only took me like all of high school and college

Senior year advice and how to make senior year effective

So it’s your senior year in high school and you’re probably super excited for the year to come. You finally get to go to college and become your own person, pursue your dream, or maybe just get away from the bullshit. So here’s some of my best advice to make senior year a good one: 

SENIORITIS WILL HAPPEN

  • There is literally no way you can avoid this. It’s like a deadly parasite that just consumes you. It’s very effective, especially if you’re surrounded by people who have already entered the “fuck school I just want it to be over” phase. 
  • The way senioritis works is, the busier you are, the less it will  hit you. I was a pretty active student year round. I had tennis , our drama one acts in the fall, FFA,  plus work. In the spring semester I had our school play, track, and I joined our FFA vet science judging team (which helped kept me focus ) . 
  • Winter is honestly the only time you should indulge lazyness. Get it out of your system and devote the rest of your school year to being productive

DON’T FILL YOUR SCHEDULE WITH TEACHER ASSISTANT AND OFFICE AID ELECTIVES 

  • The one thing colleges love to see (besides student involvement and volunteer hours) is that you have a REAL schedule lined up for you your senior year. Get classes that apply to what you want to do in college, or find classes that you think you might be interested in. You never know if that could be the deciding point on what you want to do with your life. 
  • Honestly, it’s going to suck when all your friends have relaxing classes most of the day and you have stacks of homework to do your senior year (trust me i’ve been there) but in the long run, colleges will thank you, and senioritis I can guarantee won’t hit you as bad when you’re taking classes that challenge and interest you. 

AP CLASSES

  • This is honestly all preference and knowing your limits, but if you have never taken a AP class your high school career you should probably take one. High school classes are NOTHING like college. AP prepared me more for college and studying then any mandatory classes i’ve ever taken
  • KNOW. YOUR. LIMITS. I only took one AP class my senior year because I knew I would be working and doing a lot of school involvement. Some people liked to make their schedule mostly AP classes because in may when they take their AP exam they just chilled for the remaining of the school. Personally I think that’s a dumb idea, because then you’re just wasting your time for a couple of weeks and it’ll make you want to ditch class, etc. 

APPLYING TO COLLEGE

  • PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD APPLY EVERYWHERE
  • You never know what schools you’re actually going to get accepted to. You may think you have stanford in the bag and only apply to that school. But if you get rejected and have no where to turn but a local community college, your life will suck. 
  • Don’t worry about being undecided,  a lot of people are in the same shoes as you are, and college will understand
  • BRAG ABOUT YOURSELF. When you do those little “why should we accept you essays” you need to write yourself as the shiny little gold nugget that you are. Have confidence in yourself
  • When applying to out of state: you better know your shit. No one is going to help you as much because your councilors only know about local and state colleges. Especially when you decide to go to out of state college, KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. Always check your emails and follow the college steps like it’s your lifeline or you’ll miss something. 

SCHOLARSHIPS 

  • Just apply to all of them. Trust me on this because I can guarantee you half of your graduating class would have not applied to a single one of them 
  • Don’t be lazy 

“SENIOR YEAR IS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE”

  • This is complete bullshit but it also depends on each person
  • Senior year is honestly like every other year but you’re expected to be more of an adult. No one is going to make you apply to colleges and no one is going to make you do anything.
  • Senior year isn’t like it is in the movies, you won’t be partying all the time and not every second of it is going to be perfect. You might lose some friends and some things you love will change. It’s a very emotional and exciting time, make the most of it. 
  • Spend as much time with your high school friends because you’ll probably never see them again. That girl that you’ve been soccer buddies with all 4 year is probably never going to text you again, so make the most of your friends. 
  • Attend all the high school events. It’s the last time you’ll ever be able to do it, so make some memories. 

