African-Americans of some accomplishment have a deep acquaintance with this kind of white incredulity. Yesterday it was cries of unlearned, ordinary Negro. Today it is cries of Affirmative Action. (Even when you went to a black school.) Or it’s Donald Trump demanding Barack Obama’s college transcripts. The spectacle of a black man forced to present his papers to white people is not some new incomprehensible response to our first Hawaiian president. It is an old and predictable response to black achievement. It may well be true that Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have endured the same amount of disrespect. But the nature of that disrespect matters. It matters that Rush Limbaugh did not refer to healthcare in the Clinton era as reparations. All kinds of crazy are not equal, and in America, racist crazy has a special history worthy of highlighting.

Shown above is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s writing and signature, the transcripts, as well as a picture of him. Tsarnaev along with his brother was accused of the April 15, Boston Marathon Bombing. 

The transcript shows he was a poor student during the entirety of his four semesters on campus. He received seven Fs over three semesters: Two Fs were given in the fall of 2011 for chemistry, two in the spring of 2012 for critical writing and reading and a math course, and three in the fall of 2012 for chemistry, American politics, and psychology.

Because of his poor grades, Tsarnaev lost his financial aid. In an attempt to regain that aid, Tsarnaev filled out a Satisfactory Academic Progress Report on January 24, 2013, explaining what had changed from the year before.

His answer referenced his inability to deal with stress and “terrorist accusations” that innocent men living in Chechnya faced. He wrote:

“This year I lost too many of my loved relatives. I was unable to cope with the stress and maintain school work. My relatives live in Chechnya, Russia. A Republic that is occupied by Russian soldiers that falsely accuse and abduct innocent men under false pretences and terrorist accusations. I am at a point where I can finally focus on my school work. I wish to do well so one day I can help out those in need in my country, especially my family members.”

Side note: I have already done a post similar to this but it did not show his signature and I could barely read the transcript I posted, due to the new information, I have made compiled it all together.

Teaching your novices how to survive without you

There’s been another mass shooting in America. This time in a community college in Oregon. This means more American families, moms, dads, children, whose lives have been changed forever. That means there’s another community stunned with grief, and communities across the country forced to relieve their own anguish and parents across the country who are scared because they know it might have been their families or their children.

I’ve been to Roseburg, Oregon and there are good people there. I want to thank all of the first responders whose bravery likely saved some lives today. Federal law enforcement has been on the scene in a supporting role and we have offered to stay and help as much as Roseburg needs for as long as they need.

In the coming days we will learn more about the victims. Young men and women who were studying and learning and working hard, their eyes set on the future, their dreams of what they could make of their lives. And America will wrap everyone who is grieving with our prayers and our love.

But as I said just a few months ago, and I said just a few minutes before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America, next week or a couple of months from now.

We don’t yet know why this individual did what he did. And it’s fair to say that anybody who does this has a sickness in their minds. Regardless of what they think their motivations may be.

But we are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people. We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months. You know, earlier this year I answered a question in an interview by saying “The United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws even in the face of repeated mass killings.” And later that day there was a mass shooting in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. That day. Somehow this has become routine.

The reporting is routine. My response, here, at this podium, ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this. We’ve talked about this after Columbine, and Blacksburg. After Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston.

It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun. And what’s become routine of course is the response of those who propose any kind of common sense gun legislation. Right now I can imagine the press releases being pressed out. “We need more guns,” they’ll argue, “fewer gun safety laws.”

Does anybody really believe that? There are scores of responsible gun owners in this country; they know that’s not true. We know because of polling that says a majority of Americans understand that we should be changing these laws, including the majority of responsible law abiding gun owners.

There is a gun for roughly every man, woman and child in America. So how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns make us safer? We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work or just make it harder for law-abiding citizens and that criminals will get their guns is not borne out by the evidence.

We know that other countries in response to one mass shooting have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours, Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.

And of course what’s also routine is that somebody, somewhere will comment and say, “Obama politicized this issue.” Well this is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.

I would ask news organizations, because I won’t put these facts forward, have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who have been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans killed by gun violence. And post those side by side in your news reports. This won’t be information coming from me it will be coming from you. We spent over a trillion dollars and passed countless laws and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so. And yet we have a Congress who explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths.

How can that be?

This is a political choice that we make – to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction. When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes we make communities safer. When roads are unsafe we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seat belt laws because we know it saves lives.

So the notion that gun violence is somehow different? That our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon when there are law abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they do under such regulations? It doesn’t make sense.

So tonight as those of us who are lucky enough to hug our kids a little closer are thinking about the families who are not so fortunate. I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws and to save lives. And to let young people grow up. And that will require a change of politics on this issue. It will require that the American people individually, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent, when you decide to vote for somebody, are making a determination as to whether this cause of continuing death for innocent people should be a relevant factor in your decision. If you think this is a problem, then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views.

