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Since I consider myself a big sis to all of you, I have made a small list of academic and misc. tips to make college/university not suck as bad.

Academic

  1. If you get distracted in large lecture halls, sit in the front row. I discovered in large classes that I was sometimes more focused on the girl in front of me being on facebook, than I was on the actual lecture. Sitting in the front is always a good idea. It is honestly the easiest tip I have for you.
  2. RECORD YOUR LECTURES! How ever you decide to take notes, you can also record your lectures. I use notability to take notes and to record my lectures with. When reviewing before an exam, recordings are a lifesaver. Also just reviewing after class, it deff helps to clear up anything that was slightly unclear in your notes.
  3. Dress comfy for class. Literally no one care what you wear to class. Don’t feel like you haaaave to look cute, I understand wanting to look good to feel good for yourself but sometimes nike shorts are gonna be your best option.
  4. Book group study rooms in the library. If your libraries on campus are anything like mine, they’re always packed. BUUUUUT it is very likely that your library has a way to reserve library rooms, thus guaranteeing you a silent study place on campus. Book ahead for finals week!!
  5. GOOGLE DOCS. Once you make a good study group, condense all of your notes together on a google doc shared between you all. Google docs and slides  are also amazing for group projects and presentations. Become familiar with both, they are your new best friends.

Misc.

  1. Starbucks has a loyalty program, get on it. I worked as a barista and literally the gold card program starbucks has will safe you a ton. There are literally 10 Starbucks on my campus, you will become familiar with yours. Download the app and start collecting points now! Also a pro-tip, skip the lattes and frappuccinos. Drip coffee is the best option for you, it is cheaper, better for you, and has the most caffeine besides the iced coffee. Also, once you’re a loyalty member at starbucks, refills on all coffee and tea is FREE
  2. Keep snacks in your bag, it’s not rocket science. You get hungry, eat. The more protein, the better. 
  3. Easy way to talk to someone in class. Pull out a pack of gum. Has not changed from high school. Having “class friends” is needed. They’re great for getting notes from if you miss class and for getting together to study with!
College Comparison and Application Checklists

Hi guys! As an obsessive spreadsheet maker, I am constantly using Excel for EVERYTHING, including when preparing to apply for college. I’ve just been told that, for once, the spreadsheets I made for comparing college options and organizing my application checklist are actually helpful, so I’m here to share them!

The first can be used for initially comparing and deciding which colleges you are interested in and the second can be used more as a checklist to see if everything has been submitted or completed.

To make things convenient, I’ve made them available in Google Sheets, from which you can copy to your own Google Drive or download as a Microsoft Excel file! They are also both editable so that you can add or remove categories and compare what’s important to you. Colleges are not one-size-fits-all, so feel free to edit the spreadsheets to cater to you. As a quick example, I’ve used Harvard to demonstrate what each category is for, but you can use it however you see fit. Since I personally have not looked into Harvard, the examples used are not the most thorough, but they should still provide a general idea.

**DISCLAIMER: I am still in high school and have not yet applied or gone to any colleges/universities. I am no expert on college admissions and do not know everything about finding and selecting the perfect college. Please keep this in mind. Any constructive feedback is welcome!

College Comparison Spreadsheet:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AVSidBtOpGOHafgkHVeKYSL0ceyaSZvx2VNzIG3uZTc/edit?usp=sharing

College Application Checklist:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ncT6dwddihoQOLsW17c6wZuXXqrp5F4hIqPWnop5M7M/edit?usp=sharing

To use, click on the link, go to “file”, then either click “make a copy” and save to your drive or click “download” and then whatever format you want. A guide to using each is below the cut. Happy college hunting and good luck!

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In case anyone was wondering about the Polish immigrants, England thing i referenced in the previous post:

 Basically when i was living in the UK I was in a program that granted us living space in one of the most expensive areas of London, and we had a maid service that would come to clean every other day.  The entire staff of the maid service was Eastern European women, but the ones that specifically cleaned my unit were Polish and had severe difficulty with English. 

