More than 2,250 Walmart stores on strike on Black Friday
November 28, 2014

OurWalmart explains the reason for the strike:

Income inequality is the highest it’s been since 1928. Corporate profits are at an all-time high. Meanwhile, wages are at the lowest point since 1948 – even as productivity increases.

No one family is driving this trend quite like Walmart’s owners, the Waltons. The Walton family is the richest family in America with nearly $150 billion in wealth and as much money as 43% of American families combined. And yet, most Walmart workers make less than just $25,000 a year. That’s why community members are joining their calls for increased wages and access to hours. Stand with us and join us on Black Friday if the Waltons fail to respond.

While Rob, Alice and the rest of the Waltons are by far the richest family in America, many of the Walmart workers who helped to build that fortune are struggling just to get by. Workers at Walmart are looking for fair shot, but the silver-spooned Walton family is robbing them of a decent living.

To find a protest near you visit: http://www.blackfridayprotests.org/



Reclaiming King’s Legacy: A Jobs & Economy March for the People | Anti-Police Terror Project

“This weekend is part of a national call that will tell the world that King’s vision and mission were larger than what we have been allowed to remember. Through 96 hours of direct action and a Jobs & Economy March, we are reclaiming Dr. King’s radical and militant legacy of direct action." 

Anti-Police Terror Project

Join us (click here) for a MLK day march that reclaims the spirit of King from whitewashed history and celebrates his legacy of radical resistance! Let’s debunk the mainstream media narrative that has painted MLK as a sanitized pacifist and uses him to denounce militant forms of resistance.

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20/8/16 1:15 PM // writing essays and bullet journaling at starbucks while waiting for my music theory lesson to start. just did an SAT practice test. will go to a friend’s house this evening to work on a project for a school event. p.s. will answer asks soon 😁

In-Class Notes Format

So I’ve told you how to color code your notes but honestly, who wants to take  20,000  a bunch of pens to class everyday? I only take one pen to class (well, and a pencil for pop quizzes and Aural Skills because only musical prodigies can use a pen in Aural Skills–maybe not even prodigies) and this is how I write my notes! I’m going to be honest, I don’t come home every day and rewrite all of my notes in perfectly color coded handwriting. When I don’t, this is a great way to already have semi-organized (but much less time consuming) notes! All you need is:

  1. A pen
  2. A notebook
  3. That’s it.

I have 3 sections to my in-class notes:

  1. Main notes
  2. “Reference” sidebar
  3. Distractions sidebar

Your main notes obviously go in the middle section, the “reference” part go on the outer edge (past that little line that you’re not supposed to write past), and the distractions (my favorite part) go on the inner edge (again, past the little line). 

The Main Notes:

You know those normal, boring notes you would write in class on an average, unorganized day? They go here. This is a great place to use abbreviations and symbols because professors generally tend to go a little faster than a student’s tired, cramping hand can write. The most important thing in my opinion is using bullet points (I use “–” and “•” alternating for bullet points, numbers in a circle for numbered lists, and boxes for things to do).

The “Reference Sidebar:

It is almost inevitable that at least one professor will come up with homework that is not on the syllabus. Obviously you’re going to write the homework down in your notes but it will get swallowed up by the rest of the information on the page. The way I make them stand out is by putting an asterisk (*) in the reference sidebar and then put some defining word beside it (this sounds confusing but just look at the picture at the top of this post, it’s really easy). These are some of my most used references (and what they mean):

  • hw = homework
  • vw = vocabulary word
  • oyo = on your own (things like "post on OMCL”, “go get groceries”, stuff like that)
  • due = due dates
  • handout = any handouts you receive should be listed in your notes, it’s a good reference to have later
  • grade = the grades you get back should ALL be recorded in your notes!!

The Distractions Sidebar:

You are going to get distracted in class. It’s going to happen. You are going to have some great idea or a really interesting that you want to draw or whatever and the only way to get it out of your head is to write it down on paper. This is the place to do that. This section automatically gets filled up on my paper and it encourages me to write more and more notes in my main notes section so I can get to the next page and write down more distractions. This actually has made me take more detailed notes so don’t think the distractions sidebar will be your distraction, it’s actually made to help with it!

One last note: it’s important for your distractions sidebar to be on the side of the paper closest to the spiral and the reference sidebar to be on the outside of your notebook. This way you can quickly flip through your notes and see your reference sheet so you can find your homework, due dates, etc. Have fun taking notes!

(For those of you who are interested, these notes were written with a Staedtler Mars Draft 924 Technical Ballpoint Pen Superfine 0.2mm Needle Point.)


