i am a productive college student and the future of this country

100 Reasons to Study:

I never expected this “reasons to study” thing to get so many submissions, and as it takes me so long to post them all, I decided to do a bulk post of some so here they are:

(If I haven’t included a url, it was submitted by an anon).

  1. To prove people that “bad” students can become excellent students too.
  2. To expand your knowledge of the world.
  3. To look back on your success in ten years time. (Submitted byadxlastudies)
  4. To not let my mental illness define my grades. (Submitted bymusicandmaths)
  5. I study because I am privileged enough to have the opportunity. I study because I have no one getting in my way telling me I can’t. I study because I want to do some real good in this world. I study because I live in a country where being female has no significant disadvantage; and so, I take this opportunity so that I may make future opportunities for those who don’t have them. (Submitted by crimson-voltaire)
  6. My reason for studying is how I’ll get to where I want to be in my life which is successful, comfortable, and happy.
  7. I study to make my mum happy and proud.
  8. I study to prove my anxiety wrong!
  9. I study because I want to save lives.
  10. I study because my grandpa, orphaned during WWII when he was 8, worked 4 days a week in a mine to learn for 2 days. He’s retired after 40 years of working in diplomacy, for the last 5 years as an ambassador. He’s my role model. And I love him so much.
  11. I study because my primary school teacher from when I was 6 replied “Well who would think that?” when my mother informed her I was going to university. I study so I can tell her “Why would you not think that?”
  12. I study because I want to give myself the best future I possibly can as a black woman. (Submitted by n-marlzz)
  13. I study because my dreams are improbable. But not impossible. I will achieve them. (Submitted by redheadbecool)
  14. I study because even though I can’t imagine having a future, I want one. (Submitted by stxdys)
  15. I study so that I can be surrounded by the right people at school, at home, at work, and on Tumblr. You can only walk the path that you choose for yourself, so choose wisely. Pave your path with bricks, not straw.
  16. I study because last year I was in a mental hospital for young people and I discovered that I want my death to mean something.
  17. I study because diseases have haunted my family for long enough, and cancer deserves to be taken down once for all.
  18. I study because my father left school at age 13 to work to provide for his family and he has been working ridiculously hard ever since so I can have an education.
  19. I study to be self reliant and to get more answers. The concept of being independent is attractive to me, and if i study hard enough, i will be able to live freely without relying on my parents. The thought of getting answers is a huge satisfaction.
  20. I study because I told my ex, “Watch me go to Harvard”. So oops.
  21. Because I want to have a well paying job which means I can eventually travel the world one day.
  22. I study because I love to be productive really just in love with the feeling of it being noon and already have gotten everything done that I needed for that day. (Submitted by revision-babe)
  23. I want and I like to study because I believe that we as humans have the responsibility of maintain and grow the knowledge people developed in the past. How could we waist all those efforts to try know this wonderful world a little better?  (Submitted by mochilunar-universe​)
  24. I study because my Dad went through a lot of work to get to this country so that I could have a good life and a good education, and I’m not going to waste all his good efforts and take him and my education for granted.
  25. Because I believe I can do it and I won’t let their words stop me. (Submitted by truly-written-by-me)
  26. I study for my own sense of achievement! I’m also really motivated by my boyfriend who is very clever and works really hard. I want to get a first in my masters this year and I will!  (Submitted by @orchidbeam)
  27. I study for Nicki Minaj, she would be proud of me, and all the other women in the world. I hope that my degree will put me in the position to make a better world for all my sisters out there and the little ones.
  28. I study because my family isn’t as rich as our family friends, and other families always make fun about what my dad does for a living. I want to change that and make sure the only thing others talk about is how amazing we turned out and what a good career I’m going into.
  29. I study to make my parent’s hardships (moving to America, to provide a better life for my siblings and I) worth it.
  30. My reason to study is to show myself and everyone I am stronger than my mental illness and to prove everyone who said it would stop me from getting anywhere wrong.
