hi everyone! it’s been forever since i last wrote one of these! i just graduated high school a little less than a month ago and having a free summer without internships, summer reading, etc. has really been throwing me off. here are a few tips on how to use this summer to relax and get yourself ready for college! if you have more tips, please add them on!


    • appearance – do whatever you think will give you more confidence. this could mean working out, teaching yourself how to do your makeup, finally trying out a new hair color, whitening your teeth, whatever you want. 
    • habits – start building any habits that you want to keep up in college. if you’re a messy person by nature, you won’t become organized in college. if you’re usually shy, you won’t become super social and outgoing as soon as you step foot on campus. start practicing now with baby steps. 
    • practical knowledge – learn skills that you’ll need to know in college. for example, learn how to budget your money or take a self defense class.
    • join your college’s facebook group and introduce yourself if you haven’t already. message other people who have similar interests!
    • add people on social media. for example, i’ve been talking to some people through snapchat, instagram, texting, and facetime and we planned meetups that way! everyone is eager to make friends before college so don’t feel intimidated. 
    • find a roommate, if you need to, and get to know them!
  • STAY ON TOP OF COLLEGE WORK. unfortunately, this summer isn’t entirely free, you do have to do a tiny amount of work. don’t fall behind on your student checklist – pick your classes, choose your dorm, find a roommate, get your health records in, etc.
  • DO THINGS YOU DIDN’T HAVE TIME FOR. i used to read ALL the time but the workload in high school really slowed that down for me. so this summer, i’ve been reading for pleasure a lot and it feels so great. watch movies you’ve always wanted to watch. cook. learn a new language. watch sunrises. bike. 
  • SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS. my friends and i didn’t hang out often during the school year because we were all so busy. this summer, we’ve hung out all the time, going to concerts, taking an impromptu trip to chicago, exploring cafes in our area, etc. we’re going to colleges that are somewhat far apart so spending time together now is very important to us.
  • SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY. you’ll miss them later. take advantage of the time you have together. have fun with them. talk often. show your parents a lot of love. 
    • try to get a picture of your dorm to see how much space you have before you buy too much/too little. 
    • start early to get the best deals and the best selection. 
    • if you have a roommate, coordinate with them so you both don’t bring in two toasters or something. you can also plan out decor with them.
    • clean out your closet and pick out clothes to take to college. don’t bring your whole wardrobe.
    • if you went to a high school with a uniform (like i did) and don’t have many “normal” outfits, buy clothes for college. stores have awesome summer sales right now!
  • ENJOY YOUR HOMETOWN. if you’re moving far away (like i am), take some time to enjoy your favorite local spots. eat at your favorite restaurants in town, visit the local attractions, go to the cute summer events. you’ll miss it.
  • LEARN ABOUT YOUR COLLEGE/COLLEGETOWN. learn about the bus routes, find some restaurants to try out, look up clubs and activities to join on campus. this will get you accustomed quicker. 

hope this helps a little bit! again, let me know if you have any more advice! and if you want to see more of these, send me requests and stuff. :-) <3 - pip

The philosopher’s responsibility is to survey the abyss, to seek after terra firma, and to operate in those places which are most the philosopher’s own. These are the places in which the abyss looms ahead and the ground stretches out behind. The hope is for a bridge–faire le pont–it would clearly be the most effective way. Derrida says of the bridge at Cornell:

A matter of life and death. The question arose… when the university administration proposed to erect protective railings on the Collegetown bridge an the Fall Creek suspension bridge to check thoughts of suicide inspired by the view of the gorge. “Barriers” was the term used; we could say “diaphragm,” borrowing a word which in Greek literally means “partitioning fence.” Beneath the bridges linking the university to its surroundings, connecting its inside to its outside, lies the abyss. In testimony before the Cornell Council, one member of the faculty did not hesitate to express his opposition to the barriers, those diaphragmatic eyelids, on the grounds that blocking the view would mean, to use his words, “destroying the essence of the university.” What did he mean? What is the essence of the university?

The bridge is a linking function. It brings together elements that are different–at least spatially, if not in kind. But a bridge over an abyss is a dangerous going across. The bridge is not stable ground. It is not a place to stay. Rather a bridge is an on the way (unterwegs) to another place.

Hugh J. Silverman, “Philosophy Has Its Reasons,” Deconstruction and Philosophy: The Texts of Jacques Derrida

6.19.15. I rather spontaneously read this passage earlier this morning (this is not the book I am currently reading – but I grabbed it almost thoughtlessly on my way out of the apartment), and this – the Collegetown Bridge – happens to be the bridge I cross every day for the next two months while studying at Cornell; in fact, the river of the gorge can be seen directly from my bedroom window. L’appel du vide is not a feeling uncommon in my experience. But seldom do my readings intersect so fluidly and uncannily with the present life, the now.

yourboystookahellofabeating  asked:

Has about asked about the architecture of a country or a city and you have been completely stumped! I'm imagining hundreds of unanswered questions about the architecture of Juba or West Bromwich

I am a geography/architecture nerd so I typically have a couple of projects in mind with most of the questions I receive. I will admit that some countries/cities are more difficult than others, in order to find information and good images like the example you mention: Juba, South Sudan (above). 

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