pre reqs

{Special}College!AU Wonho
  • major: anthropology
  • minor: archaeology 
  • sports: not on any teams even though every team keeps trying to recruit him. he just like works out every day @ the gym
  • clubs: he’s in three language clubs: spanish, hebrew, and japanese
  • wonho literally doesn’t spend any semester on campus, for the most part he studies abroad 
  • and like most people are like “oh, you’re going to spain or china right?” and wonho’s like “been there. im actually going to cyprus it’s this really small island-” and basically he’s never interested in visiting the big countries everyone’s always like so excited about. he always wants to go somewhere small, but with rich history. keeps begging the school to fund a trip to kuwait. 
  • has like ten piercings in each ear and tattoos done in every different country that he’s visited. when he was in japan he got a tebori tattoo (basically tattooing by hand without a machine) and by the end of it he was smiling and laughing and the tattoo artist was just like “this boy…….has the highest pain tolerance ive seen in anyone…….”
  • wonho really loves to live in the culture he’s studying rather than just read about it and what i mean by “live” can fall into the category of partying in that country with the college kids there and like wonho is no stranger to parties. when he is on campus (for like three weeks in the beginning of the semester) he’s literally invited to one every night
  • that might have to do with the fact that he’s considered one of the hottest guys on campus, and also one of the sweetest??? like first impression everyones like hmm jock but then wonho has like a flower tucked behind his ear that kihyun gave him and everyone’s like ok wait not not jock…..soft…..boy ……….which ON E
  • either way everyone loves him, at home or abroad LOL
  • and aside from partying he’s crazy about trying new foods, testing out his language skills on the locals, and of course visiting whatever sites there are to see and taking photos (his instagram? like 50 k followers and he’s literally just a kid in college L I KE )
  • his roommate hyungwon is always like ,,,,, dude you have so many damn souvenirs - like what even is that? and wonho’s like “oh that? that’s a wayang i got from jakarta, put down it’s fragile.” 
  • but it’s cute he brings hyungwon back books from all his travels since hyungwon’s a linguistics major and hyungwon lets wonho cover his side of the wall with maps of all the places he’s been
  • so like you actually don’t really know wonho. he’s in one of your philosophy classes which you have to take as a pre-req for another class and he isn’t there half the time and you’re too busy trying to keep up with the professor that you kinda just like you’re like not interested in the people around you
  • but when the professor announces that she’ll be offering a study abroad to West Bengal firstly you’re like LOL who has the money for that 
  • but one student seems extra excited and you GUESSED IT it’s wonho
  • and when you’re leaving the room, frantically trying to organize your folder for your next long lecture you feel someone tap your shoulder and you’re like ???/
  • and you look up and see this smiling boy and he’s like “are you gonna go on the study abroad??”
  • and you’re like what? the what? and he points over his shoulder to your classroom and he’s like “the study abroad, to West Bengal?” and you’re like sarcastically like hAHAHA yeah no i don’t have the money + i have three other super important classes. i can’t waste my time on that
  • and you don’t notice that the person who asks you is wonho the same way you haven’t noticed that for the past half a semester he’s been looking over at your side of the room
  • and he thinks you make the cutest facial expressions when you don’t get what the teacher means + he thinks that it’s cute when you pull the sleeves of your sweater over your hands because the AC in the room is on + he thinks you look cute coming in with coffee and bedhead because this CLASS is At 8:30 AM 
  • and tbh wonho has never really dated anyone for longer than a month because everyone he dates always restrains him from being curious and traveling but you,,,,, you seem so independent and even though your backpack is always overflowing with papers and you sometimes scribble into the margins of your notebook like 
  • it’s obvious to wonho that you have your priorities set straight, like you’re the only one even taking notes and you always rush out to get to your next class on time and wonho, like he really likes that about you
  • you, ofc, have no clue because you’re in a constant state of ‘oh my god i have a test in that class. oh my god i have work study at 4pm. oh my god i need to buy shampoo for the dorm after school’ and so dating? boys? NAH
  • but wonho ….. wonho becomes interested before he even knows it
  • and so when you go back to that class next week you sit down, take your notes out, take a sip of your coffee but then like 
  • you turn to the side and instead of the seat being empty like it usually is…..there is wonho
  • and he smiles at you and you’re like ?????? and he’s like “i can sit here, right?” and you’re like um….sure? and he’s like “thank you” and you just kinda look him over 
  • you see the ten piercings in his ear, the tattoos that go up his arm, the fact that he doesn’t even have a backpack and you’re like ? who is he
  • but like the teacher comes in and you try to find the page in your notebook with last weeks notes and you’re like here we go and as you’re re-reading you feel the boy scoot closer and you’re like “um?? do you have a question?”
  • and wonho looks up and he’s like “is it cool if i can see your notes, i just wanna make sure im keeping up?” and you kind of shift a bit awkwardly because again you don’t really know much past his name
  • but you don’t wanna be mean so you’re like ok, sure and so you move your book so he can see
  • and like he chuckles a bit and points to one of your doodles in the upper corner and he’s like ‘is that supposed to be the professor?’ and you’re like eEP what no,,,, and you snatch your book back and wonho is laughign into his palm like ‘that’s so cute!!!!’ and you’re like wihlgfdjfdw get your own notes bye
