i plan 2 use them sooner or later

anonymous asked:

Hey there...I've decided I will apply to PhD programs...help! Am I too late to apply for fall 2018 admission? What should I be doing? What resources do you recommend for getting my life together and applying? In case you can't tell, I'm panicking!


You’re definitely not too late! The majority of PhD apps are due in the winter. But we gotta go! So here’s the battle plan. Let’s see if this works for you ok? (Also, disclaimer, this is highly biased towards life sciences.. I can not speak to the requirements for say, the humanities. If this isn’t helpful, please let me know what field you’re applying to and I can point you in the direction of gradblrs in that program).

What you’ll need:

  • The application. This is unique for each university (no commonapp here). You’ll need to create an application/account (with a unique username and password) for every program you’re applying to. You can find out more info about this on the program’s website. 
  • The GRE. Scores take a while to be sent out (a few weeks), so this should be your Top Priority. Find a testing station near you and sign up for a date. Then get to studying. You don’t need the subject tests unless they’re a) required by the program, or b) will strengthen your application in any way (say you didn’t get stellar Biology grades in college, but you’re applying to a Bio program, so acing the GRE Biology subject test would show the admissions team you know your Bio)
  • Letters of recommendation. It’s best to give your recommenders at the very least one month to write the letter (I like to give them 2 months), so contact them asap. It depends on the program, but 3 letters of rec is usually the normal. 
  • Personal statement. This varies between programs (some require you to talk about your experience in the field you’re applying to, some tell you not to, etc). Find out the requirement as soon as you start an application and start working. 
  • And, going off of that, your experience. This is key. If you don’t have experience in the field you’re applying to (eg. lab experience if you’re applying to anything research-based), then I would hold off on applying all-together until this requirement is met. Usually 1-3 years is good. Schools invest a lot into PhD students, and they need to know that this is what you want, and the best way to show that is by working in the field already. 
  • College transcripts. Once you finalize your list of programs you’re applying to and have started the application process, contact your undergraduate colleges to send your official (or unofficial.. depends on the program) transcripts to the correct place (the application will tell you where). This usually takes a while, and may require money. Also be sure if you have transfer credits, that you get the original college to also send those transcripts (eg. I took physics at a local community college over a summer, so I had to get that community college to send the transcript separately). 
  • Your CV. Ok I have really shit memory so I can not remember for the life of me if this was actually something you needed to attach to your application, but I have a million revised files of it saved in my Grad School Apps folder on my computer, so it must’ve been needed somehow. Some tips on CV’s here

Tips on some of those requirements, including how to organize everything here.

So, battle plan:

  1. Finalize a list of schools/programs you want to apply for by the end of this week.
  2. Create an application on the programs’ websites (if they’re open for cohort of 2018 applications). It’s free to start an application. And then on an excel sheet, record down all the necessary requirements per program (# of letters of rec, due dates, how much the application costs, etc).
  3. Contact people who you would like to write you letters of rec. Best to do this sooner than later, even if it’s just to ask and give them a head’s up. 
  4. Plan to take the GRE no later than August/September if applications are due in November/December, because this still gives you just enough time to study some more and retake the GRE if necessary (I think it usually takes 2-3 weeks for official scores to be released). However!!! Please double check this with the official GRE website. But yeah, start studying now too if you feel like you need it. Kaplan’s my favorite test-reviewing company, but you can use whatever works for you. The vocab section was probably the trickiest–so I recommend picking up some flashcards and just learning as many words as humanly possible. 
  5. Start writing your personal statements now too. It takes A LOT of revising to get the best one, and since every program may have different requirements, you may need to write like a bunch of them. A good timeline is to have a few first drafts done by August. And plan on having others peer review (especially if they’ve gotten into grad school themselves, myself included if you’re comfortable with me reading your statement (with personal things like names and places taken out of course). Send me a private message if you’d like that!)
  6. As for the applications themselves, work on a little bit every day. You can always go back and change things until you submit, so things like “describe your extracurricular activities” can be revised over and over. 
  7. As with all applications/submissions, try to submit a few hours or days before the actual deadline. Ya know, just in case things happen like the wifi goes out or whatnot. 

Eyyyy! So, how does that all sound? Doable? Let me know! And please let me know how else I can help (again, I’m totally down for reading over your personal statements if you’re comfortable with that; just PM me). As someone who once had to go through the grad school app process, I know it can be suuuuper stressful, but I was lucky enough to have friends and other grad students guide me, so I’m more than happy and humbled to offer the same help to another grad-student-hopeful. 