  31. I study so I can change the world for the better.
  32. I study because I want to help my family, to fulfil my dreams and save lives.
  33. To be a champion.
  34. I want to study in order to prove myself and people that being dyslexic and dysorthographic doesn’t mean being stupid.  (Submitted bybritannicusmyfav)
  35. I love to learn,and I want to know about all the things I missed because of school system. (Submitted by @seshet)
  36. I study because I want to be the first sibling to go straight into uni without transferring from a community college.
  37. I want to study so that I can transfer out from a community college to a really good university so that people won’t think the decision I made to go to community college was bad. Also to make my DAD super proud!
  38. I study because I want to be the best version of myself.
  39. I study to make those who have taken care of me proud, to show them they did a good job. I also study for myself, to prove that I can fulfil my goals and that everyone who has ever made fun of me just pushed me forward instead of putting the boot in. Getting a good job to live with my boyfriend would be a great plus! We all need motivation, and what’s better to motivate oneself than dreams to fulfil! Here are mine. (~Submitted bystudy-littleidlegirl)
  40. I study because I never want to stop learning about myself and the world we live in.
  41. I study so I’m educated enough to take down the haters in an articulate way so I feel accomplished when leaving the situation.
  42. I study to ensure that when I’m actively in politics, only weak minded people will be able to scorn me due to my ethnic background or religion (or something stupid along those lines) instead of the immaculate policies and work I am carrying out.
  43. I study to become successful in my future and because I have a passion for learning. (Submitted by baklavugh)
  44. I study because I don’t have anything else to do. I guess it keeps me so busy that I don’t have time to think how lonely I am.
  45. Because it makes me happy to see my hard work paid off and also ensures a better future than I would have if I didn’t study well. (Submitted by h4rshitaa)
  46. I study to be able to pursue the career I want. For the thrill of knowledge, the security of understanding. For the way it shapes how I interpret the world. I study not because it is something I must do, but because it is something that is a part of who I am.  (Submitted by @audesapare)
  47. I study to improve my mind so I can understand deeply the things people thought I was not capable of understanding. I study so I can live the most fulfilled life possible. I take every second of this life as a chance to learn and improve myself.
  48. Because I’m going to prove girls are useful for more then just looks and a sex object.
  49. I study to open doors of opportunity. I study to improve my and others lives. I study to feel good when I go to sleep. I study to feel confident with my ability. I study to prove to myself what I can do.
  50. Because I want to show to my child that everything needed effort and passion. Also I want to show how important knowledge is, as a mom and as a housewife. (Submitted by studymamapartiallyhousewife)
  51. I study because it makes me happy to know I am in control of my future.
  52. I study because I am curious.
  53. So that I won’t have to struggle like my parents are financially.  (Submitted by study-sugar)
  54. I study because I want my single mother who has worked so hard for my education to live a better life when she’s older. I want her to look at me in the future, sitting in my office in a law firm and telling herself “it was all worth it”.
  55. FOR NICKI MINAJ. I WILL GO TO A HIGHER EDUCATION FOR YOU.
  56. I study so that I can be proud of the person that I am.
  57. I study because I want independence. After my bachelor’s degree I plan to be able to continue into further study such as an MA and support myself. I am an only child which has always led my family to be over protective and education will always be my way in holding my own in the world.
  58. I study so I can have the freedom to leave where I am now and actually be happy for a change. Without studying I wouldn’t be able to get the job nor satisfaction in life I know I deserve.
  59. I study because it’s the one thing I can decide for myself.
  60. I study because knowledge is power and I never want to feel inferior to anyone or have any regrets. I don’t want anything to hold me back from achieving my dreams. (Submitted by shreestudies)
  61. I study so I’m not so nervous for tests. Also to improve myself and my learning.
  62. I study because I have a huge thirst for knowledge. I love to learn and allow that to change me as a person for the better. I love being able to understand the world around me and contribute my opinions that have been developed from what I’ve learned. (Submitted bymymindssecretpalace)
