should be writing my college essay

26.4.17 || 5/100 days of productivity

Had a pretty productive day today despite my state of sleeplessness, and finally got around to deep cleaning my room. ✌🏻 I’m talking dusting, vacuuming, sheet washing and changing. The fun stuff. I also worked on some notes and reading for my digital media class, when I should really be writing my criminology essay. Oops?

On another note, I’m somehow less than five followers away from 10k???? WTF YOU GUYS?! Y’ALL HAVE BEEN MULTIPLYING LIKE RABBITS! I wanna host a fun lil giveaway so let me know if you have any ideas for the prize! I’m on a budget though guys so it’ll have to be fairly affordable if I’m gonna ship it internationally. *cries at the thought of shipping prices but puts on a brave face because I love you guys* 💛 I hope you’re all having a lovely week!

🎶 Hard Times - Paramore 

so like the college kid aesthetic for tim is like the best thing ever?? I just.:

¤ “please stop judging the amount of microwave meals I have. idk how to cook anything else”
¤ he may be rich but he isnt comfortable spending a lot of money?? so he goes cheap. sometimes too cheap. there’s a line, timothy. stop buying beer on a wine income.
¤ the majority of the money he DOES spend goes towards a) anonymously covering his friends student loans b) pizza when he doesnt feel like having microwave meals or c) hilarious gofundme campaigns
¤ he doesnt study at all until the last minute and then write the essay at 4am on 2 hours of sleep and a redbull
¤ off days are spent catching up on every hour of sleep he’s missed over the course of his life
¤ makes a lot of lowkey existential crisis jokes and casually mentions how much he craves death. bruce doesnt get it. should he be concerned or is it some type of joke that he’s not privy to?? he is concerned™.

8.3.17// Good day for my writing but I'm so damned slowly! And I also had lunch with some uni friends, we chatted a lot, we had coffee and “Mohnkuchen” - poppy seeds cake, apparently quite popular here in DE - , we had such a nice time but my writing is suffering. I know, I know, students should treat themselves and don´t forget social life but I´m counting the days brokenly and it makes me so sick. 6000 Words in 10 days. LET´S DO THIS!  

Dealing With the Monthlies

AN: I should be working on something else (an ongoing story, that essay I have to do if I want to go to college next year, etc.), but I’m writing this instead because I’m on a plane heading for Texas and my uterus is being an enormous bitch. Don’t have your period on an airplane, children, it’s absolutely horrible. Anyway, this is for my friend @tyranny-mutt, who has helped me improve my writing in many areas. And by ‘many’ I mean 'one’, but it was one that sorely needed improving. This is for you, dude.

Title: Dealing With the Monthlies

Summary: Kaiba and Yuugi aren’t dating. Really. They’re not. Yuugi’s only over there so often because Kaiba wants to Duel. They only slept together a couple times. Okay, maybe a lot more than, that but they aren’t a couple! Too bad Anzu isn’t buying it. (In which Yuugi suffers and Anzu forces Kaiba to be a better not-boyfriend)

Genre: Humor/Romance (for a… given definition of those words)

Characters: Kaiba Seto, Mutou Yuugi, Mazaki Anzu, Kaiba Mokuba Thief King Bakura

Pairings: Rivalshipping (Kaiba x Yuugi), implied Slateshipping (TKB x Anzu) (leave me alone I need this)

Warnings: Trans male character (Yuugi), not-straight people (everyone), a complete and total loser (Kaiba), and the Ultimate Mom Friend™ (Anzu)

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anonymous asked:

What'd you get on the ACT? Do you think it's important when applying for colleges?

something really low hahah I did nothing in hs, all I cared about was soccer. i got in college bc of sports not bc of my grades. I think the ACT and SAT are dumb exams they represent nothing about a student .you just have to practice the test. but since universities really look at those scores u should work on it and get them over with haha. Applying to college is like a game. you have to find what they want to hear from you, what scores you need, write it in your essays. Earn good enough grades and you’re in

anonymous asked:

Can I request a Kylo x Reader spending an all nighter doing an essay they both procrastinated on for their college English lecture? (I'm currently freaking out because my deadline came way faster that I thought)

God I hope you’re okay, please don’t do this to yourself you guys. You should never procrastinate something so much that you have to spend an all nighter. I’m tired for you lol


You realized your mistake in class, when your professor reminded you that your paper was due tomorrow morning, instead of next week. Basically you were screwed, and there was no way that you were going to reach this word count unless you pulled an all nighter. Guess it was time to bust out the caffeine.

