anonymous asked:

The angst fan here again, sorry. Sonny got badly injured during the job. Elisa is already at Harvard and receives a call from Oliver at the middle of the night telling her that he need her by his side and explaining that he and Rafa are at the hospital while Sonny is at surgery. A desperate Elisa trying to borrow a car for a friend to come to NY or buying tickets for airplane/train, and her friends helping her to get back home.

Luckily, when Elisa gets the call from Oliver, she’s up late at a study group with friends from one of her pre-law classes.

She’s excused herself to answer the phone, but when she comes back into the room, all of Elisa’s friends can see that she’s gone a little pale, and her voice is shaky as she asks, “Hey, guys, I, uh - I need some help with something.”

One of Elisa’s friends is familiar with the train system/schedule that runs from Boston to New York, so he’s able to get her a ticket that’ll get her home some time within the next few hours.

Once Elisa’s arrived at the hospital, she’s managed to calm herself down quite a bit; Oliver had said that it wasn’t too serious, just that Sonny had needed surgery and he wanted her there because she’d always been braver than him.

She spots him and Rafael side-by-side in the waiting room once she gets into the hospital, and immediately she’s tackling Ollie into a hug before turning to her dad, who she can tell is trying to downplay the entire thing for his own sake, saying, “Bunny, you didn’t have to come all the way here, your classes - “.

Elisa cuts him off with a sharp look (she looks like Lucia, Rafael thinks fondly), and says, “No way I didn’t have to come here. And besides, I already talked to all of my professors. They said that they understood.”

Elisa asks then how Sonny’s doing, if the doctor’s have given them any updates on his condition, and Rafael says, “He got out of surgery not too long ago, we haven’t been able to see him yet, though. Risk of infection.”

He’s worrying his lower lip, which earns another look from Elisa, to which Rafael replies, “I’m fine, bunny, really. Your dad’s gotten through worse.”

Elisa shakes her head and says, “Now I know for a fact that that’s not how you really feel, dad.”

And then she’s pulling Rafael into a hug, a tight one like Sonny always gives all of them, and Rafael is hugging her so tight back, and there Elisa goes again: his little girl being his rock.

Tips You Need to Know on Preparing for Exams (in college)

1. You need to know the format of the exam. Is it multiple choice, essay, open response, oral presentation? It really helps to know the format because you can start from there. 

2. You need to know when the exam will be. Its usually in the syllabus, but if not, as your professor. Write in down in your calendar. Circle it in big, bright colors. If you miss your exam, you are doomed! Know as you are studying throughout the weeks and count down to the exam so you know how much time to spend studying. 

3. You need to know where the exam will be. Is it going to be across campus in a building you have never heard of? If so, you need to go see it for yourself exactly where it is at least the day before, because you will panic when you don’t find it 5 mins before the exam starts because you ‘thought you knew’ where it was, but there was no one in there or you walk in on a psychology class looking stupid as you ask, “I thought this was my Calculus 127 Exam class.” The professor will not care that you got lost. She or he will expect that you know it or at least ask a day before the exam. 

4. You need to know that you have to schedule your study time however you need to. Yes, you, all by yourself, need to go to the library without your mom calling you, and telling you to go make something of the thousands of dollars she is spending on you. You know your schedule. Make time to study, or you will fail. 

5. You need to know not to have an anxiety attack the night before. Did you do everything you were supposed to? Did you space out your studying and spent enough time and effort into it? If the answer is yes, then don’t stay up late worrying, or worse, pulling an all nighter because you think you will learn more information. All nighters are terrible before the test. You are better off going to the gym the night before, shake off some nerves, and sweat it out. 

6. You need to know to eat before the test. Hearing your stomach growl as you are trying to concentrate on passing this class is not going to help you, only put you in a bad mood, which is scientifically proven reduces test scores. So, go eat and be happy. Also, keep a water bottle with you, so you don’t have to go find a water fountain on the other side of the building and save time. Finally, go to the bathroom before the exam starts, that saves some more time :) 

7. You need to know to come prepared for the exam. Do you need certain books? Are you supposed to hand in an essay due before? Bring extra pencils and pens, you’re not in kindergarten anymore. Are you allowed to bring a calculator? Does your teacher let you have some helpful stuff for it, such as class notes, etc?

8. You need to know specifically what will be on the exam and what will not. Sometimes students try to learn everything when the professor told them the specific pages/chapters/lecture slides that will be on the test. Don’t waste your time memorizing or reading things that are never going to be asked of you. 

9. You need to know to go to class review sessions. Students often think this is useless because its only an hour or two, but this is so not true. I had a professor who went over the actual exam in the session and people who came to the session scored As and the ones who didn’t show, maybe because they thought they could study better on their own, scored much lower. Ask specific questions that you need to clear up. But also, if you didn’t go to class all semester and you show up asking, “so what is calculus?”, the professor will not be so amused by you. 

10. You need to know that the first exam actually counts, and is most likely the easiest test out of the whole semester. If you fuck this up, you will need to try so hard to balance it out with a  good grade, however exams get typically harder as the semester goes on.

—  Me

pnwbby  asked:

Best schools for pre law or poli sci? Thanks for all the tips love this blog!!


Second, here are the top ranked schools for political science according to USA Today:

Princeton University

Columbia University 

Georgetown University

Harvard University

Yale University

Washington University in St. Louis

George Washington University

Villanova University

New York University

University of Notre Dame

As far as pre law goes, check out this link. 

