Honestly, Justin “Ransom” Oluransi is going to be Samwell University’s 2016 Valedictorian.

This young man:

• has a 4.0 GPA
• majoring in Biology
• is co-captain of an extremely successful university sports team
• probably involved in other extracurriculars (BSA) (you can’t convince me otherwise)
• is Facebook friends with every student at Samwell i.e. sociable, knows everyone

In short, Justin “Ransom” Oluransi is a well rounded young man who is going to give a heartfelt speech at graduation that makes the entirety of the Samwell Men’s Hockey Team bawl for at least half an hour. (Bitty continues for an hour. Holster continues for two.)

Opportunities to Meet People In College

Before Move-In

Admitted Students Days.
Your school/uni may have these under a different name, but days where you can go to get to know more about the academic programs and campus activities.

New Student Send-Offs. 
Casual gatherings hosted by alumni of your school/uni who live in your region.

People From Your High School. 
Maybe you know people from your high school who got into the same college as you. Knowing some familiar faces can make adjusting to a new environment easier.

Class of 202_ Facebook Groups.
Student-moderated Facebook groups for prospective students. Be sure to look for the one that is moderated by current students at your school/uni. There are some that are affiliated with businesses and posts a lot of advertisements. Once you join, make a brief post introducing yourself. You’ll get better responses if you’re specific about your interests (talk about your favorite TV shows/movies/books, your major, what you’re looking forward to doing in college, etc).

Contacting your Roommate(s).
You’ll need to contact them anyway to make sure you guys know what you’re bringing for your dorm. Eventually, you can talk to them to get to know them better. Ask about their interest, but also ask about anything you should be aware of (e.g. allergies, sleeping/studying habits, etc).

During/After Move-In

Helping Others Move In.
Maybe someone's struggling to move a heavy box or needs some tape to hang their photos on their wall.

Keeping Your Door Open the First Couple Days.
Maybe one of your floormates will notice your cool collection of band posters and you two can bond over your similar music taste!

Orientations/Welcome Week.
Meeting people through activities or department-specific informational sessions the first couple days after move-in.

Joining Clubs, Sports, Fraternities/Sororities.
This one speaks for itself.

Creating/Joining Study Groups.
On the first week of class, ask your classmates if they’d be interested in creating an online study group, a place where you can share notes, ask for help, or get information about the classes you’ve missed. You can make a GroupMe (recommended for smaller classes) or a Facebook Group (recommended for bigger classes) or any other social media you see fit.

Good luck next year! Remember that it’s okay to be nervous. There will be lots of people adjusting to a new environment just like you!

Tips for Class Selection!

Disclaimer: This post has more tips for first year students who haven’t taken university/college classes before! Also, every school has a different process of choosing your courses. I just based these tips off of the course selection processes I have used. As always, different things work for different people!


  • Plan out what you are going to take long before the day of. Look through the course calendar and write down every course that interests you. Pare it down over the course of a few weeks until you have a suitable number of choices. Separate them into required courses, top choices, and backups. Make sure you are 100% sure about your choices, rather than making them the night before and having regrets.
  • Look at breadth requirements and program requirements when planning. There might be courses that you are required to take for your program, so your first priority should be getting those into your schedule. Also, many schools have breadth requirements which require you to take classes from various faculties in order to graduate. If you have room, get these over with as early as possible. In upper years, there are more interesting classes you might want to take and you don’t want to be stuck in Intro to Spanish just so you can graduate.
  • Unless you are 100% a morning person, avoid taking 8:30 AM classes. Everyone thinks that because they woke up at 6AM every day in high school, they can take 8:30s. I do not recommend. It’s a lot easier to wake up early when you have a strict class schedule like in high school, and when you can go to bed whenever you want at home. In res, you might be lucky to be in bed by 1AM because of noise and wanting to hang out with friends, and you might only have to get up at 10AM for the rest of your classes. Even if you’re a morning person, just go with the 9:30-11:30 range.
  • Take a morning class and a night class. You should try out at least one evening class and one earlier in the morning to find out which you prefer. It would suck to be in your final year and find out that night classes worked really well for you when you could have been taking them all along. If you do end up hating them, it’s only for one semester in first year and then you never have to take them again!
  • Make sure you know how much time there is between classes and campuses. A lot of universities have satellite campuses, or just buildings that are really far apart. Make sure that if you are scheduling back-to-back classes, you actually have time to get to them. 

