hana-et-al  asked:

*curtsies* hello duke! thank you so much for that reply to the A+ grade anon. i'm struggling with the exact same thing and your words really helped to reset everything into perspective. thank you for being straightforward, and for taking the time to answer that. i hope you have a great day. :)

*Curtsies* Hello! You’re honestly so very welcome. Way to many people wreck their college experience by getting hung up on the wrong things. And here’s another thing that your university isn’t going to tell you: unless you’re thinking about grad school, after college nobody cares what your GPA was. Employers are going to want to know that yes, you got a degree and where you got it, but they’re not going to look at your CV and be like, “Tell me about this B you got second semester sophomore year.” Grades have no real-world value (again, unless you plan to go into higher ed), but your education does. So focus on actually learning stuff instead of what letters are on your transcript, because that’s what actually going to matter when you graduate. 

the reason for my recent inactivity:

On Friday, February 3rd, I was having a beautiful round in the junior hunters at HITS Coachella in Thermal, CA. As we came to the first jump of the last line of the course, the horse I was catch riding didn’t pick up his feet to jump (likely distracted by a light, shadow, or any number of other things). Instead, he hit the 3'3" jump with his chest, his hind end came up, and he flipped completely over, throwing me headfirst into the ground. (I have no memory of the event or the day that it happened; I know all of this only from descriptions by witnesses and people who watched the video of the incident.)

It’s a miracle that I was thrown far away enough to not be crushed by his body, and that my brain trauma didn’t exceed that of a bad concussion. My helmet (and a bit of raw luck) saved my life.

It was a freak accident unrelated to the horse’s ability, rider error, or jump height. No matter your (or your horse’s) age, level, or experience, please: wear a helmet. It takes so little for a situation to go so wrong. #mindyourmelon

(The horse I was riding is eating, drinking, begging for carrots, and continuing to make stable improvements at the rehabilitation center.)


Teachers get paid very little to teach. Teachers deal with kids who don’t want to learn. Teachers are paid based off how well they teach the kids who don’t want to learn. Teachers want kids to pass by having learned something but are forced to teach them enough so they pass the tests. Some teachers actually care about the students and how much they want to learn. Teachers deal with rude children and talkers. Teachers don’t get paid enough to deal with some students bullshit. Substitute teachers get paid even less, and are hired based on past performance, regardless of how badly the class behaves.
Students are constantly stressed out. Students deal with huge amounts of homework, on average, 4-5 days a week. Students are trying to complete assignments and study for 6-7 classes a day. Students deal with teachers who don’t care whether they pass the tests, because some teachers get paid well regardless of pass/fail numbers. Students don’t get enough sleep at night. Many students suffer from untreated learning disabilities, like ADHD. Students are expected to know what career field they want to be in for the rest of their lives by 18. Some students are in debt just for wanting to learn.



Good morning.

One week ago today I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Inspiring, funny and incredibly motivating, he gave the entire lecture in his socks. As he shuffled around the stage he asked questions and even called on people in a Q & A at the end. (Incredible because Jones Hall was sold out for this) He spoke to the crowd of thousands as though we were all his students and were in a tiny classroom. It was brilliant to say the least. My favorite question was asked by an aspiring astrophysicist. She just wanted to know what advice he could give her about college. He said: “Take harder classes and stop thinking about your GPA.”

I loved that. Thank you, Dr. Tyson

Happy Tuesday❤️

How To Get A's In Hard College Classes

1. Know what the class consists of before you start the class. Do a little research to find out what you’ll be facing throughout the semester. This way you will have an idea of how much time and energy you will need to put in when the class starts.

2. Check every professor teaching that class on ratemyprofessor.com to pick out the “easiest” professor you can for the hard class.

3. Get the required textbook and materials before the class starts. If you don’t know whether or not the textbook will be used, email your professor (make sure to introduce yourself in the same email).

4. Introduce yourself in person (even if you introduced yourself through email) after the first class privately. MAKE SURE your professor knows your name while you’re in class the whole semester. Otherwise, the effort is meaningless. Professors sometimes curve grades, so if they can identify your name from a list of names, you might be in luck if you’re a point away from an A.

5. MAKE FRIENDS. Specifically the “smart ones” and “my kinda smart” ones. Study for tests and do homework with the friends that are your kinda smart. Then, before you turn in ANY homework, check answers with the “smart” friends. This will usually get you a 100% on the homework section of the class.

6. GET A 100% ON HOMEWORK. Since the class is hard, you need EVERY bit of help you can get. You can do homework with friends, but you can’t take exams with friends. Getting a 100% on the homework and easy work (which is usually around 20% of the class weighting) can turn your high B into an A.

7. Sit in the front row. This way, your teacher knows your face. Make sure you smile when the professor looks at you. The more the teacher knows you, the more likely he/she will want you to get a good grade in class.

8. Ask questions in class. If you think your question is dumb, ask people around you. If no one knows the answer, then that means most of the class doesn’t know either (which means you won’t look dumb in class!) Again, the more you look like you’re trying, the more the professor will like you.

9. Email the professor questions. Again, this just lets the professor remember your name and face while answering your question at the same time!

10. Get the old test material from your friends that took the class before. This will give you extra study material, and you will have an idea of what format and question types your test will consist of.

11. Go to the TA office hours EVERY WEEK (introduce yourself the first week). They can help on homework, projects, concept help, anything! The TA office hours are where you can ask “dumb” questions and have them explain a lot. Since TA’s usually grade, MAKE SURE they know your name and the amount of effort you are putting in. When they help you with homework and understanding, the TA’s are usually sympathetic when grading. (TA stands for teaching assistant)

12. Go to the professor’s office hours when the TA is not available. This way, you have TWO opportunities to get your questions answered: the TA office hours and the professor office hours. Use both.

13. Get your questions and confusions answered ASAP. You do NOT want to fall behind. The class is hard enough already. Here are your question asking opportunities: TA office hours, professor office hours, TA email, professor’s email, after class, before class, during class. There’s no excuse for not being able to understand a concept.

14. Record the class lecture and play it back when you need clarification of what you learned in class.

15. Study in little chunks every couple days (or every day if you can) for the upcoming exams. DO NOT “CRAM”. Cramming will give you stress and depression and will not allow you to ask as many questions to the professor as you would like to when you are confused.