I cannot wait. I cannot wait for GCSE's to be over, so I can live my life how I want too. I will be able to read for pleasure and not because I need to memorise it for a test, I can finally start to make an indent in my 'to-read' pile. I cannot wait until I can sit and do absolutely nothing without feeling guilty that I'm not revising. I cannot wait to start college, to study subjects I actually want to do, and to start fresh at a new school. I cannot wait to be a person living, instead of a student only just surviving.
But for now, I guess I will just keep working until my final exam on the 16th of June. And then, only then will I be free once more.
Welcome to the next post in my university advice series! I’m gonna give you some tips on choosing your college major, cause I have truly been through it:
Think about how/what you did in high school before you choose your major. By this I mean what classes did you do well in? Which ones did you actually enjoy? What clubs did you participate in? If you’re planning on being a math major but the only C’s on your entire transcript are in math classes, that’s not a good idea (@myself). If you enjoyed your government classes and debate club, consider something like poli sci. Going to college doesn’t mean you’re an entirely different person; you’re going to enjoy the same things and be bad at the same things. Take this into consideration when choosing your major.
Don’t be afraid to go in undecided. So many of my classmates in high school didn’t know what they wanted to do before going to school. Then I got to uni and no one knew what they wanted to do there either. Going in undecided is honestly way better than declaring a major, doing it for a year, deciding you hate it, and then having a year’s worth of useless credits (again, @myself). Go in, take some general requirements, take a couple electives in things you find interesting, and you’ll eventually figure out what you want to major in. Don’t stress about it too much. I promise there will be hundreds of other students who are undecided, too.
DON’T CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR BASED ON WHAT YOU THINK WILL MAKE MONEY OR WHAT YOUR PARENTS WANT YOU TO DO. Everyone says this, and I heard it a million times before I went to school, yet I still ignored this advice. Story time: at the beginning of high school, I was planning on going to a school where I could major in songwriting. My parents made it clear that that wasn’t going to be a lucrative choice at all, and various people planted the idea in my head that I should do something in engineering, especially since women of color are so underrepresented in that field. I took AP comp sci in senior year and decided I would just do that. If I couldn’t do what I truly wanted, I didn’t really care what I did instead, I thought I might as well do what makes money. Computer science is basically a few classes short of a math major, and I had spent the past six years complaining about how much I hated math. My first semester of college, I failed both calculus (a calculus class I had already taken in high school, mind you) and gen chem and got put on academic probation. My second semester, I retook calculus and passed with a D, passed my second lab science with a D, and only passed the intro computer science class with a C. I struggled with every assignment, every test, no matter how many hours I studied or professors I spoke to, I couldn’t do well. I spent a good chunk of my freshman year more depressed than I have ever been, and anxious about getting kicked out of school. It took a visit to my doctor to discover that STEM was not meant for me. In my heart, I knew that, but I thought I could push through to get my degree. But what would’ve happened then? I would’ve gotten a job I hated and been just as miserable. Basically, there’s no way that this will end well. Please choose your major based on what you’re passionate about. No matter how hard you try, you can’t make yourself love something you hate. Even if you excel academically, you’re setting yourself up for more unhappiness. It doesn’t matter how much money you have if you’re miserable. Please trust me on this.
There’s nothing wrong with changing your major. Tbh, changing your major is great. You’re paying all this money to attend university, you deserve to study what you want to study. If you’re like me and discovered that your current major isn’t for you, change it as soon as possible. Don’t push it off and think “it’ll get better!” because before you know it, it’ll be senior year and you’ll either have to finish what you started or stay in school another two years just to graduate. I know it’s scary at first, but your mind changes! I swore to myself i would never change my major, and now it’s only my second year and I’ve transferred to a completely different school in my university to major in a completely different field. You can take a couple classes in the field before officially changing your major to make sure it’s for you. And if you change your major and still hate it, guess what? You can change it again! You can change your major as many times as you want. Many people in the work force have jobs in fields that have nothing to do with their degree, so it’s not like your major is a determining factor for the rest of your life anyway. Literally all of my friends who are about to graduate have both been on academic probation and changed their major at at least one point; one just changed his major during his fourth year. The point here is that nothing is permanent and change is going to have to be embraced if you decide college is for you.
