it might be relevant

There’s this discussion right now about getting your lore/art seen and I just want to throw in some advice of my own: Tag the shit out of your work.

If anyone looks at my tags you might notice I add, like, a billion. If it’s somehow relevant to the drawing, I’ll tag it, even if it’s a very small detail. Now, I think tumblr only counts the first 5 tags you use, so make sure you use up those tags wisely. Monster folks get lots of traffic on here, so I tag monster boys/girls/enbies first [and, well, most of my characters are dragon people, so they fit], then flight rising, then humanoid/gijinka, etc. until I use up the five. Then I tag whatever else just in case.

It might feel silly, but trust me, it works. Even if it nets you just one more extra like/reblog, that’s one more person who’s seen and likes your art or writing, and might’ve missed it if you hadn’t tagged. 

Also, double reblog your stuff. It helps get your work seen by people who might’ve missed it due to timezone shenanigans, it’s your blog, and anyone who doesn’t like it can stuff it.

Thoughts about being an animation major

Don’t try to be like others. It won’t make you happy, I promise you.

Don’t be upset if you’re not at the ‘advanced’ level everyone else is at. They were you at one point. You’ll get there. It’s no rush.

Don’t beat yourself up if the things you like and produce don’t fit the norm of other students. Art is different for everyone and you’re no excuse.

Don’t be afraid to try new things. You might like it more than you realize. Collaborate whenever possible.

Make friends to make friends, not to network. Be you. Don’t be something you’re not to have a better network. It may be good at first but those relationships will never last.

Most importantly, focus on you. Have fun. Live and learn. Take time to love yourself. Remember what inspired you. Remember what makes you happy.

Draw everyday if you can.

You can do it. I believe in you.

Dear little boys

Dear little boys,
You are just as important and relevant as little girls. I know it might seem like the whole community is against you with the pink and the name ddlg which is daddy dom/little girl. However that is not the case. You are loved, you are supported, you are valid in everyway that is possible. You may not be as popular as a little girl but you are just as amazing as any little girl out there.

gentle reminder

just because some people might have it worse does not mean your struggles are less relevant; everyone goes through their own struggles, according to what they need to make them stronger - your struggle is very important, so please try your best to stay strong

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Once Upon A Time ♔ second generation

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.

Sometimes I think about how being a first-generation science student puts me at such a disadvantage compared to some of my peers. It seems like every highly successful STEM student that I know had a mother that was a nurse or a father that was an engineer. A brother that’s a mathematician. A sister in medical school. Something to that effect.

Then there’s me. My dad’s an accountant. My mom only has a high school degree. Technically, my grandfather actually was a mechanical engineer, but he died too early on in my life and lived too far away for it to be terribly relevant. So I might as well not have any family in STEM at all. No one to grow up talking to about STEM. Or even about academia in general.

I have always been on this journey by myself. And it makes me want to cry sometimes.

Keep reading

i personally find the science passages the most difficult to comprehend. a lot of times i don’t even know what the hell is happening in the passage. so i’ve compiled a list of strategies that helped me improve my score. 

  •  skim the passage; don’t try to decipher every single line and every single word. 
  • some prep books suggest otherwise. they tell you to take notes, make mental summaries, and try to connect one paragraph to the other. some even tell you to look away after each paragraph and and jot down the main idea. the tendency of using this strategy is you might end up focusing on details that aren’t even relevant to the questions. you’re wasting your time. 
  • this is particularly tricky in the science passage. if you try deeply understand every line in the passage, you’ll end up getting lost in the swamp of convoluted descriptions and jargons.
  • what i found to be the most effective strategy is this: skim the passage. read it as fast as you can while maintaining a general understanding of what it’s talking about. if you can read it in 3 minutes or less, go ahead.
  •  don’t focus on terms and processes you don’t understand!! 
  • even if you’re not necessarily sure about what the passage is talking about, make sure you are able to locate where certain information is mentioned.
  • for example: do take note the terms mentioned. you may want to underline specific words and people mentioned. 
  • now, read the questions. go back to the part relevant to the question. now is the time to read it thoroughly. 
  • this way, you can guarantee that you’ll only be focusing on parts of the passage that are relevant to the questions. you’re not wasting your time trying to understand some complicated theory on DNA or whatever.
  • these tips also apply to other types of passages, i just found it particularly important for the science. 

other general tips for reading passages: 

  • watch!! out!! for!! extreme!! wording!! 
  • you have to remember that there is only one correct answer from the choices 
  • the SAT will try to trick you by phrasing the choices as weird as possible
  • but you can always eliminate answers by taking note of extreme wording such as being too vague, too specific, too strong, as well as unrelated as giving an unrelated concept 
  • be ruthless in understanding the questions that you got wrong. ask yourself: why did i get this questions wrong? what can i do to avoid this mistake in the future? 
  • keep!! practicing!!

 good luck! ✨

applications for uk universities are coming up in a few months, so i figured i should post the tips i have collected from when i applied (since they’re all just sitting in a word document gathering dust), particularly for the personal statement! we had a talk from an admissions tutor who told us most of the stuff below + i attended 6 open days and picked up a fair few bits along the way (some stuff might be more relevant to sciences/physics)

the personal statement: what??

