There are sooo many posts on how to make the most out of your first year of university/college, but very few on what to do when you’re reaching the end of those years and are about to enter the Real Real World. This post is to help you make that last year count!
1) Focus on your grades!
This is the time when having good grades is the most important. By now, you’ve gotten into some sort of studying rhythm and know what works for you, so use that to your advantage to put in a little extra effort and push. No-one really cares about your grades from previous years if your grades at the end are awesome. If you have some kind of capstone project, make sure that it is done really well so that you can use it as an example of your work!
2) Get familiar with Careers’ Services
If your university has a Careers’ Services office, make an appointment with them. Chances are, they will have tonnes of professional advice on how to improve your CV/resumé, interview training, and connections to companies that want to hire graduates!! Often, these services are free!! Use them!!
3) Spice up your CV!
As awesome as your transcript and degree may be, plenty of people will have the same degree as you. Go over your past few years and make a list of all the extracurriculars you did. Did you write for the university newspaper? Treasurer of the MSA? Run a pretty successful instagram and blog? Add it to your CV (resumé for you Americans). If you’re not sure about how to make it sounds “professional”, don’t be afraid to list it in terms of the skills you learn rather than your actual position (if in doubt, refer to point 2).
4) Build a professional wardrobe
When you’re out shopping for clothes and you see a cute blazer or comfortable shirts/blouses on sale, give them a try. It’s so much better to show up for a interview in clothes that you’ve gotten used to and are comfortable in, than a brand new suit that’s awkward and feels like you’re playing dress-up in. Try incorporating some “professional” clothing pieces into your everyday wear every now and then so you can figure out what you like wearing and what’s your style. It’s also a lot cheaper to build up a wardrobe over time rather than buying things all at once for your new job.
5) Organise your opportunities
Get a spreadsheet with job/post-graduate applications going. Sort by application date. If you hear of a cool-sounding graduate programme, make a note of it and research it as soon as possible. Competition can be tough, so be prepared for rejections. If you’re thinking of taking a post-graduate gap year (which is what I’m considering at the moment), look for short courses, internships, part-time work or how you’re going to save money to travel and organise that. There are lots of options!
5) Network effectively
By now, you probably have a favourite professor or three who thinks you’re a pretty decent kid! Rather than trying to go to everyone’s office hours (probably the most common college advice on studyblr), talk to your favourite profs in passing, ask them for projects or how their day is going. They’re really great people and excellent mentors.
6) Keep contact with friends and family
I know it’s difficult, but it is really important to have that social and emotional support available. It can be tough, but you will really appreciate having people who you can call on or just to spend time with.
7) It’s okay to not have anything figured out yet
Science majors and Humanities majors often have the same problem - the incessant “so what are you going to do with that physics/english/history/biology/philosophy degree? Become a teacher?” questions. If you want to be a teacher - that’s awesome - but if you don’t, this question can be the most frustrating. Yes, you know that you won’t be getting a 5-figure starting salary like your cousin who did an engineering/medical/accounting degree, but at least you spent your time studying something you enjoyed! It’s okay to not have an immediate plan of action for what you’re going to do after graduating, but you’ll figure it out eventually! There really is no rush.
I hope this post is helpful! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to message me or send an ask! Don’t forget to take the coolest graduation pictures ever! Happy studying!
Here's a prompt: Gail hides in a changing room in a department store to avoid Elaine and meets a half naked Holly.
Such a good prompt. I laughed the second I read it. I dunno if this is good because I stayed up to 6am writing it but hey whatever let’s do this!
It had all started as a nice Saturday morning off from work. Gail had woken up and managed to not kill Dov even though he was singing loudly. Then she headed down to her favorite donut shop for breakfast and some coffee and the kid behind the counter let her try one of their new seasonal donuts since she was a regular. After such a good start she decided it was safe to head to the store and brave the possible stupidity of other customers to get a few things she’d been putting off buying, like socks and body soap. She had resorted to using Dov’s soap the past week and people were starting to ask her about her non-existent boyfriend.
Can you write a quick fic where Amy is wearing a different dress than usual and Sonic can't stop noticing how pretty she looks?
(x) Japanese artist and no sign of a message box. T-T
Amy leaped into Sonic’s arms, for the 100th time.
But as usual, she was met with an awkward shoulder roll and a light hand pushing her away.
Being used to this, she didn’t mind until her smile faded one day at a pair of girls mocking her behind her back.
The date was melancholy after that… and Amy often looked up, deep in thought.