Luckily you weren’t alone, your best friend Kylo who had also thought your paper was due next week was in the same boat. You decided to do it together, since he lived by himself and you didn’t want to disturb your roommate. You just hoped that you’d be able to get it done with him around because Kylo could certainly be distracting.

It’s not liked you couldn’t concentrate at all around him, but there was just something about him that made him easy to talk to. Others were bewildered that you got along so well with Kylo, who was usually seen as the campus loner. But you really connected with him in your classes together and eventually your friendship blossomed into what it was today.

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Seventeen as things I've overheard in school

Seungcheol: “Guys, no tractor song. I forbid it.”

Jeonghan: “Soup is also a lesser-known contraceptive method. If you pour soup on your partner while having intercourse, they will stop having sex with you.”

Joshua: “Jesus asked you for your nudes?”

Junhui: “The name doesn’t matter as long as you follow it up with ‘the anti-masturbation dolphin’.”

Soonyoung: “We should just get a bunch of sheep, and train the sheep to fight.”

Wonwoo: “It’s a bromance novel!”

Jihoon: “I’m just going to write my college essay about my mob connections and subtly hint that if they don’t accept me I’ll have them assassinated.”

Seokmin: “Don’t make fun of him because he’s different. Make fun of him because he’s a brony.”

Mingyu: “Swan Lake? that sounds like a retirement home.”

Minghao: “Give me the goddamn pumpkin. I will cut you.”

Seungkwan: “If we fall too far behind, we’re gonna get yodeled by the spaghetti monster.”

Hansol: “See, there’s this substitute for tofu called meat.”

Chan: “Did you just dab to MLK being assassinated?”

A Document Based Question is a major part of the AP History exams in the Spring.  If you have not heard of a DBQ, then you are a very lucky human being.  A DBQ takes a lot of work to refine, as the College Board has a set list of items they are looking for in each essay.

It’s easier to explain now, though, because the College Board as done something smart.  They have made one universal rubric for each AP History course.  Last year the rubric depended on which course you took, making some easier(AP World) and some more difficult(AP American or APUSH).  I haven’t seen too many how-tos regarding DBQs, so I figured it was time someone wrote one up.

Analyzing the Documents

The board says it should take fifteen minutes to read and analyze the documents.  The way I see it, that’s not nearly enough time.  It doesn’t take most people fifty-five minutes to write a five paragraph essay.  So, take the extra time to really analyze the documents and figure out what you get out of each one.  My AP European History teacher said something fabulous today about how one should analyze.  This will honestly stick with me.

“Who the heck is writing it?”

“What the heck is it about?”

“Why the heck are they writing it?”

Boom.  You have your analysis.  The why is often what most people struggle with, naturally.  What is their motive behind writing the document, what does the writer get out of it?  If it’s a noble, they are likely trying to preserve their rights and privileges.  Also, the College Board typically has buzzwords they like to see in essays.  It has been found by some of the Seniors in my school that the word “naturally” is a major buzzword in a DBQ.  It is also a way to think of point of view when you’re struggling.  They are ____ so naturally, they ___.”

Another essential part in analyzing is grouping.  There are many different ways to group documents, but it will help you to write your essay.  If you have to analyze a debate, try “for”, “against”, and “neutral/unbiased”.  Maybe if you were discussing the change in a country or the impact of an event on a country/region, try “economic change”, “political change”, and “social change”. 

Writing A Thesis

Theses are essential to essays, especially DBQ essays.  DBQs are worth 7 points, and make up 40% of the overall AP test grade.  If you miss the point for an “acceptable thesis”, then you’ll likely miss five of the other six points as well.  What is a good history thesis?  It doesn’t have to be five sentences, it can be clear and concise in two sentences.  A thesis needs to include a sense of time(when the event in the documents is happening), preview the groupings you had defined, address each part of the question, and provide evidence to what you’re claiming in your thesis.