SOME ADVICE TO FRESHMEN 

  • Don’t be scared
  • you’re going to lose some friends and make new ones
  • but for the love of god get involved. it’s not “cool” to be a slacker. Honestly you’ll have a better experience and things will go by a lot faster.
  • Do your damn homework, it actually counts in high school
  • be nice to your teachers
  • make the most of your high school experience. It goes by faster then you think. 
GQ ROMANIA INTERVIEW FULL: Captain Romania! Sebastian Stan - now playing in our movie.

EDIT: I finally found the magazine and bought it. Too bad I’m too busy sorting books in German at college and I can’t scan the photos, but at least here is the interview.

I hope I did my good deed for this year and Santa will come by :D

Note: I couldn’t find the magazine, so I had to use some not very good photos some Anons sent me. I also have to write a 15 page-long essay in 3 hours, so if I made some mistakes, I am sorry, but I am in a hurry.

(Edit: The photo was blurry and I couldn’t understand the last 3 questions and answers. If anyone has a better version… you know what to do.)

Thank you, dana2931 for the photos!

Born in Constanta (aka my town, the place where you can’t find this freaking magazine) on 13th August 1982, he broke some hearts in the HBO production Gossip Girl, he starred with Natalie Portman in Black Swan and is at the moment in two American Marvel blockbusters. Sebastian Stan is the one who has been so lucky from an early stage in his career. Even though he has moved from Romania at a young age, he is still speaking Romanian fluently (because of his mother) and he is still incredibly modest.

How was for you leaving Romania at only 8 years old?

  • Back then everything happened quickly. My family was moving quite often and the time to assimilate what was happening was insufficient. I had to adapt myself really fast to new surroundings. It was a cultural shock. I remember that I was in a supermarket in Vienna and it was the first time I saw bananas. Now that was an event! When you are young, you are just like a sponge and this helped me integrate quickly.  But I did feel like a stranger in the first years.

 On what level did you feel the change the most?

  • The biggest change was the language barrier. When I moved to Vienna, I had to learn German. Then, when I was 12, we moved to the USA and I had to change the languages again. I couldn’t have learnt so fast if it weren’t for my stepfather who is of American origins. It was really difficult for me in high school only because I had an accent. I remember that there was a year during which I spoke English defensively – even with my mother who continued to speak to me in Romanian. It was a great effort for me because I just wanted to be like all children and to lose my accent.

 Which is your greatest memory about Romania?

  • I have some unforgettable memories from the Revolution. I remember that one afternoon I was playing outside – I was 6 or 7 years old – and I heard a really loud noise coming from the street and all the children were running to see what happened. When I approached them, I saw a Dacia (Romanian car) full of students shouting, raising their fists through the open side windows and with the town hall’s Romanian flag – with a huge hole in the middle where it used to be the communist symbol - blowing in the wind. Even though I was very young, I did understand that what was happening was very important.

What made you become an actor?

  • I actually had the opportunity to perform when I was in Vienna. My mother took me to some auditions and my first role was the one of a homeless Romanian child. I was filmed in a subway in a short movie. I didn’t like it too much. I found it boring having to wait on the set for such a long time. Only when I was already in my first year of high school in America I started enjoying it. I had a friend who, even though he had hearing problems, he was responsible of all the school plays.  His attitude and the fact that he didn’t let a disability to discourage him made me try.

Which were the first steps you took in your path to this career?

  • From high school to summer school and until college in New York, I only had one motto: “If this went well, then I’ll take the next step and see where it leads me.” Fortunately, my path had already started forming on itself. My luck has played a very important role and until this moment I am grateful to my parents for bringing me to America. The greatest moment occurred in Stagedoor Manor, an acting camp in the north of New York. There I met my manager with whom I’ve been working for 17 years. I started going to auditions in New York when I was 16 and all those years were fundamental to me.

 It is not easy to get to Hollywood. What motivated you?

