Film masterpost highlighting the stories of women of color. Representation of women of color in film is quite scarce, so here are some films I think showcase a wide range of perspectives and experiences that we don't get to see on our movie screens.
I don’t know about you guys but I am psyched to get an education, woo. This year is a hella important year for me because if I don’t finish this school year with five As then I am a dead man walking, you get me? So this started off as a collection to help me get those fabulous As but I thought, what the hell? I’ll share this perfection with everyone else because sharing is caring. Anyways, down to the nitty gritty
001. CALEDONIA'S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE
MARCH MASTERPOST MADNESS PT I as part of a follower milestone and celebrating spring break, i present to you march masterpost madness: a series of masterposts/guides on studying by yours truly!! first up we have math & how to study for it!!
i love math so much it looks like i spend almost all my free time doing it. anyway, i got a few requests asking me how to study best for math and about resources, so i thought it’d be best to start off with this one!!
SO, HOW DO I STUDY FOR MATH?
practice, practice and practice!! this is so important, omg. math is heavy on problem-solving, and most problems require analytical thinking and application of logic — the best way to hone these skills is through plain practice! besides, once you get used to math questions, you find them less intimidating and you get faster and more accurate at solving them! i suggest using practice books (your textbook should be a good starting point) or finding problems online (Khan Academy is great!). A pro tip is to look around your school community (ask teachers, students, librarians) for practice books — most of them will gladly lend you a book they’ve gone through! it’s ideal to practice/do at least one-two questions everyday, or even more! if you’re stuck on a practice problem and have no one to ask to, feel free to ask the mathblrs, wolfram alpha or the internet! (google your question: it has saved me numerous times!!)
pay attention in class!! this is definitely recommended, but it’s really not a must. if you don’t have a strong aptitude for math, i really urge you to do this! listen actively, you don’t have to take note of every word the teacher/lecturer says, but do listen to the most important parts! when a teacher emphasizes something, pay extra attention to that (but don’t leave out any parts of the chapter!).
I would like to welcome you all to my super special self-care masterpost for all of you super special cuties out there! Unfortunately, it’s common to dislike ourselves and feel a little lower than usual. When that happens, it can be very difficult for us to acknowledge our worth! But never fear my darlings, because here are many ways to look after yourself, even if you’re feeling a little down. Best wishes and lots of love! ♥♥♥
this sounds a little bizarre at first, but it’s true that there are a lot of different and effective ways to put sticky notes to use! so, in case you were wondering what to do with those little post its sitting on the corner of your desk, here is an array of possibilities!!
sticky notes are incredibly useful when taking notes form a textbook
This is a roundup of all the best resource and advice posts I’ve found over my time as a studyblr. I’ve sorted by category to make things easier to navigate, and tried to not include too many posts that essentially say the same things. Hope you find something useful (:
this website is also really nice, their products are super cute and they have a large variety of pen cases to choose from
when you’re organizing your supplies, it’s important to know what you need the most on a daily basis - it’s not helping you if you keep a complete set of staedtler triplus fineliners in your pen case when in reality you only use two colors every day
ask yourself: what do I need? will it be okay if I leave it behind?
if you choose to leave some supplies at home, be sure that you have a place to leave them hehe
03. organizing your desk space
okay so if you’re like me, you probably have a lot of papers and things that stay on your desk, such as stationery, extra paper, textbooks, etc.
to organize some of your pens/pencils, I recommend using a jar or cup of some sort to keep on your desk so that it’s within reach
for those extra packs of lined/graphed paper you might have, you can store it on your desk in a magazine file or in your drawer
going back to the magazine file: 11/10 would recommend
for me, I have a small desk, so I can’t afford to have everything being piled on my desk - the magazine files are really nice for organizing
be sure that when you’re working, you only have the things you need on your desk! anything that isn’t needed should be stored as neatly as possible
you can find different desk organizers and containers in places like target and amazon!
