post secondary

In the Coffee-shop

Freya waited in the coffee-shop for JJ. She hadn’t seen him in years. Sure she would see his status’s online, but it wasn’t the same. JJ was one of Freya’s friends in high school but by the time post secondary came, things just moved a part. Freya was still fond of JJ. Finally, after a couple of years Freya was actually going to be able to see him again. She had just come back from a trip and she called him up and made plans and then here she was, at this coffee shop. She had already ordered herself a hot chocolate and a piece of red velvet cake and as she was waiting for him, she was looking at some of her photos on her IPad, beginning to look through the best she had taken and deciding if she should put them on her portfolio or not as she listened to the soft jazz music in the coffee shop. 

spectralsleuth asked:

Hi, I was wonderig if there was any way you could help me find out the ages of all the dragon age characters? Or if not ALL of them, at least Hawke and his companions in Dragon age 2? I can't seem to find info on it anywhere!

Ah, this is a bit of a tough one because a fair few characters don’t have solid, canon dates of birth. I’ll share the ones I have definite sources on though. Links to sources are are on the ages or dates of birth, I’ll be providing the ages the characters are at the beginning of the events in the game or media they’re listed under. Some ages are approximate or lower estimates based off in-game dialogue and/or dev comments. I won’t be using the DA:O toolset ages as they were written before the characters were further developed and Alistair certainly isn’t 32 in that game.

If exact ages are unknown, and appropriate information is available, I’ll add things that might help you at least guess the ages (not everyone has information that lends itself to this, however). I’d like to give a big thanks to Valerie1972 for her WoT2 liveblog posts, they helped out a lot!

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS [Dragon 9:30]:

  • Alistair - 20 [Born 9:10 Dragon]
  • Cailan -  25 [Born 9:5 Dragon]
  • Leliana - Unknown
  • Loghain - Unknown [Likely born sometime in the mid-to-late Blessed Age given that he started travelling to Denerim with Anora in 9:10 Dragon and that Maeve died in 9:28]
  • Morrigan - at least 25 [Born between 9:02 - 9:05 Dragon]
  • Oghren - Unknown, I’d guess around early 40s [Branka became a Paragon in 9:10 Dragon, roughly a year after they married]
  • Shale - Unknown [Volunteered to become a Golem in -255 Ancient]
  • Sten - Unknown, I’d guess around early 40s [Assigned to guard the port of Seheron for three years in 9:03 Dragon, a job usually given when a child is around 12 years of age] 
  • Wynne - 48 [Born in 8:82 Blessed]
  • Zevran - 25 [Born 9:04/early 9:05 Dragon, purchased by the Crows in 9:12 Dragon at 7 years of age]


  • Nathaniel - 30 [Born 9:0 Dragon]
  • Sigrun - Unknown 
  • Velanna - Unknown [Was 9 years old when she discovered her magic]
  • Anders - [See Dragon Age II] 
  • Oghren - [See Dragon Age: Origins] 

DRAGON AGE II [All ages apply to Act 1 | Dragon 9:31]: 


  • Blackwall - Unknown, I’d guess around early-to-mid 40′s [Weekes mentions him having kids these days talks with Solas whilst confirming he [Solas] falls into that age bracket]
  • Cassandra - at least 37 [Parents killed in Nevarran purge in 9:10 Dragon, Took her Vigil at 15, Anthony killed in 9:16]
  • Cole - Physical appearance of around 20 [DA:I Codex entry]
  • Cullen - 29/30 [Born 9:10/9:11 Dragon]
  • Dorian - 30 [Born 9:11 Dragon]
  • Iron Bull - mid-to-late 30s [source]
  • Josephine - Around  27 - 29 [source]
  • Leliana - Unknown, I’d guess around early-to-mid 40′s
  • Sera - Unknown, I’d guess around early 20′s [Given her mentions of Denerim during the events of DA:O]
  • Solas - Early-to-mid 40s [source]
  • Varric - [See Dragon Age II]
  • Vivienne - At least 44 [Source]
10 Tips For Summer Classes!

A lot of students in higher education end up taking summer classes but may not be aware of any tips to help them! Here are some I’ve discovered… 

1. Get As Much Information As You Can Ahead of Time: sometimes you can go into summer classes without really knowing what the class entails. Talk to some students who took the course (especially in the summer) before to see what they say it was like, what it entailed, and what you need to watch for! 

