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ten easy steps to formulate a strong scholarship essay

as i enter into my first year of graduate school, i figured it was finally time to tap into all this free internet money folks kept saying exists. writing essays is easy, right? we do it all the time in academic settings, why not try to get paid for it…??

before you get to writing it’s important to actually find some scholarships. here’s an excellently organized post by @jesussbabymomma that covers multiple databases. got some? great. let’s get to work.

     >> the way i organize a scholarship essay is breaking it down to individual tasks [makes the whole situation far less daunting]; i top each task list with the scholarship name and the due date  <<

1. the easiest way to start is to specify the requirements of your scholarship essay. go straight to the source, copy-paste the directions, write them down, put em somewhere you can continually look back on. is it a personal statement? are they expecting you to present knowledge on a certain subject? do they just want you to talk about how worthy you are of free money? asking your educated opinion on a topical issue? whatever it is, know it in and out. the actual worst thing is putting hella time into a scholarship essay only to realize you misunderstood the directions.

2. if this essay requires you to write expertly on something you know nothing about, gather your sources. tap into those databases you’ve used for research papers in academia [or google scholar is always a great free resource]. hone in on that subject and get to searching.

3. as you find usable sources, begin to create an essay outline. mine tend to be pretty lengthy and detailed.. by all means use an outline style that fits your needs. there’s a few different components to this step; i handle this pretty much the same way i would a regular research paper..

  • solidify your argument; (if there is an argument you need to make); i’ve found delving into my new-found sources helps me sort of figure out my stance along the way. look at all sides of the issue, bring them up in your essay, impress them with your ability to think critically. you got it, superstar.
  • consolidate sources; i will often paste links right in my outline. i then copy the specific quotes from the source and place them exactly where i want to use them in my argument. this helps so i don’t have to go fishing later.
  • gain understanding of the content; it’s.. it’s pretty important to know what it is you’re writing about.

4. after your outline is created, take a detour and write the works cited [bibliography, reference page, get-out-of-plagiarism-free card]; you certainly don’t have to do this step here.. i know some people like to wait until the end. i just think it’s good to get out of my head a little bit… put the critical-argument-creating/ stream-of-consciousness-writing on hold and do some good old-fashioned citing.

5. at this point you’re likely ready to begin the first draft. which in my case is essentially is taking the bullet points out of my outline and changing the font to something that may even look like it’s work the thousands of dollars i’m hoping to receive.

6. if you’re anything like me, this next step is the hardest.. proofread && DEDUCE. we’ve developed this amazing skill of cranking out ten-page papers… but now we’re being asked to operate within a 500-1000 word parameter. (sometimes less?!? like some have 140 characters yeah uhm okay). here i take out any extraneous adjectives and run-on sentences. i blame the lack of brevity on my degree in the humanities sector.

7. once you get sick of reading your own work, find friends to edit. peer reviewing is certainly worth the shot at deduced tuition. when i’m crunched for time, this is the step i skip.. but i always feel more comfortable submitting something i wrote that a few others have looked over as well.

8. next, take the time to research the scholarship organization. for schmoozing purposes. this can happen earlier in the process too.. don’t ask me why i decide to see where the organization’s principles lie until after i’ve written the paper.. i take this time to learn a bit about who i’m asking money from, and make a few tweaks to the essay if i need to.

9. almost done!! final proofread aloud. this really helps with cutting down on word count, and just ensuring the whole thing moves smoothly. i’m always pleasantly surprised how much better my essay flows after i read it out loud.