I hope this was helpful to you guys! I personally still struggle with organization, but over the course of my 2015-16 school year, I’m starting to find ways to keep my things and my life together. if you have any questions, feel free to drop an ask in my inbox ^-^
If you have an overwhelming love of notebooks, you’ll know the pain of having some beautiful journals lying around that you don’t want to touch without a purpose! Aside from the ubiquitous use of the bullet journal, here are some alternatives for your empty notepads:
Diary: keep a traditional daily record of your life
Dream Journal: record your dreams and reflect on them
Travel Log: journal when traveling and plan your future journeys
Mind Maps: keep one for your interests, information, and to plan
Book Journal: review books you’ve read, and list ones you plan to read
Expense Tracker: list your expenses and keep on top of spending
Writing Prompts: write on a daily prompt for a year from this list
Scrapbook: glue in mementos and memories from your life
Exercise Log: keep a record of your meals and exercise for each day
Wishlist: track the things you’d like, and what to get others
One Sentence Book: write the single best moment of your day for a year
Gratitude Journal: note down all the things you’re grateful for
Sketchbook: if you’re artistic, do a daily drawing to stay in practice
Quote Log: record all the quotes which inspire you to achieve
Goals Journal: plan out what you want to accomplish, and how to do it
News: write down the biggest headlines of the day
Vocab Book: keep track of all the words you learn in your target language
If you don’t already have some hoarded notebooks, I wrote a post right here with some notebook recommendations right over here! You can also check out some more of my original posts on my blog.
In the wise words of ABBA, “money money money, must be funny in the rich man’s world.” Unfortunately most students are hardly part of the rich man’s world, so here I’ve compiled a list of tips regarding how I personally manage to save and budget my money!
ask yourself: do you really, really need this, right now? my parents make so much fun of me because i will spend half an hour in a store and end up not buying anything, but this is a really important and effective way to prevent purchases that you could justify, but don’t actually need. i LOVE christmas shopping and gift shopping, but i have to limit myself to one gift per person. do they really need a second gift? even if it seems cute and perfect? no. you want a second or third vest, but do you need it? you have a washing machine and you can wear that vest more than one time before washing it.
keep money in perspective. if you see something that you think is a good price, check yourself by measuring it against a practical essential. for example, you could get that $20 top, OR you could get 9 toothbrushes for the same amount of money. (that’s kind of a lame analogy, but you get what i mean)
do not spend unnecessary money just because it’s a sale! make sure to still ask yourself if you need it. even if it’s a great sale, remember that it’s still money that you’re spending. spend it wisely! it’s better for your purse if you spend nothing because you don’t absolutely need something than if you spend even a little bit on something you don’t need.
BUDGET/TRACK YOUR SPENDINGS. (see below)
download money-saving apps. I keep track of my spendings by keeping a binder full of all my receipts, taped to paper and inserted chronologically. And I use spending tracker by MH Riley Ltd (free on the app store), which allows you to log expenses and income, set budgets, and create categories. You can see pie charts for a breakdown of how much you spend on each category as well! I’ve used it for a couple months now and it’s been really useful because I can also see how much I spend in a big spending month (December) vs a normal month. I honestly spend a lot less money than I feel like I do - so it helps me stress a little bit less about money - and when I know that I log every purchase, it helps me save more and be more conscious of what I’m spending (similar to the effect that paying with cash instead of card has).
budget before each month/semester/season. You’ll have a general plan of what’s going to happen in that time frame (trips, classes, weather) and can plan expenses accordingly - estimate how much you’ll spend on whatever you’re planning to do. Leave yourself a cushion (I usually overestimate by a lot on purpose haha) and allow for food/leisure/shopping expenses. It can also help to work backwards, starting with a baseline amount of money you want to spend and either dividing it up by week/month (spend x amount of money per week), or breaking up the sum into categories as previously mentioned.
obviously, a job. part time jobs are good for students, but sometimes even that’s too difficult. i recommend babysitting (i think the standard starting rate is $10/hour but most people i know charge $12+, and that’s more than minimum wage), pet sitting, doing yardwork, things like that. i’ve seen money making sites but from what i’ve experienced you have to do a lot of tedious, time consuming work for very little reward.
ask for gift cards for holidays/bday/graduation. okay, so it’s a little awkward to be like “hi can u possibly give me $100????” but you can ask for gift cards! saying like “oh, i don’t want anything specific, a gift card would be nice!” is better than asking for money and will avoid your (well-meaning) relatives from giving you a piece of jewelry you’ll wear once, take off for the shower, and never wear again. i made $100 in gift cards alone this december!