  • and you turn in your chair and wonho’s like still laughign to himself but he’s also like,,,,,,,,,in his head about you; ‘they’re,,,,,cute’
  • and tbh you think that’s the last time like it won’t happen again BUT GUESS WHO MOVES THEIR SEAT PERMANENTLY NEXT TO YOURS
  • and guess who keeps asking you if you’ve got anymore doodles to show him
  • and guess who compliments you on your keychains on your bag
  • and guess who says he’ll see you next week after class and waves
  • and guess who basically all of a sudden is getting really close and comfy with you
  • it’s WONHO 
  • and h o n e s  t ly like you don’t know how to reciprocate this attention because yes: you admit it, he’s cute and alluring and there is something about him that makes you want to ask questions and know more
  • but there’s also the fact that you’re busy and always stuck between school, work study, and whatever else is happening
  • and wonho is on this whole other wavelength of laid-back and you’re just like doing your best to get the top grades, work the most hours, and still get some damn sleep
  • like you and him are polar opposites and sometimes it just annoys you that he takes everything so easily
  • and when he comes into class one day, and starts telling you about this party he was at the other day you kinda just snap and get up and move to the other side of the room
  • because it’s like he’s distracting you and you don’t wanna listen to his crazy college life because you’re barely making it by
  • and wonho seems so shocked and you feel a little bad but in your head you’re like :this is for the best, he probably will forget about you completely 
  • but then you find yourself not seeing wonho in class for like three weeks and the teacher keeps bringing up that study abroad and you kinda know wonho was so into it, but you’re also like ??? it’s coming up but he’s not in class at all
  • and so finally you can’t believe it but curiosity gets the best of you and you find hyungwon in the library as per usual and you’re like,,,hey do you know this kid named wonho
  • and hyungwon snorts like “do i know him? i live with him.” and you’re like oH well….like is he sick??? and hyungwon raises an eyebrow like no? and you’re like ‘ah it’s just he….hasn’t shown up to class in a while so i was just you know, jsut,  you know…..”
  • hyungwon: worried?
  • you: NO it’s not like that
  • hyungwon: uhuh
  • you:…….anyway i gtg
  • and hyungwon before you leave is like ‘wonho works the night shift at the 7/11 outside of the campus. you can ask him why he’s been skipping there.’
  • and you’re like forget it,,,, like to yourself you’re like i dont need to be involved
  • BUT OFC MIDNIGHT COMES AROUND and you’re still up trying to cram in some studying when you’re like,,,,im hungry,,,,but your dormmate ate all the snacks and you’re like,,,,,,i could go to 7/11
  • and you try to convince yourself that no. you’re not going because you want to know about wonho. hey, you don’t even know if his shift is today right- right
  • but lbr the second you go in you look over at the cashier and WOW GuEss WHO
  • and you’re like ok ok don’t make eye contact just get your food and go, but once you bring everything up you hear the familiar laugh and wonho says your name and you’re like FRICK he knows and so you look up and he’s like
  • “what’s up?” and you’re like stuffing your hands into your hoodie looking away like “not much….” and you hand over how much you owe, but wonho swats your hand away and he’s like just take it and you’re like no take my money and he’s like seriously it’s fine
  • and you don’t know maybe it’s his niceness that gets you but you can’t hold back you’re like “why aren’t you coming to class.,…..” and wonho for the first time you see his smile falter
  • but he just sighs and he’s like “i work this job till 4 am, i just always end up oversleeping so….”
  • and you’re like “why’d you take an 8 am class than?” and he’s like “i got this job WHILE i was taking the class. i thought i’d be fine but,,,,”
  • and you’re like wait, what, how long have you been working here? and he’s like 3 weeks and your eyes widen and you’re like wHAT you just started here??? and wonho’s like “im saving up.” and you’re like “for the West Bengal trip?” and wonho grins like yep, but not for myself
  • and you’re looking at him puzzled and wonho’s like “are you that oblivious?” and you’re like what in the world
  • but then he’s leaning over the counter to gently kiss your lips and you damn near drop the can of coffee you’re holding and wonho pulls back and he’s like
  • “i already had enough to get a ticket for myself, i wanted to get one for you.”
  • and you’re like WOHA wAIT wHA T 
  • and wonho just grins that same grin and you’re like,,, you got a job??? for me??? someone you barely knew???
  • and wonho shrugs and he’s like “i kinda live on a motto that’s like do whatever you wanna do in the moment, and in that moment when you told me you didn’t have the money, i wanted to help you, i wanted to be there for you. even if we were strangers - i felt like this was something you deserved and ……here i am.”
  • and it takes you a second but you look at him and you can see he’s not lying and he’s being genuine 
  • and all of a sudden the guy you thought was kinda air-headed and too laid back for his own good becomes the kindest person you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and you can’t believe it but you just have to ask again
  • “wonho, do you like me?”
  • “i want to do everything for you. so i guess, yeah, i guess i do really like you.”
  • and that night you forget about your textbook still waiting for you at home, you spend the rest of his shift sitting behind the register with him, talking to each other on such a deep personal level
  • and when the sun starts coming up and wonho needs to close up the store, he offers to walk you back to your dorm first
  • and you two kiss again, you kiss twice, three times, four times
  • and both you and wonho are so struck by the feeling that the minute you get inside you already have a text on your phone from him that reads ‘i miss kissing you’
  • and like he doesn’t make it to class again, but you make sure to take extra careful notes and before you know it you’re compiling the ones you have to give to him 