10. once you feel confident in your paper, send it off! my final step is submit & schedule a time to check back.  sometimes organizations will post on the scholarship site which day they make their decision. make a note to come back that particular day to see the results! hopefully, you’ll get an exciting congratulatory email beforehand.. but it doesn’t hurt to be sure.

try these out, let me know if they work for you! now get out there and make that moneyyyy :}


future looks good - onerepublic ● fireproof - one direction ● sofa - ed sheeran ● thinking out loud - ed sheeran ● hold back the river - james bay ● home - gabrielle aplin ● for him. - troye sivan ● new year’s day - pentatonix ● stand by me - florence + the machine ● strawberry - paul baribeau ● home - one direction ● to build a home- the cinematic orchestra ● the one - kodaline ● say you won’t let go - sonya ● if my heart was a house - owl city ● young and beautiful - lana del rey ● locked out of heaven - bruno mars ● the (shipped) gold standard - fall out boy ● true love waits - radiohead ● youth - troye sivan ● fine by me - andy grammer ● first day of my life - bright eyes ● house of memories - panic! at the disco ● i love you more than you will ever know - never shout never ● arms - christina perri ● that’s so us - allie x ● i lived - onerepublic ● oblivion - bastille ● a world alone - lorde ● anyone else but you - the moldy peaches ● ride home - ben&ben ● ribs - lorde ● come to me - the goo goo dolls ● interrupted by fireworks - pontus hultgren ● i like you - ben rector ● together - the night café ● laughter lines - bastille ● i won’t give up - jason mraz ● love - lana del rey ● sick of losing soulmates - dodie ● stand by you - rachel platten ● ocean eyes - billie eilish ● call you home - kevin jones ● finding you - kesha ● the anchor - bastille

Nananana I never know what to put in these so Baaatman ‘ v ‘.  —-  Heck, I reached another hundred. Why I don’t know.  Who would want to follow my inactive Toshiro screaming ass? But I am ever more thankful that you guys decided to push that little follow button. Might be a small gesture… But it’s a gesture that holds an affinity of gratitude. I’ve had Toshiro for nearly four years now ( It’ll make four years next month. Two of those years has been on this blog. ) and I am  beyond amazed at the fact that he’s still here with  me after everything. —- Still as strong as he was since the first time I picked him up and adopted him. And there’s no doubt
in my mind that  that is because of you guy’s constant interest,  support, and encouragement. 

The fact that so many of you love him, love my portrayal of him, is enough to keep me here and keep writing him as I see fit.  Thank you so much for that motivation and inspiration. As you all know by now, this short grumpy nerd means the world to me. — And I just  ( teary eyed and chokes ) Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. –  Now if only I was able to be more active B’) Anyway.  The nerds on this list are my current writing  partners (  — And boy doggedly are they ever talented writers. ) My close friends and individuals whose made me happy whether it be because they either liked or commented on one of my posts, sent me nice messages, showed interest. E.t.c. I love you guys and, again, thank you for everything and for giving me the opportunity to be included in your everyday blogging.

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Summary: After Sam insults Peter the reader comes up with a plan to get him back…a very creative plan. 

Word Count: 1886

Authors note: SMUT! SHORT BY SMUTTY! Peter is 18 in this fic, and it’s mentioned within the actual story:) Let me know what you guys think!

You were standing in the compounds kitchen looking through your phone when your favorite crime fighting spider entered the room. Peter angrily ran a hand through his hair, mumbling to himself.

Looking up you asked, “What’s wrong Peter?”. Peter was pulled from his thoughts, now holding your gaze. Shaking his head he asked, “You don’t think I’m just a child right (y/n)?”.

He walked over to you as you wrapped your arms around his neck. Out of habit Peter rested his hands on your hips. You smiled, “You are spider-man”.

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Update! I just posted chapter 3 on AO3.

Thanks @hpfanonezillion for betaing this story! :)

“Is it true?” Peeta asks, his voice quiet, almost getting carried by the wind. He walks looking ahead, his steps loud and steady.

“Is what true?” she asks. Something moves inside her, uncomfortable.

The moon shines behind them as they head towards the Meadow, not full yet, but close enough that there’s plenty of light to see. Katniss isn’t sure if she’s the one guiding them, or if both had the same thought.

He still isn’t looking at her. “You know what,” he says quietly.