Because me and the people I was with had manners and were largely middle class Americans, we were all uncomfortable with the concept of just sitting there while someone cleaned around us. So we did this thing where, whenever the maids came, we would also get up and clean with them and then we would thank them for helping and tip them. 

At first they were ferociously uncomfortable with what was going on because I think they perceived us as thinking they were so bad at their jobs that they needed to be watched/cleaned up after. But one of my roommates got a polish/english dictionary and explained, and they were like really really touched?  But in that way that waiters get when you’re actually nice to them after hundreds of customers treat them like shit? which tbh was the first red flag but i was too American to realize it at the time. 

Anyway, we just kind of shrugged it off like whatever and kind of made friends with them.

Later on, I was hanging out with some people actually from London and I told the story about the miscommunication with maids to them as a funny “lol american behavior” story, kind of expecting them to just laugh. Or to agree with me that having maids was weird as a middle class person, but instead what I got was this horrifying tirade about how Eastern Europeans are coming illegally and stealing jobs and bringing crime

And suddenly, like getting slapped in the face, I realized that they were perceiving and reacting to these people exactly the way people in America do to Mexican immigrants. 

Like on every level.

Literally any blanket statement you’ve ever heard people in America make about Mexicans, I eventually heard someone English say about Eastern Europeans. It was disgusting, but also very illuminating. 

On the whole, it was so shocking to me, that my entire world view on “whiteness” shifted in that moment and I decided to do more research about it, and pay attention to the concept significantly more closely. 

The first thing I learned
is that (super basic) concept about “whiteness is ur skincolor!!!1!!” is an incredibly American perspective that really has more bearing in our short 250 year history, than literally anywhere or any time else on earth.

The second thing that I learned is that there are whole swathes of “white skinned people” who aren’t regionally considered white and are treated rather similarly (both socially and intersectionally) to the way POC are treated in America. 

The third thing I learned
is that even in America, whiteness is more complex than just “skin color” and that there was a literal slow pecking order of who got to “Become” white when in our history. And that most of our surface level race discourse is based on the lie that whiteness is inherent and physical, not recent, structural and granted. 

The fourth thing I learned was about the entire concept that one could “become white” is also attached to the concept that one could “lose whiteness”, which tbh is a little scary to me and I’m not even white myself. 

I am currently learning about “losing whiteness” in america and the roots of american racism (who decided this? why did they decide this? who benefits from this structure? what is a race issue and what is a class issue? How are ways to fix this? what are the negative aspects of the social positioning of whiteness on the working class as a whole? how can i improve my general discourse on this subject while being less focused on my American Perspective?)

I am almost done researching that, and I am starting to move on to class based struggle as it includes racism/xenophobia as a red herring, regarding obscuring the transfer of wealth from the general public to the hands of the few so if y’all got information on that send it my way.


Anyway, long story short, every day is a day to learn something new. 

Like That

University AU

Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader

Warnings: Language? Lightly smutty

Word Count: 3, 475

Summary: The reader is friends with benefits with Peter 

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A/N: I’ve been obsessed with this song for a while and listening to it just sparked the idea for this piece. It’s not so much an AU as it is a few years in the future and I wanted to explore the friends with benefits dynamic with Peter Parker because it seems out of character for him but not impossible. I actually started writing this a few months ago but didn’t get around to finishing it until 3am this morning. Hopefully it turned out okay!


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Originally posted by dailytomholland


Like That by Rytmeklubben

Peter Parker and I went to the same high school and were sort of friends but really only became close once we started university. We had a few classes together, being in the same program and all, so I was glad to see a familiar face in the intimidating large classes full of people who were just as smart, if not smarter than us.

University is tough, especially when you’re constantly trying to keep the city a safe place all the while keeping your GPA up. Classes being much more fast-paced than high school took a toll on him. He was so busy that he started falling behind on some of the course material which is when we started studying together a lot. I helped him catch up, he learned quick. He was really good at problem solving and understanding complex math problems, so we helped each other out. With all the time we spent together on breaks, taking turns grabbing coffees and muffins for each other before a class or work, not to mention hours of studying, we became pretty close.