  63. I want to be a successful person in life. I can use my intelligence to help those in need. Besides, people won’t belittle or pick on my appearance! ✌
  64. I study because I want to help others and make people aware that how important it is to be literate. (Submitted by anashiv)
  65. I study to show that I have potential. I study to show my learning disabilities and adhd is not me. I study because I want to grow. I study to be the person I know I can be, the person I know I am.
  66. I’m so tired of not passing my tests, of feeling like I don’t know the material. I have testing anxiety which prevents me from doing well. I want to study enough that I feel so comfortable with the material and the anxiety goes away. I want to study so I can begin feeling proud of myself and all my accomplishments.
  67. To help those struggling with different mental illnesses and help them see a better light.
  68. Because I want to build that building.
  69. I study because I want to prove all my male teachers and friends, that not only boys are learning the best, and if I want to, I can beat them all!
  70. I want to study to make my parents proud after all the sacrifices they made for me and to succeed so my family and I can live a better life.
  71. I study because I love to learn new things. (Submitted by ki-soonal)
  72. I study to find a solution to stop the passing on of the genes for hereditary diseases. As in to reduce risk of young children being diagnosed with hereditary diseases.
  73. To get that dream job and slay everyone who said it was too difficult for me.
  74. Because education is awesome.
  75. So I can change the world.
  76. To give my mom and dad the life they deserve! (Submitted by samiya-malik)
  77. Because everything is a competition and I must be best. (Submitted by letustudy)
  78. To prove to myself and others that I can do anything I set my mind to. (Submitted by studiousstudying)
  79. So when you are taking a test/exam your anxiety and stress levels are lower. (Submitted by introvertedturtlequeen)
  80. I study because I want to know I’ve earned everything I achieve.
  81. The biggest reason I study is that all of my friends are incredibly smart and when I was younger I wanted to prove to them that I could keep up, but now that I’ve decided that I don’t need to compete, I study just because it makes me feel good. (Submitted by queen-elbow)
  82. I study because the world is an interesting place, and I want to know it as deeply as possible. (Submitted by matchamonstr)
  83. I study because I am so sick and tired of seeing my mom struggle, all because she didn’t have a good education. I don’t want to wake up to a job I absolutely dread, and be paid minimum wage. I want to say “thanks mom, I can take care of you now.”
  84. I study to grow big enough to reach my high hopes. (Submitted by seriousstudygirl)
  85. To see the look on my mum and dad’s face when they see my results. (Submitted by seizethesaturday)
  86. I study because I love to crush my enemies. I like to see the looks on their faces when they see me succeed. (Submitted by dirtylaundry-emptystyrofoam)
  87. I study because I feel the need to prove to the world that I am more than a child prodigy that burnt out one day. I need to prove to myself that I’m just as good, if not better than I used to be. That I’ve got places to go and people to prove wrong.
  88. I study because I love to teach and I want to know everything that I can so that I can more clearly convey things to others, and to be able to make connections across topics to make things personal and interesting to them. (Submitted by the-homework-fandom)
  89. My dream as a little girl was “to be the most smartest person ever” and I still don’t know what else to do. (Submitted by polaroceanographer)
  90. To create room for the real me in the future.
  91. My reason for studying is so I can get into the university I want, and not have to travel away to one. (Submitted by iggythedragonslayer)
  92. To get a well paid job so my children can have the best possible life.
  93. My reason to study is to prove to my parents and myself that I can achieve my goals without the help of others. My reason to study is to gain valuable knowledge, NOT just for a grade.  (Submitted by barbstudies)
  94. To prove to myself that I am strong and can reach my goals. (Submitted by scared-robot
  95. I study so I have a chance of getting into the United States Air Force academy… 
  96. I study so I am offered to meet interesting people that are also studying the same field as I am. (Submitted by ghostsname)
  97. I’ll study so I can live relaxed as a cat in Hokkaido.
  98. *Shia LaBoeuf voice* JUST DO IT
  99. So I can prove myself that I am, indeed, intelligent and not just some bimbo with a hollow head. (Submitted by study-guerassimovna)
  100. Because learning new things and having a more informed view of the world is beautiful. (Submitted by studism)
How To Be A Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers

Are you a great Teacher? Let’s look at the thoughts of 12 great Teachers. 

Source: NPR



Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed.

At NPR Ed we’re just about halfway through our 50 Great Teachers project.

We’ve profiled teachers at all levels, in all subjects, from all over the country and overseas too. The series has taken us from rural Drumright, Okla., to a mountaintop in Israel. From a jazz class in New Orleans to a Boy Scout troop in South Central LA to the lost world of ancient Greece.

And so we’ve taken a moment here to pull from those stories some of the thoughts and lessons from those teachers that have stuck with us.

Together, they almost make a mini-guide for teachers.

1. Realize Teaching Is A Learned Skill

“I’m really trying hard to dispel this idea that teaching is this thing you’re born to do and it’s somehow natural to everyday life. I don’t think either of those things is true.”

Deborah Ball, dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan.

2. Get To The Truth

“I’ll tell you the truth, you tell me the truth. The rest is commentary.”

Molly Pollak, 40-year veteran middle and high school English teacher, New York City

For 20 years, Conrad Cooper has been teaching children in Los Angeles to swim by earning his young students’ unwavering trust.

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3. Build Trust

“Swimming is the easy part. It’s the trust part that’s the most difficult for them.”

Conrad Cooper, swim teacher, Los Angeles

4. Assume a Secret Identity

“Giving myself a name, Mr. Spider, gave me an out. It gave me a way to express a side of me I musta had but never took out.”

Mathias Schergen, “Mr. Spider,” elementary school art teacher, Chicago

5. Be A Sparring Partner

“All these students around me, they can easily come, and they can challenge me. They can reject me. They can oppose me. They can laugh with me. Sometimes they can even laugh at me. They can!”

Aziz Royesh, teacher, Afghanistan

6. Be Someone To Watch Over Them

“I want them to say, ‘At least one person, Miss Begay, is there every day for me. Miss Begay is going to wonder where I am if I go missing. There will be one person looking out for me, and it’s Miss Begay.’ ”

Tia Tsosie Begay, a 4th grade teacher in Arizona.

7. Be A Teacher, Not A Friend

Coach Nick Haley talks with a student during crew practice in Portland, Or. He stresses teaching over friendship.

David P Gilkey/NPR

“It’s important to support them. It’s important to respect them. It’s important to nurture them. But, a friend? No.”

Nick Haley, rowing coach in Portland, Ore.

8. Believe In Their Success

“The same tools the schools use to show they cannot succeed, we use them in opposite way.”

Ali Shalalha, principal, Beit Jann Comprehensive School, Israel

9. Recognize It Takes Vulnerability To Learn

“It takes a lot for any student, especially for a student who is learning English as their new language, to feel confident enough to say, 'I don’t know, but I want to know.’ ”

Thomas Whaley, 2nd grade teacher, Patchogue, N.Y.

10. Look For The Success Stories

“I know that you cannot save everybody. But if one of them could just go along, complete his education, go to college, and I see him in the future doing something positive with his life, that makes me think that what I was doing is all worthwhile.”

Rodney Carey, high school equivalency teacher, New Orleans

11. Blow Off Steam, But Remember Why You’re Here

“Yeah, there’s days where I complain. And the people I complain to think I’m insane because I haven’t left this place. But these kids deserve better.”

Sarah Hagan, high school math teacher, Drumright, Okla.

12. Be Grateful To Your Own Teachers

“I am the product of great teachers. They can show you something that you have never seen before. And awaken that little something inside of you that you’ve never seen before.”

Ask an Artist #3

  • Name: Deena Beck
  • Website: deenabeck.tumblr.com      
  • Current: Storyboard Artist at Cartoon Network on Ben 10
  • Past Work: Animator at Titmouse on Turbo FAST, Superjail!, and China, IL.

Where are you from, and where do you work now?