In a nutshell: the article stresses that unlike medicine, law does not have hardcore pre-set requirements so you should really just go to any school for pre law that you can get kickass grades in.That article is a real eye-opener and should help you a lot. It also provides some helpful major tips and advice. 

Hope this helps!

To put yourself first, you have to know what to accept and what to let go. Let go of the friends who bring you down, or discourage you from doing things that you love. By doing the things that you love, you will come across those who are on the same path as you, and you can encourage each other to go further and further together. That is a real friendship. I promise you, the day will come if you keep frying. Just don’t give up. ❤
But how about a theater kid AU?

The Gatewatch et al. putting together a university production.


  • Ral Zarek, exhausted senior who’s double-majoring in electrical engineering and theater, as the lighting designer doing this as his senior thesis and subsisting entirely on coffee
  • Chandra Nalaar, sophomore, Ral’s protege, who really likes special effects and pyrotechnics
  • Nissa Revane, Chandra’s girlfriend, who’s helping out backstage so she can spend time with Chandra
  • Jace Beleren, confused sophomore CS major who somehow landed a leading role and still can’t figure out how.  Goes around with a laptop bag and a sketchbook full of costume suggestions, most of which involve the phrase “but what if we added more belts”
  • Gideon Jura, junior, pre-law.  Turned out he had one last Gen Ed requirement to finish up.
  • Liliana Vess, the theater professor who still looks like a co-ed and who can’t possible be hitting on Jace, because that would be creepy as fuck, r-right?

Special Guest Appearances by Niv-Mizzet as the Department Head of Engineering and Lavinia, Jace’s overworked RA.

How College Works: a Guide for High School Seniors.

Hey guys. It’s your last couple of weeks in high school, and a lot of you are going to college in fall. This summer is going to start out great, and you’ll probably get more and more apprehensive as it gets to be August, culminating in all out terror the weekend before you leave for school. 

Don’t worry about it. 

You’ll get through the first week of school. You’ll get through the first month, and you’ll make new friends. You don’t have to go to parties if you don’t want to, and you don’t have to camp out in the library all the time. 

The first semester will be over before you know it, and you’ll have no problem scheduling for the next semester. You’ll make it through finals just fine, because they’re not as scary difficult as you think they are. You’ll go home, and be surprised at how small your hometown looks. It’ll break your heart a little when you realize that you’re starting to diverge from your high school friends, and they’re starting to become just that. Your high school friends. 

But you’ll get over it, and you’ll get back to campus and your new life. You’ll be done with general education classes soon and starting your major work. You’ll be focusing on things you’re actually interested in, and you’ll actually want to do school work. You’ll get through your second set of finals and you can go home for the summer. 

But here’s the kicker. When you’re home, all you want to do is go back. You’re over this small town and have done all it has to do. Your high school friends won’t stop talking about the same things they have always talked about, and you’ll find that you’re not interested in them anymore. The person you thought was your best friend for the past ten years will have a new best friend, a new significant other, and won’t have time for you. Or you won’t have the patience for them. You’ve both changed and you can’t go back to how things were. You’ll all get together once or twice, but most of the summer will be spent with that one friend you weren’t as close to in high school, but somehow over the past year has become your closest friend. 

Summer will end and you’ll go back, and be more than ecstatic to be reunited with your friends. Your new friends, and your new life. Your major will be declared, and you’ll know if you’re going to apply to grad school, law school, medical school, whatever. This is the semester you have it all planned out. You make friends within your major, who are genuinely interested in the same things you’re interested in, and the superficial friends you made in the dorms (because you lived in the same hallway) will slowly fade away. You’ll periodically go through your friends list on Facebook, and find that you have no qualms about deleting those people from your high school that you never talked to. 

By the middle of your third year, you’ll be completely confused again. Your roommate be wondering if she does want to be a doctor, and maybe she’ll be happier changing her Zoology major (that used to be Biochemistry) to Italian. You’ll spend sleepless nights working on papers, turning them in and being pleasantly surprised to get a C instead of the D- you were expecting. You’re overwhelmed, but you know you can get through the next few weeks. You always do, and that’s how you’re taking things. One week at a time.

It’s your last month, and you’re scared. You’re wondering if graduating in three years was a good idea. You feel like there’s things you’ve missed, things you should have done to round out your college experience. You’re too young to be an adult. You should have been in more clubs. You should have studied more. You should have met more people. 

But as always, you’ll get through it. You always do. And you always will. 

hi guys, i’m Chaselyn and I just started this studyblr to stay motivated and get ready for the new school year and I figured I should make an intro post! I’m super new but I hope to eventually post original content and stay active in the studyblr community! I’m really into list-making and note-taking and that sort of thing!

some fun facts about me:

  • I’m 19 and I am a second year STEM student in Atlanta, GA
  • I’m still choosing my major lol I can’t decide between engineering or not
  • I’m pursuing both a French and pre-law minor
  • muji is my fave brand of pens/pencils/highlighters
  • I play guitar and violin
  • I am taking physics, linear algebra, econ, and a law class this semester!
  • I read a lot so definitely talk to me about books!!
  • I am half-black and Italian
  • I really like fashion too so you’ll see some of that here!!

here are some of my favorite studyblrs: 

@emmastudies @educatier @bookmrk @studyplants @elkstudies @milkteastudies @academla @areistotle @arystudies @focusign @pencyls

Definitely reblog and like so I can follow you and definitely come say hi!

Study Tip- 
Perfect small. Focus on one thing and master it. You don’t need to change the world to make a difference. Focus on your interests and likes and go from there. If you like law- read books about a certain kind of law. Start general and think big picture. Then pick the small focus to perfect and really work on that.