Don’t spend too long on the thesis, but make it strong.  Be able to support it with the rest of your essay.  Some people like to leave space to fill in the thesis afterwards, to really make sure the thesis matches the essay, but I prefer to center the essay around the thesis statement.  As my AP teacher says so frequently in regards to the thesis, “get in and get out”.

Outside Evidence vs. Contextualization

The College Board’s rubric says you need at least one point of outside evidence and one for contextualization.  What is the difference between the two?  Not much.

Outside evidence is basically contextualization without a lot of depth.  If you were discussing the unification of Italy or Germany, then discuss how nationalism was growing in the 1800s.  AP History courses are all about following and identifying trends.  Outside evidence is a place for that.

Contextualization goes beyond just spitting out a trend in that time period.  It’s take a fact, a trend, and building upon it.  Adding it to the argument or point you are trying to make.  Again, discussing the debates on a unified Italy or Germany, you could mention the obsession in Europe with a balance of power.  A new country with a strong military and government could potentially break that balance of power, something a lot of people in Europe were against and afraid of.

Technically you only need one of each.  However, if you add more throughout the essay, it’s likely you’ll be better off.  This is on the chance that the College Board doesn’t accept one of your statements as outside evidence or contextualization.

Synthesis

Why use big words like this?  To scare high schoolers, that’s why.  What you are doing in synthesis is providing a context for the argument or point being made.  Show connections between a past or present time period, event, or theme.  This should be a couple of sentences of explanation, though again, don’t spend too much time on it.  Synthesis is only worth one point.

Again, we’re taking with the unification of Italy or Germany.  Why?  Because I just finished one on this, that’s why.  You can synthesise the unification and feelings of nationalism to the era of totalitarianism.  The 1800s was a time of high nationalism, and this nationalism in Italy and Germany held all the way to the time of Mussolini and Hitler in the 1930s.

The Rubric

Okay, here’s what everyone really wanted to see.  Here is the breakdown of the seven points given to a DBQ.  Keep in mind that the national average is a four on DBQs.

Acceptable Thesis - 1 point

Supports Thesis Convincingly - 1 point

Makes use of all(or all but one) of the documents - 1 point

Explains point of view in at least 4 documents - 1 point

Provides contextualization - 1 point

Provides an example of evidence beyond the documents - 1 point

Extends argument by providing synthesis - 1 point

Honestly, don’t stress.  The more you stress about the DBQ the worse you’ll do.  Just take a deep breath.  The best thing you can do is practice.  If you can’t find any online, ask your teacher for example DBQs to do, even if they’re on the old scale.  Just to get used to writing them.  Keep in mind that you’ll have 1 hour and 30 minutes to read the documents and write the essay, so try timing yourself as you do them.  Also, if you guys want, I have an outline from my AP teacher to use when analyzing documents and prepping your essay.

Invincible Summer [Eggsy Unwin x Reader]

Author’s Note: Yo, guys… It’s currently 10:30 at night and I should be sleeping but I decided to write something small to post since I didn’t do anything yesterday. Basically college apps are eating all my time, and there’s one essay in particular I’m really working hard on–I’m talking a new revision every night until I submit the whole application. So that’s the type of writing I’ve been focusing on lately and it makes me too burned out to write something for this blog. I promise I’ll try to do more soon, if I see the work load lighten, but until then you might be getting shorter pieces like this more often. 

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newsflash!!

i have no idea what i’m doing 

tatedanger  asked:

Hi sorry to bother you again but I would like to know some of the things about creative writing majors. What kind of things do you do? Is it hard? Is it time consuming? What are somethings you can do with your major? Finally what kind of work will one be doing in the classes?

Rebekah Discusses Her CW Degree

I had previously responded privately, but these questions are pretty widespread so I’m going to answer it publicly in case anyone else has these same questions. I have to stress that creative writing programs vary from school to school, and whether or not it’s the right decision depends on the individual, but I’m going to share my personal experience of getting my creative writing degree.

What kinds of things do you do? What kind of work will one be doing in the classes?

