college life and stuff

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  • You are learning addition. You blink. There is differential calculus written on the whiteboard. The longer you stare, the less it looks like numbers. The sky is a different color than when you closed your eyes.
  • Your final grade has not been posted yet. It has been two days. Your final grade has not been posted yet. It has been a month. Your final grade has not been posted yet. It has been a year. Your final grade has not been posted yet.
  • You look at the posted list of required math credits for your major. It is not written in english. It is not written in any language you know. It is not written in any language you don’t know. You close the list of required math credits before it can look back.
  • You cannot remember a time before your 8 AM. You leave the auditorium only to find yourself back in the auditorium. It is time for class. 
  • You have had the same advisor your entire college career. Every time you see him, he has more teeth. Eventually, you stop seeing your academic advisor. He still sees you.
  • Students that go to look through the reference section of the library return different. The unlucky ones don’t return at all.
  • You go to a school of 20,000 students. You see the same 10 individuals at random points on campus every day. There are 19,989 other students. You’re not sure if you want to know where they are.
  • People are screaming in your dorm. People are always screaming in your dorm. “Somebody must be going out partying,” your roommate says. You both know that isn’t true. 
  • You have a paper due in four days. You never finish it. The deadline never draws any closer. You have a paper due in four days. 
  • A man sitting alone on the snowy, empty quad tells you that you will die in exactly 47 minutes. You walk away. You glance back, from a distance, and see only your footprints. You walk faster.
  • The squirrels fear no one. You do not make eye contact with the squirrels. They grow bolder every year, graduating from stealing trash to stealing food off of your plate. You shudder to think what they will steal next. 
  • There is always someone in the study room. You have never seen them leave. It is always the same person. You have never seen them anywhere else.
  • Greek Town gets larger every time you pass it. There are houses with letters that aren’t in any alphabet you know. The residents have hollow eyes. A baby emerald sleeps here. You don’t know what it means. You don’t think you want to know.
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Add me on beamchat, @viva_america. I follow back, I promise.

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Can I offer you some champagne?
Can’t. Too many adult prying eyes. Don’t wanna be a cautionary tale at the next town meeting.

Anxiety hit me hard out of nowhere and kept me from uploading stuff and just being on tumblr. But I wanna change that, so friendly reminder to future self: don’t fucking delete your shit all the time.

And I got a Twitter, for no reason, but let’s be friends :3 same name as here: @milokmp 

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My study space & materials today, complete with a toasted graham latte ☕️ (first time trying it & I thought it was pretty good!). I’m spending today and tomorrow studying for a contracts law midterm so if I take longer to respond to messages, don’t fret, I still love you!

I hope you are all staying warm and dry in this Joaquin weather! ☔️💨

would it help you to have...
  • a guide book to usual house problems and how to solve them (i.e: changing alarm batteries, making your home more secure, etc)?

  • a guide book to smoothly getting your first apartment (i.e: checklists of what to buy, what to watch out for, tips to not forgetting important adult stuff)?

  • a guide book for travelling alone (tips and tricks to stay safe, be respectful of places you visit, not spend too much money)?

  • a cooking book for one, for your single life (cheap/easy meals included)?

  • a calendar with marked activities to help you take care of yourself throughout mental illness (to be paired with therapy)?

  • any kind of guide book on how to deal with ya/adult life?

(app/pdf/or physical copy, all illustrated)

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bonus points if you reblog

you get a cookie if you tell me about any other sort of informative media that could improve your millenial life

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Entering University

These are based on my personal experience (and that of people I know directly). Learn from our mistakes, peeps! Life’s too short to keep on repeating mistakes you could have avoided and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make original ones of your own, I guarantee you.

1. Once you have the necessary basic courses done, take the harder courses within your first two years if possible - if you’re applying to grad school they’ll usually look at only the grades of the last two years. (In Canada, anyways - don’t take my word on that for other countries!)