During Selection

  • If there is an option to add courses to a pre-selection list, do it. At both of the schools I have attended, there was a shopping cart option that was open before enrollment. This is so useful, because it makes it possible for you to enroll in just one click during your appointment. Also, it can get super stressful to try and find every course and add it when you know other people are fighting for spots as well, so finding them earlier on without a time crunch will reduce stress.
  • Know when your enrollment time is, and try to get on at that time. Hopefully your school has split up the enrollment times fairly, which means you are more likely to get on and get the classes you want if you go on your assigned time. Try to avoid making other plans during that time.
  • Check and double check that you are in the right section. Don’t accidentally put yourself in an online version or an 8:30 AM because you aren’t paying attention. Make sure the course codes match up with what you actually want.
  • Map out a mock schedule on Excel, if one isn’t given to you. There is no point in selecting classes that have time conflicts, so avoid that by making a schedule for yourself.
  • Make sure you have saved your selections before you exit out. A lot of sites nowadays have auto-save features, but course selection sites are usually not one of them. Check and double check that you are actually enrolled before you leave. 

If You Run Into Problems

  • Have backups chosen. Prepare to not get into every class that you wanted, and have backups chosen. It will lessen the disappointment, and save you from having to go back to the drawing board if some of your choices were full.
  • Know who to contact if you run into problems. Have the email or phone number of your academic advisor or program registrar on hand. Don’t feel like your questions are stupid. You can also try posting on your class Facebook page, because other students may have run into the same problem.
  • Add yourself to a waitlist, but only if you know the limitations. If there is a course you want but didn’t get into, consider adding yourself to the waitlist. However, make sure that being on the waitlist isn’t going to screw you over. Sometimes being on a waitlist automatically takes you out of one of your old selections, regardless of if you get into the new one. Make sure it is worth it.

12.11.17 // Sunday // 11:11
🍁November Study Challenge🍁

11. What kind of learner are you: visual, auditory or kinesthetic?
- Visual, I think 🤔

12. Worst studying habits?
- Too late study session 🌙
- Energy drinks🥤
- Facebook 🤦🏻‍♀️

anonymous asked:

hey blythe, you go to film school right? i'm currently studying drama (like acting techniques n shit) but i'm starting to feel like i might end up wanting to direct instead of act. i have an opportunity to study directing at my school, but i can't take film classes, and i'm worried that i won't have the film background i want. do u have any advice abt learning more abt film? like do u think film school is super necessary, or are there maybe some books i could look into? thank u SO MUCH <3 <3 <3

In My Humble Opinion, film schools are not necessary in this day and age. take that opportunity to direct at your school (its with theater, right?) that’s definitely a translatable skill. as for materials, “on filmmaking” by alexander mackendrick is considered the entry level bible by most directors. it was the first book i was assigned in my courses


i was recently introduced to the publisher focal press while i was at NAB, and they have a lot of updated useful guides within the field. i recently bought “the complete guide to film and digital production” by lorene m wales and i find it an incredibly helpful tool and resource

all focal press books: https://www.routledge.com/filmmaking


if you’re talking about film analysis and theory, david bordwell is one of the main guys, google around for some of his stuff. i read his textbook “film art” for a class which was great for some basics. unfortunately that book is reallyy expensive so its not super accessible (i lucked out bc i got the international edition while i was studying in norway) but you can try to find international versions on ebay- i found one, i’ll link it below. andre bazin is a classic figure in film criticism with his book “What is cinema?” laura mulvey provides a necessary feminist perspective with “visual pleasure and narrative cinema”




and then outside of books, nofilmschool.com is a great website & podcast for those interested in the field.

the organization IFP- independent filmmakers project has branches across the the US, and they offer seasonal film/photography courses for a very low price (think like $250 for 8 weeks). there’s one here in the twin cities and it’s wonderful, so i hope there’s one near you!

if there’s not a branch, i guarantee there’s some sort of filmmaking/film community in your city. search around on facebook/meetup.com/your college student groups to go hang with people and build your ~network.

uhhhhhhhhhhh i think thats all i can think of without rifling through my coursework lol hope that helps

edit: more stuff

https://web.archive.org/web/20150913142844/http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/index.htm an online textbook from yale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4316BUEVYkE film shot examples

https://web.stanford.edu/dept/DLCL/files/pdf/adorno_culture_industry.pdf - not strictly film related but essential for media professionals imo

Hi friends! I’m back with part 2 of the tips studying abroad mini-series, and this time it’s all about pre-departure: admin things like paperwork, packing, and figuring out your destination country’s systems. 

*Note: I’m going to be using the word “university” a lot since the post-secondary institution I attend is a university, but this could also apply to other institutions like colleges, cegep, etc!

Part 1: Check yourself so you don’t wreck yourself - planning and arranging your term abroad

Part 2: Leaving on a jet plane - packing and preparing for departure

Part 3: A whole new world - arrival in destination country (soon!)

