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memories // panic! at the disco

anonymous asked:

Any advice for a stressed out upcoming junior who feels like she's falling behind all of her friends achievement wise, and is terrified of college apps and standardized testing

This is so late… I hope you’ve enjoyed your first quarter as a junior lol. It’s terrible but it’s only going to get worse!

Here is some stuff I wish I’d know when I was your age (which was… A year ago lmao):

  • If you can afford it, take a standardized test (SAT or ACT; I only took the SAT) early in the year. I’ll admit, going into junior year I panicked about the tests, and I forced myself into this state of detached chill that was good for nobody. If you confront your fear about the tests early on, I think it would actually be helpful, and here’s why:
    • If you take the test in November/December, you’re obviously going to be underprepared. It’s going to suck. You might not know all the math, etc. But like… It’s done. And once you leave the testing center, you kind of realize that everything you built up in your head was honestly… Nothing. (This is assuming you don’t have really bad test anxiety though.)
    • So, you’ve taken the test. You were pushed for time, you panicked at almost every section, and overall you feel like you did terribly. But now you KNOW what the test is like; you know the formatting way better than any prep book could tell you, you KNOW what 55 minutes feels like, and you know how fast you work.
    • When you get your test results, the score doesn’t matter. What matters is what you got wrong on the english and math parts. The SAT is divided into types of math, blah blah blah, read the score breakdown to get a good sense of where you sucked and where you were okay. And build upon that! Now you have MONTHS to prepare for the next SAT in May/June.
  • So yeah. Take standardized tests early. It gets the anxiety out of the way, it helps you learn to better pace yourself, it tells you what you need to study more, and now you have months to prepare for the next one. It was like $75 down the drain though, so again, this option isn’t necessarily for everyone.
  • Most colleges don’t give a shit about subject tests lmao. Like, I think maybe ONE college I’m applying to requires one or more subject tests, and it’s an Ivy League school. Everyone else has wised up and realized that standardized testing is actually a terrible way to judge a student’s potential. If you KNOW there’s a college you want to apply to that will require a subject test, do it at the end of the year if you’re taking that course now. I took biology sophomore year but took the SAT biology subject test junior year, and I think I did it in the fall when I had no finals to stress about.
  • One thing I’ve realized is that like… Comparing yourself achievements wise to everyone around you means jackshit. People are born with different advantages, privileges, and other bonuses. From the get-go they were more likely/better suited to aim for x award. I’ve stopped caring about the fact that some people in my school won States for x sport because, it doesn’t apply to me. Your value isn’t determined by the number of trophies behind it.
    • If you have the energy, do clubs. Even just for a few months. Every club I joined I did with the mindset that I was going to earn a leadership position, which I did. Colleges will be impressed by your three-mile long club list, but they’ll care more if you’re the president of a club. That shows a real commitment and also reflects upon your abilities to lead.
  • If you hate your peers just start your own club, there’s probably some English teacher willing to sign off on whatever idea you can bullshit. Hang out with friends, maybe make an effort to do something, and call yourself the president. Like?? It’s high school, man. Everyone is tired.
  • Don’t avoid doing something because you’re scared. Then you get nothing done and you feel terrible.
  • If you care about college, then yeah your grades matter. But like?? You’re a kid. Have fun. Goof off with your friends. Work if you want to save money. If you devote yourself to nothing but your studies, you won’t develop as a person.
  • Learn to ask for help. If you get a shitty test grade, don’t beat yourself up about it. Go to the teacher, tell them what you don’t understand, and build upon it. Show some initiative. In college, you’re on your own unless you seek out assistance.
  • Time management is so goddamn crucial to balancing a hellish life, I’m not joking. Buy a planner or some shit, it’ll help.
  • Remember to eat for god’s sake. And drink water as well.
  • Bring Advil/Tylenol to school, you or someone else is going to need it. Also gum, gum is super important.

Good luck anon <3


[Aug 13 2017 02:37pm]
wishing i could go back to this coffee shop and eat chocolate croissants and bask in the beauty of london. but, alas, i am back home and junior year of college starts next week.

feel free to message me if you have any questions about studying abroad, college, or life in general lol

hi everyone!

i wanted to start by thanking everyone who’s followed me so far since i started this blog!

who i am
* name: renée
* age: sixteen
* class: junior in high school (co’ 2019)
* location: usa!!