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evergloriousoverlord  asked:

So, about medieval warfare and magic. You said you had a lot to say about integrating magic to a medieval worlds and militaries.

Yes, I do. It’s one of the more irritating things I see in traditional high fantasy.  The people of the world don’t take into account the magic that exists in their world. If magic can be learned, it will become a part of the power structure of the world, finding uses in everything from war to statecraft to even the smallest aspects of life. When medieval armies act in the same fashion as their historical counterparts, without incorporating the differences, it’s a huge red flag that the worldbuilding was not done to my satisfaction, and, even if I elect to continue reading, I’m going to spend all my time picking out the logical errors and complaining rather than enjoying the novel.

So, with that being said, how can a writer include magic into their world in a wholly organic fashion? This requires thinking long and hard about what magic is in your universe, how it works (and how it doesn’t), what it can do, and how common it is. I’ll preface this by saying that these are simply my opinions and things I find appealing in a good setting. You may not like them, and you may even think the things I’m complaining about are things that you enjoy. That’s fine.

Anyway, let’s go examine what we need to do, and provide some examples, so your worlds can be as seamless as possible.

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Everyone was curious when the new Hooters opened up as a “family” restaurant. No one knew what to expect, but nonetheless, girls where lined up down the block for interviews the day it opened.

Word had gotten out about the fabulous benefits of the new store. Not only was full medical coverage included, but the girls had access to a waitstaff only lounge with all the foods and drinks you could wish for, a very large salary, free yoga classes to all the staff on site, and not only where they allowed to flirt with the customers but hey were encouraged to go home with anyone they wanted to. Management was even hiring twice the number of needed staff to allow for plenty of “personal time.”

Three months later, all the staff where sporting large bellies under their now too small uniforms. Although most had three or four on the way, no girl was pregnant with less than twins and the head bartender, Sarah, was said to have at least eight swimming around inside her!

Whether it was the relaxed management atmosphere, very eager customers, or if there really was something in the food, everyone seemed happy. Management had even already pre-hired a whole new staff that would start working in about 5 months from now!

My sophomore year a tornado touched down right outside of campus (and I should like to point out that it was the only time our tornado siren didn’t work). I don’t remember waking up, exactly. I remember that I was abruptly sitting bolt upright in bed, facing the window like “THAT WAS A TRAIN.”

My roommate and I were like “oh this is probably bad” and grabbed backpacks, keys etc to run down to the basement. My sister across the hall and her roommate were in a similar situation. Power was out, emergency lights made the hall super creepy.

Down the hall, our other hall-sisters peeked out like “Is that a tornado?”
And one girl was like “Siren didn’t go off. I have class tomorrow.”
“Me too.”
“I have homework.”
“I’m going back to bed.”
“But guys, I’m pretty sure that’s a tornado out there?”
“I don’t care.”

And that seems to sum up being a college student fairly well. The only thing that would’ve made it more fitting is if it had been during finals week.

It Only Takes A Taste (1/2)

Prompt: 57 for @sgtbxckybxrnes ‘s AU challenge: Celebrity/Movie Star

Summary: When you run into (literally) a really fucking hot man, you don’t expect to see him again, until he turns up at your cafe a few days later. The both of you ‘click’ instantly, but is he really just the ‘person whose name will turn up somewhere in an indie movie credits’ that he makes himself out to be? Or is he something more than that?

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x Reader

Word Count: 2,726 Words

Warnings: ½ Fluff, ½ Angst

Originally posted by dolorioushaze

“You free this Saturday?”

You look down as a text from Wanda appears on your phone. Hastily apologising as you push past a large crowd, you quickly type back;

“Yeah, why?”

You let out a sigh of relief as you finally break out of the stuffy mass of pedestrians, inhaling the clean air dramatically. You really only have one goal, and that’s to get to your shift early, and right now, you’re already late. Sometimes, sleep just really takes a hold of you and refuses to let you get up. Not your fault. 