  • and when you see him again at the 7/11 he perks up and you tell him that he doesn’t have to keep working here, it’s fine if you don’t go on the study abroad - but wonho insists and so you hand him the notes and he just
  • he tells you you didn’t have to but you’re like seriously it’s nothing compared to what you’re doing for me
  • and ofc you two kiss some more until a bunch of college kids come in to buy beer
  • but before you leave, wonho asks gently if you two can date
  • and you’re like “i thought that was pretty clear?” and wonho smiles and he’s like “i just wanted to hear you say you were mine.”
  • long story short wonho finishes working at the 7/11 and pays for your ticket to West Bengal and it’s a trip you never forget
  • mostly because holy hell India is a beautiful country and the history and culture is so rich but also
  • wonho is there, by your side
  • and he makes everything so much more enjoyable because he’s so adventurous and sweet and goes from wanting to share his food with you to carrying you in his arms when you’re tired from all the sightseeing to tucking your hair behind your ear while the professor is lecturing you guys in at a local landmark and like best boyfriend ever???
  • wonho so easily makes friends with a bunch of people your age there and you’re kinda shy so you hide behind his back but wonho always knows if you’re uncomfortable or not so he doesn’t push it too much
  • but he does bring you out of your shell and he does calm you down when you start frantically talking about all the classes you missed while you guys were on the abroad 
  • he’s just,,,,he’s like chamomile tea, calming but also so good you want more….LOL
  • when you guys get back to school, everyone knows you’re dating because wonho’s traveling instagram has basically become a couplestagram with photos of you two holding hands and you looking at menus or art pieces and all that jazz
  • shownu on one of your photos: congrats! cute couple 
  • kihyun on literally Every Photo: WONHO GET IT YOU TWO LOOK SO DIDDLY DARN CUTE WHEN WILL I FIND A ROMANCE LIKE THIS YOU TWO ARE THE !MODERN! LOVE! #COUPLE_GOALS
  • jooheon right under kihyuns comment: shut up 
  • but it’s like adorable because all his friends are so supportive because they were all like Will Wonho Ever Find the One since he spends so much time out of the country and things like that
  • but you, you love the fact that wonho loves to travel and is always somewhere new instead of trying to tie him down you’re just like “wonho - you want to do it? do it!”
  • the only time you ever like lecture him is when he starts slipping on his school work you’re just like heY HEY you have a test concentrate and wonho’s like usually i just wing it baby and you’re like no more winging on my watch - we are going to study and make flash cards
  • and wonho’s like giggling because you’re so smart he loves you so much and you’re like akhfew he’s so cute but also you’re like ‘translate this phrase from japanese for me - go’ 
  • and like whenever wonho does leave you guys skype and like facetime like seriously sometimes he forgets timezones exist so you’ll get a call at like 3 am and it’s wonho standing in front of a waterfall or an ancient ruin and he’s like 
  • throwing up the peace sign like “look!!!! so pretty!!! you’re prettier though, i miss you- can you kiss the camera for me?”
  • and you’re tired and you’re like sleep but you kiss the camera because it’s wonho and he’s cute and you love him and ofc
  • brings you back souvenirs that are always like interesting and hyungwon’s like get them like a necklace or something but you’re like no no no im ok with this mummified bug. it’s cool
  • wonho does this thing where he holds you around the waist while you two are like in line or something and he rocks you back and forth 
  • he loves talking against your ear while you’re trying to study because you get all blushy and pouty with him and he thinks it’s ADORABLE
  • he sleep talks in different languages and it’s so funny you always snapchat it to everyone else in monsta x
  • the first time you stayed the night like it was after wonho got home from a trip with his archeology class and like it wasn’t that long, nothing like an abroad study, it was more like a three day workshop but it was during a time when you had so much on your plate
  • and when he got back you came over and hyungwon opened the door and was like “whats up-” but you were like ‘hyungwon, here’s 10 bucks go to the library or something and come back in like 3 hours’ and hyungwon was like wh- and then he wasl ike OH OK IM OUT
  • and basically wonho was like “hey, ive miss-” but you just started making out with him and you were like ‘ive been so stressed this whole time and you weren’t here so please, make up for it.
  • IF YOU know what i mean (-:
  • and wonho,,,,,oh wonho,,,,,,,,languages isn’t the only thing he’s good at.,,,,,like with his mouth OK ANWYAY ….
  • you’re like sitting in his bed with him, wearing his shirt and typing some stuff on his laptop for another class and he’s like how are you not tired??? and you’re like i have lost the ability to be tired, this is college
  • wonho actually has started writing his thesis and he’s actually so shy about showing it to anyone, but he opens up to you and when you read the first draft you’re like
  • ,,,,,wonho holy shit you’re so eloquent and ??? well written
  • and he’s blushing like oh stop don’t compliment me,,,,
  • hyungwon from somewhere: aCtually, his grammar isn’t that-
  • you: let’s fight pepe boy
  • you like know that wonho has a good body and whatnot but you see how shy he gets about it when people like ask him and so you always step in and get him out of awkward situations and he’s like il ove you so much and you’re like me too!!! also if someone asks you to flash your abs one more time i will personally dunk their head into the campus water fountain
  • wonho teaching you cool little phrases he learns when he’s abroad
  • wonho biting your neck playfully and changkhyun being like ew. im out
  • ok but also wonho has all these piercings and tats and you’re like sitting there in a big sweater and it’s cute everyone’s like…This Dynamic is Pure