classes for my first trimester:
* honors chemistry
* spanish 3
* algebra 2
* cis (college in the schools): college composition
* cis: economics

stuff i enjoy:
* art, but specifically drawing!
* reading and writing, especially contemporary ya novels!
* psychology, as i want to become a child psychologist when i’m older.
* gilmore girls, hence the username lol
* harry potter (i’m a gryffindor btw)

why i started my studyblr

i’m someone who personally has a strong desire to do well in school and learn but have been lacking motivation to actually get things done :/ i’ve been following the studyblr community for over a year and it’s always helped me get inspired to get things done. since i’m going into my junior year this year and things are getting a bit more intense, i figured this would be a great way to do better!

some studyblrs that i love:
@acadehmic @studyrelief @studywithinspo @mattystudies @studyfulltime @tbhstudying @studyquill @hogwartsstudiess @obliviatestudies @chamber-of-studies @constellationstudy @gloomstudy @geostudies @fvckstvdy @eintsein @elienstudies @intellectys

feel free to reblog or like this if you’re a studyblr and i’ll give you a follow!


Hi! 💗I’ve submitted here a couple of times :) I always meet fun new people and it’s something I love to do 🤣I’m actually interested into talking to people but not really ready to get into a relationship. A few things about myself is well I’m 16 and a junior in high school but I’m actually going to college as well 🙃. I love to do all kinds of art!💗you can ask me to show you my paintings or drawings and I’ll gladly show you them 🙂I’m very fit and athletic lol I love to go to the gym after school or play a sport. I’m really friendly and caring 💓in a relationship I don’t ask for much just your love and affection tbh. Umm so yeah! Hmu if you wanna talk or just be friends:) either or I’m down. Oh and I love photography🙂💗I was really insecure back then but now I’m overcoming my insecurities which is why I have a bunch of selfies of myself 💖

So junior year, i was friends with this guy at my high school and we talked and sexted a little bit but neither of us wanted to date each other.

Senior year, i got a (super controlling) boyfriend so that guy and i stopped talking. When i broke up with that boyfriend before my first semester of college, i decided to go on tinder. The guy pops up and i swipe right because why not?

We match and i message him something like “i feel like i know you from somewhere lol” and we hit it off just like we used to. We finally make plans for me to come over so we can hook up, but he still lives with his parents so i have to go to his house when he’s home alone.

I go to his house and we’re just paying video games and he’s NOT making a move and im getting impatient because i was expecting some dick. We had sexted the year before, so there was all this build up and anticipation to actually have sex that i was annoyed he wasn’t making a move.

I end up kissing him. We have sex. He has THE smallest penis ive ever seen.

I know it’s really mean, but i didn’t text him at all after that..

howdy folks! so this was a post i have been meaning to make for a couple weeks now, but tonight’s the night! so i’m about to give you a list of reasons why you should totally consider becoming an orientation leader at your college / university!!

this past june i was trained & got to be a part of a team of 20 orientation leaders (OLs for short) at my college who welcomed our incoming class of 2021! it was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life and i encourage anyone who is considering applying to become one at their school to go for it! here is a quick list of reasons you should consider becoming an OL:

1. you get to become an expert on your college. look, before becoming an OL i already thought i knew everything there was to know about my college. throughout training i feel as though my knowledge of campus & the services provided have increased substantially! not only was this beneficial to the incoming first years in my group, but now i know some extra things that may come in useful for me sometime throughout my college career! (for example, that our gym just got in new treadmills that have NETFLIX BUILT INTO THEM! how awesome is that?)

2. new friends! the most important aspect of orientation training is team-building, because without a solid team the orientation program would crumble! it’s funny how quickly you can bond with a group of strangers over the course of a month - i now have nineteen new friends (all of whom vary in class year, interests, majors, and backgrounds!) and i honestly consider them some of my closest friends after going through something as chaotic and wonderful as orientation. if you’re looking to broaden your friendship horizons, becoming an OL is definitely a good place to make friends in practically every social circle on campus!

3. leadership / public speaking skills! now, i’m known amongst my friends as an ambivert - meaning i share qualities of both an extrovert and an introvert. while i can be super outgoing, i can also get a lot of social anxiety when it comes to talking in front of bigs groups or being in charge of a group and expecting to be a leader. becoming an OL has definitely sharpened my leadership skills, and i’ve learned valuable lessons about what makes a good leader through getting to be a part of this team that will benefit me in my post-college life! also, any fear i had about public speaking is pretty much gone - i feel so comfortable talking in front of a large group now that i feel like a completely different person lol!

4. job experience / resume builder! obviously this should not be the sole reason you apply to be an orientation leader - i applied because i love my college so much that getting to be involved in a program that would get the incoming class excited about attending was right up my alley - but the fact stands that being an OL is a great experience to show off on your resume! at my college, the process of becoming an OL is highly selective and rigorous - out of a pool of about 90 candidates, only 20 were selected, ten of each girls and guys! potential job recruiters in the future will be interested in you because of having this unique leadership experience on your resume, especially if the process was selective - also, as a plus i didn’t know about until i actually got the job as an OL, some colleges/universities pay their orientation leaders! how cool is that, to get paid for having a blast?!

