I’m so sorry if you sent me a message and I haven’t gotten back to you yet! I took over teaching and planning all 5 class periods, and with the bank debacle I’ve fallen behind on my homework. The last week has been me trying to get everything done.
A few people asked about my PayPal, so here it is: Rivethart@gmail.com.
I’ll try and get to everyone today - it’s parent teacher conference day so I have some extra time to respond to people!
And thank you so much for those who have offered help and encouragement. I have no words for how much I appreciate it!
1075. Luna Lovegood hated Care of Magical Creatures, solely because Hagrid told her that Crumple Horned Snorkaks- any many of the other creatures she mentioned- weren't real and she refused to believe him.
In 2 days, it’ll be a year that my friends and I had a bad new. I remember that it was a Friday and that I was following one of my favourite classes of the year. One of our friends came by and said he was looking for another friend who wasn’t there. So he left. An hour later, when my class was over, I took the stairs to go to the library. There, I met a another friend, she was crying. I asked her what happened and asked me if I knew S. I said yes and she told me she was dead. I remember that I couldn’t just believe that and asked her how it happened, and if she was sure of what she said. At the time I was thinking -hoping- that she was wrong. So she left and when I arrived at the 1st floor, I saw several of my friends. They were crying. That’s when I knew that S. wasn’t a part of this world anymore.
She was not the closest friend I had, but it’s always a shaking new to hear that one of your friends has passed. We didn’t see much, but when our paths crossed in the hallways, we were sometime talking for a long time, instead of doing what we were supposed to do. One day we were talking about health and loosing weight. So I told her about my journey and said that running and clean eating had helped me a lot. I don’t know if it’s because of what I said, but I know she started running a bit later. So today, I’m planning to run. For her and all the runs she didn’t get the opportunity to do because she was taken too soon.
Your life is a gift. Remember that. When I’m on my darkest days and want to quit everything, I’m always thinking of her. Because we’re gifted with life, when some other people didn’t get that chance. We have to hold on. For us, but also for them.
So last night my husband and I went to a FHE activity at Nickel City (and we didn’t flake out! Which we usually do when it comes to church events because we are not good people) and we all went to Sonic afterwards to get to know each other. We were probably about six couples in total.
We did the whole getting to know you spiel (name, unique thing about you, how you met your spouse) and when my turn came up I was kind of at a loss and I turned to my a husband in a panic. And he whispers to me, “you’re a ballerina.” I said “no I’m not!” because technically speaking I’m not and I haven’t had the chance to dance since we got married, aside from one class I took over Christmas break. I miss it so much and I’m out of shape, but I’m working full time to support us and I won’t be able to dance again until Fall semester when I go back to school.
But then he turns to the group and says, “she’s devoted her entire life to hardcore ballet, she was on BYU’s theatre ballet and she’s going back in the fall.”
It was such a little thing but it made me so happy that he not only supports me in my career and my studies, but supports me in what I love as well. That and the fact that he was bragging about me to a group of almost complete strangers. What a swell guy I get to spend forever with.
Since I know a lot of my followers are going into high school this year, I decided to do a cliche Freshman Year Tips post. Maybe these are only relevant to me/my school, but I thought I’d post anyhow :)
When they say freshman year determines the ground for your GPA for the next four years, they’re mostly not lying, as surprising as it may seem. Do the best you can freshman year. I promise you, it’ll pay off, even if it’s stressful.
If you’re not sure about a class, like you’re not 100% about taking AP chemistry or something, especially in later years, don’t. I took a math class that was just a little over my experience level and it messed up my GPA. It’s honestly best to play it safe. If you’re not all that worried about grades or you have some room to play around, go ahead, take that advanced/enriched/honors class. But if you don’t, then don’t.
On the first day back, don’t bring anything but your bag, pens/pencils, and a notebook or folder or maybe a small binder. You don’t need everything on the first day. Your teachers will give you your supply requirements usually within the first week. If you need to take advantage of school sales, then grab what you know you will absolutely need. Otherwise, wait until all of your teachers have given you requirements. It’s much better to take one trip to the store than seven.
You will need, for at least one class or just for emergencies: red, blue, black pens; pencils (both #2 and mechanical/whatever you use); a minimum of one notebook; *most* teachers want a separate binder for each class, but they don’t have to be monstrous, so maybe 1-1.5″ binders; I’m serious, you need so many pencils; some kind of pencil container like a pouch or box or something; a small box of bandaids; travel size deodorant; an agenda/planner if your school doesn’t provide one; menstrual products if you menstruate (I’m extremely serious about that, keep them even when you’re off–you never know who will need it); highlighters for at least your English or other language class
I promise you, you don’t need that mirror or shelf or other decoration for your locker. You will barely be at your locker unless you’re lucky enough to have classes so close to each other or lots of time in between periods. I go to my locker 3 times a day.
Don’t be embarrassed to sit alone at lunch. Everyone does sometimes. There’s no shame in it, and I promise you, no one’s judging you. I’d bet no one will even notice.
But also don’t be afraid to make friends. High school provides so many new people and so many new opportunities to join a new friend group. You may think you’ll stick with the same people all four years, but that’s not always the case. So have backups just in case, however rude that may sound.
Don’t be afraid to see the intervention/crisis counselor. They are there for a reason. If something is interfering with your ability to be at school or do your work, go talk to them. They can help you.
If you’re taking a class that isn’t a core or required class (such as an elective) and you’re failing, drop it. You don’t need it. You don’t need the stress or the lowered GPA. Study halls can be beneficial.