People are going to judge you, especially if you’re in the humanities or arts. The reactions I got when I told people I was a computer science major versus the reactions I get now when I tell people I’m a gender studies major with an italian minor are so vastly different it’s ridiculous. People used to be so proud and impressed of me. Now when I tell people what I study, they can’t even hide their confusion and judgement. It’s so awful. I constantly get asked, “what are you going to do with that?” “how are you going to make any money?” “what job opportunities are in that field?”. The answer is always that I don’t know yet! I didn’t know when I was a comp sci major either, yet no one asked me then, because STEM professions are seen by our society as more valuable. All i know is that I want to help people. Whether that be through policy, law, psychology, non-profits, even my music, that’s what I want and that’s what I’m going to do. News flash, people! There’s no guarantee of a job no matter what field you’re in. There’s plenty of unemployed people with engineering degrees. Even on campus, people in STEM fields tend to be condescending and look down to us in humanities. I can’t even imagine the crap that art majors get. You have to learn to ignore the looks, the questions, and the sly comments, cause you’ll get a lot of them. Understand that what you’re doing is just as valid and important as anyone else. If it’s what you want to do, it’s inherently super cool!
I understand everyone can’t take my advice on this, and I’m sorry. Obviously some people don’t have the freedom to choose whatever they want to study. I have friends whose parents have threatened to literally cut them off if they don’t stay pre-med. Sometimes factors are outside of your control and that really sucks. What i want to say to you is that, again, nothing is permanent. Someday you’ll be financially independent, living alone, and won’t have to rely on your parents. Their opinions won’t matter. Even if you had to get a degree in mechanical engineering or bio, you don’t have to pursue that. At least not forever. You really just have to look at the light at the end of the tunnel. Your major in college does not define you or your future.
I hope this maybe helped ease some of your worries concerning college majors! Remember what you want is what’s most important. Post on deck: advice on surviving orientation week (including move-in day and first day of classes)!
i hate how math is almost always taught assuming that you dont want to be learning it. almost all of my math teachers have said something along the lines of “i know you dont want to be here” or “as if that wasnt bad enough, you also have to do this step!” or “dont worry, you dont have to take any more math classes after this semester”. maybe more people would enjoy math if it was taught like the exciting subject it is.
i vividly remember when my passion for math was sparked, in grade nine when we were doing trig. my teacher did an example where we calculated the height of a building by measuring its shadow and using the position of the sun. i thought it was so amazing that you could do that! measure a building using its shadow?!? incredible!!!
then of course in grade 11 physics i was blown away by the knowledge of the way things work we can calculate using math. the consistencies in the laws of nature were mind blowing to me, especially conservation of mechanical energy. math is such a powerful tool we can use to describe and study such a broad range of subjects. im determined and excited to gain a solid understanding of math so that i can help solve some of our generations mysteries in physics.
but its honestly so deflating to have my peers and i addressed as if we’re expected to hate learning math, as if its a chore or an unfortunate obligation.
Actually, I do have a talent! Math! (I know, nerd alert).
Need some help with that college algebra, calculus II, differential equations, AP calc, algebra II, etc? I’m your person! I tutored someone who had failed college algebra 4 times, and after studying with me, she got a B! I can help you turn that failing grade into a passing grade.
I’m a senior in college getting my BS in mathematics (with a minor in astronomy), and I need money. You need a teacher who gives a fuck. Let’s help each other!
Classes I’ve taken in high school: Algebra I and II, precalc, geometry, AP calc
Classes I’ve taken in college: Precalc, Calc I, II, and III, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Advanced Calculus, Number Theory, Intro to Modern Algebra and Number Theory
Currently taking: Intro to Real Analysis
I’ve gotten A’s in most of these classes, B’s in the rest because of depression and procrastination, not cuz I didn’t understand (Advanced Calc I didn’t understand, but I get it now, so I got you).
And when I say I give a fuck, I give a fuck. I will help you study for tests, I will explain a concept to you until I’m positive you understand it the best you can, and I will celebrate with you when you pass your test (if you got test anxiety, I can’t help you there, but I’ll make certain you know the stuff you need to).
Fees start at $15 an hour, but will go down to $10 an hour if you need me for more than 4 hours a week. I get how much you fucking hate math. That hate shouldn’t be on your transcript, though.
And if you need help in a class that I have yet to take, message me the class title and the subject you’re having difficulty with, and I’ll see if I can still help you out. If I can’t, I’ll apologize and move you along.
p.s. I’ll likely need to freshen up on the subject you need help with because math fades if you don’t practice it, but the time I spend relearning certain skills will not be included in your billed time.
7 months after you said it was over I still want to talk to you.
Whenever something good happens to me I want to tell you about it.
I want to tell you about how I hate math, and I still need your help.
How I’m still not used to not having my brother around.
How my mother told me I was who ruined her life.
How so many people have seen my writing.
But I hate you. And I still need your help getting through that. But I wouldn’t hate you if you were still here.
And I’m not used to not having you around either.
You’re the one who ruined my life. You ruined me.
And so many people wouldn’t have seen my writing if you hadn’t left, because you’re the reason I write.
You were one of the greatest things that had ever happened to me but also one of the worst.
I wouldn’t be broken if I hadn’t known you, but I also wouldn’t be a writer either.