5. becoming a welcoming face on campus! a lot of incoming freshmen are nervous about attending college, especially when it comes to making friends. as an OL, it’s your job to make your orientees feel comfortable on campus and be that welcoming face that will great them in the fall. you could very well be that one person that solidify’s a student’s reasoning for choosing that college/university, or you could be someone they seek out in the fall if they need help with anything that goes along adjusting to college life. you’re basically like an on-campus superhero who the first years will look up to as a role model!

6. and finally, being a part of your college/university’s orientation experience is beyond rewarding! trust me when i say that being an OL isn’t easy - the hours are long, the amount of sleep you get is at an all-time low, and the responsibility on you to both make the program as a whole successful as well as make sure the first years get the most out of it is huge! but, at the end of the day, you’ll look back on your stressful/fun weeks of being an orientation leader and want to go through the whole crazy thing again, because there’s nothing more rewarding then getting wear some cool orientation leader swag (yes, there is usually swag involved and yes, it is awesome) and knowing you were chosen to represent your college/ university to the incoming class for a reason! 

so yeah, those are some reasons i would highly recommend any of you who are going into your sophomore, junior, or senior years of college to consider applying to be an orientation leader! i’m thinking about making a few more posts like this (how to get the OL job, things your OL wants you to know, etc) so if anyone has any questions about being an OL please feel free to send me an ask because i love talking about it with people (obviously lol!). 

**as a bonus, below the cutaway is a picture of me happy as a clam in the polo i had to wear for session days (if the absolute joy on my face doesn’t convince you to apply to be an OL, idk what will!)

Keep reading

i’ve been wanting to make a studyblr for the upcoming school year for a while & just now got around to it! i’m really excited to see where this blog goes!

a little bit about me

i’m maggie
i’ll be seventeen this month ( august eighteenth! )
i live in the us
i’m a leo & infp
i love photography, theatre, & writing
im considering trying to start a feminism club this year

academic stuff

im going into my junior year
my top three choices for college are nyu ( lol ), scad, & udub
i’d like to major in either journalism or performing arts
i know that this year is gonna be SUPER hectic, so i’m starting a studyblr for motivation

classes that im taking this year

first semester
spanish ii, math iii, ap us history, newspaper

second semester
physical science, honors english iii, honors theatre iii, honors newspaper

some studyblr blogs that i love

@aescademic @bookmrk @echostudies @emmastudies @etudiegogh
@gridruled @highlghter @journalsanctuary  @king-studies @milkystudies 
@noodledesk @revisoin @rhubarbstudies @sadgirlstudying @scholarc @scholarly @solisnotes @stillstudies @studyblr  @studylustre  
@studyoblivion @studypetals @studyrose @uglystudies @wildliners

anonymous asked:

i don't know what grade you're in but if you're above freshman level do you have any advice because im going to start at the highschool in 2 days and im terrified

i’m actually starting my junior year of high school in two weeks lol but my best advice is:

-always do your best, try not to slack off — colleges may not pay that close attention to your freshman year but they still look at it
-join a club/sport — you’ll make a lot of friends and it’ll look good on college apps!!
-if a senior says they like you or anything like that, please stay away from that you’ll only get hurt
-stay organized — high school can get pretty daunting so it’s always good to be organized so you know where things are, when things are due etc
-put yourself out there! — i’m still working on this myself, but don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the person next to you! they could end up being your best friend!!

high school can be pretty fun if you get involved and try to enjoy it as best you can! don’t sweat it too much, it’ll go by faster than you know it!!

if anyone has anymore advice to give feel free to add on!!

saturday sleepover!



After much convincing and bribing with lava cakes, Alan finally got Will to agree to go out with him and his somewhat boyfriends friends. Nervous about still going out with his new eye candy. Alan asked Eric the said new beau if they could go as a group. He bringing along his his friend while Alan came with Will by his side. Walking onto the grounds of this little amusement park, the smaller man looked up from his phone. “Thanks again for coming, I know I said I liked him, just i’m still new to this sort of thing. You’d think id be better at dating for my age.” 

badboykirschtein  asked:

For the fic title meme thing 'Clair De Lune.' What would you do with that?

[Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you! ^^’]

I’m gonna go for major cheese factor for this one (what can I say, I am a cheese machine lol). Armin is a classical music student at some college for music in America. He goes to study abroad at Cambridge during his junior year. For the month break between Hilary and Trinity terms, he decides to travel around England on his own. At a cramped youth hostel in Bath Armin meets two French university students visiting the UK on a break. They’re not traveling together and ended up at the same place quite by coincidence. One of them is a kind of pitiful guy named Daz, who insists he is a “Troubadour” even though he only knows two cords on his guitar. The other is disaffected literature student (he studies nineteenth century French poetry, let’s say) whose mother insisted he should see more of the world while he was still young. Jean and Armin get to know each other while exploring the city and they bond over laughing at Daz’s pitiful attempts to write a song to seduce the young woman who works in the bar at the hostel. He keeps trying to compare her eyes to moonlight, which leads Armin and Jean to discuss music about the moon and literature about the moon–the various meanings it can take on in different contexts. In the end, they help Daz write his song, but it ends up being more about them than about Daz or his crush.

I think I’d need to do more research, but ideally I’d like to work a moon motif into other parts of the story (for example, they could visit the Royal Crescent in Bath) and into Jean and Armin’s back stories and the various things they work on. It needs more development not to be incredibly cliche, but it’s where my mind went ^^’. It sounds kind of A Room with a View in some ways ( … vaguely lol), maybe Clair de Lune put me in mind of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and then my mind made this extra connection lol …

studythesunshineflowers  asked:

Hi there fellow fluter~ I have a crush on someone who plays the french horn??? but I barely know him and I just don't know how to even talk to him without being extremely awkward (not to mention I always look away every time I see him). How do I stop being such a social wreck lol??? (Also he's a junior and I'm just a freshman) (we're both in college btw)

I would like to prescribe three things:

1) a wingman. It’s a lot less awkward when you have a mutual friend to introduce you guys, and to conveniently pull you away should things go South. Also, they can get the down low on him so you don’t have to stalk your crush manually

2) a conversation starter. Remember, start of with small remarks, get a read on his personality and work your way up. Start with “hi”, “how are you?”, “can I borrow a pencil?”, and “what do you think of this piece?”. Work your way up.*

3) confidence! You have to balance being polite and kind with being assertive and honest, which is hard. Just do your best, go with your gut, don’t overstep boundaries (not hard), and be friendly!

*some suggestions, in no order. Remember, conversation should flow, not follow a formula. These are just to get you started:
“How long have you been playing?”
“Are you majoring in (your major) too, or something else?”
“I’m new, do you have any suggestions for places to eat or go to relax?”
“Man, (mutually known musician) is really good! Do you know them?”
“What other classes are you taking?”
“I know we play different instruments, but could you help me out with this one part?”
“I wish we could play more of (his favorite composer, or yours, depending on how much creeping yall do)”
“I don’t have many friends here yet. Would you mind introducing me to some people?”
“Quick, birds or reptiles.”
“Did you see the game last night?” (This one requires actually having knowledge of a game)
“Man, what a rehearsal. This week has been rough. You wanna go get coffee to relax it off?”

And as always, ask questions you are prepared to know the answer to.

Good luck!

anonymous asked:

How do universities work there? Because I went straight from school to Law school but seems like you have to do a common plan in college and then go to law school/med school/etc?

ah okokok bear w/ me bc the formatting on this ask might be a little hard to follow since i’m answering on mobile LOL also note: some people don’t do this bc school is fairly flexible here, but most people i know have done this so pls bear w/ me :) also i’m kind of unfamiliar w/ arts/humanities majors such as history, english, etc so i’ll be discussing this in terms of a student studying science!

so there are two routes people normally take which is high school -> community/junior college vs high school -> four year uni.

typically the first two years of uni are GE (general education) classes that everyone is required to take. so for example for science majors, this includes calculus, general chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, & general biology.
however when you get into your third year of uni, you start to take classes that are more specific for your major! so since i’m a cell & developmental biology major, these classes include cell biology, biochemistry, etc etc.

community/junior college: two years of finishing GE requirements & then transferring to a four year uni to complete major specific classes. typically people do community college in their home town and move away to transfer! you save a ton of money by going to community college and honestly there’s some kind of weird stigma against cc students but honestly there’s nothing wrong w/ it.