I grew up just 20 minutes north of Richmond, VA then moved out on my own immediately after graduating high school to go try to go to school in NYC at School of Visual Arts. I was in NYC for about 7-8 years before moving out to California this past March.  

Describe your current job. What are your daily responsibilities?

I’m currently working on the new Ben 10 series Cartoon Network is doing! I’m liking it a lot. Every week is different depending on what stage of the process we are in. We do boards in teams of two. My board partner is Dashawn Mahone (GO CHECK OUT HIS WORK! Dashawn’s Tumblr).

For every new episode the schedule goes like this:

-       Kick off meeting : Go over the script with show runner/directors

-       1 weeks to do thumbnails

-       2 weeks to do roughs

-       2 week to do clean ups

And you kind kinda do that however you want to as long as you hit your deadlines but Dashawn and I have seemed to nail down a system that works for us.

THUMBS: We do thumbs on extra wide post it pads and stick them to the wall and we go through the entire script from start to finish together. Some people split up the workload and then do their parts separately. But I find if you go through together it’s way faster, you end up with less things you need to change, it’s funnier and overall more cohesive.

Then you pitch your thumbs to the directors and they give you back notes and/or changes. Before we start doing our roughs, we will sit down again together and thumb out the notes and fixes. Once that is done it’s time for…

ROUGHS: This is kind of the hardest part. Our motto while doing thumbs is “Like this but better.” So this is the stage where you have to fix all the sloppiness or change up the compositions to look better. We will split up the episode at this point and work separately in Story Board Pro.

Then pitch your roughs! Again you’ll get notes to fix things or change things mostly (hopefully) just for clarity reasons. And once again, we will sit down together and help thumb out each others’ notes and changes before moving on to Clean UP.

CLEAN UP: This stage is your time to polish and clean up any loose ends. The artwork itself doesn’t have to be on exactly on model or perfectly clean or anything like that, it just needs to be clear and everything in the right places.

At the end of those five weeks then you pitch the episode to everyone! All the peoples. The other board teams, the other artists, the show runners, execs, etc. It’s a little intimidating but it’s really fun to get to see how people react and laugh at jokes.

How long have you been drawing and what inspired you to become an artist?

I’ve  been drawing for a long time! I loved coloring books and doodling when I was a toddler and kind of always kept up with it in some way or another. Then when I was 10-14 years old I was very very depressed and basically threw all my energy into drawing. I would draw all day every day. I remember my teachers telling me to pay attention but the only way I could pay attention in class and learn was if I was doodling at the same time.

I remember being in the car driving home I think from looking at Halloween costumes when I was very young. Either the first couple years of elementary school or possibly before that. One of my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I thought about it hard and said I wanted to make cartoons. I don’t think at that time I could articulate why I wanted that but I just knew that’s what my gut was telling me.

Did you go to college or are you self taught? A mixture of both?

I was one of those kids who started looking into colleges when I was like 12. So I was researching a lot about SCAD, CALArts, RISD, Sheridan, etc. All these big name schools and then I made a friend who went to School of Visual Arts while I was still in high school. I never heard of that before but I discovered they supposedly had a good animation program so I decided to do their pre-college program the summer before 12th grade. I wanted to figure out if animation was just something I liked or something I could actually see myself happy to be doing for the rest of my life. I had a really great experience that summer and SVA ended up being the only school I applied to!

If you did go to college, what are some of the most important things that you learned?

I learned a lot from Don Poynter who was one of my teachers. He taught perspective, layout and an advanced class that was basically film theory and composition. He was also my thesis advisor. I had a lot of other great teachers but I think Don was the only one who really challenged me to be better than I am and I’ve always appreciated that.

College itself however gave me a lot of opportunities to learn about life. I met a lot of people and no matter where you end up going to school or whatever you do, it’s a time in your life where you end up figuring out what is important to you and who you want to be. I guess that never stops being true but college tends to be a good catalyst for young people to question themselves and ask themselves what will make them happy. (I hope this makes sense and isn’t too rambly! Let me know if you want me to elaborate?)