Good luck, and keep me updated!! <3

anonymous asked:

Mind making a Kallen/Lelouch post? I mainly see people hating on the ship and no one really talks about the good shit.

:( yeah, it’s never been a ship with a large fanbase. Then again, the shipping contest in CG was unfair, everyone seemed to have a chance but at the same time it seemed nobody did, everyone lashed out at everyone else and so on…

But alright, let’s fangirl/boy here, Anon! Do keep in mind that I am SUCH A RAMBLER and that I don’t vent my Kallen/Lelouch feelings as often as I should so… insanely long post coming up ahead! :’D 

First off, I love the way she’s Lelouch’s first contact with the Japanese Resistance. That situation was pretty extreme (then again, what isn’t in CG? XD), and Lelouch’s attempt to help somehow bites him back in the rear as he ends up involved directly in this “poison gas” theft problem. No doubt, he’s not exactly thrilled about it, but you get the feeling that he’s somewhat waking up from the Britannian Schoolboy mentality, where he was somewhat sleepwalking through life, and he only gets the chance to do everything he did because these crazy japanese people stole that poison gas tank. So yeah, I love that, while she never knew it, her actions are literally what brought Lelouch to act in the first place, because her actions led him to acquire the power he did.

And of course, never hurts that he’s worried about these crazy terrorists and the crap they’re up to… yet he stops to stare at her, knowing he’s seen her before someplace. Never hurts.

Second, I naturally love the code names he comes up with. No doubt they were mostly related to their roles in the chess game Lelouch perceives their war to be, but Kallen was always the Black Queen to his Black King. She’s the executioner, so to speak, the trump card. She had the most talent, the most power even when she was using an old model Knightmare Frame. Lelouch recognized her instinctive response to the KMFs, and knew even as early on as in Episode 2 that Kallen was a prodigious pilot. So I love that duality about them: he plans, she executes. They’re really spot-on with the chess metaphor.

And of course this now brings me to one of my favorite parts about them in the first season, and that’s how Kallen wanted to believe in Zero. She was terrified out of her mind, but she knew that without him they were just a group of people revolting, that they’d be destroyed sooner or later, as they almost were in that raid to their ghetto that they only survived thanks to Zero. So she decided to trust him, despite fearing this would go very wrong, and despite everyone had very fair reasons to distrust Zero. But if it meant freedom for her people, she was up for anything.

And that actually makes me happy about her character as a whole: she never abandoned her nation, never switched sides to fight against it. She always was fighting for the freedom of Japan, no matter which side Lelouch was in. Her stance in regards of the war was stable, and I loved that about her.

But back to the point! Yes, Kallen was the one who gave him his first chances to prove himself, and as it paid off, she grew to admire him more, and even develop a crush on Zero that never did any harm to her character. No doubt she could grow reckless for his sake, no doubt she would stand between him and a gun as many times as need be, but the feelings for him were also feelings she held for her cause. She saw him as the man who could change things for her nation, and she was more than happy to offer her services and help him achieve that goal.

And of course, how dared I forget The False Classmate! That episode is a goldmine for Kallen/Lelouch magic, seriously. Kallen is great in it, with her acting as the mild-mannered sweet girl with frail health and then losing that facade when she thinks she’s alone… but nope, she’s not xD Lelouch wasting his geass on her was also pretty funny. Got to love how she was that much trouble for him because he had no idea what limitations his geass had.

But then she also started figuring him out, and he had to come up with his plan to mislead her… still, I love that tug of war game they have in that episode. They look like they have some sort of secret romance going, which makes Shirley freak out, but it’s so damn amusing that deep down it’s just a game to see who gives up first, who wins, who loses… man, do I love me a ship that plays such veiled games with each other xD And all culminates with the phonecall, and the usual ecchi scenes CG loved to indulge in. But alas, what an episode this was. I still love it to this day.