  • your personal statement is likely your only opportunity to try and ‘sell yourself’ to universities since most courses at most universities don’t interview
  • you send the same one to all your unis (even if you apply to different courses!)
  • 4000 characters and 47 lines limit (you’ll probably hit the line limit first - keep copying and pasting it into UCAS to check this since it’ll probably be a little different to your word processors count). the average is about 500 words

example structure

  • 80% academic, 20% extracurricular is generally a good guide
  • paragraph 1, intro: personal trigger for your interest in the subject you’re applying for! (not just ‘i’ve always been good at it/liked it’) - how your subject relates to society/current affairs if applicable and relevant (you’ll be seeing that word a lot). what aspects of the courses you’re looking forwards to (but don’t accidentally refer to something not done at all your choices) - prove that you know what you’re getting into
  • paragraph 2: what have you done to develop your interest? trips, books, wider reading - both in and out of school/college. link it to your subject! work experience, relevant volunteering. career aspirations - if you have one, put it in! it’s not set in stone just because you wrote it in a personal statement. part time job - skills gained (again, relevant ones), not just facts.
  • e.g. i worked in housekeeping part time => work under time pressure to a high standard and working effectively as part of a team
  • paragraph 3: non academic achievements e.g. duke of edinburgh - again, skills gained. if you’re doing a gap year, why/what are you doing etc - benefits?
  • paragraph 4, summary: short, just a few lines. final impression. recap - this should answer “why do you want to go to university and study your course” and “why do you deserve to be offered a place”. relevant to course - make reference to course choice/area, not generic. career aspirations are good to mention here. can keep it vague-ish for multiple courses, but course area should be clear!
  • this is just an example containing most of the stuff that should be in it - how you break it up doesn’t matter too much as long as it does have a structure (remember line breaks will influence your character/line count!)

good words/phrases

  • rewarding, improved, interested, taking part, reinforced, gained, strengthen, in addition, developed, broadening, hard work, commitment, enhanced, thrive under pressure

long list of advice

  • be concise - characters are limited and you have a lot to say
  • be honest - lying is a. unnecessary and b. will probably come out later
  • remember the person receiving this probably reads thousands, try and keep it interesting
  • organised & structured!
  • persuade the reader that you deserve a place
  • avoid generic statements - everything must be relevant. as much as they may be true, things like “i achieved good grades/always enjoyed this subject previously” are obvious fillers.
  • imagine this is your interview - as i said, you probably won’t get a real one! why do you want to study this, what makes you the right person for this course.
  • DO NOT LIST. don’t do it. expand on everything you put down, make it relevant - what your experiences are isn’t important, what you got from them is.
  • spelling and grammar. check it, check it, check it again - and this must be done by a human, spell checkers don’t notice if you use the wrong word (it’s best to go with a teacher or parent, something like that, not other students or people on the internet - be very careful about sending your personal statement to people online).
  • don’t talk about things that belong in other sections - e.g. how good your grades are (they can already see these), extenuating circumstances (should be explained by your referee in the reference). repeating yourself makes you look desperate to fill space.
  • avoid ambiguity - explain yourself! e.g. ‘i did my gold award’ - in what?!
  • authentic - don’t be pretentious
  • avoid being generic
  • ‘i’m looking forward to having an experience to remember for the rest of my life’ it lasts 3+ years; you’re going to remember it. don’t say it.
  • ‘looking forwards to independence’ - very rarely a choice when you go to uni. virtually everyone else is in the exact same situation here. don’t waste characters on things that aren’t relevant or really important.
  • ‘my family…’ they do not care about your family, they care about you. it is about you.
  • avoid cliches
  • add comments, views and explanations to your points - pretend it’s an english essay or something - making a point by itself gets you no marks
  • use your own experiences - you will have enough, don’t make it up.
  • ‘i’m quite good’ - avoid neutral or passive terms to describe yourself. be positive and show off that you do have these skills!
  • similarly don’t be uncertain - ‘i usually meet deadlines’ is pretty unconvincing
  • don’t play things down!
  • do your research - know which modules you will study in your courses so you can keep things relevant. talk about things you are particularly excited about and why.
  • what have you done outside of the a level course requirements?
  • obviously, don’t mention any of your unis by name or location (or course if they vary)
  • avoid humour: when someone makes a joke in front of a large audience, if they didn’t come to see them make jokes you will notice that maybe half laugh. you don’t know which half the person reading your personal statement will fall into. don’t do it.
  • make connections between interests and courses
  • draft and redraft and redraft until it’s perfect… and then check it over a few more times!
  • … but don’t let the people who check it over for you rewrite it! this must be your personal statement if you want to get anywhere
  • it’s run through sophisticated plagiarism/similarity software by UCAS. don’t write with a friend, don’t get one off the internet.

hopefully some of this helps someone out there, good luck!

speaking of lance with tattoos, in my au he has 2:

  • one is on the back (or side? unsure) of his neck, it’s just a little planet w a ring around it, bc space is neat
  • i hate to say tramp stamp bc it’s just a terrible term but that’s what he has, just little angel wings on his lower back. it’s terribly cliché. it was a dare, but he actually loves it and gives zero (0) fucks abt what anyone says
Context: we’re in a town with a mind flayer infestation. We find the key to the house of a noble who we think is related to the mind flayers, and after our rogue accidentally lets slip to that noble that we know that brains are being eaten, our suspicion is confirmed as the noble NPC performs a massive psionic attack on our cleric. This NPC also had a statue of our cleric’s god and destroyed it. After a turn of combat, our warlock tracks her down and AoE’s her to making death saving throws. Our cleric’s turn comes up again.
Our cleric: “I don’t know, do we really want to save her? I’m pretty pissed off at her right now and we can probably get the information we need from the guards, butler, and all her books in her house.”
DM: “Oh, I didn’t mention this before because it wasn’t relevant, but it might be relevant to your decision; [the NPC] is a beautiful woman.”
Our gay-as-hell cleric: “Oh fuck yes I’m saving her. *spare the dying*”

This might not be 100% relevant to anything but I just noticed that both Lefou and Stanley were reaching their hands towards one another after Stanley walked closer to Lefou after Maurice went to hit Gaston. (veeeeeeeery slightly but you can definitely see them slowly move towards eachother)