2. If your university has multiple campuses, don’t assume courses are transferable just because the campus is part of the same university.  I know, it makes no sense, but most of the time they don’t actually transfer. Check with your advisor first.

3. Always get   everything  your advisor tells you in writing. That way if the information they gave you was wrong you have a way of proving the mistake was not on your end.

4. a) If you can, take a course during the Spring and one during the Summer semester. That way you can take one less class during the normal semester and make your life a bit easier. You usually end up with a week or two between semesters anyway, so it’s not like you’ll have no vacation whatsoever.

b) If you can, make it a class you know you’ll need to take at some point but you know you’re likely to struggle in/have more work assigned; that way you only have the one class to focus on and you can actually do well on it instead of barely scraping by.

c) Don’t take more than one class per semester in the spring/summer semesters. One a semester is more than manageable. Two is insanity, because they’re compressed courses.

5. Always save screenshots of any and all payments you make online, regardless of whether you get an email reciept. If it gets sent to the wrong place or there’s some internal error you’ll have a copy to show as proof of payment.

6. Do your best on the little assignments. They’re a great grade cushion for the big tests. If you go to a small university (or attend small classes), it will also show your professor that you’re a responsible student, so if you have a problem with handing in something on time in the future they’ll be more likely to be lenient and understanding.

7. Back up  everything. Always. Without fail. Don’t put it off for even a day.

8. Take opportunity of your resources. If your school has a writing centre,  use it. Even if you just want someone to help you get your essay planning in order, look over your final copy of a paper, or to look over the bibliography to make sure it’s ok.

9. If you have the books or readings before class starts, get ahead on notes and reading as much as possible. ‘Cause once the semester starts, ain’t nobody got time for that.

10. Start on your essays as soon as possible, even if it’s just choosing a topic and doing preliminary research. Later on in the semester when due dates and exams pile up it’ll save you a world of grief.

11. Don’t bother to make perfect citations as you write, but make sure you have a way of knowing where the citation came from. You never know what you’re gonna cut out in the end, so taking the time to make perfect citations as you write your essay is a waste of time; but you need to have some way of knowing where it came from so you’re not having to hunt it down later. I usually just use a keyword I know relates to a certain article (or even make a list of which keyword goes with what) and then go back in the end and make the citations.

12. As much as I hate doing them, essay planning actually helps. It saves on a lot of editing later. Dammit.

Stay Safe (Damian x Reader)

Request: Please do a Damian x reader where the reader (who is dating Jason) is very close with Damian, like in an older sister/motherly way

A/N: I hope you like it anon! Don’t forget– Q and A and requests are open! Have a great day/night loves!

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“You’re sure that you have your phone?” Damian asked you. The 11 year old sitting on the couch was probably 10 times more paranoid about you going on a date than you were. “And your house key? What about money in case you need to call a cab?”

“I’m good, Dami.” You slipped on your shoes and gave yourself a once over in the mirror on the wall. “Jason and I have been dating for 4 months now, remember?”

“Text me or call me if you need anything– and by anything, I mean anything. I can hide a body–”

“Damian, I’m going to pretend that I didn’t hear that.” You gave him a stern look before giving him a hug. “Don’t worry, I’ll be fine. Be safe on patrols, okay?”

“I’m not the one you need to worry about.” He grumbled, wrapping his arms tightly around your waist. “Todd better keep it in his pants.” He said lowly enough that he thought that you couldn’t hear him, but you laughed and he went red.

“Don’t worry about Jason.” You stepped back and booped him on the nose, smiling when he scrunched up his nose in distaste. “I’m perfectly capable of handling myself kiddo.”

“Have fun.” He begrudged before the door closed behind you.

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“How’s short stack?” Jason asked you as you laid on his chest. “Still a demon?”

“Damian is good. And definitely not a demon. He was very concerned about me dating you though.” You laughed. You had met Jason through Damian– or, rather through Bruce. You were a confidant to Bruce Wayne (yes, you knew his identity) at an early age when you interned under him at Wayne Industries. He let you in on all of his secrets and ended up giving you an executive job there when you were old enough to apply.