Furious students burn Mexican government building in protest over police corruption, demand justice for missing students
October 16, 2014

Hundreds of residents in a southern-Mexican city smashed up the state capital building in a furious protest over the continued lack of information about 43 local college students, believed to have been abducted by corrupt police.

The local police are allegedly working with a powerful drug cartel and it’s feared that 10 newly discovered mass graves may contain the bodies of the students taken on September 26. “Up to 20” charred remains were discovered on Saturday.

As an investigation is underway, 26 police officers have so far been arrested, a number of which admitted to working with the Guerreros Unidos – an infamous drug cartel. Arrest warrants have also been issued for the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Albarca, his wife and his security chief, but they have gone into hiding.

The building in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, was seen from a distance, engulfed in flames. 
According to local authorities, the crowds included hundreds of students and teachers from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college, who blockaded the building and used sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails to attack it.

They initially tried to get into the state congress, but police in riot gear repelled the crowd.

This comes more than two weeks after a serious incident in Iguala, also in Guerrero state, involving the shooting of six students by police during a rally in support of rural teachers’ rights. The law enforcers opened fire on a bus carrying protesters and arrested dozens of students, who have not been seen since.

The situation touches on a problem that’s been plaguing Mexico for a long time – police corruption and rampant organized crime by ruthless cartels.

Monday’s events come after a case of mistaken identity, during which the police shot and wounded German student Kim Fritz Keiser of the Monterey Institute of Technology, according to state authorities.

Keiser was travelling with her other foreign classmates in a van from Acapulco, which passes through Chilpancingo. At the time, the police were involved in another, unrelated confrontation with kidnappers, and erroneously assumed the people in the van had some sort of connection with the kidnapping. The state prosecutor’s office told AP that, as the officers tried to pull the van over, some crackling sound resembling a gunshot was heard from inside the vehicle. The police shot back, wounding the student.

Fearing that it was a case of armed men kidnapping students, the driver of the van refused to stop and drove away from the scene.

The officers involved in the incident have been detained and their weapons are being examined, authorities say.

Warnings have been issued by US authorities in the past to avoid the northwestern part of the state of Guerrero, because of frequent violence occurring in places like Iguala.


I’m back at the summerhouse and trying out a new note taking system. I don’t really have any specific way that I take notes, so I figured that the summer holiday is the time to try out the different methods and see what works. If anyone has some good suggestions, feel free to message me! It will be greatly appreciated!

Dealing with school and stress

We’ve all had times where school has gotten really overwhelming. These are just a few things that I do to help deal with my stress and to calm myself down.

1. Listen to calming music. This always helps me concentrate, and calms me when I’m studying for an exam or doing homework. here are some of my favorites:

  • Atlas Hands - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  • Landfill - Daughter 
  • Skinny love - Bon iver 
  • To Build a Home - The Cinematic Orchestra 
  • Bloom - The paper kites

2. Take breaks. Step back from what your doing and go take a long shower or read a few chapters of a book. It always helps to take a break from whatever is stressing you out and give yourself some to take a breath and calm down.

3. Get organized. Being unorganized just stresses me out beyond belief. Make a to do list and plan out what you need to do that day, organize your school work into folders or in binders so that you know where everything is. Set up a system and follow it.

4. Drink some tea. Tea also helps to calm me down. There are so many types of tea I love to drink but green tea especially does the trick, its super healthy and delicious!

5. Look after your self. Getting a good amount of sleep and a good diet helps a lot is really important. Make yourself a huge breakfast, eat some fruit, work out or go to bed and hour or two earlier. 


In this Post you will find some helpful Study Videos on Youtube. Have fun!

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Baby Food Jars
These hanging jars are perfect in your office, kitchen, or bedroom. Use them to organize seasonings, office supplies, craft supplies, or even jewelery. You can use labels to keep them extra organized!

Superglue flat magnets to the lids of empty baby food jars (or similar jars). Next, attach a metal plate or other magnets to the bottom of a shelf. You can then hang the jars from the shelf to keep your supplies organized.

Since I’ve gotten so many new followers lately, I’ve decided to make a quick masterpost as a small gift :)

I don’t know about you, but I love cute and unique desk accessories, notebooks, pens, etc. to make things more fun! Therefore, I’ve compiled my favorite websites to get stationery and accessories.

Amazon (obvious one): This has such an abundant selection! Plus it usually has really good prices compared to specialty websites. However, I know for me, the huge selection can be extremely overwhelming.