  • I find myself a very lucky man who has had many opportunities. My work depended on what I did with all those opportunities. I didn’t have the slightest idea that I would get where I am now. Starting from my family’s journey in 3 different countries, I never knew what to expect and to what to get attached. Therefore, I realized that no matter where the path leads me, I must trust it. Trust is what has been motivating me so far.

What were the challenges?

  • The challenge was to remind myself that everything is entertaining. As you grow up, there are more responsibilities and the industry continues discouraging you with its rejections. It’s important not to take it personally, even though it’s hard to do this. You become exhausted, you start blaming the others and sometimes even yourself. There were some times when I felt lost. I was young and I had forgotten why I was here. But, slowly, I returned on my path.

You have played in various different movies. Which one of your characters was the most demanding?

  • It’s always different and sometimes I have no idea how I should start preparing myself. I trust my instinct very much and also the feelings/impressions I get from the script. However, I remain very open in what concerns the director’s concept/view and I respect it. It’s very important to know your limits and the area in which you are working. “Captain America” was based on the story from the comic books and this was really helpful.  They (i.e. the comic books) were like a map and I only had to follow it. When you work with a director like Darren Aronofsky, who has a very precise vision, you only have to honor it.

You prepared yourself for theater. How is the stage opposite to the movie industry?

  • Television is the writer’s area, the movies are the director’s area and the theater, finally, is the actor’s area. What the public sees is only what the actor says. He is his own editor. The theater gives you the possibility to do something new every night. Countless revelations about a role keep appearing and this makes every performance different. It’s very interesting and it keeps you fascinated. In movies, the director edits the performance in a room. As an actor, you are at his mercy. But, in a movie, you can communicate only through one scene/close-up. It’s a special thing which you can’t do on stage.
The Contest

To celebrate Supernatural’s 15th season, the producers have decided to hold a contest to cast an unknown in a recurring role as Sam’s rumored love interest. They are doing open casting calls all over the country. Your best friend Nikki wants to go and she drags you along.

Characters: Reader, Best friend Nikki (OC), Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, misha Collins, other Supernatural cast and crew

A/N: This is my first attempt at writing about Jared and Jensen and the show.  Please be gentle as I am a delicate flower LOL.  For the purposes of this story, Jared and Gen are divorced.  NO HATE please !


Nikki and I have been best friends since the second grade. She has seen me through breakups, crappy jobs, losing my Dad, and 4 grueling years of nursing school. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her.  I had just finished 3 twelve hour shifts in a row and I had four days off. I couldn’t wait to put on my comfy PJ’s and watch Netflix until my brain exploded.

My cell rang and I smiled when I saw who it was.  “Hey Nik! Perfect timing as always! What’s new?” I asked.

“Hey Y/N, remember when you took your nursing boards and I had to drive you because you were convinced you were gonna puke from nerves?” Nikki said in one long breath.

I was immediately suspicious.  She wanted something.  “Yeah.” I said slowly.

“Well I need you to do the same for me on Saturday.” She blurted out.

“Your taking nursing boards on Saturday?” I was really confused.

“No silly.  Supernatural is having a contest to celebrate its 15th season on the air.  They are having open casting calls in cities around the country for a new character.  They want to cast an unknown.  And the rumor is its Jared’s love interest!!” She was practically screeching with excitement.

I sighed.  This again.  Nikki had tried everything to get me to watch this show. I had watched maybe 10 minutes of the pilot before I completely lost interest.  She was obsessed.  She talked about these guys non stop.

“Is that the pretty boy or the freakishly tall one?” I asked, completely not listening or caring either way.

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Things I Learned in College

I’ve been a college student for three years now and for this coming first sem of school year 2017-2018, gladly I will become a senior. The idea of college wasn’t valuable for me before. I thought it would be just like how high school embraced me. I thought college was only about whatever field you enroll yourself, new friends, dramas, and stuff just like what high school was about.