And truth is, she does. And it is. She lowers her head. “It’s true,” she admits.

He doesn’t answer immediately, turning his head to the forest on the other side of the fence, nonchalant. He already knew that was going to be her answer, but still needed to hear it from her anyway. “When is the big day?”

She’s thankful he doesn’t say congratulations or pretends to be happy for her. But he’s not looking at her and she can’t read him. Suddenly he’s become a stranger.

“We don’t know yet.”

anonymous asked:

How did you make your banner? I want one like that!

Step 1: Open a file in photoshop. I don’t know the exact size of a tumblr banner but 1170 x 656 works for me.

Step 2:  *Okay, this is completley optional, you don’t have to do this.* Have fun with the design of your banner background. I have a very light gradient on my banner to give it a lilttle bit of depth:

Double click on this little lock icon:

And click ‘ok’.

Right click on the white rectangle and select this:

Go under ‘gradient overlay’ and lower the opacity:

And imma add some brush strokes, to make it more fun (example: my cc finds blog (@lustyfinds) has some).

Step 3: Copy your layer 2 or more times. I’m gonna copy it 3 times. Right click on this:

And select ‘duplicate layer’. I’ll do that 3 more times.

Step 4: Make a new layer above all of the 3 layers. Just click on this icon:

Step 5: Write your username or whatever you want to be on your banner. You can get some fonts on the 1001 fonts page.

Step 6 (optional): Put some dropshadow on the text: select the layer with the text and go under ‘layer’ then ‘layer syle’ and click ‘drop shadow’.

And adjust the drop shadow settings to your liking. This is how i did it:

Step 7: Copy your layer with the text 3 times (I have to do it 3 times because i copied the background 3 times).

Step 8: Now you are gonna “reshape” 2 of the layers with the text. Go under ‘edit’ and click ‘free transform’.

I have selected one of the text layers.

Move the rectangle up or down, right or left, so it’s not in line with the rest of the two. When you’re done press ‘enter’.

Now do that with another text layer. But “reshape” differently that the one you did before. (select the other text layer and ‘free transform’ it)

Step 9: We need to merge the text layer with the background layer (3 times). Before you do that convert the text layers to smart objects: right click and click ‘convert to smart object’.

Do that with te rest of the text layers.

You can se here that there is a text layer above the background layer. You want to do that with the rest of te layers. Just drag them.

Like so. Now to merge the layers right click on a text layer.

Click on ‘merge down’.

Do that with the rest of the text layers.

And you should have this:

You can draw on each layer (I did the line thingy on miine) and add what ever you want. I won’t do that now because i have some details on the background.

Step 10: Go under ‘window’ and click ‘animation’.

You should have this on the bottom:

And now click on this (it’s on the thing that pooped up when you clicked ‘animation’):

Select ‘make frames from layers’.

You will now have 3 frames for the gif.

Step 11: Adjust the duration of each frame. I’ll put mine on 0,2 sec.

Just right cilck on the frame:

And select the time you want.

Do that with the other 2.

Also make sure this is on ‘forever’.

Step 12: Save! Go under ‘file’ and select ‘save for web and devices…’

Make sure this is selected:

And cilck ‘save’! You’re done!

This is the GIF I made in this tutorial. If you have any questions please, ask me. I hope this isn’t confusing and that I helped. Have a good day/night!

I’m black and blue
     I’m built for it, all the abuse
              I got secrets, that nobody, nobody knows
                                            I don’t want, what I can get
                                                     I want someone, with secrets
                                                        That nobody, nobody, nobody knows

Independent Semi-Selective Cinder Fall.  Written by Kitten.  Established 12/12/14

bibbidi bobbidi boo ! in this gif pack you will find #28 gifs of the incredible ( vajen van den bosch ) in de spa, episode 1. every single gif was made by me from scratch and are 245x140. please do not edit these gifs in any way without permission and credit. please give this a like or a reblog if you use these gifs or found them helpful in anyway. tw: booze/alcohol 

