first-year

How I learnt to study

During High school I was one of those students who never really had to work for my marks, I had the uncanny ability to leave my assignment till the night before and still manage full marks that is ..till I got to university, my first year was a disaster I was barely passing my units I was stressed and depressed, what got me through high school was clearly not working in university. So to stop my second year in university from being a disaster as well and to save my gpa I decided to learn how to study from scratch!  spoiler: It worked and my marks have tripled since I adopted these habits. So here are the things I started doing!

- I invested in school supplies that I NEEDED and not just for aesthetic, example I bought tons and tons of basic cheap notebooks because I knew I was going to do a lot of writing and things like flashcards. My rule of thumb was if its functional its perfect.

- I attended every lecture and every class no matter what the time was! This is essential as it saves time later when you are rushing around trying to catch up. 

- I tried to stay up to date no matter what! Before I would let lecture after lecture pile up but ever since doing this, my study life has been much easier to cope with. 

- UNDERSTANDING EVERYTHING YOU LEARN FROM THAT WEEK, I cannot stress how much this has helped me. If I am learning about a topic in week 5, I have to understand it fully in week 5, not when I am in finals week and stressing out. I use resources such as textbooks and the internet to help me understand or I will ask my teacher. The important thing is I understand it fully.

- Be organised!  Know when you have an assignment due, there are so many ways to do this. Handheld planner, wall planner, phone reminders, there is apps such as my study life. Anything that will remind you to get started on the thing before it is too late.

- Review your notes weekly or fortnightly!!! Memory works by relearning, instead of cramming the night before exams, review weeks before.

- Break down your essays weeks before its due, you don’t have to start writing them right away but at least start thinking about them.

- Utilise any free time, for example instead of listening to music on my 45 min bus ride to uni I started listening to a psych podcast or doing my readings for that day.

- Have mental health days, I found out how difficult it is to study and how necessary it is to take breaks. Studying is stressful, have days/half days where you relax and look after yourself.

-Cut down on caffeine, I was a serial coffee addict, Im talking 4 shots a cup three times a day. Cutting down reduced my anxiety and got me sleeping more, which improved my mood and energy.

- Have a study buddy/group, find someone who is serious about their study and have study sessions with them, you get to study and have a social life.

- Find a study schedule that suits you, don’t feel pressure to get up at 5 am if you find it easier to study at 6pm.

- Have a study place, that you know you will study in! It can be your local library, your desk, your bed. Anything that you find will work for you!

How to Get Along With Your Slytherin Friend Pt. 2

From a Slytherin’s Perspective

• Weekly night of sitting in their pajamas talking about nothing in front of the common room fire is a must

• they love experimenting so if they say “Hey we’re gonna see what happens if we add belladonna to this potion” then you need to nope right out of there

• for some reason they love candles

• they’re very protective of each other so you’re not gonna be bullied I promise

• love books almost as much as Ravenclaws, even Muggle fiction isn’t as big of a deal as you may think it is

• they aren’t easily entertained but if you’re persistent then you can talk your friend into nearly anything

• not afraid to talk back and get sassy

• DON’T LET THE FIRST YEARS NEAR THE GIANT SQUID PLEASE

• they’re incredibly cunning and sneaky of course so don’t worry about getting caught breaking the rules

• if you’re a firstie don’t be scared of Slytherins they may seem cold at first but trust me there are some great people there

• nearly every one of them have stashes of sweets hidden in their mattress just check but DON’T STEAL it they will NOTICE

Things I learnt after my first year at University as a psychology major .

1. Know the difference between pseudo psychology and psychology especially if your thinking of enrolling in psychology, or psychology subjects.

2. Yes it involves maths, but it sounds scarier than it is.

3. Do. not . buy. the . text. books. full. price.

4. Different assignments have different weightings, be mindful of where you put your effort.

5. Yes. electives are just as important as the compulsory units, focus on them for your GPA

6. KEEP UP WITH THE LECTURES ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE 3 HOURS LONG AND THEY PILE UP 

7. Lecturers will not bite! send that email, book the appointment! you will thank yourself later

8. Please seek out the wellbeing people on campus its better to see them early, before you really need them.

9. Do not try to take everything else at once, tread easily and get used to  university before you over plan.

10. A stressed student is not a good student

11. Group assignments will annoy you a lot, it will be okay 

12. Uni campuses are huge and busy,  Find a few spots on campus that make you comfortable, those are your areas to go too especially if you feel overwhelmed.

