not applying for financial aid today.

Start your FAFSA application right now.

One of the worst things about college for any student–but especially for estranged adults–is paying for school. When I started Orphan Survival Guide, I wrote that I had Googled “how do orphans pay for college?” and found no useful answers, which is why I started the blog in the first place.

This post has been over a year in the making. I hope it answers that question.

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