My first year of college mainly consisted of basic requirements - composition, math, science, history, ect. But I managed to secure a scholarship that allowed me to work one-on-one with one of my future creative writing professors my freshmen year. So I met with her weekly to discuss my writing, and work on one freshmen project, which in my case was a draft of a novel. This was incredibly beneficial because I got to know one of my professors before actually taking her classes, but it’s not something every school offers.

In later semesters, however, I started taking writing workshops. Class sizes were around 12-15 people, and we’d usually have about 4 major writing assignments per semester. Each class period we would workshop 2 of the students’ work, until we’d gone through everybody. Then, we’d start the next cycle of workshops.

Workshop structure depends on the professor, but how it traditionally worked was the writer was not allowed to speak during their workshop. The class discussed their work, while the writer took notes of the feedback. Then, at the very end, the writer was allowed to ask questions. The class would then turn in copies of the story with their margin notes for the writer to review. The professor also reviewed the work and would give different parts of the story a score of 1-5, and then she took the average to get an overall grade.

My professors were usually good about grading you against yourself. If you improved, you would get better marks.

In addition to the workshops, I took lots and lots and lots of literature classes. This is just as important as your writing classes, because you get exposed to various authors and types of books, and you learn how to analyze and discuss them from a critical perspective. For me personally, I pursued a minor in psychology so I took several psychology classes throughout my college career as well. I would advise picking a minor unrelated to writing that interests you to expand your knowledge into other subject areas.

Your school will likely offer workshops in fiction, poetry, and possibly script writing, so I encourage you to go outside your usual comfort zone at least once. I had to take a poetry workshop, but I ended up being grateful for the requirement because it taught me a lot about writing lyrical and poetic prose that enhanced my fiction. I even had a class where you specialized in either fiction or poetry, and once a week I met with my fiction counterparts to discuss fiction, and during the second session of the week, we’d meet with the poetry group to discuss both. This was one of my favorite workshops that I remember.

As you go through your semesters, your professors expect more of you, but the workshops also become more fun. My senior workshop only had 5 students, and our professor had us meet every class period at a coffeeshop on campus. These sessions were more laid-back, and our professor was pretty quiet during the workshops, letting our peers do most of the talking. We’d schedule private sessions with her during office hours to get her real opinions, and she’d always give us in-depth write-ups on our work.

The creative writing major amounts to a lot of writing, of course, but sometimes you’re not free to write the things you really want to write. Most college professors are biased against fantasy or any sort of genre because they want students to focus on characterization within simple plots, before they try to take on anything too complex. It’s a good method, but sometimes it made me less enthusiastic when it came to turning in assignments. I wrote many things I was very proud of, but I didn’t always have fun writing them.

It was an intense four years, but I wrote more during those four years than I ever have, because not only was I writing for classes, I was writing fan fiction on the side as a means of escape. I think those assignments challenged me to get better, and I had the wisdom of professors that had actually published books. They were nurturing, though sometimes frustrating to work with. But I owe them a great deal for the lessons they taught me. Lessons that I still use in my own writing, and lessons I share with all of you guys.

Is it hard? Is it time-consuming?

Yes and yes lol. But to be honest, it’s also a lot of fun. You’re a liberal arts major, so you’re taking classes in literature, history, philosophy, and other subjects you might find interesting. Those classes sometimes require a lot of essay writing and heavy reading, and it might seem like such a burden at the time, but looking back on it, each of those classes was valuable to my background as a writer.

And college should be hard. If it’s too easy, you might as well save your money for something else. 

What are some things you can do with your major?

If you’re serious about being a writer, you might go to grad school and get your MFA (master of fine arts). If you enjoy your undergrad degree, this could be a logical step. Those who get their MFA often become writing professors, and while there’s no guarantee of publication, often times those with MFAs grow into fantastic writers because they’ve spent so much time on such intensive study. Usually they’re the ones that write all those writing craft books that we see so much of (and that I personally love reading). But don’t misunderstand me - you can still be very serious about being a writer without pursuing an MFA.

If you decide early enough, you might also go into publishing. If this is something you find interesting, you can explore internships during your summer vacations, or even work on the school’s literary journal (they most likely have one if they have a creative writing major). There are also programs you can enroll in after you graduate that last about 6 months that teach you all about the industry and get you up close with professionals in the business that you can network with and get advice from.