2. Know How Your Class Will Be Taught: Know if it’s online, synchronous, or in lecture classes - all require different time management and different study tactics. In Class: these are the ones you’re most aware of, the general rule of 2-3 hours outside of class should work per day for a summer class. Online: These are harder to gauge time allocations on, but look through your lesson plan and try to guess Synchronous : These ones aren’t as commonly used anymore, but get used to the format, and sometimes these can just take time. 

3. Make a Study Schedule: Plan times for doing each assignment, due dates, and work it into a daily life schedule (ex. mine below) - made with Micro.Word.2007:

4. Find an Organization Method That Works For You: Whatever your note style (electronic, taped, hand written, etc) you use - keep it consistent and choose one that works best for yourself. Consistency keeps your mind focused, aware, and clear - if you change it up too much day-to-day, your mind will be confused and you won’t absorb as much. 

5. treat it Like A Normal School Term: Despite your class is the same work-load in a smaller time-frame you need to look at it and motivate yourself the same. Don’t constantly remind yourself you have less time, fewer people around to keep you motivated, or there’s funner things you could be doing – you can do this. reminding yourself of the above things can be anxiety hell and that’s not healthy for you, and will keep you from succeeding. 

6. Don’t Expect them to Be Graded Easier: Some professors/teachers do grade easier because you have less time to learn, assignments, and realistically cannot learn the same amount in such a short time. NOT ALL TEACHERS DO THIS. Many professors still expect the same level and knowledge of work. 

7. (Similar) Change Your Definition of “Success:” Sometimes we think we should be able to do the same and get the same grades in a summer course - this is not the case. Some uni’s don’t calculate these into your overall GPA because you obviously won’t do as good – check with your school. 

CHANGE your definition of “success” to match the definition of “achievable.” Honestly, you can’t do as well GPA as if you had as much time to do the work, or ask for help. If you are used to getting and maintaining an 80% average, maybe drop your expectations to %65-70 to accommodate the extra difficulty. Know what is realistic for your course and yourself. This is SUPER important: Be kind to yourself regardless of the outcome.  

8. Be Aware of Other Commitments: Remember you have other commitments (family, work, friends, self) and you need to honour those as well. Work your class around other commitments, remind yourself of things you need to do as well as your assignment dates. 

9. Take Care of Your Own Physical Needs: You can’t study well when your body isn’t taken care of. This means the full 8 hours (or your average) of sleep, staying hydrated, eating healthy, and getting some exercise. Some ways you can do this include:

  • Set an alarm to when you need to wake up and go to sleep, take medications. 
  • Carry a water bottle or stay near a water fountain when you can.

  • Take your bike or walk places when realistic. 

  • Take breaks from studying to prepare a meal and eat it in a relaxed manner. 

10. Be Aware of Your Own Personal/Emotional Needs: Although grades are important, you must be your first priority! Take some time in your summer to relax, away from school, and be with your friends, family ,self. Do things that make you relaxed and happy so you can be more productive upon returning to school. 


In case you’re curious about the other things I deal with/have been being tested or treated for some is listed on my blog page, but I’ll write some out here: fibromyalgia, endometriosis, cholingeric urticaria, possible lupus, TMJ syndrome, asthma, dissociation, hallucinations, ocd traits, phobias. Helping me out through this is huge for me, because it means I’m more able to afford having to call in sick, go out of town for medical, cover the cost of living (food, rent, etc.), and that I’d have an easier time with leaving my job for next term while I take 5/6 courses. Until then, I NEED to maintain a GPA over 3.5 (it’s currently 3.7) so that I can have a better chance at receiving scholarship money as well.

You’d all be doing me such a huge favor, and when I get my degree I’m going to try and offer online counseling services by donation so everyone can have access to professional counseling in a more confidential manner and since it would be offered over the internet those who are unable or unwilling to leave their home for counseling wouldn’t have to!

Please remember regardless that I’m always here to read your messages and give advice on anything whenever you need, you can reach me both at my main blog illusoryacid but also on the advice blog our-angel-olivia ! :)

Stay frosty,


(ps. even just reblogging this would be a big help!)


My acceptance letter just came in! Since it was an art school they really did it in the most creative way possible! They put different cards in different envelopes so you had to open all the envelops to get the message! Inside there was confetti, the actual letter itself, and a poster!
I am shaking this was such a cute idea and I am just so excited!


The ECAR study of undergraduate students and information technology sheds lights on how information technology affects the college experience. ECAR has conducted this annual study since 2004, and though students’ ownership and utilization of technology changes from year to year, students consistently rely upon their instructors and institutions to meet their technology expectations and needs. The 2011 study differs from past studies in that the questionnaire was reengineered and responses were gathered from a nationally representative sample of 3,000 students in 1,179 colleges and universities.

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