community college students

We started doing everyday cosplay on Monday and usually stick to a theme to bind us all together. This picture shows off our theme of D.C. Superheroes! From L to R we have Sarah (reference and instruction librarian) as Batman, Kassie (reference and instruction librarian) as The Flash, Jess (circulation clerk and LIS grad student) as Aquaman, and Laura (senior circulation clerk) as Wonder Woman. We all work at SUNY Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.

Admin Note - omg y’all are geniuses. please please please keep submitting these. 

How to deal with a concept you do not understand
  • Breathe. If you are starting to feel flustered, stressed, frustrated, take a break. The more angsty you feel, the less likely you’ll be able to focus on the actual concept. Take a break, study something else, but make sure when you’re trying to tackle a difficult concept, you are calm, cool, and collected. 
  • Re-read your notes. This one is obvious but ask yourself if you’re actually re-reading your notes or if you’re just glancing over the page. Sometimes it helps to rewrite your notes in a different way. 
  • Read someone’s else’s notes. Sometimes reading something in a different way can help you understand a concept you are struggling with. 
  • Ask someone but make sure whoever you’re asking won’t confuse you further. To be safe, ask a TA, your professor, or an experienced tutor. I cannot count how many times I’ve casually asked someone to explain a concept and I end up leaving 10x more confused. Make sure you’re asking the right people. 
  • Google it. Seriously. There are many amazing resources out there that may be as close as the click of a button. 
  • Re-watch a lecture, if possible. Some professors webcast their lectures and going over your notes while listening to them is really helpful when you can’t quite grasp a concept. 
  • Be patient. Sometimes, you’ll need to work at a concept over a number of days and that’s perfectly okay. The most important part is that you try your best to understand and that you realize everyone learns at different paces. 
  • Do NOT wait until the last minute to tackle a difficult concept. Procrastinating on this kind of stuff right up before an exam can increase your anxiety and deplete your self-confidence. Make sure you tackle these difficult concepts as soon as you encounter them so you can take your time to understand everything. 
how to be a studyblr

you don’t have to make straight A’s
you don’t have to be taking 9 classes
you don’t need to have expensive study supplies (stablio pens, erin condren planner, etc)
you don’t need to worry about your handwriting or the aesthetic of your notebook pages

you do need a desire to improve yourself
you do need a hunger for learning
you do need to be honest about your struggles
you do need to share tips and what works for you
you do need to post simple no-filter photos without worrying about how your desk looks

remember to not let it consume you
remember that it’s perfectly fine to take mental health day for yourself
remember that we’re all here for you

everyday:
• open your blinds
• step outside at least once
• listen to happy music
• connect with family or friends
• do a manageable, realistic study session (10-30 minutes will suffice)

GO GET ‘EM, TIGER

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{Wednesday 09/11/2016} 

Accommodation Theory for English and some module covers to separate the two novels I am studying. (The Great Gatsby hasn’t been started yet)

Was sick at college today and spent ten minutes in the girls bathroom having a panic attack over the fact I had just been sick in college until my friend came to my rescue and calmed me down. I managed to sign out and get the next bus home and am currently in bed while finishing some work that needs to be done. 

hi, my name is christian and i am a trans person with aspergers struggling to put myself through school: due to financial aid issues outside of my control i wont be getting a major grant from my school until halfway through the semester. this is a huge blow to me financially as it would have been the only reliable source of income i have while being a full time community college student. i even have a job on campus but i wont see any income from that either until mid-march.

luckily, i have the ability to make some Good money here and there in the meantime with some performance opportunities ive been given, but i do not have the money to travel to la and back for auditions and rehearsals, or pay for my cell phone to stay in contact. i will be selling some clothes of mine to hopefully help out with this but it wont be enough. if anyone wishes to, they can donate to me in the following ways:

paypal.me/christianoyen

venmo: @christianoyen

square: $christianoyen

thank you so much in advance and feel free to ask any further questions as long as they arent rude lol

me 2015: *starts to have a crush on a teacher/older people* I came out to have a good time and I’m honestly feeling so attacked right now!

me 2016: *starts to have a crush on a teacher/older people* I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one I have never asked to be apart of,

We need to talk about the Teachers on tumblr...

We are here for support. We are here because some people don’t understand what we are going through. We don’t call out teachers by their names, we don’t post pictures, we don’t post anything that would link our teachers to this blog.

Some of us are in college. Some of us have these feelings and are perfectly capable of going after their TC without any repercussions.

