east college

university gothic

-You have to be up by 7 am tomorrow morning. You set your alarm for 5:55. You wake up at 4 am because your kidneys are screaming for release, and by the time your head hits the pillow again your alarm is buzzing. It’s 6:55. You could have sworn you set it for 5:55. You panic. It doesn’t matter. Your first class doesn’t start until 9.

-Your literature class has twenty-five students. You raise your hand often in that class. Only four other people ever raise their hand. Somehow, everyone else has found a way to remain silent for the entirety of the semester. You don’t know the sound of the girl’s voice who sits to your left. There is no girl who sits to your left. You are the only one of two students sitting in the front row. You are an island in a class of silent eyes.

-It is possible that your upstairs neighbors are actually sumo wrestlers, or perhaps professional clog dancers. You’ll never know. The RA on duty has never been around in time to check. The upstairs neighbors remain faceless. But never noiseless.

-Everyone’s schedule is so busy that every time you make plans with friends they ask to take a raincheck for next week. Next week never comes. It is always this week. “Next week” is just an empty promise.

-A student whose age you could never guess walks down the street on his way to class. He wears a t-shirt and worn leather sandals. It is thirty degrees outside. You don’t question it. No one does.

-It is raining today. Classes are not real. No one speaks of happy things. You all wonder when the sun will shine again. If it will shine again.

-There is a new building under construction this semester. There is always a new building under construction. You have never been in a single new building. You plan to take a look in one of them at some point. Something tells you you never will.



1. A SAFE PLACE – keep all irreplaceable/important documents like your birth certificate, a level certificates, UCAS letters in here. Ideally a concertina folder, or a folder with different sections. Mine is organised by bank stuff, ID, student finance, qualifications, tenancy, and my part time job. Keep this folder in your room and ideally keep a list of what is inside taped to the front.

2. NOTEBOOK – for lecture notes, shopping lists, any notes. At lectures, write the week number, date, module title, etc at the top. If anything requires action (e.g. you have to email someone, read something for next week) circle it, highlight it, underline it, make it clear. When you go home you can make a list of what needs to be done and when. Keep this with you at uni, and when you get home always leave it in the same place in your bag/on your desk. 

3. BINDER – with plastic wallets, dividers if you want. I keep two sections: ‘to do’ and ‘to return’. When a teacher hands me homework or a bit of paper I immediately put it in ‘to do’. When I get home I check ‘to do’ and make a list, decide when to do it. When I’ve done it I immediately put it in ‘to return’. Keep this with you at uni and when you get home always leave it in the same place

4. SEMESTER PLANNER – week numbers going down, mon/tues/wed/thurs/fri/sat/sun going across. Write down deadlines, birthdays, holidays so you can see everything in one place. You might notice two deadlines in the same week. Keep on your wall.

5. WEEKLY PLANNER – print off one for each week, hours of the day going down, days of the week going across. Fill in your classes, society events, etc. Write your goal for that week (e.g. a deadline, or to begin an essay). Keep this in your notebook/binder so if you need to organise a tutorial or to meet a friend, you can quickly check when you are free.

6. FORGET PLACE – this is where I put things I can forget about. Put in stuff you look at occasionally like recipes, or old photos, or internship info you don’t want to think about right now. When I write down a list of all my assessments, I stuff it in the forget place and stop worrying. Keep this stuff in a plastic wallet/folder in your room.

When did you realize that whiteness was a thing, or when did you realize that you were not white?

Oh, so early. I mean, again, so I went to Hunter which is this like magnate school, it’s a public school but it’s a school for nerds, like you have to pass a test to get in. And I got in in kindergarten. So I went from a nursery school in the 150’s to literally my name changing. Like I went from Lin-Manuel to Lin, because I couldn’t take people mangling Lin-Manuel. I said just call me Lin, that’s easier, so like the switching of Spanish to English and English to Spanish, and slang changing, happened when I was really young. And in retrospect I’m grateful for it ‘cause I can kind of hang wherever, but yeah, that’s probably where. I mean it was literally just teachers and students who couldn’t pronounce my name.

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Another Round podcast
March 8, 2016

i keep making jokes about hurricane ophelia and how it will put me out of my misery and send me to the gods above where i can live in peace and prosperity and anxiety free but i’m lowkey afraid of the damage that’ll be done bc the entire country is now put under red warning

Today, out of the blue, I remembered a story one of my college professors told us once. I don’t remember where he was, it might’ve been Europe, for some Teaching English as a Foreign Language stuff. He got into a conversation with a man from the Middle East (sorry, I can’t remember which country anymore, it’s been like three years) who had apparently been dealing with some racism for the last few days.

Well he mentions to my professor that a lot of Americans seemed to have the impression that his home country was backward or primitive. (Oh boy. Ain’t ethnocentrism grand?) And he asks my professor if he feels the same way.

My professor looks at him and says, “Sir, your ancestors were writing poetry and coming up with complex numerals while mine were eating brains.”

And it cracks me up every time I remember it because I’ll bet that wasn’t what the other man was expecting to hear.

anonymous asked:

There is a New South Building.... but was there an Old South?

Thanks for your question! This one required some in-depth research to verify, but we ultimately found the answer.

There was no “Old South” at Princeton (or “South Hall” or “South College”), but there was–and is–an “Old North.” Nassau Hall was often known by that name well into the twentieth century. It was flanked by East and West Colleges, originally built as dormitories. East College was demolished to build East Pyne Hall, but West College still sits a little behind and to the west of Nassau Hall.

Plans for New South Hall originally just referred to it as the “administration building,” but administrators wanted a less utilitarian name. Sitting as it did on the southern end of campus, ultimately the name “New South” was chosen as a counterpoint to “Old North.”

Princeton University’s New South Hall, 1966. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box AD05, Item No. 8654


| Boyle Heights, CA | 2017 by [DV8] David Patrick Valera



  • use bullet points
  • highlight stuff - doesn’t even matter what you highlight! it breaks down information for your eyes
  • record yourself explaining a topic onto your laptop/phone. when you put yourself on the spot you may uncover gaps in your knowledge.
  • play it back to yourself and feel proud! you know loads
  • when you write stuff down, write stuff in really big letters if you want to. write in all caps if you want. write exclusively in gold sharpie. if you don’t want to revise a boring topic, but you have to, you can write swear words in your gosh-darn notes. no-one will ever know.
  • if you have loads of revision stuff on scrap paper, highlight the edges of the paper/do a border so these are clearly revision. you can colour code it and sort a pile of messy papers quickly.
  • oral exams scare the living crap out of me, so i found a picture of my examiner on the uni website and practiced in front of it (told my classmates and they laughed in my face, but hey i got a 1st and i’m no longer scared)
  • do past papers - there will be some on your uni website
  • flashcards. everyone says this to me and i never do it
  • relax!! you’ll be fine, remember to pick a reward for after all this
  • take 3 minutes and type up all you know about a topic. then prioritise what you missed out instead of focusing on what you already know
  • when you reeeeeeaaaaallllly don’t want to revise (but have no valid excuse) get everything you need like pens and paper, set a timer for 10 minutes, and tell yourself you can stop when the timer beeps. sometimes the hard part is starting
  • even if you feel fine, take a break to STAND UP. i never realise how much i need to pee until i stand up. 
  • keep water at your workspace at all times 
  • make sure the temperature is okay in the room
  • its easier to work in a clean tidy room. so, maybe go to the library

i hope you enjoyed these revision and organisation tips. i spent 5 years in secondary, 2 in sixth form, 1 in a foundation year, and 2 at university. i’ve been trying to work out the bare minimum. so i can stress less.