So thank you I guess. Because even though you completely changed me, it doesn’t always have to be bad.
→scenario: When you met Yoongi in a club, you thought it was fate that brought the two of you together. But after you walked into your college math class for the very first time, you weren’t so sure anymore.
So, I was going through my old Child/Youth Worker notes and came across my math notes. Now, as someone who was horrible at math growing up, and thus, hated it, having to take math again in college absolutely sucked. Sp, while going through my old notes, I decided to give you guys some tips on how to study math and take good notes if you hate math.
Sit in the front.Seriously. Sit in the front. You’ll be less like to find a way to be distracted.
Take readable notes. As long as you can read the notes, that’s good.
If it’ll help you, use color.
WRITE IN PENCIL. That way, if you make any mistakes, you can erase them.
Ask questions. Especially if you don’t undertstand something.
Do not, I repeat, do not sit with your friends. Trust me on this one.
Focus, focus, focus.
Re-write your notes.If you used color, make sure to use the same color. If you didn’t use color but want to, have everything set up.
After re-writing your notes, do any homework right away. Seriously, especially since the lesson will still be fresh in your mind.
Always show your work. Seriously. Showing your work will get you marks, even if you’re wrong in your answer.
Follow instructions to the best of your ability.
If you don’t understand something, write it down on another piece of paper so you can ask the professor.
Before the Next Class
Check to make sure you filled in everything. If you left something blank, try to answer it.
If you had a question, go ask the professor right away. That way, they’ll know you tried.
Hand in your assignment. Even if you don’t feel confident.
In art if you mess up something you can still call it art and continue playing around with it until you like it again. In math if you mess up something yoU ARE FUCKING SCREWED AND GOING TO SOME SORT OF HELL FOR IT. START ALL THE WAY OVER AND DO IT AGAIN YOU UNINTELLIGENT SWINE.
Request: Hello, I really love your writing!! And I also really miss Matt the radar technician! So I was wondering if you can write a modern!matt where the reader and him are close friends that have feelings for each other and she sticks up for him bc he gets picked on. Idk something like that. But yeah! You always know how to make your stories amazing! Thank you!!
A/N: I’m so glad I received Matt requests bc I miss that son of a bicth……thank you, anon, for the request! Enjoy :) [gif not mine]
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Matt was, what you called, your average ‘nerd’. His glasses were as big as his head, the silver rims and thick lenses that hugged his nose. His attire was always neat and in place–although the opposite went for his bright blond hair. Now that was a mess. It was hard to keep the curls looking nice. Brushing them weren’t an option and neither was jelling it, so he let it be.
How old is Anders? I’ll make a semi-educated guess.
I hate math but I’m silly and it drives me nuts not having a better idea of how old Anders is. A lot of this is based on my guessing, so please do not imagine that I believe my results to be canon or accurate.
SO! In World of Thedas Vol 2, it says “he turned twelve” when he set the family barn on fire and his father got scared and called the templars and Anders was taken away.
So we start at 12 years of age. Then it says he “made his first attempt to escape less than 6 months after arriving.” (~12.5 years) And that “after his first try, Anders made no recorded attempts to escape for more than a year. (~13.5 years) But the second time Anders slipped away from the Circle, it took the templars three weeks to find him, the next time, it took over a month.” (~14 years)
Then, “in the years when Anders and Karl were together, Anders made no attempts to escape the Circle.” And after Karl was sent to another Circle shortly following their Harrowings, “Anders endured several more years…before making his final escape.” That doesn’t mean some of his failed escape attempts didn’t occur during that time, just that it took that long to make his final escape.
So, assuming the Harrowing doesn’t happen until you’re an adult (and
that Thedas/Ferelden considers an adult to be 18). That would give him the ages of ~14-18 to have been with Karl.
But then we have the vaguely worded
“Anders endured several more years…before making his final escape.” So I’ll make a guess of another 4 years. This is where my math gets really hypothetical. So now we are up to 22 years old.
It says his second-to-last attempt earned him a year in solitary, and “shortly after emerging from solitary confinement, Anders escaped again.” Which would be his final escape, when the templars catch him, and then he is recruited to the Grey Wardens by the Warden-Commander/Hero of Ferelden, which happens in 9:31 Dragon. Hooray, a specific year to work back from!
So, based on my incredibly faulty math, Anders would likely be at least 22 years old by the events of Awakening. Putting his birth year at 9:09 Dragon. Probably. Maybe.
And based on that wild stab in the dark for his age, he’d be about 32 years old in 9:41 Dragon when the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition start.
Anders having a birth year of 9:09 doesn’t sound too off the mark. Alistair is born 9:10 and Cullen is born 9:11, so he’d be around their age, which doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility.
Food for thought. This was fun to try to figure out, anyway. :)