What are your go-to tools to create your art?

I usually doodle a lot in whatever program I’m using at that moment. So most of my drawings are done in flash or Storyboard Pro. Occasionally I’ll open up Photoshop or Sai Painter. I really love painting with acrylic and want to start painting again! But recently I’ve been making little dudes with sculpey and that’s been really awesome.

Any favorite past times?

I am pretty anti-social! Friendly but anti-social I guess? So it’s hard to get me to go out and do parties and what not. Mostly my partner, Jon, and I go out and go thrift store shopping, to flea markets, marathon TV shows together and play video games. I really like Star Trek and other Sci Fi shows. We just recently finished up X-Files right before they announced they are making a new season. WHAAATTT.

How long have you been working, and have there been any challenges during your career?

I have been working in Animation since 2010-ish? I worked for John Dilworth while I was still in school. Then I worked for the Rauch Bros just as I was graduating. I was at Titmouse in NY for a few years before taking a freelance gig to animate for a webseries for Nickelodeon. While I was freelancing I decided to move across country and thankfully landed a job at Cartoon Network where I am now!

I think my biggest challenge has been the normal challenges. I know what job I want but I need to gain more experience and skill before I can get there. I’ve always known that storyboarding is what I want to do and what I enjoy most but you gotta start where you can! So I was doing a lot of production stuff at the beginning, then I got the opportunity to do Ink and Color. Then I got the opportunity to do animation. I didn’t want to do animation anymore and didn’t seem like there were opportunities for me to do storyboarding where I was so I decided to go seek those opportunities out. And now I’m doing storyboarding and I’m loving it! I just gotta keep getting better and do good so I can keep getting storyboard jobs in the future. Crossing my fingers.

Was it difficult entering the animation industry, and what do you think are some of or the most important factors that determines success?

I want to preface this by saying I have worked very very very very hard to do good work and that’s ultimately the basis of my success. However! I’m also not the best at self promoting and getting myself out there. So my success so far has been because of people who know me seeing my work and recommending me and that’s how I got my foot into the door. The hardest part is getting in but once you’re in and if you do a good job it’s infinitely easier. In the very least you feel a little bit more confident about finding work. But getting into the animation industry (or any industry really?) is very stressful and scary. So the best thing you can do for yourself is to 1. Do good work and 2. Make friends! 3. Be somewhat professional helps also. (I feel like this advice is applicable to most career paths)

What has been your favorite production to work on thus far?

I can’t tell you! But no seriously. So far Ben 10 has been awesome. My favorite production before this is the web series for Nick I got to work on. That was wonderfuuuull. It was off site freelance so I could work at home in my PJs and fart it up all day. The show runner was awesome to work for and a great dude. (ALANNNN)

Have you ever been the only woman in the room or production; if so, what was that like for you?

Not yet! Which is awesome! I work with so many wonderfully talented ladies and I see more and more young lady animators looking to enter the field. Thankfully that hasn’t been my experience yet.

Who are some of your favorite female animated characters? What is it about them that you particularly enjoy?

I am really really digging basically all of the Gems on Steven Universe. I love seeing characters that just happen to be female but it doesn’t define them. Amethyst is Amethyst who happens to be a chick. It’s not Girl Gem #2 who’s name is Amethyst.

Any productions that you would like to work on, or would you like one day have your own show?

I would love to have my own show! I’ve been sitting on a personal project that I think I’m ready to pitch. We will see what happens!

Any personal projects that you’re working on now?

My partner and I are working on a short film! He created, wrote and did most of it. I’m doing the animation and layouts. Look out for it by the end of the year I hope!

And finally, any words of wisdom to students aspiring to enter your line of work?

Never stop asking yourself questions! Always ask yourself honestly “What will make me happy?” Ask yourself hard questions and be brutally honest with yourself. This field is hard and the first thing you need to figure out is if you actually want to do animation or if you just love animation. Are you just a fan or not? I think I see a lot of people mistake their love for animation as a desire to do animation and only after a lot of time and a lot of money wasted they finally realize it’s not for them.