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i reached 2k followers yesterday and i honestly have no idea what to say… THANK YOU SO MUCH. i’ve never thought this would happen. i hope you’re enjoying your daily dose of harry on your dash :D

so to say thank you, i’m doing follow forever and i’ve tried to include as many people as possible because i really love all my mutuals

(also idk how to make banners so just have a beautiful face of harry)

firstly, a big shoutout to these amazing people. i love you so much and i’m so happy i’ve had a chance to get to know you and talk with you ❤

@magnuslightswood - where do i even start :D our conversations are like 90% harry thirst and sharing our love for this perfect human being. you are the nicest person i’ve had a chance to meet here and i’m so happy we started talking because of your harry gifset that basically killed me haha and all your gifs kill me because they are amazing and so are you ^_^ love you lots ❤

@thirstyalec - you are absolutely the sweetest and by the sweetest i obviously mean the most thirsty haha i love how we always expose each other because apparently we have a reputation haha i love talking to you and i still have no idea how you put up with me haha i’ve said it many times but i love you a lot ❤

@daemonya - ahhh, you are my biggest motivation to continue writing my fic and i have no idea what i’d do without you. i love our talks about others fics because you always have the best recs. and i love talking about literally anything with you because we can never run out of topics :D bonding over healthy relationships is the best way to become friends ^_^ looove you! ❤

@lightwoodclan - MOTHER! should i be worried that my mother is younger than me? :P our convos are sometimes so wild haha but i love you and i love talking to you ❤ even when you’re trying to pretend that you’re innocent haha we know better lmao

@jacehvrondale - i have this huge urge to just send like 5 million hearts because i love you so much ❤ you’re such a sweet and cute person and i’m just so happy that we’re friends. you’re one of the best people i have ever had a chance to get to know

@mrspotterblack05 - it feels like we’ve been mutuals forever and i just love you a lot? ❤ i love talking to you about sh, freaking about literally anything. when something happens, i always go to you because we can analyse literally everything and anything haha you’re always so nice (or salty when there’s a reason :P). i’m so so happy we’re friends ❤

@magnusandalexander - you enjoy way too much exposing me all the time haha but i love youuuuu ❤ you’re so smart and funny. you’re sweet but also super salty (but it’s always justified :P). i have no idea how you put up with me lmao also, your gifs give me life ngl aaaand writing our smut fest was amazing so we should probably go back to it at some point :P

@malecisright - i love writing with you! i love exchanging those cute (or smutty :P) prompts with you. (not so) casually screaming at each other when magnus or alec did something and we just needed to write a short story because we always need more and more :D you’re one of the best people and i love you ❤

@magnusfray - you’re such a sweet person and i love our conversations ❤ your edits are so cute and i’m always in love with them. i even reblog clace for you because they’re just that good haha

@jacelghtwood - bonding over the magicians even though we’re sh blogs? sure, why not :D i love analysing every episode with you ❤ especially when we both can’t stop talking about how amazing eliot is :P i’m so happy i replied to your post that one time because we started talking because of it and it was definitely one of the best decisions :D

my other lovely mutuals who i love so so much (absolute faves are bolded)

a - b
@acoupleofcows@ahrtsyfray @alecgaywoods@alecismyfuture@aleclightwoodlovesmagnusbane@aleclightwqqd@alecmalec @alecsaldertree @alecsplushpillow@alexanderbaens@alexanderbanes@alexander-l1ghtwood-bane@alexanderswarlock @alishawainnwright@alishawanwright@arosendes@alxanderlightwood @baneftglitter@banelights@banesarcher @baneseelie@bee-fabulous@boyfriendsmalec

c - g
@canislytherinthings@caringmagnus@clarystele@clizzyjimon@daddarioll@daddariyos@deamaia@damnmalec@darling-magnus@dimshums@eternal-malec@evak-malec @february22 @ffsmagnusbane@flammenmeer@flirtymagnus@fraywoodbane @gayizzys@glitternsass@gretelsmaias

h - l
@harry-daddario @harryshumjjr@hufflepufflightwood@hoteldumorts@ifellforfandoms@isaaccock @izzybabewoods@jaceslewis@jezthemadficster @justalexanderlightwood@katisith@kitkatmcnamara@kklainesmalec@laurenkmyers @lesbianmaureen@lightwoody @lookingforalicante@loonydru