A creative writing degree isn’t necessary to work in publishing, but I think studying the craft of writing for four years helps you in evaluating what’s actually good and perhaps what might sell, so I think it’s a good match.

As for me, my creative writing major made me into a better communicator. It strengthened my writing skills, and it took my shy, reserved personality and helped me grow into someone that’s more confident and composed in expressing herself. I’ve touted that my degree is in English more often than Creative Writing because employers love English degrees. Sure, we don’t have practical, technical experience, but it usually means we’re well spoken, analytical, and creative, and these days those things are assets.

I didn’t have a lot of success right out of school in terms of employment, but after a couple of years, I discovered how much I loved working in libraries, and five years later I’ve worked my way up from shelver to a more senior position. Because I work with books, I never lose my motivation to be a writer, and I still use all of the knowledge I gained in college to help me pursue that. Did I need a creative writing major to work in a library? No. Could I have chosen a major that would have directly resulted in employment? Perhaps, and perhaps I’d be more well off if I had, but I don’t regret the path I’ve chosen. I value that education, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Do I recommend being a creative writing major?

I can’t possibly advise anyone without knowing them personally, but I can say that you shouldn’t use a creative writing major as a stepping stone to being a successful, famous author. It isn’t as though you’ll be meeting with agents, editors, or publishers your senior year like a job fair. Creative writing degrees help you become better writers. They don’t help you get published. 

You can still go to school for something else and make time for writing. You can still educate yourself and improve your writing without a creative writing degree. You can still be a successful writer without a creative writing degree. Being a creative writing major doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to live off your writing. It doesn’t guarantee you employment.

What it does do is challenge you as a writer, and it gives you access to published authors that are interested in you, and want to see you get better, and who care about your writing health. It helps you improve your interpersonal and analytical skills, which are certainly good things to have when you do enter the job market. 

Don’t be afraid of voicing your concerns with your professors. One regret I do have is not confiding in them about my employment worries sooner. If you’re in the midst of a creative writing degree, and you’re starting to get scared how you’ll find a job, talk to your professors. There are lots of jobs in this industry you can do with your degree, and they can help you find the right connections and resources to get started on the right foot out of school. 

This was long, but I don’t want anyone to misconstrue my experience as either solely good or solely bad. My education has its advantages and disadvantages, just like all degrees. It’s ultimately up to you, and the goals that you have will determine whether or not it’s a good fit for you. 

I’m always happy to answer any questions about the creative writing major. I do request that if anyone has additional questions, please ask off-anon or use the message feature so I can answer them privately. 

Good luck to my original asker!

-Rebekah 

sayyestothejess  asked:

Launching off the artistic statement prompt.... does anyone have any tips for writing an application essay for a Master's program? It's specifically for Directing and my BA is in general theater. I have a rough layout that I THINK?? will be okay? Should I err on the side of humor to balance out my small amount of experience (only half a dozen directing experiences) or keep it professional?

Well first of all HOW EXCITING and best wishes on your admissions process!

I personally have not taken this step yet but my instinct is to keep it professional, although levity is probably a good idea. (I think this is maybe a better word for it than humor?) Portraying confidence in yourself is key.

Any directblrs who have gone through a Master’s/graduate program (or the process of applying!) have any insight?

anonymous asked:

Can I get RFA + V and Saeran comforting MC whose so worn out about school they honestly are considering dropping out? plz bcus this is me and no one in my RL life ever comforts me :(

((Aw, I’m sorry to hear that. Here’s the RFA to comfort you and a virtual hug. Also let’s assume that MC is in college))


Yoosung

  • MC comes home from class and Yoosung can see that she’s been crying
  • “MC, what’s wrong?”
  • MC admits that classes have been stressful, the teachers kept piling on more and more homework, and she hadn’t been sleeping well because of all the work she’s been getting
  • “I don’t know any more Yoosung… I think I might just drop out of school and work.”
  • Yoosung pulls MC into a hug, and cuddles with her for a bit
  • “MC, look at me. I know how hard school is, I’m a student myself. If you need help studying, I’ll be more than happy to help you. However, if you try your best, and you still want to drop out, I’ll support your decision. My princess’ health and happiness comes before anything…I love you MC, no matter what you choose.”