  • Phone plans: you could get a pre-paid SIM card, go with a plan from your home country, or get a whole new phone plan in your destination country (the list goes on and on), but the most important thing is that you quantify it! Make sure you know what you can do with your plan - how much data do you have? What can you do with that much data? Quantify it in terms you’ll understand so that you’ll easily remember and can keep track of it. And if you can, I highly recommend bringing a portable battery! 
  • New country, new systems: in the same vein as arranging a phone plan for the new country, you should also make sure you have the right outlet plugs for your electronics! I brought a universal outlet and voltage converter which was really helpful if you don’t want to buy a new adapter.
  • Storage: if you’re using your phone camera throughout your trip, check to see if your phone supports having an extra SD card so that you have extra storage on your phone (this s helpful for apps and pictures). There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a scenic landscape and realizing you need to delete an app in order to take a picture.
  • School notes: instead of bringing all the notes you need with you, save space and scan them and save them onto a USB. Even if you are there for something other than school, try to go through your notes to see if there’s anything relevant that you might need because you never know!
  • First aid kit: different countries have different healthcare systems, so it’s worth bringing your own little first aid kit even if you know there will be a pharmacy nearby. It’s useful for when you need to take painkillers, because you’ll know exactly what dose to take since you’ve likely taken that medication before. I also like to pack antibiotic ointment, sanitizing wipes, and bandages. Tip: instead of packing a whole bunch of bandages, I highly suggest buying a roll of gauze and bandage tape, it’s easier to adjust what size bandage you want, and it’s also a lot more flexible/stronger than regular bandages. 
  • Financial matters: you also need to figure out how you will be paying. Consider looking at any bursaries or grants from your university that you can apply for. You should also look up what the currency exchange rate is  between your home currency and destination country currency - this will  really help you put perspective on how much an item really costs and     whether it’s worth it. Aside from that, make sure you know how much your bank will charge for currency exchanges. If you don’t want to keep using your existing bank account (the fees will add up!) consider setting a bank account for the new currency, or looking up a credit card that doesn’t charge currency exchange fees/gives you a good cashback rate.
  • Scoping out your new digs: Often if you’re going to be studying abroad, the school will send along a little information package for you about how to get around the school/city and about the international student community. If you don’t get one, try to contact the advisor to see if they can put you in contact with an international student already there, or a student studying there. You can also look for Facebook groups for international students at that school or for other students from your home institution also going abroad.
  • What do I pack??? As a general rule of thumb, I try to pack as if I’m only going to be away for 2 weeks - there will be washing machines! Pack versatile layers so you’re ready for any weather you’ll encounter and so you can make different combinations of outfits. Here’s a little checklist of tips and reminders I made!
  • Getting into the country: last but definitely not least, figure out what paperwork you need to fill out in order to enter and live/work/study in the country! If you can, schedule an appointment with an advisor from your home institution to figure out the details like what paperwork you’ll need to fill out before/after you arrive, any visas information/paperwork, whether you need to register at the city hall of your destination city.

Good luck, and as always, feel free to add to the list!

Modern! Hamburr & Social Media
  • Alex has a twitter account and regularly goes on 200 tweet rants about politics, LGBT and racism
  • He’s always willing to fight and accepts every discussion with some bigot/racist/sexist and drags them to hell and back
  • Alex loves snapchat, he snaps all day and all night and the whole crew is really, really annoyed
  • Aaron woud never in a million years admit it but he loves Alex’s snaps and rewatches them and screenshots them and cherishes them
  • Aaron has a study blog on tumblr and his workspace is always perfectly organized, he has a dark desk and white walls and somehow always the newest macbook
  • Aaron also has an instagram account where he posts pictures from his travels, workouts and food, there’s not a single pic of his face but everyone adores him and people regularly ask for pics but he never gives a direct answer, they are basically all thirsty for more and he lets them wait
  • Alex is the one who always has an overly dramatic WhatsApp status
  • Aaron only has facebook for student groups and so he can keep up with some people, never uses it for anything else
  • Alex uses facebook for groups and the occasional rant when he sees a post that disagrees with him
  • And Alex has a website where he publishes poems and short stories and no one knows about it, that’s only for him
  • (he eventually tells Aaron and Aaron loves everything Alex writes, but especially the poems that are inspired by him and their relationship)

Youngmin’s Teacher’s Facebook Post

My student Youngmin
From all the students I have met,
The most humble and hard-working Youngmin.
I met him when he was in high school, but now he’s already 23.
When he entered the class and when finished class
Youngmin always bowed 90 degrees while saying “thank you.”
He still has that same kindly smiling face~~~
How diligent you must’ve been all that time.
I’m proud of you Youngmin. Let’s hit big!! Fighting!!

translation credits: @imyoungmine

Take You Home (Baekhyun, OC) Part 1/2

Originally posted by chanhyun

In your eyes that try to smile, there is sadness
But I can’t do anything about it
I can feel it - Take You Home (Baekhyun)

OC - Kang Nami

Baekhyun have always pride himself to be a very rational guy.