And I would particularly ask America’s gun owners who are using those guns properly, safely, to hunt, for sport, for protecting their families to think about whether your views are properly being represented by the organization that suggests it is speaking for you.

And each time this happens I am going to bring this up. Each time this happens, I am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we are going to have to change our laws. And this is not something I can do by myself. I have got to have a Congress and I have got to have state legislators and governors who are willing to work with me on this.

I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances. But based on my experience as president, I can’t guarantee that. And that is terrible to say. And it can change. May god bless the memories of those who were killed today. May he bring comfort to their families. And courage to the injured as they fight their way back. And may he give us the strength to come together and find the courage to change. Thank you.
—  President Barack Obama’s adress on the Umpqua Community College shooting today, October 1st, 2015. [x]

OB/GYN Research Lab at the UCLA School of Medicine:

I didn’t finish senior year of high school, failed AP Bio, never took the SATs, have 6 class withdrawals on my community college transcripts, got dismissed and readmitted to UCLA, yet after all that, I have two publications and am still able to participate in breast cancer research. 

 I think this was all possible because: 

  1. I never doubted my capabilities. 
  2. I never gave up.  
  3. My heart has the best intentions to serve humanity. 

Just want to encourage everyone to fight past the limitations. <3

A super helpful college application timeline!


- SAT/ACT prep

- Tour colleges

- Research Application Requirements


- Start on Common App

- Note Early Action or Early Decision deadlines

- Ask teachers for recommendations


- Attend local college fairs

- Take the SAT/ACT

- Keep your grades up!

- Complete ED/EA applications


- Take the SAT subject tests (if needed)

- Send SAT/ACT score reports to colleges

- Request official transcript from high school


- Complete and submit college applications

- Complete FAFSA

- Apply for scholarships


- Review FAFSA report

- Continue applying for scholarships

- Compare financial aid packages


- Attend admitted students events

- Send in college deposit

- Take any AP exams


- Send in final transcript

- Complete student loan applications

- Thank everyone who helped you

- Graduate and enjoy summer!

Applying for college and this holding me back

I’m making a huge leap in my life right now. Currently applying for an art school local to me and have everything in but a single transcript. The college that is holding it won’t release it due to debt I have there. My college advisor has assured me he can let me pass the application deadline (2/15) since I have everything else turned in and all I’m missing is this transcript. What’s left to pay off is $188 and I don’t think I can pay it all with this coming paycheck and I’m scared they’ll deny me because I missed the deadline due to this, since I’d have to wait ‘til next paycheck to even afford this (and with rent and utilities coming up I am not even sure I’ll be able to do THAT). I’ve been out of college for 4 years because of financial instability at one time or another. I’m 26 and I’m not letting this keep me from getting in since its such a tangible thing now and all that’s blocking me is this debt.

I’ll link it in a journal and share it both on here and Twitter.
Flat colors will be $15 +5 for ea. additional character
Cell shades will be $20 +10 do ea. additional character

Please share and get the word out. I greatly need to earn at least half of what I owe to pay off the debt by this Friday. I cannot wait another week because I’m missing $30 or $40.

anonymous asked:

I went to community college straight out of high school and have been going for 4 years, and just got accepted to a university. Now they want my transcripts and AP test scores. How do I get my high school transcript sent to them?

You need to contact your high school. Sometimes they have a form you can fill out on their website to have your transcript sent somewhere or to obtain a copy for yourself. Sometimes you need to call the high school and talk to someone in the office about the request.

thash-tandchips  asked:

Hi. I went to a private school for two years. I stopped attending once I found out none of my credits will transfer with me. Now my old school is not releasing my transcript to my new school until I pay off this $3,000 balance. I have read that I can "start over." How would I do that? Thanks in advance!

Your best bet is to call your old school and ask if they will release the hold if you set up a payment plan and start making payments.

You need to try to work something out asap, because they can turn it over to a collections agency and then your credit can be effected.

My favourite live transcription errors in the NPR fact check
  • Clinton:I think dump just criticized me for preparing for this debate.
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  • Trump:I do want to say that I and I was is endorsed and there'll be -- animal in general endorse me to leave this country. That does happen, and many more coming. And I'm very proud of it. In addition, I was is endorsed by ice. Would never endorse anybody before -- an immigration. I was just endorsed by ice.
  • Trump:So when Secretary Clinton talked about this, I mean, I think I'm herbals.
  • Trump:What I got in, the wedding I was a disaster. And crisis was something. Chocolate taking them out. To be doing a long time. To try and pick them up her longtime.
  • Clinton:What I hope the packages are turning up the volume and really working hard Donald supported the patient of a rock.
  • Trump:Number two I said the very strongly that metal can be obsolete because I was a very strong about this.
  • Trump:For the van so I ran on the puppy to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Trump:The ethanol CO -- the other day behind the blue screen I don't know who you're talking to Secretary Clinton but you are totally out of control.
  • Holt:Which leads minus question is the end of our lack segment hear the sound oscilloscope.
  • Trump:Mustard would like advocacy.
**tutoring in Physics this morning**

Girl: When have you ever used this?