four year uni: so w/ four year uni you take both your GE & major requirements at the same university!! that’s honestly it tho there isn’t much of a difference except that four year uni is $$$$$$$ but lots of people take loans and get scholarships. most people prefer going to a four year uni straight bc that’s like… what everyone says you should do but it’s really up to preference

but in the end if you want to pursue law/medicine then you have to take the LSAT/MCAT around your third/fourth year of uni so before you even graduate!! it’s a lot of school tbh and a lot of money but what do u expect when the education system exploits students for capitalism :-)


thanks for the 2 years we’ve spent together ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡

even though the first time we met was because we both knew Vicki and Tiff, i think we’ve become even closer, especially during the mysme era when we met at the mysme cafe by coincidence (*´ω`*)

this past year, u’ve been a great class leader. お疲れ様~ even tho sometimes they dont listen and it got on your nerves, u done good \(^-^ ) im sorry if i ever seemed to push things to you during projects or whatnot (≧≦) its a thing of mine…

everyday im still learning new things about you. just this week u learnt u like kpop lol;; i just always thought u were a japanese person. i dont know what your favourite group is though, vixx or bts?

i know you’re planning to go to a junior college. the competition is though, but you’re smart, im sure u can do it ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭˖*·̩͙✶o if we’re lucky, we might meet each other again in the future.

i dont call u a birb for no reason. lets just say i took this chance to say; Spread your wings, make a leap, own the sky.

Hi!! Can I please get a bts ship? My name is Amanda, I’m 20 yrs old, a junior in college for healthcare related field and new to the bts fandom. I’m only 5’ tall (lol), I love scary and action movies, I used to be super into metal music (lol why), I love reading and music and I’ve been told I’m very funny. I’m a little nervous about this so please go easy on me 🙃

First off, welcome to the fandom! I hope you stay for a long time and continue to love bts! :)
There’s no need to be nervous and I hope you like your ship! :)

I ship you with Joonie!

This guys funny as well, though in an awkward, charming kinda way!
I feel like you two would get on really well.

He doesn’t scare easily and he loves watching films so I’m guessing he likes scary movies too!
Joonies the type of guy to just cuddle up with you while watching your favourite movie.

Jungkook would probably be sneakily watching from the corner of the room tho cos that boy loves horror films as well aha

Originally posted by two-different-realms

Creepy Jungkook.. cx

Joonie’s also open to all genres of music and would never judge a soul.

If there’s anyone in bts who loves reading, it’s 100% Joon!
He really adores philosophical and psychological books - ones that make you think and ones that trick your mind!

((Also the height difference between you two would be adorable))

Originally posted by jxnckles

anonymous asked:

I don't like getting all riled up about the love lives of cartoon characters either, but it's just sad and rather sexist how much you anti-Maiko folks pin the blame almost exclusively on Mai and not Zuko. As if Zuko wasn't a shitty brat who can't get his issues sorted out and needs a mother figure girlfriend like Katara to help him along.

Originally posted by kimwoobinseyebrows

There’s no need to personal message me over this… This message is like you’re personally calling me out for my thoughts on Maiko, and accusing me of being misogynistic because I don’t like a ship? Please, there is no reason for such immature behavior and singling me out exclusively. That’s ridiculous.

Also, Zuko was a brat. That was kind of his entire character arc was overcoming that? Zuko doesn’t “need help along”. There’s a difference between “fixing someone” and loving them while they tidy themselves up along the way and being there for them. Mai never did that, and we did see that in Katara. We also never really saw Zuko being all that great to Mai, either. However, in Zuko and Katara’s very canon, close friendship, Zuko did stand by Katara in her darkest, scariest times and accepted her at her lowest. Katara did the same for Zuko in the crystal catacombs. 

The thing is, Katara acts really motherly to Aang. But, in the relationship with Zuko, Katara doesn’t act like that. Sure, if they hypothetically were together, Katara would be very caring, she’s like that to everyone she well, frankly, cares about. But, she isn’t as motherly per se with Zuko. They’re a levelheaded team who support each other. They had so much chemistry. 

Maiko fell really flat. This isn’t just about Zutara because honestly, I felt more chemistry when Zuki was teased in the comics, and even the three minutes Zuko was given with that Jin chick. Maiko was a really poorly written relationship, and tbh, all the Avatar canon relationships were written really badly imho. Kataang was really dull to me. I don’t hate it the way I nOTP Maiko, but it bores me to tears. Suki was a little humdrum. Sokka and Yue was a lot more interesting. In Korra, they’re a mess. Maiko was a disaster, and Korrasami was also a wreck, but I’ll put some blame on them having to be lowkey bisexual with that due to the network, but nonetheless. Even their friendship was a little off. Bopal was okay, but even still. 