Amazingly, Sonic never commented. He just had his hands behind his back, casually strolling and looking interested in all the places they passed, seeming to explore the environment with his eyes and tag along behind her.
Finally, she let out a soft sigh that seemed to spark his interests as his eyes shifted back to her.
Before he could acknowledge the sudden attitude shift in her, her own eyes rolled up to a boutique, and immediately struck gold on an idea!
“Ah! Date change! Hehe!” she giggled happily, racing to the window and pressing herself up against the window.
Her squished little face peered at all the modeled clothes on sales… and then a cute smile traced her face.
She turned to Sonic and almost bounced on her feet, back and forth, before tapping each of them to the ground and swaying her body around in her excitement, her hands tightly in little balls up by her face.
“Oh, Sonic! I want to go in there! I really, really want to try on something new! Hehe~”
“Uhh…” he lifted a hand up to say something, but she immediately cut him off by turning around, sticking a finger to her cheek, and monologueing over him.
“Oh! But I do already have a lot of clothes I bought recently… maybe I could just… donate to charity or something?” she waved the idea off, as Sonic frowned and sweatdropped, seeming to realize she wasn’t really paying attention to him or his thoughts.
“Oh well, let’s go in and see what else is inside!”
She quickly took hold of his arm and slammed the door open, bolting in as Sonic dangled behind her, “W-wa-wha-oah!”
Sonic just stood stiff, looking slightly with a pout at Amy zipping around the room, before closing his eyes and stretching his arms upwards, yawning.
The store patrons and workers were blinking in odd astonishment. They also sweatdropped awkwardly at Amy’s amazing speeds in flinging many different styles of clothes off the hangers, and piling up a huge mess near a dressing room.
She then zipped over to Sonic and pulled him to a chair in front of a dressing room.
He seemed to have not realized the sudden change of location, before opening his sleepy, bored eyes and looking around. He noticed her huffing and puffing in exhaustion and smiled.
She happily smiled back, drenched in her weariness before gesturing for him to sit. “I’ll be right back….” she gave him an apologetic look, before then twirling and striking a cute pose. “And when I do~! You’ll have no choice but to want to marry me right on the spot!” she flirted, before charging with determination into the store.
The girls she had heard mentioned Sonic’s attitude of being disinterested in her, and in not even ‘checking her out’ at all. They even made jokes about flaunting there stuff near him to get him to wander after them then be with her.
Frowning and puffing her cheeks up in defiance, she refused to let anyone steal Sonic away from her with looks! Or with anything for that matter!!!
She lowered her head and shook her fist up, making some disgruntled sounds of annoyance before looking up with absolute resolve in her eyes.
But one problem…
“What’s Sonic’s ideal style..?” she looked a little defeated, continuing to sweat as she looked at her huge pile of clothes…
She hunched forward a bit… not sure if this would even do the trick…
But she stomped herself over to face the pile, and powerfully stood in front of it with no fear! Placing her hands to her hips, and standing- feet apart- as if she would conquer this trial of her love!!!
Sonic relaxed on the long couch that curved slightly, yawning again before willing his finger in his ear.
When she finally came out in a beautiful, flowing and draping long dress that had a pastel floral pink to it, he whistled and and gave her a wink with a thumbs up.
She looked excited to hear that.
“You think so?” she walked up to the podium and stepped carefully up, as each second was filled with Sonic’s eyes locked onto her, a simple smile on his face.
“Pretty~” he complimented, kindly.
Amy swayed on the little stool, and looked herself over in the three mirrors, posing and trying to look attractive.
“Enough to marry me?” she giggled, and lifted an arm up and over her head, before bending her knees and turning to Sonic, trying to look good.
Sonic continued to smile… but his face suddenly showed some caution, along with his head leaning down and his hand coming up to rub his head.
He followed up without a comment, and she scolded him as usual.
“Whelp, back to the drawing board!” she flared up her dress a little and gracefully dismounted the podium, before rushing off to try something else on.
“Hmph!” she threw the dress down, dissatisfied with it’s performance.
“He may have been extra sweet to me… but I want him to be unable to resist me!” she turned dramatically to the pile. “He leaves me no choice!”
After a montage of Sonic’s replies of- “Swell!” “Right on!” “Great look, Amy!” and constant thumbs up of support, Amy threw off her last dress- wide eyed.
“HE LIKES THEM ALL.” she hunched over, amazed he could be so stubborn.
