holmesandconet

Ok High School is like negative 20% scarier than everyone thinks its going to be. You will be fine. I just graduated this past June, but let’s throw back to the first day of my freshman year

ok first of all I was not that hot my freshman year that is a very recent profile picture and my writing voice clearly had a lot to desire

Let me tell ya

I was not thrown in a dumpster nor did I become the school mascot or the top cheerleader. 

I did get lost though.

 

Not a huge deal, I found my way eventually and so will you. 

I floated very solidly in the middle of the social pack, never at the top, never at the bottom, but I also dedicated myself entirely to academics. 

I highly recommend being a nerd. It’s not a bad thing at all. Less social pressure, better grades, MORE LEARNING. 

Take each day as it comes and remember that school is important, but it’s also a completely arbitrary construct designed to force you into a box.

Resist the box. 

Study for tests

But not too hard

Make flashcards and then lose them and have to remake them all again because it will cement your knowledge. 

Don’t read books just for school, explore your own interests. 

Know when to shut up and know when to speak up. 

There is often a fine line between the two. 

Remember that grades aren’t everything…

…but they are like 90% of college admissions so try to keep them up. 

Accept that plans change. Interests change. Friends change. Teachers change. Grades change.

but be in control of as much of that change as you can. 

Buy a really good set of highlighters

Buy school supplies in mass. Pens get lost. 

Always have at least 1 black/blue pen, a pencil and a red pen.

Stay away from the kid who always asks to borrow a pen. 

Eat lunch where everybody else eats lunch.

Don’t purposefully ostracize yourself from your peers.   

Never EVER eat lunch in the sketchy back hallway where the weird kids hang out. Just… avoid it there. 

(you know who and where I’m talking about)

Image shouldn’t mean anything, but it does. So keep that in mind. 

To your peers, you are who you look like. 

Don’t cosplay at school. 

Don’t yell. I don’t care if you think something’s funny or if you’re upset. Just don’t yell. Especially in hallways. 

Ask questions. So many questions. As many questions as possible. 

Accept invitations

for parties, study groups, lunch dates

branch out

Join clubs (but not the dungeons and dragons club. Even if you like that. don’t.)

Learn to love coffee. Coffee is very important. 

Remember that the grade you get in freshman year biology is going on your transcript when you’re 18 and applying for college. Don’t flunk it. 

Always have your textbooks, even if you don’t use them everyday. 

Cheat the system. Know which teachers always check homework and which ones don’t. 

Prioritize based on that. 

Be honest with your teachers. 

Don’t lie to them.

Find a teacher who is personally invested in you. There will be at least one. 

ASK QUESTIONS

Smile. Don’t be the kid who sits in the back and glares at everyone.

On your first day, everyone is as new as you.

make friends

introduce yourself

Don’t be that idiot freshman who tries to hang out with the seniors.

Seniors will hang out with you if they want to. 

On that note, seniors are pretty overrated.

I remember thinking that the seniors were so old and so adult and had everything figured out when I was a freshman.

We don’t.

I didn’t.

Stupidity is not cute. 

ASK MORE QUESTIONS

If you’re a girl, getting up super early to do your makeup is self-sabotage. Take it back a bit and slap on the basics in 5 minutes. 

Learn to love sleep. 

Learn to function on little amounts of sleep. 

Cry. Not even kidding you. Cry a lot.

If you have a really crappy day (and you will) go home and cry to your mom.

Listen to your parents. But also make them realize that their high school experience was very different than yours will be. 

Don’t worry too much about not driving or not having a car right when you turn 16. 

If you take any vacations, go visit the local college. It’ll cut back on stress when you’re applying for colleges your senior year. 

Make friends. 

Make friends who are academically inclined or at least who don’t skip school. 

Stay away from peer pressure. (DON’T SMOKE)

Take the hardest courses you think you can handle

Dedicate yourself

to a club, a job, an organization. 

Don’t do community service work just because it looks good on college apps. Do it to better yourself. 

Take a foreign language all four years. 

Don’t listen to music during class (or have your headphones in)

Don’t use your phone during class. it’s not cool. it’s disruptive. 

But of course the best way to learn anything

is to totally mess it up first. 

Don’t stress if you get a bad grade even after you tried really hard. 

Get lost, walk in circles, find a favorite spot to hang out (mine was the chem lab). 

Do as much as you can while still remembering that your mental health is really important

more important than grades or college or friends. 

Take care of yourself, eat well, excersize, don’t get TOO stressed out. 

High school can be fun, but don’t expect it to be the best four years of your life. Keep looking forward but take everything one step at a time. 

You’ll get through it. 

I know you will. 

John and Sherlock write their own vows for their wedding.

John goes first. He talks about how he and Sherlock met, how he loved him from the moment he first saw him in the morgue. He talks about their first kiss on a rainy Tuesday in September. He talks about how he’s never known anything as strong as this, how he’s never loved anyone like this and how he never really thought he would. He sighs.

Sherlock takes out a notecard, looks down at it, and puts it on the table. And he talks. Stories pour out of cases and of habits, but he doesn’t go on. He looks down. And speaks.

“And John, I want you to know that I never imagined that I would be standing here one day. Certainly not with you. So, what I mean to say is, thank you. Thank you for choosing me as your best friend and now for choosing me as so much more. I love you. That’s the whole of it. I know that people often go on when they do these things, but I can’t find anything else to say except that I love you. So.”

He bites his lip.

“Here we are.”

The room is silent. Sherlock once again looks at John.

“Did I do it wrong?”

But instead of saying anything else, John pulls his husband in for a long, slow kiss.

6

-I’m being neighbourly. 

-Since when? 

-Ha! Since now. Since this exact minute. 

About Me

-Impatiently waits for Benedict Cumberbatchs ice water challenge
-impatiently waits for Martin Freeman’s ice water challenge
-impatiently waits for Andrew Scott’s ice water challenge

Sherlock’s misconceptions about Harry Watson’s gender are important.

Pilots are where shows begin. It’s the setup. Additionally, the pilot of a show is written to gain an audience. That means that every small detail has been planned to achieve this goal. It’s all calculated and important to the eventual reaches of the show and the tone that the writers aim to set for it.

By making Harry Watson a lesbian, Moftiss is already squelching heteronormative ideas. Period. You think that because this person is married to a woman, they must be male? Wrong. 

They would not have included this detail in ASiP were it not important; that is, if it did not say something that they felt needed to be stated.

And then there is always the other argument. “No, it’s probably because Harry is most often a male name. He would have thought of anyone named Harry as male.” But then, I ask, why name the sister Harry? Why would the writers, who are planning the beginnings of a Sherlock Holmes series that has never been done before and are rather excited there, give John’s sister that name? To make a point.

Because as attached as we all are to these characters, and I’m not discounting myself from that either, we must remember that at the end of the day, they are still characters. They are incredibly and heartbreakingly human, but they are creations nonetheless. Their thoughts and actions are planned; there are no mistakes. It didn’t need to be “natural” for Sherlock to perceive a person named Harry as male. But the writers decided that, for whatever reason Sherlock is gay John is bi they’re in love, it was important that Sherlock be wrong in a heteronormative oversight.