For three years of setting foot on college, back-and-forth from home to school, and being hopeful that at least I would survive this student life, I realize that all my thoughts about college were all wrong. Filtered with paper works, challenges about reports, and nerve-cracking demonstrations, college is totally a not-joke thing. Yes, I thought about that, for the first time in my life I took schooling seriously and all thanks to college.

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burkeyblu  asked:

so you got your associates degree in high school, right? what are the pros and cons of doing that, and can you still get into schools like ivy league or only state schools? what were your classes like? thank you so much! ☺️

I did! I took all of my classes for the last two years of high school at a local community college, so they were just normal general education classes that I took alongside traditional college students. I had the same degree requirements as them, which is the same as the general education requirements at all NC state schools. The classes were challenging, but the teachers were really great so it wasn’t too bad!

By doing that I was able to finish the first two years of college for basically free (I think I had to pay like a $15 fee each semester?), and I was able to take a year off and I’ll still graduate a year ahead of my peers. The only downside really is that I missed out on the traditional high school experience, but I can live with that.

I personally wasn’t interested in applying to any Ivies (I’m paying for college on my own, and I just can’t justify that private school price tag + I wanted to be close to home) but I honestly would think that going this route would improve your chances of getting in, if it would make any difference at all. The school that I’m going to is pretty selective and is well-known for my field, so going this route didn’t hurt my chances at getting into a good school at all!

{Pompeii Chapter 5}

Kankuro was a riot, and a part of Sakura believed he was only so chummy and outgoing because it made Gaara all the more uncomfortable. Kankuro acted as if it was a real treat to do anything with Gaara, making the younger brother bluster and blush.

“I’m going to take this upstairs first,” Gaara ground out, glaring at his brother. He paused when he caught Sakura watching him and then ducked his head. “D-do you want to show me where you want it?”

Sakura nodded, taking the stairs two at a time until she was on the landing outside her room. The door had been left empty for the brothers to move in and out of easily. Sakura slipped in first and waved Gaara in behind her. There was a space under the windows she wanted the mattress set. A folded set of sheets sat off to the side, ready to be applied.

“It’ll be nice right under the windows,” Sakura commented, feeling a little nostalgic for when she used to have a similar arrangement in her childhood home.

Gaara surveyed the room, nodding at the cleaned off floor. “You have a lot of room here.” His eyes settled on the succulent she had put under the nearby window and Sakura watched his eyes soften. “You kept it.”

Now it was Sakura’s turn to flush. “Yeah. I…I know it’s super cheesy, but while I like plants and flowers I feel like the desert breeds are the only plants that can survive me. I remember for high school graduation I got so many flowers and even the potted ones. I tried to take care of them but they all died.” She glanced back at the succulent on the window sill. “A friend gave me a small barrel cactus in a pot apologizing for being so prickly all year long. I took care of that guy for my entire college life. It’s a nice feeling, when something stays with you for so long.”

“They are strong,” Gaara agreed.

Behind them the sun was setting and filtered gold started to streak in through the windows to the west. It made his face and hair just glow.

Sakura blinked, “Will you and your brother be okay carrying the mattress up?”

Gaara snorted, shaking his head and making his hair sway. “Kankuro is unnecessary.”

Seconds later a snake of sand slithered mid air, followed by a coil around the mattress. Kankuro was lying on the mattress with a saucy smirk, letting Gaara carry him and the merchandise to the designated spot. He winked at Sakura as Gaara set the mattress down.  Gaara’s sand smacked Kankuro as it left the mattress like hands leaving a child.

“A little showy, don’t you think?” the older brother asked, adjusting the black cat hood he wore as part of his outfit. In addition to a set of all black he also came with an impressive design of face paint traced across his face. At least Sakura guessed it was face paint.  

“Are you truly necessary?” Gaara asked in a droll tone, eyes half lidded.