Me: Never. It’s a waste of time. You should be learning to do your taxes or something.

Girl: So why am I doing this?

Me:  Because AP Physics looks good on a lil inner city Dominican girl’s transcripts for college.

Girl: ….I don’t think you’re supposed to say that?

Me: I don’t care. I haven’t had coffee.

Mr. Trump

Now that you are the designated Republican Candidate for President, isn’t it time that you release your Tax Returns and College Transcripts/Records?  After all we know you claim the need for openness and honesty.

A friendly reminder to those of you who just took finals: your grades have little to do with your career. No job I‘ve ever had has asked about my grades.

Your attendance matters sometimes, in that they’ll want to know you finished. Did you graduate? Some places will ask for a sealed, certified copy of your high school transcripts as proof you graduated when you apply. Similar can happen with your college transcripts.

Your grades only have immediate impact on your scholarships.

That is the only lasting impact they have.

Is it sinful to get bad grades?

As a student, doing well in school is your most important “job,” and as Christians, we should be committed to doing the best we can at any job God has put in our lives. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

You are not only trying to get good grades in order to do well and have a nice transcript for college (and maybe monetary rewards), but you are also glorifying God by being committed to doing the best you can. This is a part of your “quiet” testimony, living your life in a way that Christ would (Matthew 5:16). Good work is what God did when He created the universe, and He said it was good (Genesis 1:31). Our work should be good too!

Ephesians 6:7-8 says that we should “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” We do our best at school, work, or whatever because God has entrusted us with gifts and talents that we should be using wisely.

1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Going to school and being a good student is definitely one way to give glory to God with your life. Try to be the best student your teachers have ever had by studying hard, being kind and respectful to everyone at school, and doing good work on your assignments, papers, and speeches.

All that said, it is NOT a sin to get bad grades (or even just mediocre ones). Your letter grade is neither sinful nor unsinful. It’s a neutral thing. Sin occurs in our hearts, our motivations, and our attitudes—not in the actual thing itself.

For example, if you are truly trying your hardest at school and seeking help when you don’t understand, but you are still struggling to make As or Bs or even a C, that’s OK. It is not a sin. Do try to find a tutor or someone else who can help you though, because it is definitely frustrating and distracting to have a hard time learning things at school. That frustration can lead to sinful actions like anger toward others, resentment, bitterness, etc.

However, if you are slacking off and the result is a report of low grades, then you are not “doing all for the glory of God,” and that IS a sin. Your low grades would be a natural consequence of your actions though—not a sin. The sin is in the attitude of not caring about whether or not you do your best.

The Bible gives us some really good advice when it comes to doing good work:

  • Proverbs 14:23 says, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
  • Proverbs 6:6-11 says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” In verse 6, Paul also warns us to stay away from slackers because they’re not a good influence on us.

According to these verses, the Bible is saying that a strong work ethic is important and that slacking off is not a good idea for the believer.

That said, it’s also important to note that Bible warns against making “work” all that matters to you (Matthew 6:19-34). Being obsessed over getting good grades or winning awards at school isn’t good for us either; it means that our priorities are out of whack. That kind of misplaced dedication can cause health problems with stress and depression if we don’t meet our goals. It may even build a wall between you and God, your family, or friends.

Take it easy sometimes! Yes, do your best, but don’t overdo it to the point that you hurt your health or relationships. God rested on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:2-3), and later He commanded that His people take a Sabbath too (Exodus 20:9-10a). Today, because of the grace of Christ, we are no longer required to take a Sabbath (Mark 2:27), but it’s definitely a wonderful gift that it would be wise to use!

Remember, while good grades are important, they should not be the most important thing in your life. Your heart, attitude, and motivations are what God is concerned about, and His deepest desire is to help you develop into Christ-likeness (Matthew 6:19-34). God is interested in having a relationship with you as His child—not hounding you about the letters on your report card.

Transcript for Caoimhe Barrett interview.

Interviewer: Rachael Samson
Interviewee:  Caoimhe Barrett
Date of interview: 20th of September, 2016.
Start time of interview: 7:20pm
End time of interview: 7:27pm
Interview topic:  Starting journalism

(Start of interview)

Rachael: So, first of all, are you okay with being interviewed?

Caoimhe:  yes

Rachael: So, why choose journalism?