@magicalmagnus@magnass-babe@magnificentbane @magnificentmalec@magnusandraphael@magnusbae-ne@magnusbaneheart@magnus-banes@magnusizzy@magnuslights@magswoods@magunsbane@maiagarroway@mammafairchild@matthewbane @matthewdaddarino@mattlightwood@mcgnus-bane@meliourn@mgnusbaene@morbidwarlock@mrsblackthorne@mundanelion

n - s
@nephilimagnus@nightfallgoddess@omgharryshumjr@patronuass@patronusmagnus@phildrawsfanart@piesdean@prettylightwoodinspires@pure-magnus@sapphiclydia@shadowstele@shinymalec@simonlevvis@softbimagnus@softdaddario@softmagnusbane@softmags @softpinkjace@softsimon @soulisthirsty@spn-all-around@swishyclang

t - w
@takemystrengthtoo@that-bookish-nephilim@thecassinator@thedownworld@the-host-in-the-pit@thelushfiles@the-magnus-effect@transautisticalec@victaj@vvarlockbane @warlocksarcher@whatwouldmagnusdo@whipsandredlips@winteralec

Hello Loves! I have recently hit 500 followers so I decided to do something celebrating all of the amazing people I follow. All of them are incredibly talented and the sweetest people so go follow them if you aren’t already following them!! Also please excuse the banner, I have no idea how to make them, I’m slowly learning to make edits and moodboards, but not banners.

First off though a few of my loves:

@hermionesmenacinglook, Nyx words cannot describe how much I love you and your blog. You are sweet and sassy and amazing! You get so much hate and have been through so much, you are so strong and brave and I admire you so much. You are one of biggest inspirations and seeing you on my dash never fails to bring a smile to my face. Potato. 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

@lunalovey, Vivvvvv! We haven’t been talking for very long, but you are one of the sweetest most supportive people here!! You are so sweet and amazing!!! Also like your blog is amazing, why don’t you have 1000000000 followers?? Seriously you are so supportive and sweet! Thank you! I love you!😘😘😘

@padfoot-barks, Bonnie! I adore you and your blog! You are so amazingly sweet and supportive!! Also all of your writing and edits are amazing!! Also like your mobile theme is gorgeous and you are so funny, and just genuinely happy you never fail to make me smile. I love you!😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

@ravenclw, okay Vincent your blog is the literal definition of goals. It’s so neat and organized and I love your theme. How are you so amazing?? Like your so nice and you’re really talented and good at everything. Also thank you for tagging me in your edits because they are gorgeous!!😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

@sirius-gay-black, okay so I know we only just became mutuals, but your so nice and patient and I find talking to you really relaxing and it’s really interesting how different are lives are, but how much we have in common. I hope we can continue to get to know each other better!😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

@fleurdelacvur, Sophia! You are such a sweetheart! And your whole blog is super aesthetic and just calm and peaceful in general! I love it!! Also I really like your new icon and url, both are fantastic! Watching your blog flourish and as you begin to create edits and get tons of followers, I feel so proud of you!!! You deserve all of the followers you have and so many more!!!!!!!!😘😘😘😘

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Commissions are open!

Theme examples shown above: Honeycomb, Accessible 3.0, Foliage, and  Mignon

For more examples: here’s my portfolio or my theme tag.

If you’re interested in commissioning me, please view my commission page for more details, pricing information, and the commission form. Payments will be made through Paypal and in USD. 

Reblogs are always appreciated!