Thank you Deena! As always, if interested, check out our other interviews!

Before Grumps: Suzy + Barry

Barry gets along with his brother Alex, but they didn’t always get along as kids. 

Barry says that his dad had games on his PC and Suzy “Awws” and Barry says, “You just love dads!” Barry used to watch his dad play chess on the computer when he was a kid. 

Barry tried to get his parents to play newer games, but they didn’t get into it. 

Barry’s dad is an electrical engineer and dabbles in real estate. 

Suzy wants to interview Barry’s dad. (Goddamn she does love dad’s) 

In high school Barry was a drama nerd. He dabbled in theater in middle school because his brother Alex started doing it and Barry wanted to be like him. He also met Jon in drama in middle school. 

Barry apparently lived like 5 minutes away from Jon. 

As a freshman Barry auditioned for the more advanced drama class and he had to sing a song so he brought his guitar and played ‘secret agent man’ as his audition song. He also started learning guitar around 7th grade. 

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It’s random ficlet I found in my drafts time!

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Derek makes his way across the campus, walking quickly, his collar flipped up to shield against the late autumn winds. Students are rushing past him, scurrying to class, and Derek can’t help but feel kind of appalled at how young they all seem.

He finds his way to the student union, and asks a few of the people he comes across where he can find the radio booth. Mostly he gets blank looks or half-hearted shrugs before the students hurry past him or return their attention to their computers. One just says, “We have a radio station?” and, well, he’s probably no use.

He always feels a little off balance when he comes to colleges. He’s done his fair share of college shows, and college radio interviews like the one he’s here today for, but he never got the “college experience”, too busy spending his late teens and nearly all of his twenties playing gigs and writing music. Halehounds was signed when he was sixteen, and put out seven albums and did over twenty tours - both national and international - by the time they broke up for the last time when he was twenty-eight.

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anonymous asked:

now that it's been a week since the election, do you have any more suggestions for what people can do?

Sorry it took a couple days for me to get to this, anon. Here’s a non-comprehensive list of suggestions:

  • Call out bigotry when you see it. Obviously there are some situations where this isn’t an option (e.g. you’re in the closet and you’re worried about what your parents might guess if you start talking LGBT rights), but don’t let things pass just because you think it would be awkward to confront the person about it or because it’s easier to cut contact under the assumption that they’ll never change anyway. If you know your friend/relative holds racist/sexist/homophobic/xenophobic/antisemitic/etc. beliefs, deal with it so marginalized people don’t have to. Educate other people. Educate yourself on the issues you aren’t familiar with.  
  • Remember that you have power as a constituent. This year’s election may be over, but your politicians will want your vote come re-election time, and the feedback they get from the people in their state/district can affect their decisions. Don’t assume that just because they’re Democrats they’ll do the right thing regardless - they may not, and if nothing else, voicing your support can increase the strength of their opposition. Don’t assume that just because they’re Republicans your call won’t make a difference - if they only ever hear from an echo chamber of supporters, they’ll never have any incentive to change. So:
  • Call your elected officials. Call in to support their good decisions or denounce their bad ones, and remember that phone calls are more effective than emails or web forms or petitions. You can find the phone number for your Senators here and your Representatives here. I called all three of my (Republican) Congresscritters yesterday to protest Trump’s hiring of Steve Bannon, and then I called all three (Democrats) from my home state/district to thank them for already denouncing his appointment - it took less than five minutes.
  • Here’s the basic script I used, for anyone who’s never done this before; just fill things in as necessary or update as necessary for whatever issue is at hand: “Hello, my name is [name]. I am a constituent, living in [city/county/district/general area]. I’m calling about [Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon/insert future horrifying thing Trump and/or Republicans in Congress do]. I am calling to [express my support for Congressperson X’s opposition to Bannon’s appointment/request that Congressperson X publicly denounce this immediately]. As a [female/black/Hispanic/Jewish/Muslim/gay/etc. as applicable] American, I am concerned about this issue because [Steve Bannon is a white nationalist and I feel strongly that he should not be allowed in the White House]. Will Congressperson X [continue to condemn/condemn this appointment]?”
  • Figure out if you live in a sanctuary city. If you do, call in your support for continuing to resist deportation during a Trump presidency even if it means losing federal funding. If you live in a city that’s not a sanctuary city, call in your support for becoming a sanctuary city.
  • Donate. I listed some good organizations in a previous post, and there are other masterlists floating around as well. Consider setting up a recurring donation - this allows organizations to estimate their budgets and plan for the future, and it allows you to support them even when you aren’t actively thinking about it. Obviously everybody’s financial situation is different, but every bit counts. Why not match your monthly Netflix payment with a monthly $8 donation to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU?
  • Volunteer. Look at the same list as above, and then look beyond the big national organizations to what local groups are trying to deal with issues specific to your area. If you are a high-school/college student and can afford to work for free, look into the opportunities at these organizations in addition to whatever resume-building activity you’re planning for the summer. That way if your internship falls through, you can still do something more productive than sitting on your couch this summer.
  • Subscribe to a newspaper or otherwise pay for journalism. Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of bad media coverage this year, and plenty of it did come from big newspapers like the New York Times etc. But those sources are also so much better than cable news or badly-curated Internet news sites which cater only to specific groups of thought. Independent journalism is important, but it needs to be funded so they don’t have to depend on clickbait. Local newspapers also need more love. This is a big country, and part of the problem in this election was that journalists based in big cities didn’t comprehend what was happening in the rest of the country - they underestimated Trump support in the heartland, and they didn’t pay enough attention to the fears of marginalized people living in those areas either.
  • Get involved in local politics. Attend city council meetings. Find your local activist groups. Go to your local meetings of Democrats (and/or Greens and/or whatever). Join a political club - Campus Democrats etc. Volunteer at your local party HQ, even if it just means stuffing envelopes. Work for a campaign for mayor, or for the state legislature, or for governor. Municipal and state elected officials have more power than you think.
  • Run for local office. Okay, obviously this one isn’t for everyone, but depending on what stage of your life you’re in…think about it. Change starts from the bottom, but it needs to work its way up from grassroots activism into actual policy. And most change starts taking root in policy put in place by individuals somewhere between the levels of “random citizen” and “President of the United States.” Remember, if you’re a pro-choice Democratic woman, you may be able to get training and/or funding from EMILY’s List.

Editing to add: Don’t just do these things. Get your friends and families to do them, too. Volunteering with a friend is more fun and will help keep you both accountable. If you buy a Washington Post subscription, buy a second one as a Thanksgiving gift for your Fox-News-watching relative. Etc.

anonymous asked:

you should know more than anyone that the point of the school system is to get good jobs. if you dont plan on getting a good job after college dont go to college. high tuition keeps kids ambitious and its a good tool to keep kids aiming for those high paying jobs. imagine all the lazies whod go to school if it was cheap, thatd be unfair to the people who founded businesses and worked extremely hard for their kids to go to school.

Hahaha. Are you fucking kidding me?

The point of education is to make you educated. Universities don’t guarantee you a job at all. There is little communication between the job market and the educational system.

I am educated and qualified and I’ve been applying for ‘good jobs’ since September and have had 1 day of related work since then. Don’t pull that shit on me. The problem is the economy is failing. The amount of open jobs is far below the total number of people that are qualified, and this number grows each year with more graduates. Its why in my country the youth unemployment rate is over 14%, many of these youths are educated and unemployed.

Student loans and rising loans mind you are a product of this increasingly capitalistic system which is profiting off young adults who are trying to start a future for themselves but are being bankrupt because of it.

Look at europe where education is mostly free or inexpensive. People still get jobs, and they’re not put in debt for years or decades.

Students loans don’t motivate most people. Its like being stuck with a bloodsucking parasite. It depressives people and it affects primarily the low income earning families. Rich families don’t need to worry at all.

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