If there are volunteer opportunities, don’t pass up on those. If you want to be in National Honors Society, you need at least 25 hours to even apply, and another 25 after you’ve been accepted. Even if NHS isn’t your goal, they look awesome on college applications.
If there’s a chance to add something to your student resume, do it. Even if it seems small, it could be the difference between going to your dream school and getting your second or last pick.
Apply for scholarships early on. Write essays. Start as soon as you can.
Your teachers can be brutal. Teachers can also be wonderful. They are all there to help you. If you feel as though you deserved a different grade on something, talk to them. Every teacher is different, but most will at least listen to you.
Do not get your parents to do things for you, such as write notes to get you out of classwork or calling/emailing them when your grades are slipping. You’re in high school. You need to start taking responsibility for your actions, and having your parents confront your teachers for your mistakes is the opposite of that.
Take a few days off per semester or even quarter if you’re not feeling mentally well enough to go. Your mental health is just as important, if not more so, than your physical health. If you have to fake the flu for that, fine. Just make sure you’re okay.
If you miss a few days, I promise you, it’s okay. You can make up the work. Most teachers will be lenient about it because they understand you have multiple classes and so much work. Reschedule your missed tests. Please.
Never take a 0 for something. Even if your homework is half done, turn it in. Half credit is better than none.
Extra credit opportunity? Take it. Even if you have a 100% in the class, take it. You never know when you may need it to fall back on.
Take some fun classes, but not until later on. Get your required classes out of the way.
Freshman year is the easiest. Teachers will baby you, even if middle school says they won’t. They will. Prepare for sophomore year. It’s much tougher. But you can do it.
Don’t stop in the middle of the hall in between periods. If you decide to have an extensive conversation with Nancy, grab her and go to the side of the hall or into a locker bank or something. Don’t stop up traffic. You will get yelled at by an upperclassman.
You are the bottom of the food chain. Don’t try to swim up. You cannot. Being labeled as a freshman already did it for you. The older kids will pick on you because you’re the youngest, but don’t worry, you’ll be in their shoes one day.
Don’t try any tricks. Honestly. One kid did the chapstick on the scantron sheet thing, and broke a $700 machine that he had to pay for. Study. Do your best. Don’t rely on “life hacks” to get you through it. They’re not foolproof.
Remember, everyone is trying to make it, just like you. Everyone is fighting their own battles. Everyone is struggling in some way. Everyone is tired and stressed, no matter how well-put they seem. Be kind. High school is when you become more than just a student; you’re a person. You will be remembered for your behavior. Make sure it’s one you’d want to be remembered for in thirty years at your reunion.
I bought these cute as heck seal stickers from Tokyu Hands. Y’all look at my dead historical husbands. I didn’t recognize all of them so I asked my JTE to help me and she called the social studies teachers over to help. They were impressed I knew as many as I did and I explained I was “a social studies teacher” in the US and they were like ?!?!?!?! One started to bombard my JTE with world history questions to ask me.
I took my stickers to my second year class and called over my Shinsengumi/Touken Ranbu fangirls. I like to pretend I don’t know things because its easier to talk to me when they get to show off. They lost their minds when they saw and started to explain who everyone was. I tried to give them the stickers that matched their anime boyfriends.
these are all of my notes from the algebra 2 class i took over the summer. not all of my notes fit the studyblr aesthetic, my handwriting is sometimes messy, i took all of these photos in awful lighting and that’s okay. pretty pictures =/= effective learning.
(ps on my computer some of the frames don’t show up…let me know if that’s just me or it’s happening to you too via ask)
When I was in undergrad, I took a creative writing class over the summer in my second year. There were a lot of fantastic writers there.
There were also some writers that needed help. On the first round of stories, one person turned in a draft that read painfully like it has been written by a child. They had never attempted fiction before, though. The whole concept of writing in that sense was nearly a foreign language to her.
The class tore her work apart. Students punished her for her ignorance and instead of offering her ways to improve her work, tore her down so that she never showed up to another creative writing class, not even the new ones offered in consecutive semesters.
What I am trying to get at here is that we as writers have a responsibility to be mindful of our critiques and criticism. Simply because someone does not fit into our paradigm of what we expect from a writer does not give us permission to publicly tear them down. I believe, instead, in offering critiques that encourage a writer to grow, rather than frighten them away from producing more work. They will never get better if we ridicule them to the point of stepping away from the page.
Please keep in mind that If I share someone else’s work in a public sphere, it is because I’m trying to offer that person positive encouragement. Thanks for your time, everyone.
A professor is giving the first year medical students their first lecture on autopsies, and decides to give them a few basics before starting.
“You must be capable of two things to do an autopsy. The first thing is that you must have no sense of fear.”
At this point, the lecturer sticks his finger into the dead man’s anus, pulls it out, and then licks it. He asks all the students to do the same thing with the corpses in front of them. After a couple of minutes’ silence, they follow through with his disgusting command.
“The second thing is that you must have an acute sense of observation: How many of you noticed that I stuck my middle finger into the corpse’s anus, but I licked my index finger?”
After the class was over, it took the janitor three hours to mop up the vomit.
mostly when i want to watch stuff in french i usually watch things that i’m already familiar with in english, though there have also been some actually french movies that i’ve watched. recently, i watched tangled in french, which was nice, and i’ve also watched perks of being a wallflower, the ice age movies, dead poets society, and a couple of studio ghibli movies, all in french (there are probably a couple more but i don’t remember off the top of my head)
in high school and in a quebecois film class that i took over the summer, i also watched né quelque part, un été en provence, monsieur lazhar, la grande séduction, le survenant, and 1981
i don’t really have a favourite haha, they were all pretty good~