“There’s gotta be something I’m missing…” she flopped to the floor, now truly looking like she was giving up hope. “Aww… and I really wanted him to gawk and swoon over me… I wish there was even the smallest hint at what he prefers…”
She suddenly heard a few giggles outside…
She peeked her dressing room door open… ever so slightly.
Some girls were flirting with Sonic!
She growled and left scratch marks on the door’s sides…
“Oh? So you’re waiting for your girlfriend to come out then?”
“Something like that.” Sonic smiled politely, having his arms up and resting on the edge of the couch’s upper rim.
The girls looked to each other, before smiling back down to him.
“Hey… is she putting on a show for you or something?”
“Huh? A show?” Sonic blinked, tilting his head. “If you’re asking me what’s she’s been doing. A lot of dressing up, I’d say.”
The girls sweatdropped, before laughing it off as Sonic just seemed to be stating the obvious.
“Did you pick any clothes out for her?” one of the other girls asked.
Amy’s face was already red with fuming rage, but this question stopped her and she stared a minute in curious wonder at how he would answer this.
“Oh…” his mouthed formed into an ‘o’ before he glanced upwards towards the corner of his eye… contemplating that.
“Not really… I think she looks fine in whatever she wears.” he then looked back to the girls, “Whatever Amy likes… I’ll like it too!”
The support he gave her was touching, and she suddenly teared up, upset with herself for ever doubting him in his bland, cliche responses.
“Oh, Sonic…” she fell right back in love all over again.
“That’s it!” she shook her head, shaking herself off from her previous down mood. “I’m gonna pick the outfit I think I look best in!”
Looking to the pile, she dropped to her knees and pulled something out of it.
“Hmmm.. Ah-ha! Perfect!” she exclaimed, looking in much higher spirits now as she closed her eyes and hummed a little tune as she slipped it on.
“Coming~” she called, as the girls looked over to the door with Sonic.
She let a leg slip out the door first… kicking in a showgirl like fashion before fully stepping out, showing off her accessories and the gorgeous new outfit she wore.
Sonic’s face lit up, but not unexpected, as he mostly made that face whenever she came out.
However… the girls faces looked stunned, before one stuck up her nose and ‘hmph’ed, walking away as the other girls soon went off as well.
“Well? What do you think?” she strut her stuff over to him, before arching her steps to make her way to the flat, round and legless stool by the mirrors.
She glanced back at him as he leaned his head back, ‘hmm’ing as she walked back.
“I think it’s-”
“Swell?” She kid, slightly rolling her eyes as she carefully got up to it. “Great? Stunning? Radiant? Well, that’s just fine. I think it’s WONDERFUL! It’s what I choose to wear and it’s exactly what I like! So there.” she nodded, triumphant and happy about her new found confidence in herself.
Suddenly, Sonic’s expression changed.
She didn’t notice his silent shift before spinning herself on the stool, laughing and enjoying herself without even caring who was watching.
But she suddenly miss-stepped.
She came tumbling down!
She latched herself onto a curtain but it only stopped her fall for a moment, before ripping down into Sonic’s waiting arms…
The slow decent made her blush as Sonic waited patiently with open arms, and looked tenderly to her when she finally tore the last ring of the curtain and plopped into him.
“I think you look even better when you’re excited about what you’re wearing.. Amy.”
The way he said it… holding him close and being with him… Having him wait on her and take her to cute stores like this one…
Even smelling that familiar scent… Everything was absolutely perfect.
She didn’t need him fawning all over her body.
He fawned on her in his own way. By spoiling her with all these truly heartwarming gestures of spending time with her.
That was all she really needed… to know he loved-
She was so cozy and happy in his arms… that her adorable smile didn’t even fade when she blinked her eyes open.
“Hmm?~” she chimed, still in her wonderland.
The man looked very upset, tapping his toe and folding his arms before bursting out in rage.
“WHOSE GOING TO CLEAN THIS UP!? And pay for the damaged tapestry!?”
It was a curtain.
Did he have to make it sound so.. fancy?
She looked at the bright red fabric in her arms, and let it go in her hands to drape over the two before chuckling nervously…
“I can’t believe he kicked us out!” Amy thrust her arms down, looking quite unpleased, as Sonic walked beside her, his eyes never leaving her face.
“I mean… sure, we did SOME damage… and I’m sure those workers weren’t too happy about placing all the clothes I took back in their proper places, b-but…” she suddenly pressed her pointer fingers together, looking a little guilty at her being the true culprit here.
She scratched her nose slightly, “But I guess it was really fun… when you look back on it and all…”
She suddenly stopped in her walking, and blinked in surprise before turning to look at Sonic staring at her.