“Yeah, cause I’m the one in charge, duh.” Kankuro hopped up and slid up alongside Sakura. “Speaking of which, my boss wanted me to ask you about the invoice. Someone already tried paying for it and we wanted to ask-“

“Don’t accept his money!” Sakura’s reaction was knee jerk at best. Both brothers blinked owlishly at her. “Ugh, no, it’s just someone trying to be welcoming. I don’t want to do anything that could be construed as taking a bribe so please don’t deposit their check or whatever they used. I have the payment already made out for you to take back.”

Kankuro smiled, causing Gaara to flinch. “Ah, no worries there. Temari is a force all on her own. She’ll turn down their payment if you tell her to. But is that okay with you? It might piss the party off.”

Sakura felt her shoulders and rolled them back, adopting the look she took on when addressing business. “That may be unfortunate, but I stand by my decision.”  

Kankuro laughed. “Oh man, the old lady is going to love you. Ah, I better get out of here before I get in too deep. Gaara looks ready to murder me.”

Sakura turned and looked back over her shoulder at Gaara, but his face only flushed a brighter shade of red under her scrutiny. He looked more embarrassed than anything. Kankuro was a tease.  

“Come on little brother, you can’t sleep here. Let’s leave Sakura to her rest, it’s getting late enough.”

Outside the sky was caught between the ghost of gold and budding night. In a little while the first stars would probably twinkle into view.  It got dark so fast, like the sky was a drain and all the gold had fallen through to a place Sakura couldn’t see.

Sakura wrote the check and a note to Temari, thanking her for being so understanding, before seeing the boys off at the front. By the time they were out the door there was silver in the sky. Gaara turned to wave her goodbye and the moonlight caught in his pretty green eyes. Sakura nearly froze at the way he looked back at her. It was an image she didn’t believe she could ever forget.

“I hope you sleep well tonight,” she said, not knowing if he heard her.

Gaara’s lip quivered before pulling upwards. “You too.”

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happy first official day of summer break!!! this is the summer before my junior year, so it’s extremely important that I’m productive bc college applications n such!!! this isn’t everything I’m doing, and I might not finish all of it, but writing things down always makes me more likely to complete them!! sophomore I only took 1 AP class, and junior year I’m taking 5, so I’ll be preparing for that all summer and posting pics of my progress!! have a wild summer!!!!!

Don't creep on women at work. Just don't.

To preface this story, I’m 24, single, and work with a lot of middle-aged/older female employees.

A male customer in his 50s or 60s started coming in not long ago and asking myself and my coworkers some inappropriate questions, which we all shrugged off and didn’t think too much about. This customer asked me whether or not I’m in high school/didn’t believe that I’m out of college, whether one of my coworkers is really married or not, if one of my rings was a wedding band (I wear a lot of rings and some of them are family heirlooms and do look like wedding or engagement rings), etc.

I guess since I’m the youngest one that works here, and the only single one, this customer took a liking to me. He figured out my work schedule from another coworker and started coming in when he knew I would be working. Always stood too close to me, called me by name every time he talked to me, would stare at me inappropriately, in addition to these bizarre questions. I was creeped out and did not enjoy his presence when he came in, but didn’t feel like I had enough grounds to report the situation to my boss. Mostly it was just a “bad vibe” and I didn’t really have any strong evidence in my case.

Eventually I told this customer one of my rings was an engagement ring in the hopes that he would stop being so creepy towards me. This backfired horribly. He told me that was too bad because he was hoping to ask me out. Then he took it a step further and told me if I ever broke it off with my “fella” that I should keep him in mind. I was horrified to the point of speechlessness. I did my job, checked him out, told him to have a nice day, and left the check out area without another word on what had just happened.

He called shortly after he left under the guise of forgetting to ask about something, then repeated his line about keeping him in mind if me and my imaginary boyfriend ever break up and hoping to ask me out. I was so offended that I hung up on him and immediately told my boss what happened. The next day my boss told him to stop saying inappropriate things to the female employees, me especially, and threatened to ban this customer for life if he repeated his offenses. 