Zen

  • MC failing that quiz when she had studied for so long was the last straw 
  • Maybe school wasn’t for her. Maybe she’d do better just going into the work force.
  • She came home and didn’t even greet Zen. She just went straight to the bedroom and faceplanted onto the bed
  • Zen, as sweet as he is, comes in and asks who hurt MC. He will fight them (ง •̀_•́)ง
  • When she tells him that it’s school, he admits that he can’t beat up the school (he might try though)
  • “Zen, I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m done. I just want to drop out and go straight to the work force”
  • He has MC look into his eyes, and he holds her tiny hands in his
  • “As much as I want to convince you to stay in school, I don’t have the right to. I dropped out of high school, and if you think that dropping out will be for the best, then so be it. I will say this…no matter if you choose to stay in school, or drop out like me, I’ll always be here for you MC. I love you more than anything.

Jaehee

  • MC is just so tired of school. It’s basically an office job, but she’s paying people instead of them paying her…
  • Jaehee comes home to see that MC literally has piles of work surrounding her
  • MC just looks at all the work and face-desks
  • Jaehee is a bit concerned that MC may have hurt herself by slamming her head down on the desk
  • Once she’s sure that MC is fine (at least physically) she calms down
  • “Jaehee, I need to talk to you about something”
  • “Sure MC, just let me get us a nice cup of coffee, and then we can talk”
  • After they get their coffee, MC explains that she just can’t handle the stress of school, or the workload she receives each day
  • It honestly sounds like MC is working for Jumin, only she’s paying Jumin instead of him paying her.
  • “MC, if you want to quit school, that’s fine; but you can’t just sit around the house. If you get a job, and help out around the house, it’s your choice. I just want you to be happy. I understand why you want to quit, but you’re a strong woman, and you have to do what’s best for you. I promise that I will 100% support you no matter what you choose.”

Jumin

  • MC is just so done with everything that has to do with school. Her grades were down, her stress level was up, and she was just fed up with it!
  • MC decided to talk to Jumin about it, because he was so level headed
  • When she mentioned dropping out, she did notice his slight frown
  • However, when MC finished, he sat quietly as if thinking about the options laid out before him.
  • MC was getting nervous, and Elizabeth, sensing that something was wrong, tried her hardest to cheer her up. 
  • Eventually, Jumin broke the silence
  • “MC, as much as I believe that having an education is important, above that, I want you to be happy. If you have a contract with someone, both sides of the contract must benefit somehow for it to be considered. However, you are basically getting an unfair deal, and thus the contract should be nullified. If you want to try again, I can personally assure you that I can help you succeed. However, should you choose to drop out, I will support your decision completely. You are my world MC, and I love you. Don’t forget that.

Seven

  • One day MC just decided not to go to school. It was stressful, she was getting teased, and the teachers were less than sympathetic towards her. 
  • Saeyoung came in and saw that MC was still in bed
  • He’s going to turn MC into a burrito…but wait, didn’t she have class this morning?
  • He goes over to MC (who had turned herself into a blanket burrito) and gently booped her on the nose
  • “Hey sweetie, didn’t you have class today?”
  • “I don’t wanna go. I hate it…I can’t deal with school anymore. I wanna just drop out!” MC shouted before bursting into tears
  • Seven is silent for a moment, before picking the blanket burrito up and holding her.
  • After getting herself out of the blankets, Saeyoung held MC close to him.
  • “MC, I’ve been noticing that you’ve been more stressed lately, but I didn’t want to say anything in case it made you upset. If you need to drop out of school for your health, do it. I don’t want you to be unhealthy like me…also, from now on, I want you to tell me when something’s bothering you, because I love you MC. So please, do what’s best for you. I’m here for you, my princess.”

V

  • MC is so done with school. Why the hell should she have to write a five page essay on some dumb book about everything wrong with the tomato production in the United States? 
  • MC is so frustrated that she takes the book tomato land and chucks it across the room.
  • V comes in when he hears the slam of the book against the wall (it was a hardcover)
  • “MC, what’s going on?”
  • “I’m just so frustrated. I don’t feel like I’m learning anything at college, and I just want to leave and never go back.”
  • “Alright.”
  • “Can I just…wait, what?”
  • “If you want to quit, that’s fine. I’ll always be there to support and love you. Just do your best in whatever you do, and nobody can say that you didn’t try.”
  • He does offer to teach you photography, which doesn’t require a degree
  • The guy is honestly a pushover. He’ll let you take over the country if that’s what you wanted.