I digress. And… “can’t get over his issues”??? Are you serious? Zuko was severely abused. Like really severely. He’s a victim and a survivor of very traumatic mental, emotional, and physical abuse on so many levels. He DID sort it out on his own, a lot of it he DID overcome. Sure, he still has baggage, but like damn, that’s cold to say “get over your issues”… That’s my issue with Mai! That’s exactly how Mai treats Zuko! She does not take his abuse seriously! She does not like politics and is not ready to stand by Zuko in his demanding, political life! She doesn’t have to be a shrink for his baggage, but she’s not even supportive. She shuts him off and brushes him aside and it’s messed up! It’s really messed up! He is seventeen when he is coronated. That’s a freaking senior in high school– or even a junior. He’s more like a junior because in the beginning he was SIXTEEN, so 16 going on 17 (lol sound of music) is a JUNIOR in HIGH SCHOOL. In The Promise he’s a senior/college freshman/18… like that’s my age. I can’t even imagine… 

So no, Zuko shouldn’t just “get over it”. If she loves him, she should be PROUD of how he has overcome so many struggles! But she isn’t! She doesn’t care! She left him completely knowing the weight of the world was on him and there were assassins and all his friends wanted him dead. Yes, it WAS shit for him to be keeping secrets, but to leave him like for the 30th time?? that’s abusive! It’s messed up! I have a whole META on this, and it INCLUDES reasons for why Zuko is ALSO shitty to Mai! They’re  both shitty– Mai is just MORE shitty!

Zuko doesn’t need someone to baby him, but he does need someone who legitimately cares about him and is willing to deal with the pressures of being the wife of a man who is carrying a nation out of a hundred years of war. He needs someone who will listen to him when he’s having problems because he DID listen to hers. Relationships are about being partners and loving someone despite their flaws and standing beside them through good times and bad and listening to them with their hurting or whatever or talkign about anything and just CARING aBOUT WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY! Mai does not care about anything Zuko has to say. 

Mai is a kickass character, but a shitass girlfriend. Sorry. Not Sorry.

porg-scream  asked:

waxing & sweet dreams!

what is your proudest accomplishment?

When I wrote half of a slam poem and performed the whole thing with a friend in front of the entire junior class

are you happy?

I am so happy right now, I am over the moon, because my countdown to leaving for college is one day, twelve hours, forty four minutes, and thirty three seconds

late night self reflective asks 🌙

i’m 23 hanging out with my friend who’s a junior at the college i went to and we’re going to a “kickback” in the apartments off campus at 11:30… i feel like frances ha or hannah horvath or something what am i doing lol. chugging my rose and feeling no shame or embarrassment for anything at this point in my life like nothing matters just have fun lmao!!

saphirarose0  asked:

So I'm still in high school and thinking about a career in anthro. I love it more than almost anything! But I just can't convince myself that I should go after it, because of jobs. Most people aren't out on sites digging. Could you give some advice in a few areas? 1. What should i do in high school to see if i should go into it and prepare myself to? 2. In college what should I look for and do to get ahead of the game? 3. And actual areas of common work? I can't find much on this topic.

Awesome!! Let’s see if I can help at all.

Now, I’m American which means anthropology is actually four different areas: cultural, linguistic, physical, and archaeology. I’m personally culture, but some of my best friends are archaeology, since we’re all the same major. With that said, I’m assuming that “sites digging” means you’re either interested in archaeology or paleoanthropology, since the other two disciplines will probably never call for actual physical labor. 

Paleoanthropology is the study of past hominins, like homo erectus or australopithecines. Two of my professors do this. The one is THE go-to paleoanthropologist for neandertals so he’s constantly going to Croatia and helping identify remains in cave sites, but he has plenty of stories about going to Africa (Ethiopia, I think) and helping with some of the earliest hominins with the Leakeys (yeah, he’s a big deal, and yeah he’s old). Anyways, Paleos do digging but would mostly be teaching or identifying remains in labs. They also require a PhD, I believe specifically a medical degree, so you’ll be doing practicals with people who will go off be to surgeons. There are probably universities though that offer specific paleo graduate programs though so you can always look for that. Also, if hominins aren’t your thing, archaeologists often need to seek out paleos or people who look into animal remains found on sites so that’s another area entirely. 

Archaeologists are a whole other thing. They study past humans but in particular they look at material culture, so likes pots and arrowheads and literal garbage heaps. What is most important for archaeologists, from what I understand, is going to field school. This you’ll do either after your junior year of college during the summer or the summer after you graduate. It’s an excursion to a field site for like a month in the middle of the woods and they teach you how to actually work the site. I was offered to go with a scholarship but declined. There’s always money available for this so if you go, have someone else pay lol. This is more important than the actual bachelors degree. Once you have field school, you can apply for any starting position archaeology job. And to say that ‘no ones out there digging’ is untrue. The US govt and universities constantly hire people, even especially right-out-of-college kids, to do ‘recovery’ or ‘protective’ archaeology or whatever its called. Basically the govt wants to destroy some land and they can’t because there’s stuff there and archaeologists need to show up and take care of it. Otherwise I know past arch majors who work in museums now. And, I even know people like me who are even going to graduate school for archaeology so that they can study a specific area or do theory or be professors. So there’s more options than just straight field stuff. 