He believed things could be settled through thorough communication… through a civilized and humane manner. For he was, in other words, a lover not a fighter.


The pain that shot through his jaw was agonizing and Baekhyun immediately tasted rust against his tongue upon the hit. The impact shoved him towards the neighbouring table, causing the couple sitting there to stand in fear and surprise. He winced as he held his mouth, feeling like his teeth was knocked off.  He hoped he was wrong because that would definitely be a big problem for his singing career.

“Never thought you had it in you Byun,” Park Jun said, a.k.a. the guy Baekhyun had attacked the moment he heard those two menacing words come out of his mouth:

“She’s nothing.”

A fiery rage came over him then and before he could think twice about his actions, Baekhyun had delivered a punch to Jun’s face, which was then followed up (quite swiftly he might add) with a punch to his jaw.

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“I don’t think I was familiar with the phrase ‘oxford comma’ until I saw this early facebook group, this is going back to the real early days of facebook, called ‘students for the preservation of the oxford comma’ and I mean I basically knew what it was, I knew that was a place where you could take or leave a comma, but I never heard it called an ‘oxford comma’ and that really stuck me as such a kind of an elegant name for a piece of punctuation. and then I remember being home at my parents house during winter break of our senior year and just started like playing that song on the piano and made a little demo, and those were the first words that popped into my head as I played the chords”

I think I cheered up just about every single Pratchett fan on campus today. 

I only took this selfie myself: 

But there were plenty of people sneaking pictures of me. (’sneaking’)

Most of them were selfies as well. One person got her friend to take a picture of her with me in the background, but her head was in the way until the last moment when she tilted it to get me in. :P 

I am glad of this. I provided entertainment for lots of people, whether they were Pratchett fans or not. :P 

EDIT: I have just been alerted to the student facebook page for my uni where I’ve had two shoutouts from anonymous appreciators, one of which came with this photo:

Student investigated for Islamophobia after Facebook post mocking Isis
A student who mocked Isis on Facebook is being investigated over claims his post put "minority students at risk and in a state of panic and fear." Robbie Travers, a 21-year-old third-year law student, is being probed by the University of Edinburgh over claims he committed a "hate crime," even though no criminal investigation by the police has taken place.

Alaskan youth say yes to Y.E.S.!

Story by Amanda Friendshuh, BLM Intern. Photos by Amanda Friendshuh, BLM Intern; Kaylee Rodriguez, BLM Intern; The Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment.

In order to get youth involved in nature, BLM-Alaska attended the annual Youth Environmental Summit (YES), hosted by the Native Village of Gakona, where kids can learn about the area’s natural resources.

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Well done, Wilkes Central High School, and your absolute forward thinking and acceptance of ALL students. Detect the sarcasm.

There is a post going around on Facebook about a student who attends WCHS. They came home with their yearbook. It’s quite lovely, as the cover showcases here. Now, inside is a page where throughout the year students were allowed to submit “anonymous secrets” that would be printed in the yearbook.

Behold the secrets.

Oh, but wait… what is this? Is there one with black electrical tape over it to obscure the secret? Upon peeling this tape up (carefully, otherwise you WILL rip this page as others have done) we see the secret that was just NOT ALLOWED: “I like guys and girls.”

Seriously. Let’s print about vomiting while kissing our boyfriend, but that is just TOO MUCH. So much so that every yearbook distributed was amended with this tape. Curiously, this was okay to make it into print but somewhere following production was decreed not acceptable and black tape - a defacement of property - was taken to the page instead.

I’m disappointed, Wilkes Central, but far from surprised in your behavior. I had so hoped that we had grown past this, but it seems we are still going around with the topic.

Spread this shit like wildfire. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! do you have any suggestions on finding good NYC sublets? I'm interning in the city January-May 2018 and am looking around now.

Are you interning through your school? If so, check your school’s facebook or other student forum pages online to see if other students are also looking or renting out!

You might have good luck looking for sublets nearby the big universities in New York– NYU, Pace, Julliard, Columbia. Since you’re not a student at those schools, though, you probably won’t have access to their student pages. Do you have any friends that go to school in New York, or a friend of a friend? Use social media to your advantage and try to find someone or someone who knows someone who lives in the city!

The most common way to find a sublet is simply to search Craigslist, StreetEasy, and/or Padmapper and filter for sublets. Know, however, that many people only list places about 2-4 weeks before they expect people to move in. So, you may have to AirBnB for a bit once you arrive in the city while you look for a better sublet option.

It’ll be hard to find a place so far in advance because you’ll probably want to meet your potential subletter. You’ll want to make sure they’re trustworthy and the apartment is clean and well-cared for. It’s true also that more sublets are available in the summer than winter, but I’m sure you’ll find something!

Good luck and stay safe!– Mimi