Unfortunately this customer appears to be the kind of man who respects a man’s opinion more than a woman’s as he did not understand my body language/the look of fear in my eye/my lack of response which clearly said NO. He respected my male boss saying “she is uncomfortable, stop that” over my obvious repulsion and lack of reciprocation. Plus the only thing keeping him from crossing the line even further was my fake engagement to another man—who knows what he would have done if he found out I was really single. Disrespectful pig.

My boss really stuck up for me and has been on my side throughout all of this, and that makes me feel so much better and more in control of the situation. Huge kudos to him for that. Thankfully this creep got the memo and stopped coming in during my regular shifts.

I’ve only seen this customer once since all this went down…I went to the back room and made my coworker wait on him—I don’t get paid enough to deal with that kind of nonsense. And I didn’t trust him not to be a creep again since he greeted me by name and stared at me incessantly like he just couldn’t wait to get up there and be close to me while waiting his turn in line. My “fight or flight” instinct kicked in big time and told me to get the hell out of there. Dealing with the public is a special kind of something, let me tell you…

TL;DR — Don’t creep on women while they are at work, especially women who are half your age or have a significant other. We aren’t interested.

Pairing: Iwaizumi/Oikawa

“Like, we’re friends with benefits.”

Oikawa sips his milk angrily.

“His sole job is to… you know.”

He frowns.

“What the hell do we even have to fight about?!”

“Well,” Kuroo drawls. “I wouldn’t say that’s his only job. You two hang out almost every day, text each other constantly, always bring each other up when they’re not around if you see something he might like, laugh more around each other, take naps together, spend nights at each other’s places without hooking up, lean your head on each other’s shoulders when on a long train ride–”

“…Tetsu-chan, are you stalking us?”

“–share meals, do that thing where sometimes you look at each other and forget anyone else is around like me after I asked a question, cook food together and have each other taste it, spend afternoons doing nothing together except just laugh–”

“No, really, how do you know–”

“–you’ve been friends since childhood and all through middle and high school, you’ve already started talking about meeting up over break during college, wait you two have matching shirts too right, wasn’t there that one week where you guys took care of a dog, oh hey wait you guys had a baby–”

“We did not, we were babysitting my nephew,” Oikawa corrects, but that’s about the only objection he can offer. Frowning, he rests his chin on his palm and drums his fingers along his jaw. Kuroo grins, leaning back and sipping his coffee. His chair tips back a bit too far and it’s Oikawa’s turn to laugh as he watches Kuroo scrambling, just barely managing to catch himself. “We–”

“–are basically a married couple,” Kuroo finishes and bends over to inspect the legs of his chair. “Admit it, Oikawa. It was never friends with benefits. Or even just friends. You were basically born a married couple.”

Oikawa blinks. He then hums, frowns, drums his fingers again before pulling out his phone and dialing. Kuroo just watches.

“Iwa-chan! Ten minute break from our fight, okay?” he jabbers and when he smiles Kuroo knows that Iwaizumi’s acquiesced. “Hey, so, Iwa-chan, I’ve got a question… Tetsu-chan says we’re actually married. We’re not married right? Yeah. Yeah, that’s what I thought! I would’ve remembered the ceremony! But dating? Are we dating? Because Tetsu-chan does have a point… Tetsu-chan also knows way too much about us–”

“You two are rubbing it in my face all the–”

“So we are dating? Yeah, that’s what I think too!” Oikawa blinks and this time when he smiles, it’s a bit brighter and even Kuroo feels warm just watching him. “Okay! Glad that’s settled! Back to our fight.”

“Hey, just out of curiosity,” Kuroo asks once he hangs up, “what are you two even fighting about?”

“Hm?” Oikawa blinks. “Oh. We were arguing about how I’m always out late because of clubs and then I got mad that Iwa-chan’s always working out, how it seems like he cares more about that than me, and–why are you staring at me like that?”

“…You’re joking, right?”