Damian was your ‘little brother’ of sorts. Bruce had called you in to watch him on several occasions when he was out on business trips. Since then, he had grown very attached to you. And when you and Jason started dating, he’d become even more protective of you.

“Of course. He cares about you.” Jason said, trailing a finger down your back. Your date had eventually led back to his apartment; well, it was more like it had led back to one of the walls of his apartment, then the couch, and lastly his bed. It was a great date.

“He’s just always worried about me.” You sighed. “I wish he wouldn’t worry so much. He’s going to have an ulcer at 16 at the rate he’s going.”

“He doesn’t need to worry about you.” Jason smiled down at you. “That’s my job, remember?”

“Sure.” You rolled your eyes. “Fine– you can worry about me, but it’s pointless, because I can take care of myself.”

“Of course you can.” He kissed you softly, and you relaxed at his touch.

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You were walking back to your apartment when someone crept up behind you. You didn’t have time to react before there was a gun pressed to your back, and a voice in your ear.

“Give me your wallet.” A man growled in your ear. You handed your wallet over wordlessly. “And your pho–”

He collapsed in the middle of his sentence. You whirled around, bewildered, when you saw Damian standing there. “Y/F/N? Are you okay?”

“I’m fine.” You looked down at the guy on the ground. “Can’t say the same for him.” Damian retrieved your wallet and handed it to you.

“From now on, you should have someone walking with you when it’s dark out.” He sighed. “I thought Jason was giving you a ride back after dinner?”

“I was just walking back from his apartment.” You said. Damian looked up at you questioningly. “It’s only a couple of blocks. I would have had the situation under control, but unfortunately there was a gun barrel pressed to my back.”

“Yeah, well, we’re going to have to fix that.” He started walking you back to your apartment. “What were you doing at Jason’s?”

“Hanging out. Talking.” You said, not necessarily lying per se. He was 11, he didn’t need to know that the two of you were having se–

“What did you talk about?”

“Taxes. Life. College. Grown up stuff.” You said. He nodded in agreement, and you smiled internally. When you got back to your apartment, Damian waited until you were inside and the door was locked before beginning to climb out the window. However, he turned around at the last minute.

“Stay safe, Y/F/N.”

You walked up to him and kissed his forehead endearingly. “Bye, Dami. See you.” With that, he left your apartment. You chuckled as you closed the window behind him, making sure it was unlocked in case he needed in. You loved him– in a fraternal sense.

Damian Wayne: your overprotective, adorable, brave ‘little brother’.

winggaurdiumleviosa  asked:

you're posts make me super happy and they're so lovely !! i was wondering if u had any advice for someone struggling to stay motivated to do school work and stop procrastinating? thank u in advance !! 💕💕

Sure thing! I’m a junior in college and I’m pretty intense about my school work, so I can tell you what I do to stay on top of things (I almost never procrastinate and actually get things done early a lot).  

1. Use a planner. Use. A. Planner. Or a calendar, or a notebook, or some system where you physically write down all of your month’s due dates. Then make a daily to-do list where you basically break up the assignments into how much you want/need to get done for that day. So I used a weekly planner and in the monthly part I write all the due dates and things, and then in the weekly part, I use each day to write what I wanna do. So say I have 80 pages of reading due in two days on Wednesday. On Monday I write “read 40 pages” and on Tuesday I write “read 40 pages.” This leads to my next tip. 

2. Break things up. This will help you stop procrastinating by making the work into small more reasonable chunks. So instead of dreading writing a 10-page paper, you just need to outline it one day. So use the planning from the step above to break it into really really small steps that you will do every day. Taking things step by step makes it so much easier, and you can just chip away at it. 

3. Take care of yourself. So as important as this stuff is, your health comes first. This means, getting enough sleep, water, food, and exercise (if exercise is something you can do/makes you feel good). You won’t be able to focus on anything if you don’t have your fundamental health needs met. So even though it seems like you don’t have enough time for lunch or sleeping, just take a break and make time. Health is not only more important than school but being in good health means you will be more focused and do better in school. 