Walmart: Walmart is nice simply because it has really nice prices (always double check amazon, as they may have better deals). It has all the sturdy, but basic brands: post-it, sharpie, five-star, mead, etc. Therefore, if you’re looking for the best deals (usually) then Walmart is definitely the place to go. The downsides are that you may not get the best quality (depending on the brand you get), it definitely isn’t unique, and you won’t find a whole lot of items that are “cute”.

Target: The next step up from Walmart; Target has more cute stationery items and accessories, and is still reasonably priced. Not to mention, they have a huge selection. I love Target! <3

Etsy: What can I say? Most of it is homemade, so it’s unique and you’re supporting small businesses (double win!). Be careful as some things may be overpriced. Unless you really love it, and have the money to spend… you get the picture.

Muji: Muji is a very well-known, popular brand amongst the studyblr community. The selection isn’t the biggest, but if you like the minimalist style, this is the place for you.

kikki.K: Another popular, good quality brand that studyblrs love. They have a decent selection (not so much variety, though), but the price can be a problem for some people. If it is, check out amazon to see if they have better deals.

ban.do: They have really cute stuff! BUT it is a very small selection as far as office supples/accessories go (they’re more known for their agendas), and they can be sort of pricey.

MochiThings: I am super biased when it comes to MochiThings! >_< I am absolutely in LOVE with this website. Most things I plan to get for my return to school in the fall are going to come from this website! So much to choose from as well as a lot of fun, unique pieces. Be careful with prices*!!

Paperchase: Another website I am absolutely in love with! They have tons to choose from that are unique, fun, and cute.

Papersource: They have cute supplies, mostly from other places like Kate Spade and ban.do. Not a very huge selection, but nonetheless some really adorable stuff.

Cotton On: Another place that I’m biased towards. They have an amazing selection as far as variety and quantity goes. Once again, price* may be an issue for some.

JetPens: I’ve been meaning to add this for so long since @collectingoxygen first mentioned this website >_< & @studypru reminded me by adding it to her reblog. This is an amazing website because like studypru said, they have a huge selection of things (mostly geared towards writing & writing utensils). But they’re so amazing because they not only have a wide range of utensils, they have a wide range of prices starting around $1!!

Urban Outfitters: I have always loved Urban Outfitters because I always find the coolest stuff, but I definitely think they’re a little pricey when it comes to pretty much everything. I regularly try to find the items elsewhere for lower prices.

ModCloth: A lot like Urban Outfitters. Really awesome, unique items, but a little pricey (in my opinion).

Uncommon Goods: Truly cool and unique desk accessories and supplies, but very pricey*!

This is an extra article where I found a few cool desk accessories. A lot of these are for professionals (like the article says), but the sushi erasers are too cute to pass up! ^_^

Also, I follow @cutestationery because they post a lot of dope stationery and accessories (mostly from Etsy).

*Note* I usually check out the websites with smaller selections first, then google the product (in case it’s available elsewhere) to find the cheapest prices.

I’ll update this as I find other websites, but for now these are my go-to’s.

Things to remember this semester:
  1. Don’t bottle your stress up, either vent it all to a close friend or let the tears flow in the shower/bed. Just let go.
  2. Stay organized, either get an app, planner, journal, calendar, use your arm, post it notes, ANYTHING to make sure you remember things.
  3. Always prioritize your needs, that doesn’t mean be a dick about it, but TREAT YO SELF.
  4. Ask for help when you need it: smart friends, tutors, professors, teaching assistants, etc. they’re all there for you.
  5. Take responsibility for your actions, you mess up? Fess up. You do a great job on something? Take credit.
  6. A little procrastination is okay, being mentally exhausted and doing things won’t turn up good work, so take some time but eventually, JUST DO IT!
  7. Quiet, alone time is very important. Whether before bed or in the morning or during the day, have some quiet moments to yourself.
  8. Weed out things you don’t need. Notes from 3 years ago? Throw them. Friends who don’t support you? Throw them. 
  9. Follow blogs that motivate/inspire you. If they make you smile or get an idea going, they’re the blogs to follow! 
  10. Eat fresh fruit and veggies once in a while, they’re good for your body which is under a lot of pressure. 
  11. Hydrate yourself with water! Lot’s and lot’s of water, or at least do tea. 
  13. Doing bad on one exam/paper/quiz/test is okay! Not the end of the world and if you work hard and seek help and extra credit, you will prevail!
  14. Wear confident clothes on test days, whether that’s in high fashion or your favorite hoodie is up to you; feeling good puts you in a better state of mind. 
  15. Don’t let nobody tell you how to live your life, try new things, form your own opinions, and become a better you!