“There’s a high-class party I’m invited to-want to come?”

Frowning, your fingers hover over the keyboard again, but another text comes in before you can finish typing yours. 

“I’m allowed to bring a date, but since I’m single, you’re the next best thing.”

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I wonder if Zuko ever carried Druk around hidden inside his robe when he was still small enough. 

Just like; surprise there’s a dragon up his sleeve. 

A Lesson in Love (Jealousy)

Summary: (College!AU) In which you’re assigned to write a story about romance, a subject you know nothing about, and Bucky, a hopeless romantic, offers you his assistance.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Word Count: 3,304

A/N: The tag list for this story is officially CLOSED. Also, this one is for my love, @ourpeachskies

“A Lesson in Love” Masterlist + Soundtrack

@avengerstories - thank you for editing this and for being my friend.

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“So, what do you think?”

You look away from the bright laptop screen, the loud clamor of the dining hall hitting you full force now that you’ve left the world created by T’Challa’s story. He’s looking at you, waiting with bated breath for your response. “I think that you’re gonna get an ‘A’ for this story and if you don’t, I’ll talk to Hill for you.”

His expression lights up, eyes flickering between you and his laptop. “Really?”

You cover T’Challa’s hand with yours, offering him a smile. It’s easy to understand his need for a little extra reassurance. As you’ve come to learn, thanks to your Creative Writing class, having someone else look over your work and comment on it is nerve-wracking. What can take hours for you to write only takes a few minutes to be torn down by whoever’s reading it.

“Really,” you confirm, giving his hand a small squeeze. “And I’m not just saying that because you paid for this meal.”

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I fucking grew up in a relatively rural community that is largely working class/poor, most of my peers came from coal mining families, literally there were two paths for young girls among the kids I grew up with, the first of which was “teen mom” and the second of which was “overachieving nerd and probable class traitor”. I was disowned by my dad for being bi and also for being abused/raped and having loyalty to my gay mom. When I say I was called a queer and my lesbian mom who came out when I was 11 was called a queer and I was fucking physically assaulted multiple times for BOTH those things, I’m not fucking lying. When I say that, in my early 20s when I started self-identifying as queer in an effort to reframe and reclaim hurtful shit that I had been called, the LGBT elders in my life were uncomfortable with that and told me as much, I am not lying. They were not lying! Those people lived through the AIDS crisis as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans people! God. Stop calling us liars. Stop calling traumatized CHILDREN liars! Stop reblogging people like intersex-ionality who call traumatized children liars and then like, in other posts, justify the distribution of child porn as long as it’s fictional or whatever. “q-slur is a new concept” my ass, what’s a new concept is the idea that calling LGBT people slurs is harmful and wrong and not something we inherently deserve. “q-slur” is not a new concept to straight cis people, I promise you. 

Venus clothing styles

Check Venus signs and rising signs~


Aries: they are always in the most trendy clothes, vivid colors, somehow looks casual and classy at the same time.

Taurus: no matter where they got their cloths it always looks comfy and well put together. Always has some fragrance on them.

Gemini: many styles of cloths, one day they are light and bright looking and maybe the next day they don’t really feel the look and decide on gothic.

Cancer: flower prints, tee shirts with quotes, and a huge assortment of random lazy cloths that they wear around the house.

Leo: is very careful to not dress like everyone, but they also don’t want to look strange. Loves make up or fancy accessories.

Virgo: has cloths that mean a lot to them. All or most of their cloths match. They love nerdy type cloths for their fandom.

Libra: loves sheer cloths and classic colors like red, very cute style that most people like. Has a secret collection of cloths that are not their usual style.

Scorpio: either they are consumed on how their style and image is (but not for people; for themselves) or just wears what they like with no regard with their image

Sagittarius: tight cloths or a very unusual piece of clothing or accessories from where they been. Most of their cloths are an array of colors.

Capricorn: they can always be found with simple cloths with a little style to them. Capricorn Venus has a little accessory that is always on them.