5. You don’t need to do everything (in college at least). So I came from a super intense and high achieving high school that conditioned me to do everything and be a perfectionist. So freshman year of college I literally did all of the reading and all of the assignments. I would be doing homework dusk till dawn just because of all that reading. However, the next year, when my work load went up, I realized that there literally was no time to do all of the reading. So basically I learned to skim and/or use spark notes for some reading assignments that just weren’t realistic or even that relevant. I’m not saying don’t read. Reading actually helps you get good grades. But you don’t need to read every second of every page because there literally isn’t enough time in the day for that. 

4. Stay positive. I’m a pessimist and I have anxiety, so it’s a constant struggle to keep my mental health in check during school. I try to think positive and give myself lots of love for what I’m accomplishing. This means not being too hard on myself, and give yourself love in ways that you like. Live for yourself and in a way that makes you happy. 

Hope this helps! Good luck!  

PS check out my studyblr @warmstudiess! I’m gonna be talking about this stuff and posting pics of my college life in less than a few weeks!

For the last few days my Psychology professor has been asking,
‘Why do you fear failure?’
And I don’t agree with any of the answers.

I fear failure because I understand that time is important and time is limited.
It’s one of the most important investments and I don’t want to lose my money.
I fear failure because I understand the concept of opportunity cost.
What I missed because I devoted myself to this particular cause.
What was the cost of being involved in this?
Perhaps another better experience!
I fear failure because this one life isn’t enough for everything I want to accomplish.
I don’t want to die thinking I made no difference.
I fear failure because each time I face it, it holds my hand and very gently shoves me back into my comfort zone I had finally abandoned.

A note on my getting back on track challenge

So I’ve been doing this challenge to try and get myself back into the habit of studying regularly and working hard at university. However one thing that I didn’t really take into account is the reason that I’m having to work so hard to force myself to study. And maybe that’s because I’m studying the wrong thing.  I decided to do a bachelor of science majoring in biochemistry because I really liked chemistry and it would be good to use as pre-med or just put me in good stead to transfer after the first year. However neither the subjects I’ve been studying or the goal I had in mind (to become a doctor) was really exciting me anymore.

I decided that I needed to change what I was studying so I considered what subject I loved studying most: physics. I had wanted to be a physicist in year 9 and 10 so this isn’t really a new passion of mine. The reason that I didn’t pursue this was because I didn’t think that I’d have the mentality to be able to work on a project for years and years without necessarily seeing obvious progress. I’m now not so convinced that that would be the case for me but in any case there is another path apart from being a physicist that interests me. Being a physics teacher, now I find this a bit intimidating because I know I will never live up to the fantastic physics teacher that I had in year 12. But anyway I do like the appeal of helping the next generation to understand the world so that they can then go out and change it.

So that’s the goal, now for the plan. Since I did not do any of the required subjects for any physics degree at my university I will basically have to start from the beginning and most of the classes only run in semester 1. So I will wait until next year to start my degree. However this doesn’t mean I’ll be sitting on my arse for the rest of the year. I’ll be using chemistry and biology as my electives in whatever degree I do so I will get them out of the way and do one less subject in first and second year of the new degree. I will also do maths 1A next semester and then 1B during summer to get another subject crossed off my list.

There are several physics degrees I could do most of which I could use my ATAR to get into. However the one that interests me most is high performance computational physics which my ATAR is not high enough to get me into. So I would have to use my GPA. I need a GPA of at least 6 (distinction average) to get in which I am currently just scraping. This GPA is going to be harder to get with the subjects I’m doing next semester but that just means I’ll have to work a lot harder than I have been. So the plan is to work as hard as I possibly can to try and transfer into high performance but by the time transfers open I’ll have a rough idea of how I’m going and if I’m not going to make it I’ll apply to transfer into another physics degree instead.

Wish me luck