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i usually dislike those “uwu humans are special, look how weird we’d be to aliens” posts because you know what? buddy idk how to tell you this but if anything were out there that could build a vehicle capable of taking them all the way out here, they’ve probably got plenty of courage and curiosity of their own and i doubt they’d be surprised by a microwave or ice cream

you know what would be kind of interesting? what i’d be curious if, compared to some other sentient thing would turn out to be uniquely human among sentient races?

how damn social we are

now, sure, if you’re an evolutionary psychologist or biologist you might be thinking, hold up yo! there’s overwhelming evidence that our highly social natures drove our evolution. and i’d say, yeah. that’s exactly right. a fascinating combination of competition and cooperation resulting from our social structure led us to becoming as intelligent as we are. and we are, after all, the smartest things on the planet–in light of recent political events, it might seem questionable, but I assure you it’s true.

but my question is: what if that isn’t a pre-req for intelligence? what if there are other paths to sentience? if you think i’m purely speculating, let me tell you something: there are things that live in the depths of the ocean, and they are deadly hunters, largely asocial, and terrifyingly intelligent, yet very alien to us.

yeah, i’m talking about the octopus. octopus are mollusks. they have few hard parts in their bodies (to the point they can squeeze themselves through nearly anything they can fit their beak through), they have, in effect, tiny “brains” that control each tentacle–their arms truly are semi-autonomous in a way that our arms are not, because we do not have such complicated reflexes; our limbs are limited to largely “avoid-pain” while their limbs aid in hunting and feeding. Many species can control the texture and color of their skin and are speculated to use this as a form of communication. they live in the depths of the ocean, in darkness and water. in short, it’s hard to imagine a creature more alien to us.

and yet they are incredibly intelligent. anecdotally, while i work in human cognition, i have colleagues who study animal cognition. one worked in an octopus lab. i was asking about what it was like, and she told me that honestly, it was a huge pain–anyone who has worked in an animal lab knows that this is not unique, but her reasons were. “they could be kind of unnerving,” she told me. “sometimes during feeding it just felt like they were watching me. i mean they were, but it felt very intentional,” and then she laughed. “but they were very smart, even outside of the research. we had difficulty keeping them contained or getting them to do things they don’t want to. they were scary good at escaping, and they seemed to have memorized our schedules to time their escapes that way.”

while at a conference in chicago two years ago, my colleagues and i decided to visit the aquarium. i was able to speak briefly to a trainer about the octopus there: when i saw the exhibit, i was surprised at first to see this enormous grayish thing in the water, tentacles flowing like smoke, carefully manipulating colorful shapes in its tank. it had several of them, along with what appeared to be foam blocks, and something that might have been a puzzle. they looked like baby toys, or the kind of enrichment i’d expect with apes, but i’d been surprised to see that they gave them to an octopus.

it seems that the best theory as to why octopuses evolved such intelligence has to do with the difficulty of their native environments. they are hunters, but they must be effective at catching a variety of different prey types in order to survive, and so they must be able to come up with a variety of different strategies–and have nearly as many strategies to evade any predators of their own. these are very different reasons from our ancestors’ social pressures. yet they are intelligent, and effective (check out the mimic octopus sometime, a particularly clever animal with some particularly clever strategies) hunters, and anecdotally, i hear they seem to be curious about the world around them sometimes.

imagine then if alien life resembled them more than us. what would they be like? intelligent enough to get here, and able to at least tolerate each other’s presence and cooperate for a common goal. but they’d probably see us, and our intensely social nature, and maybe find that a little strange. because sure, talking to other people can be interesting, but then we go home…and like to live around other people? to keep in contact with our families as often as humans do, and not just that, but work for the good of the family unit? to not just tolerate, but enjoy each others’ presence? and the degree to which we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for others–now that would just be beyond their understanding, that would be a weird alien mindset (there’s evidence, by the way, that even on earth, in reality, our degree of altruism may be unique to us. while altruism commonly varies as a degree of relatedness in social animals–in essence, the more related, the more of your own genes are in that other being, and so you’re more likely to help them, which is ultimately helping your genes survive–even our closest simian relatives don’t seem to take altruism as far as we do).

so if you were looking for something uniquely human, regardless of hypothetical aliens, something really beautiful about us, the fact is that humans love each other a whole lot. we have such strong affiliative bonds that we seek each others’ company all the damn time and unlike crows and dogs and bonobos and every other social animal on the planet, we alone really know what we’re doing. we make sacrifices that we understand for one another because that is the depth of our love for humans. we find meaning in each others’ existence.

and just think: people use the term “humanity” as a synonym for compassion for other people. is that interesting or what?

skillwiththequill  asked:

THIS IS LONG college bio (or other sci) lab? Alex&Maggie are partnered on 1st day of class and sparks. Alex is "why are they making me take this weakass pre-req" and maggie is "chill danvers you aren't special. tho you are e-special-ly hot" On the last day of the add/drop deadline (my uni has this at 1 or 2 wks in?) Lucy adds bio and gets partnered w/ them bc Thats How Fic Works. A&M catch her up outside of class over pizza & beer and Don't get your greasy fingers on my txtbk i gotta resell that

Of course she gets partnered with the one girl in the class that managed to make her look twice. Maggie huffs, quietly gathering her stuff and trudging to the station their teacher had assigned them. She reaches it before her partner does, and Maggie does her best not to look like a nervous gay mess.

“Hey, I’m Alex. Alex Danvers.” 

Maggie chokes on her own name.

“I am uhhh… M-Maggie. Sawyer.” She thrusts her hand out awkwardly and Alex laughs as she shakes it, raising one immaculate eyebrow, before taking her seat opposite. The rest of the class is divided into groups of two and three and their teacher hands out a short quiz to gauge every groups knowledge level and skill. 

Alex takes the sheet and immediately reads it through as Maggie watches on, pretending her mouth isn’t dry and that she isn’t just hopeless gay idiot.

“Do you want to look at it or just let me do everything right?” Alex raises her eyebrow again, and Maggie’s small gay brain kicks into overdrive at the challenge. Because Alex thinks that she’s only in this class because she had been forced to select it.

Alex would be wrong.

Sure, you wouldn’t expect the star of the baseball team, class clown, barely averaging a C minus in a good seventy percent of her classes Maggie Sawyer to have actively selected Advanced Biology. But what Alex didn’t know is that Maggie has a brain for science, and Maggie has her sights set intently on the Science Division, and Maggie is nothing if not dedicated to achieving her goals.