1. What should i do in high school to see if i should go into it and prepare myself to? 

Paleo is most related to biology and anatomy. So those are classes you’d want to take. Anatomy is so fun anyways so even if you don’t want paleo I’d do it. 

Archaeology is most like history. Though I often don’t give archs too much credit, they do need to understand cultural theory, so if you can find a geography class, typically that will teach you stuff too. 

As for other preparing, visit universities by you with anthro programs, even if you don’t like the university, and talk to the anthro professors. Anthro professors are THE BEST and they are so fun and just really accepting. They’ll definitely be biased about with subfield you go into, of course, but if you give them some idea of what you like they can point you in the right direction. 

2. In college what should I look for and do to get ahead of the game?

What is really important about grad school is knowing 1. who are the professors and 2. what do they like. I’m sure this applies to undergrad school too though when I chose my college I did it based on financials (I’m poor af). You want your interests to align with the professors, but when you’re an undergrad, you’re not gonna know what you want. And, if you’re going to an American university, you’ll likely be forced by the curriculum to take classes from each subfield. So you may go in thinking ‘yeah I’m an archaeologist’ and realize that linguistics is the shit. So the best advice is to take any class you find interesting because you may just fall in love, like I did. And talk to your professors they want to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other areas too, like geography or history, because anthro majors almost always have a minor (I had two). I think it’s hard to ‘get ahead’ because really what that requires is a lot of reading but academic articles are going to be beyond you because you haven’t taken even the basic courses yet. Reading any anthropology articles will help. I personally follow the AAA Facebook page, and they always post stuff, and that’ll get you a legit understanding of contemporary anthro. And for the love of god, study abroad.

3. And actual areas of common work? I can’t find much on this topic.

Sorry kid, no such thing. HA. Okay so again depends on the subfield. Archaeology I gave some examples. But the thing about a BA or BS is that no matter what your major is, you can get a job outside of it. I know so many people who say ‘there’s no jobs in that wth are you doing’ and really anthropologists have the one thing that everyone wants: cultural sensitivity. I can get a job with NGOs, internships with the state dept., I know someone who works with refugees, someone who helps at womens shelters, someone who actually works for an agency that stops human traffickers, someone who works for a cruise line and gives tours at the tourist archaeological sites in multiple languages. Some join the peace corps, some work for USAID, some are literally helping relocate people who are already affected by global warming. It’s nuts. No job will ever say ‘anthropologist wanted’ but they will say ‘cultural understanding’ or ‘social sciences’ or ‘writing’ or ‘diversity sensitivity’. And besides, you can get any job as it is. I know anthro people who now work for insurance companies. Your major literally does not matter. 

Anyways, cultural anthropologists as an actual career means being a professor to help fund your research. Same for linguists, and paleos. PhD = professor almost every time. Which isn’t a bad thing but keep that in mind. I personally want to get my masters degree and try being an editor. I do it part time for my professor and realize I really liked it so why the hell not. 

I’m posting this publicly because I know plenty of archaeologists and paleos follow this blog, I want them to offer resources or tips for you since I’m cultural and can’t give as much insight as I want to. Don’t be afraid to inbox me any other questions. Good luck, and welcome to anthropology. @saphirarose0

anonymous asked:

I honestly know nothing about high school and I'm going to be a freshman next year. Do freshman take certain exams? Do you have any advice?

HELLO! ooooh welcome to the realm of high school my friend! ^-^ 

hmmm if you’re also in California, i don’t think there’s any specific exams that you have to take as a freshman. HOWEVER, this might depend on your school? like i don’t know of any schools that have such a requirement, but you might want to check with your school’s websites/upperclassmen if such a thing exists. but additionally, in CA, you will have to take the CAHSEE (CA high school exit exam) at the end of your sophomore year~ but fear not it is not very difficult and most people at my school do not study for it ^-^ it just kind of comes and we take it and it’s over LOL. also if you don’t pass sophomore year, you have more  chances to take it further on in your high school journey uwu

mmm as for general advice:

  1. branch out. try new things that you never would have thought you’d try before. high school is a time for experimentation, because this is when you can make mistakes and learn from them without too many consequences!! i suggest signing up for a lot of clubs, finding out which ones appeal to you the most, and narrow down the list for your upcoming high school years uwu
  2. as for grades, i didn’t realize freshman year how important your grades are in the long run (tbh as a freshman i didn’t know anything i was 100% clueless oof). although do not stress yourself out over your grades, try to realize the importance of education early on and develop good study habits! i swear that those will help you for so many years to come - and if you want to apply for private schools, doing well in freshman year won’t hurt either! (although again: do not stress out too much!! if you show growth/improvement in your GPA over your high school career, typically that’s looked upon well too!)
  3. experiment. this kind of goes along with my first tip, but it’s more of an all encompassing experimentation idea! experiment with study methods; experiment with subjects you like/dislike; experiment with standardized testing even?? (more on this later); experiment with friend groups! just experiment experiment experiment, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to take opportunities that even somewhat appeal to you ^-^
  4. friends & change. people WILL change. it is inevitable. and it’s less of a product of being in high school, but more because of just general growing up/maturing/learning new things new ideas etc. personally, i’ve drastically changed my friend group throughout my time in high school. i think it’s because my friends that i made in elementary school/junior high was more out of “convenience” rather than true common interest? and it sounds kind of bad to say convenience - but it’s true in a sense! becuase we were in the same class in elementary school, we naturally formed a friend group and just kind of continued that in the first year or so of high school. but eventually i met people that i had more in common with and people that i just connected better with in general! i’m not not friends with my previous friend groups, but we just aren’t as close and we’ve all changed as people and i think that’s to be expected and embraced~ do not be afraid of change ^-^
  5. standardized testing. ok ok this is VERY early to even start thinking about this, and honestly i wouldn’t stress too much about it during your freshman year. but based off of personal experience, i mean i don’t think taking a practice test or two of SAT vs ACT at the end of your freshman year is a bad idea? if you gauge early on what kind of test you naturally do better with, then it gives you a better idea of your future timeline! and imo, i wouldn’t wait for the end of junior year/beginning of senior year process for the test-taking, just because of the amount of work you’ll probably have. junior year is incredibly difficult, and AP testing at the end of the year + college apps at the beginning of senior year will leave you wishing you took care of most of your standardized testing earlier! but this is just my personal opinion derived from my own experience
  6. participation & talking teachers. i would suggest getting used to asking your teachers questions/talking to them after class if you don’t understand something early on! it will truly help you academically, because you’ll be pursuing that extra bit of knowledge that might just trigger that “aha!” moment in your mind. also, i think being able to ask teachers questions is an important skill to have - especially when you go college and it’s office hours vs. during class 1-1 attention (this is what i’ve heard/read on the internet; i’m still a high school student so i dunno for sure LOL). also participation helps immensely with understanding - especially in a discussion-based class like english!
  7. enjoy your time in high school. tbh i wouldn’t repeat my high school experience for anything. i am not going to lie - i stressed my way through sophomore year and junior year (freshman year was ezpz because i didn’t understand/know what was going on so i just kind of went through that like “yeah… high school is a thing????” plus my classes were easy LOL), and those years were rough. also i’m sure senior year isn’t going to be much better in terms of potential stress level. HOWEVER - as crazy as it sounds - these four years will pass by quickly. try to document your years! have something you can look back upon to see how you’ve grown as a person - both physically and mentally. maybe journal, scrapbook, (private) blog, take lots of pictures! i think that you will thank yourself when you choose to be nostalgic as a senior and you’re surrounded by your classmates during graduation and everyone is reminiscing about all the bittersweet moments. and of course, not everyone enjoys/likes high school, anD YOU KNOW WHAT, if that ends up being you, it’s all good too!! there’s so much more ahead of you (college, life, LIFE!!) that you have to look forward to. four years will just flyyyyy and it’ll be over soon if that is what you wish ^-^
  8. stay in the moment. kind of akin to what i said in number 7, but really try to enjoy each and every day - or at least, find something that made you happy. remembering/noting maybe 2-3 things that you’re grateful for/made you smile will help a lot with your perspective and mental health during even the days when you’re v stressed out! 
  9. talk it out. that being said, if you are feeling stressed out, please please please do not hesitate to talk to someone. whether that person if you guidance counselor, a fellow classmate, someone here on tumblr, or one of those anonymous talk/chat lines etc, talk it out. or write it out! just have an outlet you can use to channel/funnel out all of your fEEls uwu
  10. balance. finding and maintaining a balance is really important. i know i’m still searching for one myself. find a balance between school (extracurricualrs/academics), your social life (family/friends), and YOUR time (personal down time when you can just chill and not have to worry/think about anything). 

hmmm i think that’s it for now. i think everyone’s/every school’s high school experience is different, so i tried to be as general as i could! if there’s anything more specific you want to know about, my ask box will stay open :’) hehe also there are some other freshman tips around the interwebs as well! so there’s that ^-^