“…Hey…” she frowned, narrowing her eyes accusingly towards him. “Are you making fun of me..?” she looked a little hurt when she said that.
“Huh?” Sonic suddenly looked like he was snapped back into reality.
“….Ohh… Were you even paying attention to me!? Or anything I was saying!?” She stomped her little feet up, toe to toe with his own, and stated that right up by his face.
He leaned back, seeming unsure before avoiding her anger and turning his head up and away from her pouting face.
“I-It wasn’t that… it’s just…” he put a hand up to scratch, shyly, the side of his muzzle’s cheek.
“I just couldn’t help thinking about it…”
“Hmm? Thinking of what?” Amy’s expression changed and she looked more curious then upset.
She leaned back a moment as she saw him close his eyes, “hmmm…”
He then smirked with his pearly white teeth, and snickered as his head bounced low.
“..Huh? What’s so funny?” she stepped away and seemed a bit confused… “You are making fun of me…” she rose her shoulders up and lowered her head into them, still hurt by his actions.
“Nah,.. I just think you could look good in anything… as long as your face always look as excited as it was while in that last getup.” His truthfulness caught her by surprise, as he ‘whoo’ed as if tried and stuck his chest out to the nice breeze of the street.
“It’s been a long day! But I really should stop staring at ya…” he then looked back over to her, and winked, “It’s kinda creepy, huh?”
Her eyes shot open even wider.
She leaped into his arms, crying tears of joy and rubbing her head against him. “That’s the most kindest, sweetest, most wonderful thing you could have ever said to me!!!” she bawled, only making him grow nervous before sheepishly smiling back at her typical, over-the-top antics…
“Hehe~” he chuckled, “I’m glad…” he looked a little apologetically down to her.. before turning away to look up at the sky.
“So that’s what I was suppose to say…”
Apparently, Sonic had been trying to say whatever would please Amy the most in whatever she wore. He honestly didn’t care what she was wearing, he just wanted her to be happy. Finally finding what he believed was the ‘answer she wanted’ he nodded and laughed as she continued to cry tears of joy in his arms.
(I tried to write this in Japanese Sonic and Amy style… do you like? :3c )
As the temperatures drop, the cold weather clothes come out!
This 15" long cuddly fleece Dunsparce fanplush is bundled up with a (non-removable) crocheted cap decorated with cute ribbons & sparkly heart buttons, and ONE (1) reversible patterned scarf* [NOTE: when handling, scarf will shed, handle gently]
Let us talk about being a budget friendly little! This list is by no means definitive or the only options. However, as an adult little who has had to pinch the metaphorical penny at times, I have learned a few tricks to keep myself neck deep in cute stuff and still pay my bills.
🐞 Op Shops (aka thrift shops)
Don’t deceive yourself into thinking that op shops are just for old clothes. Your local shop will have lots of items to help you feel little. Check out the WHOLE store for children cutlery, plates, bowls, books, toys and even art products. You’ll be paying $5 for several items that would be $20+ brand new. Plus, cute clothing is often for sale as well.
As an Australian, Ebay has been great for cheap or used items and most places offer free or cheap shipping. Keep an eye on the sellers review percentage to keep yourself out of scams, but good finds are available.
🐞 Dollar Stores
Once upon a time, dollar stores used to sell nothing for more than $1. Times have changed, but gold is still to be had! Coloring books, pencils, trinkets, hair ties and even books can be found. Bring $5 and you’re sure to walk away with a couple of cute items.
This app (available on Play or Apple stores) offers a huge range of cheap items across all categories. Great for art items, hair accessories, cheap jewelry and other items. It is a hit or miss with some items not looking anything like you expected and nothing is name brand. However, I have had some amazing finds that make up for any failings. WARNING: this app does save your credit card details with a very simple “slide to pay” feature. If you struggle with impulse control, this app isn’t for you.
Patience is a virtue. Unfortunately, patience is not something most littles have in spades. However, if you are feeling budget savvy but wish to go out to the mall, sales are your best friend. End of Financial Year is happening soon and this is an underrated sale. For stock and tax taking purposes, shops will try to sell their items off before June 30th at discount. Shop online for sales as well anytime of the year. If you are a little with anxiety, avoid “major” sales like Christmas or Black Friday. Shop online instead.
🐝 Bee-ware of buying at certain places. Supermarket toy sections are often marked up as they are a ‘specialty’ item. Same with some major department stores. Don’t be afraid to compare. Take out your phone in store and look for the same item across other shops.