Some of us have went after our TC and it worked.

Some of us have went after our TC and it backfired.

Some of us got the “I will wait until you graduate so we can be together”

Some of us have an age difference of 5 years. Some of us have an age difference of 30 years. No matter the age difference we can’t help who we love.

There are famous people who have age differences greater than us. In Ancient Greece, which we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them, married their girls off at the age of 12.

We are not wrong to have these feelings. If we don’t act on them when we are under age we aren’t harming anyone.

It is no ones business who we have feelings for. It is no ones business who we are in love with.
It is no ones business how we deal with these feelings.

The teachers on tumblr need to understand this and need to let us be. We don’t attack them so why are they attacking us? Why are they making us feel bad for how we feel?

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{Friday 25/11/2016} 

Reading up on Gender Studies for Communication and Culture. Started Feminism, Gender Studies and Queer Theory not last week but the week before. 

No college today. 

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Welcome to Kappa Kappa (originally Kappa Kappa Beta but that last part fell off), Lake Lilac University’s first and only co-ed fraternity!

I’m literal trash and also a community college student who still lives with their parents so I’LL TRY NOT TO MESS THIS UP:

Max-Everyone is sure he should have graduated by now, but he’s been in the dorm for so long and still has his major as “undeclared”. No one knows if he actually goes to LLU or not, he never attends class. He’s also somehow behind every out-of-control party or riot that happens on campus or in the dorm, or least DJing. Has been living in Kappa Kappa because it’s the cheapest but he hates everyone, especially the RAs. Nikki did his tattoo. 

Neil-STEM Major. Actually does his work and attends classes and was dead-set on not becoming a party kid, but is always the first one to get absolutely smashed at every party. Max’s roommate. 

Nikki-No one knows what her major is. Like Max, no one is entirely sure if she actually goes to LLU, but everyone seems to have a class with her. Often climbs in through peoples’ windows because she got “locked out again”, although no one actually knows which room is hers or if she actually lives in the dorm. Got kicked out of Gamma Lambda Sigma (AKA college Flower Scouts idk man) for being the wild child she is. Has been stopped by security/police multiple times because they all keep thinking she’s on drugs. Nah, it’s just Nikki. Good thing LLU has a rugby team (She’s really good but no one is sure if she actually plays for points or for the sake of beating people up).

tips on how to effectively study

1. Use colored markers to easily organize and color code your note taking. Plus, markers are much smoother and easier to write with than pencils or pens.

2. Set aside a chunk of time every day to study a little. It doesn’t need to be for three hours at a time, it just needs to be realistic and doable.

3. Plan your week at the start of every week. Every week.

4. Don’t read the textbook. It’s been proven that reading is essentially a waste of time. Instead, skim through the chapter and read bolded headlines and words. Take notes as you skim. Make sure to read the chapter summary of your textbook has one.

5. Don’t procrastinate. If you plan on cramming loads of information into your brain all at once, don’t even bother. You won’t remember anything. Instead, space it out!

6. Make it fun. Buy or make cute and colorful binders and notebooks so that when you study it’ll be enjoyable.

7. Have a study spot. Everyone needs a special place that is meant for studying, whether it’s a spot in your room or actually in the library, create a safe study space where the only thing you do there is study.

8. Don’t allow yourself to get stressed out. I know this is a tough one, but stress not only will negatively affect your grades, but will also negatively affect you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out:
- make some tea
- listen to cheerful music
- watch an episode of your favorite show
- relax and take some time for yourself
- do something that makes you happy
- cuddle a cat or human
- talk to a friend
- write
- exercise
- take a bubble bath
- read a book for pleasure and not because you have to
- blog on tumblr
- get out of your house and go shopping or go to a park or go exploring
- don’t be afraid to ask for help. ever.

9. Follow studyblr blogs to stay motivated.

10. Do your best. This goes without saying, but genuinely do your best on every assignment. It’s not about having amazing handwriting, or about the aesthetic of your pages, but instead about how well you are actually absorbing the material and putting it to good use.

REBLOG/LIKE/FOLLOW  IF YOU’RE A STUDYBLR 🌻

I know that I’ve done lots of posts like this, but I love meeting new Studyblrs, so like/reblog if you’re a Studyblr and I’ll give you a follow!

I’m especially looking for Communications and/or Journalism majors and anyone who is learning/knows ASL, but of course I’d love to meet all of you and support/motivate you on your academic journey (whatever it is)!