13. Seek out a good cafe.

14. Pack your own lunch! 

15. Its okay if you don’t make close friends in the first year, as you progress through university you will have lots of chances to make friends.

16.  Experiment with study techniques till you find the one that suits you.

17. First year is the hardest year, be patient it will pass.

18. Do not be afraid of trying new subjects and exploring your options.

19. Look after your health, get enough sleep, drink water and eat healthy.

20. Make sure you give yourself time to do something you enjoy.

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friday, september 2

some snippets from my new (college!!??) bullet journal since the semester started!!!??? altho ngl college aka cs/math is wrec k in g me right now

also i donut particularly like this photoset, but ya know you do what you can do college is college is college (also i hope everyone has been well and i can already tell this year = me being less active on tumblr again bc zam school)

Remember in Harry Potter: The Prisoner Of Azkaban in the beginning when an entire choir made of different years and different houses was singing with oversized bullfrogs? Because that means that here is a fucking CHOIR GROUP at Hogwarts where people can gather and sing, and that older students help younger students learn to hit their pitches perfectly. Like, what if an older Slytherin was helping first years (especially the Hufflepuffs) because “I’m not doing this to be nice, I’m doing this so they don’t deafen the school with their flat C minor”.

General Tips for Starting University

1) Have a decent bag/rucksack for carrying stuff in, especially if you’re taking a course with lots of contact hours. If you have a long way to walk, it might be worth investing in a ‘dry bag’ (used for hiking and stuff) so if it rains your notes will still be dry. A plastic carrier bag or bin bag might work too. Always check the weather before you leave and prepare for rain.

2) Invest in some sensible sturdy shoes (especially if you have to walk far!) It will make life so much easier. A good waterproof coat is also useful in the rain. Or an umbrella. 

3) If you can get a group together to do online shopping it might save you a long walk to the supermarket with heavy bags. You’ll probably not be able to do one by yourself because of minimum spend. 

4) Supermarkets actually have some nice inexpensive stationery. 

5) Earplugs can be useful (if you can sleep in them) especially in halls of residence because it gets very noisy sometimes. 

6) If you’re sharing a shower you might want to use flip flops. 

7) If you’re in catered halls, still bring a minimal cutlery/maybe a mug and a plastic plate just in case you miss a meal and so you can make tea/coffee. 

8) Speaking of tea/coffee, invest in a travel mug or flask. It’ll save you loads of money if you bring your own hot drinks. 

9) Take your keys with you if you leave your room. You don’t want to lock yourself out. 

10) If you’re in a ground floor room, make sure you close your windows when you go out and it might be worth making sure your laptop is out of view (just in case). 

11) If you can, plan your meals to avoid buying stuff you don’t need. 

12) I liked to have warm colours for my bedding because often halls have light walls which is kinda cold. It can get cold in halls too, especially in the first few nights so it might be nice to have a jumper or extra blanket. 

13) If you’re into clubs and stuff, see if you can get advice from older students on which taxi companies have a good reputation. Also try and stick with other people in your flat/halls so you don’t have to be alone at night in an unfamiliar place. Try not to walk home alone. 

14) You’ll want plasters and cold and flu medicine. Freshers flu is real and plasters are really really handy.

15) If you’re moving far from home make sure you register with a Doctor because you never know when you might need one. 

16) Don’t skip your subject orientated introduction lectures (often not covering any material) if possible because it’s a good chance to meet people on your course and get information on module selection and the library etc. 

17) The fire alarm will go off. Have slippers and a dressing gown/jumper ready. Don’t do a me and panic and rush outside with no socks/shoes or jumper in October and freeze. 

18) Check out the societies, but don’t pay for membership straight away. Go to the taster sessions and see if you like it first. Usually you can join the mailing list for free for a few weeks.