So Maggie snatches to sheet from Alex’s left hand, the pen from her right, and speeds through all eighteen questions as quickly as she can. Slamming the pen down, she flicks the sheet across the table so that Alex can look at it.

And Alex raises her eyebrow yet again, looking up at Maggie in disbelief.

“Didn’t take you for a science nerd, Sawyer.” 

“You’re not that special, Danvers.” 

And then everything slows down, because her idiotic, dumb, gay mess of a brain decides that the next words out of her mouth should be the cheesiest pick-up line it can think of.

“But you are e-special-ly hot.”

Silence. Is it hot in here? Someone turn the thermostat down. Alex is staring at her, and then her mouth is doing something but Maggie is decidedly not looking at her mouth. But, who is she kidding, of course she is. Because Alex Danvers is scrunching her nose, an pouting her lips, and then smiling at her.

“Smooth, Sawyer.”

And like that, somehow Maggie manages to land a date with the hottest, most popular science nerd in National City.

Which all comes crashing down three days later when their teacher saunters over to their desk with another ridiculously gorgeous student.

“Danvers, Sawyer. This is Lucy Lane. She’s picked up bio this week and will be joining your group.” 

Alex shakes her hand, all smiles and then harshly nudges Maggie in the ribs when the smaller woman just stares up at the brown haired, green eyed beauty that is holding her hand out to shake.

“Uhhhhh M-”

“That would be Maggie ‘too gay to function’ Sawyer.” Alex cuts in, rolling her eyes playfully as Lucy shakes Maggie’s hand and drops into the seat beside her.

“Too gay to function, huh?” Lucy asks, smirking as Maggie scoffs indignantly, but still can’t get any words out of her mouth, because now she’s been partnered with the two hottest girls in the class and which Gay Overlord is looking after her?

“Definitely. Though at the start of the week she managed to blurt out the worst pick-up line I’ve ever heard.”

Lucy raises her eyebrows, her gaze flitting to where Maggie is sitting, wanting to just curl in on herself and combust because eyes like that should be illegal. 

Earned herself a date tonight.” Alex finishes, and Maggie thinks she can see some kind of evil glint in her eye as she studies Lucy closely, watching for a reaction. Lucy only nods, casting her gaze down towards her books awkwardly and God, Maggie can’t even believe her lucky stars.

“Want to join us, Lane?” Alex asks, causing the two brunette women to snap their gazes towards her. Lucy then looks over at Maggie, and Maggie does her best to smile like her stomach isn’t filled with a quadrillion butterflies.

Lucy swallows. And then Lucy nods.

“Sure, if you’re happy to reschedule your date.” Lucy smiles awkwardly as Alex and Maggie share a look. A look that communicates exactly what both of them want. Maggie nods and Alex smirks and Lucy just stares between them, entirely speechless.

“Who said anything about rescheduling?”

I have one notebook for dailies/monthlies and another for collections. I like to be able to keep my collections notebook a bit messy and cross things out when I need to. It’s also good for random lists.

Per Semester

  • key
  • index
  • academic calendar 
  • schedule 
  • course info (professor, times, location, credit hours, etc.)
  • course requirements (pre-reqs to degree)
  • club info
  • volunteering log
  • goals
  • memories
  • grade tracker/paper tracker

Monthly

  • spending log
  • habit tracker (cleaning, laundry, workout, no spending, meds, etc.)
  • mood tracker 
  • workout log
  • sleep tracker
  • meal tracker
  • grocery lists
  • time log (how much time you spend studying, cleaning, working out, at clubs/volunteering, etc.)
  • social media tracker
  • calendar for appointments  
  • work schedule/hours
  • gratitude log
  • practice log (music, sports, art, etc.)

Daily

  • to do list
  • water intake (or other habits not in monthly)
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Met with an advisor today (who will also teach two of my classes next year) and it made me even more excited for this program. She immediately asked my my pronouns and went out of her way to email Human Resources to help me change my student email to have my preferred name in it, so everyone in the program knows that is my actual name when communicating with me. She also praised me for my work so far and told me I’m going into the program exactly how she would’ve done it :’)

The Devil and the Dancer: An Elorcan Fic

Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4

CHAPTER 1

(A/N: So this is my new Elorcan fic! Big thanks to Az for the title help. I’m planning on it being multi-chapter, but I won’t write more of this if people aren’t seeming to like it, so feedback is much appreciated! Enjoy! )

Elide remembered every detail of the fall. She was in the final dress rehearsal of La Bayadere at Indiana University, starring in the role of Nikiya—something no other sophomore had ever achieved. Her Pointe shoes were brand new, just broken in enough. Her fouetté turns were seemingly flawless, a huge accomplishment for her. She’d always been afraid of them. That was when she went down. She still didn’t know what it was, how her foot bent in just the wrong way, but her ankle just snapped. She remembered blinking up at the ceiling, seeing the metal railings, lighting fixtures and the catwalk that were all rest up, up, up. She’d wondered where the chairs had gone. The small audience, mostly critics, the director, the choreographer. They were all just gone, replaced by the endless space above her.

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There’s this thing about soulmates - everybody believes it, even if they shouldn’t and there’s absolutely no science to prove it (Arnold looked): your soulmate will find you when you need them the most. It’s a promise a lot of people cling to. A surprising amount of depressed people, suicidal people, dead people, are ones who have already met their soulmates. It’s like they don’t have that hope left anymore.

Arnold Cunningham doesn’t think his interest in that is morbid. It’s just something he likes to think about, sometimes. Something he knows a lot about. Something he really wishes his high school self hadn’t put as much stock in.