coinstar. this is where you can cash in coins and also sell your gift cards! click here to see if there are kiosks near you (UK, US, Ireland, and Canada). note: coinstar kiosks are where you can cash in coins. coinstar exchange kiosks are where you can sell gift cards.
collect spare change. first of all, rummage around your house. there’s usually spare change lying around. this isn’t technically saving money, but i also periodically empty my wallet of its change and put it in a jar. eventually i can amass like $10-20 in change and go to the bank/coin star machine to get the cash!
bottle bills. CA, CT, guam, HI, IA, ME, MA, MI, NY, OR, VT only. via the bottle bill, you can make money collecting and depositing recyclable bottles. click here to see what your state will pay for which kinds of bottles.
sell clothes to goodwill/thrift stores. sell used books. let’s admit it: we all have those shirts that we bought and thought were cute, but never wore and probably won’t ever wear. and there are clothes that you’ve outgrown, either the size or the style. collect a bunch of you and your family’s used clothes and try selling them to a local thrift store! if you don’t succeed with that, then at least donate them. same goes for books.
sign up for rewards at pharmacies. i am a hardcore CVS customer and saver, and i’m not sure about other pharmacies (from my experience, they aren’t nearly as good when you need to save). one time i saved 52% on my purchase! they’re great with giving you extrabucks and with a card, you can often take advantage of a LOT of deals.
clip coupons to your heart’s content! seriously. coupon clipping is nothing to be ashamed of. i am that person that shows up to the counter with a stack of coupons #noshame.
settle for non-brand name products (sometimes). this isn’t a foolproof rule; there are some items where the less expensive version is actually bad compared to the more expensive brand names, but usually the cheap brand of food is okay/tolerable too, and can be significantly less expensive, and if you go with the generic brands, the savings stack up.
shop online. look out for in-store deals. old navy is my all time FAVORITE to online shop. they have excellent deals, esp around the holidays. stores have sales relatively frequently; if they don’t have any sales going on (other than their sale rack, which is always a good place to check first), go back again later.
go straight to the sale section. this is pretty obvious.
look at unit prices. the best deal is really based on the unit price. i get that sometimes you just want the least expensive item, but if it’s something like a baking essential and you want to get the best quantity for the price, check the unit price first.
if you are small enough, check the kid’s section. kid’s clothes and shoes are generally less expensive. an adult small is usually equivalent to a girl’s L or XL, and a boy’s M or L. an adult size 6 shoe is usually a girl’s size 3. they make some wicked cute sweaters and t shirts and shoes for kids, and you can save up to 50%! especially on small things like flip flops, plain t shirts, etc.
tell stores when your birthday is if they ask! i know a few stores do ask for your birthday (vera bradley is the one that jumps to mind first), and if they do, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT! i got a legitimate coupon from vera bradley for the month of november out of it and was able to get a wallet at a great discount!
‘checks and balances’: college student style
shop with cash. when you pay with cash and not a card, you see how much you’re spending. i get paid in cash when i babysit, and that’s usually my spending money for the week. if i’m out of cash and i’m going shopping, i’ll withdraw like $40-60. when i have the physical money in my hand it’s easier to reality check and budget than if i swipe a card, even if i have a number in my head already.
take your time. okay, this isn’t always an option, but impulse buys are what often get people - those little things at the line in forever 21, or the candies by the cash registers at k mart. take time to deliberate over whatever it is that you’re buying.
saving on practicalities
rent textbooks. i know there are a lot of websites out there where you can supposedly download books. i haven’t looked at any of them (here’s a masterpost by @blogresources that includes a section about free textbooks), but i know i prefer having a physical book. you can rent most textbooks (i can’t make guarantees, but from what i’ve seen/heard) on amazon for a fraction of the price, and they will give it to you for the entire semester. for example, i need a textbook, and i could buy it for $143 or rent it for $22.
don’t buy fancy stationery. use that as a major splurge, but honestly, you can get by just fine with $1 notebooks from the pharmacy and pens and pencils that will do the job. i have found plenty of pens that cost less than $3 that i love.