19) You’ll probably be tired for the first few weeks so it’s okay to have a nap during the day if you think it’ll make you feel better. 

20) Only buy gym membership if you need it for sports or you know you’re going to use it. It’s usually a lump sum and that shit is expensive. 

21) It’s okay to go home. It’s doesn’t mean you’ve failed at independence or whatever. Sometimes it’s nice to have a break from the university bubble and to recharge from what can be a hectic lifestyle.

22) Clubs have horrible sticky floors so if you’re into that then get some cheap shoes because they will get ruined. 

23) If you’re allowed an extension cable then bring one because sometimes the plug sockets are in awkward places in halls. 

24) A doorstop is usually a good idea because the doors in halls are usually big and heavy and sometimes you’ll want your door open to show you’re free if anyone wants to hang out. 

25) Finally, don’t be forced into doing anything you don’t want to do. Try and be yourself. I know it’s hard but you don’t have to change yourself or your morals and values for anybody else.

A reminder to everyone leaving home for college this fall or really about to do anything out of their comfort zone.

The Doctor..

… he would believe in you to do it.

Every companion has made the decision to go with him..

to leave ordinary life behind..

to find what they have been missing..

to find something new..

something amazing…

they were brave..

but scared.

and not everyday was a good one.

saying goodbye

is very very hard.

but if you ask any one of those wonderful..

brilliant…

relentless..

bad ass..

clever..

 legendary..

dreamers..

if it was worth it..

they will tell you the same thing..

Oh, yes.

If you are scared of losing yourself and changing.. remember..

So, should you test yourself, leave home, and see it maybe.. just maybe

you are bigger on the inside, too?

The answer is 

Yes.

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Dean DeBlois, writer and director of How to Train Your Dragon, visited Sheridan today and I was a shaking, crying mess (I hope he didn’t notice! But it was really obvious…). Dragons is my favourite movie of all time and it was the movie that made me want to get into animation, so meeting him was an amazing experience. He signed both art books for me and I gave him a drawing I did over the weekend AND THEN HE ASKED ME TO SIGN IT FOR HIM AND SAID IT WAS INCREDIBLE. 

AND THEN HE DREW ME TOOTHLESS IN MY SKETCHBOOK I AM GOING TO FRAME THIS.

I was so, so happy today. 

vimeo

Here is my first year film at CalArts!

Biggest thank to all my friends and family at CalArts, i learned so much this year and its so exciting and inspiring to see everyones film yesterday in the open show!

You can watch all the awesome films made by my super talented classmates here: https://vimeo.com/channels/calartscharanimfilms2016

Useful Anatomy Websites

Since my vet school semester/block has started, I have seen a plethora of eager first years donning smelly lab coats, entering the dungeon of doom, and frantically wonder how they will ever retain all of this anatomy information. Well, never fear, your upperclassman is here with some useful resources to make cramming those impossibly tiny structures into your brain a little bit easier. 

1) Virtual Canine Anatomy by CSU: (https://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/vetneuro/VCA3/vca.html). 

This website is AMAZING!!!! It is organized by section and you can sit in your PJs as you go through real pictures of anatomy that are very detailed and extremely helpful (they even have quizzes!). USE THIS WEBSITE!!!!!! 

2) Veterinary Anatomy:  (http://vanat.cvm.umn.edu/

Another wonderful website for real pictures of carnivore and ungulate anatomy! I supplemented VCA with this one and found it useful, especially starting in second semester when we began large animal/ungulates. 

3) Cornell’s Horse Dissection: (http://www.vet.cornell.edu/oed/horsedissection/search.asp)

Pretty dang useful in second semester when we focused on the equine (and bovine). 

4) Limb Anatomy: (http://apps.cvm.iastate.edu/limbanatomy/)

5) Equine Transverse Sections:(https://instruction.cvhs.okstate.edu/Anatomy/Horse/EquineOverviewInteractive.asp)

5) 3D bones: (http://real3danatomy.com/bones/dog-skeleton-3d.html)


Happy studying!

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