High school was rough for Arnold; really rough. The loser kid in all bad teen movies? That was him, except he never got hot and he never got popular. Or smart. Or a girlfriend. Or a trophy for winning a football championship, or prom king, or… whatever else he even wanted, back then. Honestly, most of high school is a blur; Arnold blocked it right out. Because there’s a whole bunch of pain there he dealt with for a long, long time.

College happened, though, and there things started looking up. Arnold met Nabulungi; he moved out of his parents’ place. He graduated with a degree in Sociology, International Studies minor, and could look his parents in the eye even when they said he’d never make it ‘out there.’ Well, ‘out there’ like energetic people, and if there’s one thing Arnold’s got - it’s energy.

Growing up helped him realize that; he started finding his strengths and weaknesses. He found his first friend, his first girlfriend, first heartbreak, and first post-grad roommate were all the same person, and he loved her through all of it. Arnold found himself a job, with room for advancement, and for once in his life Arnold finds himself stable, confident - almost happy.

There is the thought, always lurking, that maybe the worst time of his life isn’t in the past; going to nose dive and find himself scrambling, and that’s when his soulmate will turn up, but Arnold’s decided to stay optimistic.

“Chin up!” Naba always calls, on his way out the door.

Ma ha nei bu!” He calls back.

It’s their thing, from college. Back when Arnold was a fumbling freshmen, and Naba the novel student from Uganda, they’d been assigned a group project in one of their pre-req classes. Something boring, useless, and way too time consuming. Of course, neither of them knew that until about two nights before, facing down a presentation and two exams by Friday.

“We’re, uh… we’re gonna make it?” Arnold offered. “We’re gonna be okay. I think.”

Hasa diga,” Nabulungi muttered. “We need to get to work.”

So they worked. They worked and they worked and they worked, and at three in the morning when they realized they definitely weren’t getting any sleep Arnold went and bought coffees for them both from the campus Starbucks.

That’s the first time Nabulungi actually looked at him, he thinks, and not just through him.

“Ma ha nei bu,” she said, softly. “That is… 'thank you.’”

Naba hadn’t met her soulmate then; neither had Arnold.

“There are no guarantees,” she ventured, one night. “We could always… try?”

Yeah! I mean, yes, we, uh, we sure can; and it’ll be great. Do you want to?”

They weren’t soulmates, and it was obvious from the start. Arnold wanted his to save him from himself; Naba wanted hers so she could finally be happy. Neither of them got what they wanted.

The break up was… bad. Arnold doesn’t know if it was as bad as high school, but it was pretty damn bad. Just in a different way.

But they worked well together. They still do, and that’s why they’re living together, and friends again. Nabulungi Hatimbi is always there for Arnold, and he’s never been more grateful for someone in his life.

It makes him wonder about his soulmate, though. What they’ll be like. Who they are. Since they’re not Nabulungi, who the hell are they going to be? What kind of person even says what Arnold’s got on his skin, anyway? What-

Arnold’s going to drive himself crazy with all the questions. He rolls his eyes, and flicks on the radio.

“-partly cloudy with a chance of rainy skies tomorrow night, but otherwise, a nice, bright, sunny couple of days!”

“Cool cool,” Arnold murmurs to himself, checking his mirrors. “Sunshine for the weekend, heck yeah.”

It’s a Friday night in February. The sun is setting later and later every day on Arnold’s drive back from work. Soon there won’t be any trace of it going down at five; it’ll stay high in the sky until almost nine o'clock. He’s hitting the favorite part of his drive, too, the one he can only enjoy with the sun out, beaming over everything: the bridge. It’s a tall bridge, stretched across a pretty shallow river, but that’s what happens when you live in a drought state. The construction is beautiful, though. Arnold feels suspended, driving across it, like he’s flying and his little Jetta will shoot right out into the sky, instead of across more asphalt. Thin cables stretch high above drivers’ heads; the bridge is elegant, almost beautiful. To Arnold, it’s a work of art.

But there’s something weird today. The light is strange, with the way the sun looks behind a cloud. It’s… red. Eerie. Arnold tries to shrug it off, but now the slender cables don’t seem as effortless as they do just scary. He glances around for something else to look at.

There, off to his right; there’s something… somebody. That’s somebody standing on the edge of the bridge. Is there a sidewalk over there? That’d be kind of nice. Maybe Arnold can take a walk out here, sometime, and-

The person isn’t standing on a sidewalk. They’re standing on the edge, holding onto a cable and leaning out. Arnold drives past them, staring.

Then slams on his breaks.

There’s a chorus of horns around him, punctuated with profanity and the sound of squealing tires as the cars behind him swerve into the left lane, but Arnold doesn’t listen. He throws his car into park; he jumps out the door.

“Hey!” he yells, running back along the side of the highway. “Hey, wait!”

The person doesn’t move.

It’s a guy, he sees, once he’s close enough. Arnold’s glasses are slipping and it’s hard to get a clear view, but like hell is he going to stop now. The man’s hand grips the cable like it’s the only thing holding him back, and… Arnold’s scared.

“Hey,” he repeats. He’s only a few feet away from where the guy stands, now. “Hey, hey, buddy, I think you should- you should get down from there. Y'know? Just- stop, breathe, think, for a second. This… this isn’t what you wanna do.”