Aquarius: is a total hipster. Large classes, vintage accessories that no one has. Also is a sucker for sweaters

Pisces: natural colors along with purples and blues and pinks. Their cloths are always comfortable and lazy looking.

i see a lot of viktor pretending to be an amateur skater to get instructor yuuri’s attention, which is all well and good, but have you considered the opposite? alright so get this: viktor is doing some publicity event where he gives a masterclass in figure skating, and yuuri registers for it (all it says is you need a certain basic skill level, i.e. how good is your balance?) and afterwards he’s like oh god what have i done and freaks out and nearly doesn’t go. but phichit is like, “dude, come on, chase that tail,” so they schlep out together and probably have to travel cross-country or even across the border into canada to get to this damn thing, and by the time they arrive yuuri is like, so done with the whole idea already, because he’s an internationally acclaimed figure skater and he’s going to a basic class in figure skating and what if viktor recognises him and—oh, wait, that’s stupid, there’s absolutely no way viktor would know what he looks like, at least not up close, if at all. okay. that was a stupid anxiety. yuuri is fine. he’s fine. so he and phichit rock up to this event and it’s a pretty large class (they had to allow for as many of viktor’s legion of fans as they could) and yuuri thinks, it’ll be okay, viktor won’t even look in my direction, it’ll be—

and then the class kicks off and viktor skates up to yuuri with this look of poorly-disguised adoration on his face and says, “wow, you’re skating really well!” and because all they’ve done is one loop of the rink yuuri is like, “oh no, oh no no no, i can’t skate at all,” and as if to prove his point he falls flat on his face. he rolls over, and the first thing he sees his viktor holding out a hand. yuuri nearly freezes up colder than the ice, but then a voice at the back of his mind that sounds suspiciously like phichit tells him, you know what they say about the size of a man’s hands… ! so, god help him, yuuri takes viktor’s hand and lets viktor help him up. (viktor has very nice hands.) “an absolute beginner, huh?” viktor says. “we can work with that.” and yuuri doesn’t have the heart (nor the desire, really) to correct him, so he lets his anxiety takes over and skates so badly that celestino would surely drop him on the spot.

at the end of the session, viktor gushes to yuuri about how far he’s come, how he’s convinced yuuri could learn a jump or two if he put his mind to it, and meanwhile yuuri is still trying to make the fundamental leap of understanding that his idol is talking to him (“flirting,” phichit corrects. “he’s definitely flirting.”) and it seems like he’s really enjoying their conversation, even though it’s just about mundane things like yuuri’s boring degree and boring part-time job and viktor’s flashy international stardom. afterwards, viktor offers to buy yuuri dinner, and yuuri has to concede that maybe he is flirting, but really that’s only because yuuri has been coming on pretty strong too, and he dreads what’ll happen when viktor realises he’s actually a loser with clinical anxiety. but, what the hell, you only live your dreams once, or something, so yuuri lets viktor wine and dine him and it gets less scary as the evening goes on. just as they’re about to part, viktor says, “i hope this isn’t too forward, but could i get your number?” yuuri considers that for a while. he considers it so hard he forgets to breathe, and passes out right there on the pavement. the next thing he knows he’s waking up in hospital, with a phone number written no fewer than six times (“just in case one of them rubbed off!” viktor will tell him later) all down his arms. he presumes the number is viktor’s, but he doesn’t want to take that chance. yuuri doesn’t call.

(five months later, he’s about to step on the ice at the grand prix final in sochi, when he passes viktor, and viktor gives him a curious look. yuuri stops dead in his tracks and nearly goes out cold again, but then viktor’s expression changes into a sly grin, and he says, “yuuri as in yuuri katsuki, huh? you said you were a beginner!”)

anonymous asked:

Hi, first of: Thanks for running this blog, it’s incredibly helpful! I was wondering what the youngest possible/plausible age is for a character to start MMA training? And if my character has been doing MMA for 10+ years, won multiple tournaments, etc., would she be able/allowed to assist in training others? Thanks in advance!

So, MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts. Mixed Martial Arts is just that. Mixed Martial Arts. The basic idea is they’ve been training a style (or multiple styles) to cover all their bases i.e. hands, feet, and groundfighting. They use fancier terms like “striking”, but that’s what it is. MMA is more a type of competition than a martial art in and of itself. Starting with “MMA” as a chosen martial art for your character is just going to confuse you and your research. The problem is that MMA is a culturally coded term for martial artists, professional fighters, and anyone into that kind of sport. The term gets flung around like a catchall, but the people who know will understand what you mean. This is where writers and those outside the community get tripped up because they think these martial artists are talking about a real martial art rather than an entire, vast subset of various disciplines from all over the world. Like any other culture, misuse of the term will automatically expose the author’s ignorance on the subject.

So, saying, “my character has been practicing MMA for ten years and participated in tournaments” will mean either, “my character is a professional fighter somewhere in their late twenties/early thirties” or “my character participated in tournaments where multiple martial arts were in attendance and the rules were changed to allow them to mix.” This would not be the whole tournament but rather a smaller (usually sparring or open form) division with others specifically for these various styles.

A character can be training in Krav Maga and Sambo and still be MMA, just like another training in kickboxing, jiujutsu, and karate will also be MMA. The idea behind MMA is anything goes, and they do mean anything. You could get collegiate wrestlers going up against brazilian jiujutsu artists with a side of tai chi chuan, and people might go, “weird, but okay”. A school might advertise themselves as MMA, but there’s always a named martial art underneath the generalities.

MMA as terminology is inextricably linked to the UFC, because… that’s where it starts. The idea behind the UFC and MMA in general was to create an arena bloodsport of “anything goes”, opened to martial artists of varying styles rather than sticking to older rules like the ones found in boxing. Rather than specializing in boxing or kickboxing, a fighter would need to be a master of multiple combat areas rather than being limited to only hands, hands and feet, or the ground. This is why it’s called Mixed Martial Arts as the fighters might need to branch out into other disciplines to fill in their style’s gaps.

Now, MMA has narrowed over the years and is on track to becoming a combat style all its own but it isn’t there yet.

The issue for you is going to be the UFC. If you were imaging some sort of no holds barred, competitive bloodsport for this character then they’d need to be 18 or older when they started competing. They’d also need a manager, a promoter, a sponsor, a team, and all the other ancillary details that come with being a professional fighter. This means that if your character started training when they were eight, then they’d be eighteen now and couldn’t have participated in tournaments unless they were the standard martial arts tournaments and those are far more limited in what they accept for categories. When we’re talking tournament, Mixed Martial Arts is just a code for “professional fighter”.

Due to the dangers involved, they don’t let kids fight in professional tournaments. They might let them outside the US, depending on legal age of adulthood, but you won’t find young teens in MMA tournaments where professional combat is highly regulated.

So, go pick a style that is under the MMA header and start researching that. Most of those specific styles will have tournaments your character could participate in under the age of eighteen, and (if they were good enough) travel around the country/world competing. Some of them even have Olympic options (Ronda Rousey is a bronze medalist in Judo), and a high school wrestling background is also on the table.

Ten years is certainly enough time for them to start volunteering as an instructor. Martial Arts assistant instructor is a common part time job for older teens in many martial arts schools, even below black belt. If you volunteer your instructors will often let older/more advanced students assist with the youngin’s or adults at belt levels below theirs. These are the students that assist with the classes, they do not run the classes, and at most will be working with smaller groups of students.

The role of the Head Instructor or Master Instructor is a full time job, so your character would have a much harder time competing and running a school at the same time. Someone who is heavily into martial arts competition will spend a lot of time (and I do mean a lot) practicing in their school, so they will be heavily invested in the culture and usually that means roped into assisting when there’s a large class on the floor.

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The no bull shit guide to college

Fair warning, this is not going to be nice. But it will be honest.It’s what you need to hear, though.