(sorry not sorry this mess with the bottle was too ridiculous and I loved it xD)

Now, there’s something else I love about Kallen and Lelouch… he knows her, and knows both sides of her, but she doesn’t know both sides of him until later. Lelouch knows the real Kallen is the one who pilots KMFs like a badass, who will give her everything to defeat Britannia and free her people, but she has no idea who Lelouch really is, let alone that he’s Zero. So despite she had some interest in him at first, that interest flatlines outright once we reach Refrain. She slaps him, angry that he would be complacent, that he’d imply it’s better to do nothing regarding the world they’re living in. As a viewer, you know this isn’t what Lelouch really believes, but Kallen doesn’t know this. This was the mysteriously good-looking guy from school who kind of sounds like Zero… and who now says things that, if he truly believes them, rule him out entirely as her hero because this guy doesn’t really seem to want to work to change the fucked up world they live in.

And of course, why would I love this? Because Kallen proves here that her position in the world has nothing to do with whoever she has a crush on (something that later is reiterated in R2). She was intrigued by Lelouch until he said what he said, and yes, he wanted to mislead her, no doubt, but it shows her integrity regarding the stance she takes before the whole world. And I really think that’s one of her best traits, which Lelouch knew, too. He saw her wildest, reckless side, the passionate warrior she was deep down, and he knew to fuel her fire as both Lelouch and Zero. Kallen was determined, strong, and her mind was set. That Lelouch spoke as he did only strengthened her resolve and brought her to believe more in Zero.

… And just, can’t we all simply savor the irony, the amusing way in which this unfolds? How he’s embodying both everything she wants to fight against and everything she believes in? It fascinates me, really. Her conflictive relationship with Lelouch and admiration for Zero in season 1 are so much fun for me…

Of course, tying up with the matter regarding Black King and Queen, and Q-1, comes the moment where Zero appoints her as his official bodyguard. No one had ever seen smiling that way before xD it was such a wonderful thing. And then the bodyguard responsibilities drive her to protect him even in the wildest circumstances, leading to the whole mess at Kaminejima, how they escaped on the Gawain… just gotta love how he took charge while she was freaking out over how this KMF could FLY! But still, her smile upon being his official bodyguard is too much for me, I’m not even sorry.

Though one of the best scenes about them has to be the one from Shirley at Gunpoint. As Lelouch is having a bit of a breakdown, questioning his mission and second-guessing everything they’d done so far, nobody seems to be able to help him. He suffers through it on his own, rethinking everything, trying to pull through with his plans even though the guilt for Shirley’s father’s death is wrecking him. And where anyone else could have been chosen to encourage him out of his rut (I don’t know, maybe Nunnally, as she was his original motivation), the one to do it is Kallen. She lowkey freaks out upon walking in on Zero, shirtless and unmasked, but it’s too dark to see his face. Lelouch asks questions, she answers. She proves her loyalty again, but more importantly, she encourages him. Her belief in him revamps his own belief in their cause. She doesn’t need to see his face, she doesn’t need anything from him, she just wants to fight beside him because too many have already died, too many have already suffered, to leave this fight at this point. Lelouch seriously needed her at that moment, even if he might not have known it all along. What she said really set him back on the right path, the path he had set his mind on. And this aspect of their relationship comes back later on too, in a different form, of course…

But anyways, look at them smile because of each other!


And indeed, season 1 ends with Kallen discovering that the asshole who didn’t care and the genius who embodied her dream were one and the same. And she’s not very happy about it, nope. Lelouch’s reveal seriously shakes her, even though she had suspected it could be him before, but it’s because she’s left wondering who he really was all along. Was he always the man with twenty plans, the genius, the one determined to fight Britannia… or was everything just a game to him? Did he actually give a damn, or didn’t he? Her conflict in that situation comes from something pretty simple: that man embodied both everything she believes in and everything she wants to destroy. The feigned complacent Britannian attitude, the apparent disinterest in anything but himself, were somewhat cemented in her mind by the fact that he just abandoned his troops for no apparent reason. Why did he leave? Does Zero actually not care at all? Does Lelouch actually care a bit? Are Lelouch and Zero really one and the same, or was one of his personas fake?

Season 1 no doubt gave us a great dynamic between these two, because they both trusted and distrusted each other in many ways. While knowing both Kallen Stadtfeld and Kallen Kozuki, Lelouch never dared come clean to her even if he could have. Not knowing who he was, Kallen hated one side of Lelouch and loved the other. And through it all, they kept inspiring each other, believing in one another, and wanting to fight side by side for the future they wanted to create.

R2 takes this dynamic into a whole different direction, though. Mind if I continue under the cut?

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