Caoimhe:  Um, I’m still not really that sure. I have always liked writing – I was always like writing little books and stories when I was younger but, like, I don’t think that I really recognised it as something that I could do until I was in my final year in school and um, I was planning on doing fashion and then I realized that I couldn’t draw at all. So I was like, um, my parents were like “Why don’t you go and do like English literature and you can become like a music journalist?” and I was like, “Yeah, okay then” and then my path changed and I decided to just go and do music tech.
Went and did music tech then went on to start a degree in music business then left after three months, and then I was like, sitting at home and I was like, “What binds politics and music and like, all the other random stuff that I like, and makes me still be able to enjoy it and like, soak it all up – Journalism”. So I started a blog and it went really well and everyone was like, “apply for journalism” and I was like, “cool”. So that’s how I ended up here.

Rachael: So, do you feel like you can incorporate any of the things you’ve learned in previous courses or studies, into this?

Caoimhe: Um, I think so. I think with music business in particular; things like organising things. Dealing with different kinds of people – dealing with musicians is really difficult. I kind of know different kinds of strategies of making people see your way of thinking and making them think that it’s their idea and they’re the genius and stuff like that.
Um, I think that’s, like, there’s loads and loads of stuff that I can’t really think of on the spot but aside from that, there’s the contacts that I’ve made within the music industry that are valuable because it means that I can just go and ask people for interviews and that and they know me and it’s not awkward.

Rachael: Is that something that you’re planning to put to use, all of your previous contacts?

Caoimhe: I think so, definitely, yeah. I’ve been thinking about it more and more recently. Like, who do I know that might come in handy at some point for an interview or a quote or something. I think that definitely, music is probably the path of journalism that I would have the most success in due to the contacts I have and the knowledge that I’ve already built up.

Rachael: So do you think that’s the direction you’re going to go for, for sure?

Caoimhe: I’m not really sure. I think that the end goal for me is to write a book that’s all about feminist punk and how the movement started in the 70’s with the slits and then and how it’s come back now to bands like Tacocat and even the Van T’s and how it’s evolved, and also speaking about how punk isn’t just a music – it’s a persona, it’s a thing that’s in your head, I mean, I’m a punk. I don’t look like a punk, I don’t listen to punk all the time, but, feminist punk to me is about being angry and not being afraid to be angry, not being ashamed of your anger, and I’d just love to write a book about the whole history of that and where that comes from.

Rachael: That’s cool! So, you mentioned that you have a personal blog – Do you go for kind of feminist-y things on there or is it just kind of a mix of all of your thoughts and feelings?

Caoimhe: It’s kind of more of a mix, I would say. I don’t have much on there at the minute but I would say most of it has a feminist stand point, but I’ve written a blog about veganism, I’ve written one about worker’s rights, but generally when I have a bee in my bonnet I go to my blog and write about it because I’m like, “I need to get it out of my head and stop annoying the people around me with it”. Um, so it’s kind of a mixture of everything. I’m trying to hone it into something, just one thing, but it’s difficult because I have a lot of stuff to say and I’m constantly angry about something.

Rachael: So, would you say that what you’ve written has been generally well-received online, or have you had any trouble with it?

Caoimhe:  Um, not so far, I mean, I’m expecting it. Like, I wrote a blog that was literally entitled “Men, please stop telling women how to feel” and I put at the start, “if you’re here because you hate feminists, leave now” but I didn’t have any negative feedback – most of the people who read my blog are just my family and friends, and most of the time, whether it’s because they’re being nice or not, they’re like “Yeah, I love it”. I’ve only ever had negative feedback and once and that was from my dad, because he said I shouldn’t have put something in my blog.
But, mainly it’s been positive. I’m sure as I get a wider audience I will get some negative people.

Rachael: Unfortunately that’s something that comes with being someone who isn’t afraid to voice their opinion.
Are you looking forward to writing stuff for college and just the year in general?

Caoimhe: I think so, yeah. I was really nervous at first and I was worried that I wouldn’t make friends and that people wouldn’t like me, or they’d think I was really unapproachable and stuff.
I am really enjoying it, I feel like I still need to grow a lot and I know that I have a lot to learn in terms of writing, but it’s all coming pretty easily so I’m pretty excited to see how and where it goes.

Rachael: As for the college website, are you looking forward to being a part of that? Do you have a set role, and if so, what are your plans?

Caoimhe: Yeah, I’ve been assigned the role of deputy editor for entertainment, and I really wanna try and pull as many stories in about women in music, not just in the local scene but altogether. I think it’s really important and I’m excited to see where that could go and how far I can bring it because I just think that, women’s voices, along with so many other voices in the industry, are dampened out – if you’re not a white straight male, you’re not worth talking to still, and it’s really messed up.
So, I’m excited to try and shed some light on the minorities in the music industry and say “we’re important too!.”

Rachael: Definitely! Well, thank you for your time and for answering all of my questions.