  1. Stop complaining and get your shit done. No one gets a 4.0 gpa by sitting on their ass and complaining about their professor. No. one. Printer ran out of ink in the library and your project is due in 30 minutes? Guess you’ll be sprinting to Kinkos! Need help in a class but your professor sucks and wah wah wah? Guess who’s going to tutoring hours and learning this shit on their own?? YOU. 
  2. You HAVE to take responsibility for your own education. No one is going to hold your hand and kiss your head when you get a bad mark. You have to motivate yourself, you have to put forth your own effort. 
  3. Take advantage of allllll the resources you are given. Email your academic advisor, talk to your TA after class, get notes and old tests form the library and for the love of God please email and go to your professor’s office hours. I don’t care how big of an asshole they are. They are people, people who have control over your grades. And being so, control over scholarships, degree plans, letters of rec, and a ton of other important shit ok. Go talk to them. Email them before the semester starts and ask about the course, express any interest you have. Make sure they know who you are. Trust me.
  4. Your professor gets paid if you pass or fail. if you attend a major research based university, you will run into professors who honestly do not give a shit about the lecture you are in. But the thing is, you still need to get an A. If the class is large enough there will be a TA, they are a godsend. Email them, discuss, meet with them. Get through the work. It is your responsibility,
  5. Be prepared to make sacrifices. I feel like people often forget whyyyyy they’re paying $50,000+ a year to go to college. You get your degree, you go on to better things. College is not about the parties. It is not even about your friends. College is selfishly about you and your education. I know, I know, BUT SARAH ELIZABETH-       No.         College needs to be taken advantage of. You will make friends and bfs/gfs and that’s all great and dandy but sweet lord it is NOT why you are there. If you are putting off reviewing for an important exam for chilling with friends and netflix, you have already hurt yourself. You lack the drive needed. Your grade will suffer. Fun is fine, when the time is right. But finals week, the night before your 8 am final is not the time to go out. Sorry not sorry. 
  6. Stop picking BS classes, people. Look at the world, no like, reallllly look at it. I know you love to study XYZ subject but come on. We live in a capitalistic society, everything is measured by monetary gains, this is our reality. If there is 0% marketability in the degree you are working towards, do not waste your money. Please. College is expensive, do not waste it getting a degree that will not help you in the future. It’s reality check time. Switch your major, it’s ok. I know, that’s not nice. But shit, I have watched tooooo many people get their degree, spend thousands and thousands of dollars getting it, graduate, and then BAM! They can’t get a job with it, they can’t pay off their loans, they are in debt for a very, very long time. Google your potential job marketing for Christ’s sake.
Bard Week: Making the Bard Feel Important

image source: The Luteist and Flautist by Matthias Stom

It’s rough playing the support character. You dole out buffs and heal up wounds and your allies thanklessly keep on fighting. Sure, the bard used to be a superpowered force of nature back in AD&D (so much so that they separated it from the regular character classes and put it in the back of the book along with psionics), but not so much anymore. The bard has its moments, but it is by and large a support class, which sometimes goes unnoticed by your allies or the DM. So here are some ways to fix that and make the Bard feel as special and important as they really are:

Magical Music

Have the bard be rewarded with songs! You can give them sheet music (you can find printable empty sheets online), or an mp3 file that you can play whenever the player feels like playing that song. You can have each song do something, maybe cast a cantrip or mimic a minor quality of a magic item (like making a dim glow or foul stench). Or alternatively, you can have the bard learn spells more like a Wizard with a “songbook,” being able to transcribe songs into their book that they can learn from other bards. You could have the song actually have a plot relevance by being recognizable or magical. For instance, a halfling village is unwilling to help non-halflings but when the bard plays a traditional halfling melody they picked up, they feel more at ease. 

In fact, I have a bard in the current game that I am running that learned a mysterious pleasant song early on. They believed they could use it to reopen the sealed Feywild portals (the big quest they were on) but they needed to unlock their full potential to do so. Once they did, the song enabled the opening of such portals and effectively gave the PCs a fast-travel option if they didn’t mind faerie-related encounters.

Give them an Audience

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