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definke  asked:

What's your college major? :)

art + animation! im just taking a bunch of pre-req courses right now though so im not doing anything digitally yet but traditional art has been fun its nice to try my hand at forms of media im not used to

I’m so fucking pissed, I’m literally 3 classes away from getting my BA (two of which are upper division major electives, so I’m taking one of them in the summer and the other one in the fall) and the third is for an upper div bio requirement that 1) only lets 3 classes count toward it to begin with, 2) has 2/3 of those classes rarely ever offered, and 3) has the third class not even count anymore according to some new requirement revision which makes literally no sense. Basically, the one that’s offered nearly every semester is upper division biopsych, and they’re saying that if we took lower division biopsych, the upper division version won’t count for the upper division bio requirement. Even though……………..literally EVERYONE took the lower division version, because IT’S A FUCKING MANDATORY PRE-REQ TO GET INTO THE MAJOR. HOW IS THERE ANY PSYCH MAJOR AT THIS SCHOOL WHO HASN’T ALREADY TAKEN THAT CLASS?! This “oh sorry upper div biopsych no longer counts even though we’re still offering it every semester and not the ones you need uwuwuwuwu” bullshit is just a disguised way of knocking out YET ANOTHER class off the list of allowed classes for the bio requirement, which means there’s technically only two you can ACTUALLY take. Oh, and neither of them are offered frequently. This complete and utter bullshit is what’s making me have to stay here for A FULL EXTRA YEAR just take take ONE CLASS. 

Tl;dr I should’ve had my degree by fall, but I fucking won’t, because these requirements are bullshit and everyone fucking knows it. 

anonymous asked:

Max Acorn was a dumb fuck who screwed up everything. The Prowers, along with more then half the city were right to insist on a democracy.

You’re right, but what they put in place was just as inefficient and awful, so in the end nobody won. Except Naugus, because apparently a pre-req for being on the Council is a lobotomy

I guess it’s good in some ways that my memory of my first three and a half years of college before my meds is extremely flawed because I don’t have to mediate very much on that squandered time.

I’m shifting my career focus from costumes to computer tech and IT in theater and I know I’m honestly so much more suited to that and I think I have a good plan ahead of myself. Bummed I need more school but I’m gonna get that computer science degree real quick thanks to my CUNY core pre-reqs being transferable and then I’m gonna make some stable money and still peruse the theater world for work and social things

How To: Part 1

Okay so I’ve gotten a number of people asking me to clarify the process to “be a doctor”. To answer all the questions at once, I decided to make a post. This is the first part: What do you do to get into medical school?

1. Decide you want to explore medicine as a career. You don’t have to have a firm commitment from the very start, but you should have serious interest before embarking on the physician path. Shadow a doctor if at all possible. I did this step in high school. 


2. Go to a major university (community college is okay but the core classes should be at a major university). Take all the pre-req courses to apply for medical school. This usually includes semesters of biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, a semester of biochemistry, stats, and a social science, and all the associated labs. You might also need a certain number of upper division science classes. Check individual medical schools for specifics. Do well in these classes and visit office hours! You will need a good relationship with your professors later. Your grades in these classes will be calculated as part of your “science GPA” and are extremely important. Aim for a 3.5+ GPA here. 
Edit: on the suggestion of @runner-kat : major in anything you want!

2b. While in undergrad, shadow doctors, volunteer in hospitals and out of hospitals, and challenge yourself as a person with interesting classes and situations. Really examine whether or not medicine is right for you. I didn’t realize how badly I wanted to be a doctor until I went on a tour of a med school as an undergrad. After that I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Gain “life experience” if you can. You’ll be interacting with many different types of people in medicine and the ability to relate to diverse characters is very important. 

2c. Do some research. It doesn’t have to be basic science related (my undergrad research was with a psychology lab). 


3. Take the MCAT sometime during your junior year of undergrad. I took mine right before junior year and while it made my summer suck, I was grateful to have it out of the way. Many more people studied for and took it during the winter break of junior year. Aim for at least 70th percentile.


4. Apply to medical school. This costs a TON of money. In Texas the common application opens in May. Around the country I believe other applications open in June. Typically to apply you need to have 2-3 letters of recommendation from esteemed adults (typically professors) who know you well. This is where your visits to office hours come in handy. Hopefully you can find people who can speak thoroughly and highly of you. You also need your transcript, your list of extra-curriculars, and identifying information.
4b. A big part of the application is the personal statements. That’s where you tell admission committees “why I want to be a doctor”. These are important!
4c. Secondary applications can either be automatic or selective- SDN used to have a list about which medical schools were which. You will probably have to pay another fee for the secondary application.

5. Interview at a medical school! I’ve posted lots of other things about interviewing so feel free to look through those on my “interviews” tag. Basically, show us you are a person we would want to work with.
5a. Hopefully, get accepted into medical school! Texas med schools start extending acceptances in November with the bulk of the acceptances going out in February. Around the country other med schools tell you later in the spring whether you got in or not.

What to Major in During Undergrad- How to Get Into Vet School Part 1

When I was applying to undergraduate colleges several years ago, I was under the impression that there was really only one way to get into vet school, and that was to become an Animal Science major. I loved this major, I learned a lot, and I took some classes that did a good job to prepare me for vet school. However, I’m here to tell you that you do not need to be an Animal Science major to get into vet school. Why do I say that? Well…

When you apply to vet school in the USA, you’ll have to take pre-requisites (General Biology, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Humanities, Physics, etc.). These pre-reqs, while focused on the sciences, can be completed by any major. That’s right. I have several classmates who majored in Spanish, Electrical Engineering, Psychology, Botany, and several other majors that are “nontraditional.” Most (if not all) vet schools DO NOT CARE what major you decide to do, as long as you complete all of that particular school’s pre-reqs. 

So the big question: What DO you major in during undergrad? My advice is to do this: Major in something that excites you, something that you think you can excel at, and something that you would be comfortable with as a back-up career. This is a sad statistic, but out of my 400 animal science classmates, only 30 or so matriculated into vet school. I’m not saying this to scare you, I’m saying this because vet school is hard to get into, and it’s a really good idea to major in something you could really see as a career. For some people it really will be Animal Science. For others, it will be Biology. For some it will be Sociology or Chemistry or whatever. Bottom line: Do not pass-by a major that you think will be a good fit just because you think Animal Science (or similar) will “look better” on your application.