carpool / bike / walk / take PT when possible. it depends where you live; i know that sg has an amazing PT system. it takes longer to get places, but costs like $3 from one side of the island to the other. if you live in boston and places are available via the T, take advantage of that, and so on with all the cities out there. if you can reasonably bike to somewhere, do it. walking is always best. but don’t let yourself get hypothermia! if it’s cold, take a taxi or car. gas prices stack up big time, and it doesn’t really make sense to have a car in college anyway!
don’t eat out. don’t go to starbucks. these are small things that chew up a LOT of money each month. i limit myself to eating out once every 1-2 months, and set a $10 limit when i do so. starbucks/dunkin donuts = splurge. bring water/drinks and snacks with you, especially if you know that you’re going out and will likely get hungry!
REMEMBER TO TREAT YOURSELF SOMETIMES. set a budget each month and if you come out under the budget, it’s okay to treat yourself! don’t use up all the deficit if you can, but treat yourself to something nice that you don’t explicitly need but that you’ll use.
make allowances for social events! if you are hanging out with a friend, going to the movies, going out to eat, etc, be mindful of your money but don’t turn down an invitation just because you don’t want to spend the money. going to a movie once every 1-2 months is okay! you can find someplace inexpensive to eat, or agree to eat before going and just get ice cream (less expensive) after.
moderation is key. this all sounds really restrictive, but do remember that moderation is okay here. you shouldn’t sacrifice your comfort and health just to save some money. everything will be okay in the end, and stressing about money isn’t good for anyone.
please message me if you have any other specific questions!
(i started this masterpost a month ago… behold, tips and tricks for your procrastination needs!)
1. get energized!!!
so what i’ve found the most helpful, is before you sit down to do your homework or something of the sort, the best thing to do is to start moving! take a half-hour walk/jog. outside or inside, it doesn’t really matter. but what does is that you get excited and that your mind thinks you’re procrastinating (fool that lil procrastination monkey in ur mind) once ur all hyped, take a little break (go to the nearest fifteen, why don’t you ;) ) and then, chances are, if you think about your work a bit while exercising, you’ll be excited to do it :’)
2. put something that you know very well as a background noise :)
so in your mind, there is a little something called a procrastination monkey (check out +this amazing wait but why article to learn more!). in a nutshell, it’s basically primitive(ish? monkeys aren’t really primitive) and it loves to indulge your more luxurious urges. now, you can’t listen to that monkey, can you?? no, don’t. but it fights very hard to be in your mind, so it’s easier to trick it. (just like i’m doing right now, making this post). put on some old movie that you’ve watched hundreds of times, a podcast you’ve already listened to before, a song you’ve heard a bunch of times- anything that’s not new. then study, but don’t really pay attention to it. that way, you can get some work done!!!
3.put the tasks you have to do in small chunks.
see, i’ve found that when you have everything in tiny tasks, it seems kinda motivating just to cross something off your list! speaking of that, make a list of your tasks, anyways. but putting it into small chunks helps you to specify tasks for certain projects, and make things not be underestimated and get things done!
4. put everything you need near you before you start working.
putting your things nearby makes you not waste time getting them. for example- you put your math homework in your backpack, which is across the room. you then go to get that work, and look! you see a book you’ve been thinking about starting for days. so you decide to read a chapter…which turns into two…hundred pages. see what i mean? putting everything in place gets rid of this distraction.
5. bye bye phone :)
put that phone away!! it will only distract you. (i speak from personal experience). however, if you want to listen to music or something, i really recommend the forest app. i really like this app because of the planting trees feature, and i always really like to gain enough money to plant a tree in one of those places! it really makes you feel like a good person, when all you’re doing is doing your work :)
7. make it known you’re doing work. SCREAM IT TO THE WORLD!!
okay, but doing something like taking a time lapse just ~pressures you~ into doing work, because like ??? a study time lapse of yourself doing nothing is stupid. and if someone knows you’re doing work, and you’re not doing it, they will remind you.
8. my ex’s and social medi-a-a-a
okay more like make social media your ex, but same concept!! get off it. like take me for example - i should be studying for my test tomorrow, but instead i’m making this post! SOCIAL MEDIA WILL DO JUST THAT- make you social. now is not the time to do that. now is the time to go crawl in a hole and do your work.