Disclaimer: As much as I love writing up these posts, please keep in mind these are only my opinions. There are many roads that can lead into vet school, and just because I offer an opinion does not make it correct, especially if your situation is different than mine was. Please don’t panic if you aren’t doing exactly what I say on here, everyone has different experiences and that is what makes them and you unique. I’m simply hoping this mini-series will be a guideline to help you begin your journey along the road to vet school.

Attention all vetblrs: I’m really excited to start this mini-series on getting into vet school, and I would love some collaboration! I encourage all vets and vet students to reblog this post and add in their own advice! Those in countries other than the U.S. who have a different system/application are also more than welcome to chime in! 

anonymous asked:

hi rachel, can you give some info about your mcat prep? how much time did you spend on studying, how did you study, when did you take it, what advice do you have and stuff like that? thanks!

So I have a few questions about this piled up in my inbox because the answer to how I studied for the MCAT is… poorly. Lol. Let’s talk about it!

To get some quantitative info out of the way - I took it Jan 2016, and scored in the 98th percentile, if that lends any credence to what I’m about to say. 

I didn’t study for this exam that way that is recommended - three full dedicated months, 300 hours, 10+ practice exams, etc. Most of the time, YOU SHOULD DO THAT. Especially the practice exams, that’s way more important than any set period of time.

Timeline

  • Summer 2015: I did “content review” this summer. What this means is I halfheartedly started looking over the Kaplan Bio and Psych/Soc books and answering this questions. I also started some physics and began Khan Academy passages and discretes.
  • Fall 2015: First semester of junior year. I also “reviewed” physics throughout this semester. But, my primary focus was studying for my biochem coursework like never before. I had been told that biochem was huge on the new MCAT so I treated the class I was taking for my major like B/B content review.
  • Winter Break 2015-2016: this was the bulk of my dedicated study time. However, I was also at a full time internship and working on the weekends - again things you typically should not do. I got scolded by my premed advisors lol. But here’s what I did:
    • 1. got home - immediately did the AAMC scored. Do NOT do this. Save it for last!! I just didn’t know, and used it to gauge baseline knowledge.
    • 2. VERY brief gen chem/orgo content review with the Kaplan books. I tutored chem for a few semesters and felt good about it.
    • 3. Binge watched Khan physics videos to teach myself topics that I was not confident in. Did this while i had downtime in the lab. 
    • 4. I also did nearly every Khan academy practice passage in all subjects, also in lab downtime.
    • 4.1 Used Khan to supplement psych/soc concepts that we didn’t cover in my classes.
    • 5. Took a week to do CARS and only did the Kahn practice. I am naturally good at this type of reading and reasoning so I didn’t spend too much time.
    • 6. Over those 5 weeks, I did 4 other practice exams. 3 Kaplan came with my books and 1 Princeton review because it was free. 
  • Jan 2016, Week 1 of Spring semester: I came back and did the scored AAMC again, not representative because I had recall bias but just to practice the timing and sitting and focusing again. Then, for three days in a row, i banged out each of the three section banks (C/P, B/B, P/S) one per day. This was up through the Thursday two days before my exam.

Things that helped me the most:

TREAT. PRE-REQS. SERIOUSLY. I didn’t have to do significant content review because I learned it to truly understand the first time around. Go hard in your classes and you with thank yourself.

SECTION BANKS!!!! This was the MOST representative practice material i did and it really helped gauge the difficulty of the real thing.

Study for my biochem course like I have never studied before. Not only did it pay off in the grade, but I didn’t have to study the hard stuff for B/B anymore (anything and everything amino acids, enzyme kinetics, metabolism)

Also, having a lot of research experience really helped me. It’s not a reach to interpret experimental data when you’ve actually seen it IRL.

Things I wish i had done:

The AAMC unscored practice exam and question packs. I genuinely didn’t know that they were different from the scored and section packs. Be aware that the Q packs are reportedly easier than the real thing.

Done more practice exams. Just sucked it up and bought more.

Bottom Line: What I did paid off for me, but only because I genuinely learned it all the first time and knew that I could trust my test taking skills and memory. Dedicate the time and get the resources YOU need to succeed. Also, LEARN YOUR AMINO ACIDS LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND. KNOW HOW TO INTERPRET A LINEWEAVER-BURK PLOT. You will thank me :)

classmates

yo so today is my girl @makapedia ‘s birthday, and i’ve been sitting on this prompt for literal ages:

because i was in a summer psychology class back in the day, and thought “dude i’ll write this for kat’s birthday” AND TODAY IS THAT DAY SO CHEERS TO MY FIRST SOUL EATER FIC AND CHEERS TO KAT HOPE UR BDAY IS FANTASTIC


Imagine the worst possible scenario–summer, let’s say late June. 9 AM. Three hour lecture (can you even call it a lecture if there are only 15 of us? Whatever.) with the most boring professor in the entire fucking college, who has the AC on 50 fucking degrees. Why so specific, you ask? This is the hell I’m living. I’ve got to wear a God damn jacket or else I’m going to catch a cold.

And I’m 15 minutes late with an iced coffee. Excellent.

The professor doesn’t even acknowledge me when I slip through the door, into the middle row, but the girl next to me does. She squints while she adjusts her pens and highlighters, neatly lined up on her desk next to her notebook. Her handwriting is so tiny and perfect, God. Just like her tightly pulled back hair, not a strand out of place; just like the symmetry of her face, the space between her eyes, the curve of her nose–and yeah, just like the pout she’s giving me right now.

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