Saeran

  • MC screamed in frustration. Her CS class was super competitive and she couldn’t figure out what the hell was wrong with her code. 
  • She’s even using the rubber duck method. (RIP rubber ducky)
  • Saeran comes in to almost get hit in the face with a flying rubber duck
  • “What the hell did I do?”
  • MC apologized, and showed him her assignment
  • He took a glance at the code and fixed it immediately
  • She had been working on that for hours, and he just fixed it in less than one minute.
  • “Why the hell am I even going to school? Everyone hates me and obviously I’m not learning anything!”
  • Cue MC faceplanting onto the keyboard, completely destroying the code Saeran just fixed for her
  • “Hey, if you don’t want to go to school, then just drop out. I never went to school, and obviously you want to code, so I’ll teach you. Your school can go to hell for all I care.”
  • “Saeran, would you really teach me how to code?”
  • “Hell yeah I would, and you’ll be better off than those damn bastards at your school.”
  • “I dunno… I mean, what if I’m being irrational, or what if I’m just a stupid failure.”
  • MC, don’t you dare say that you’re a failure. You are the best fucking thing that ever happened to me. You need to stay happy and healthy. So do what’s best for you, not those damn idiots”
  • He’s trying to be supportive and tell MC that he loves her…he’s really trying!

((Also sorry that Saeran got really vulgar…if anyone’s uncomfortable with Saeran cussing let me know))

Writing Commissions

Have you ever had a great idea for a story, but just didn’t know how to write it? Is there that one fan-fiction that you’ve always been wanting to read, but can’t find? Then you should contact me to get a commission!

Hello! As some of you know, I have been writing for 8 years. Overtime, my writing has improved drastically and I now feel like I am ready to start doing writing commissions. I have written short stories, prose, essays, poetry, and a novella. I am raising money to help pay for my college education next year (can I hear it for first generation college students?) and having me do writing commissions will really help me out, along with my other job. If you can’t buy, a quick reblog to get my stuff out there will really help me out!

If you don’t know, a writing commission is something that I write, directed by you. It’s your ideas, your characters, and your setting taken by me and transformed onto the page. After I write it, the story is all yours. I accept PayPal as a form of payment.

What I Will Do

- Short stories 

- Fanfiction

- OC’s

- Poetry/Prose

-Anything else, just let me know so we can work something out

Pricing

- $7 USD for every 500 words

- $3 USD fee for NSFW (takes more time to write)

- Anything above 3,000 words can be negotiated on

If you’re interested in a commission, feel free to message me to ask any questions you may have or to request one. I will require an email address in order to send the finished work. If you can’t or have no interest in a commission, again, a reblog is quick and always helps out.

Thank You!

~Quill 

On the College Essay

Well, first some life updates:

  • I own a chocolate fountain. I got it at my grad party because my dad and I were setting up for it and we found it in our attic. I’ve actually owned it for a while now but I realized I never put it on my blog and I felt like it should be here.
  • Also I’m working on that database at work (and trust me, it’s keeping me pretty busy) and this week I was so mad at the code I anger quacked at it the other day. Then MIT Student Life retweeted it: 
  • So if the combination of my angry quacking and chocolate fountain doesn’t get me a date first semester, I’m going to be disappointed.
  • Also Nate Ruess’s new album is kind of my life right now and I think it’s a work of art and everyone is sick of listening to me talk about it and my boss is also tired of it and my remixes I’ve been making during my lunch breaks and it sounds amazing in my computer and makes me want to film so many things and I should be doing physics and…I’m even listening to it right now. ART!!!

But this entry actually isn’t about my quacking or chocolate fountains! It’s about the college essay!

Keep reading

On writing admissions essays

My brother’s applying to colleges right now, and I’ve been skyping him quite often to help go over his essays. Three years ago, I wrote essays for 20 schools. I learned quite a lot in the process, and I’m going to tell you about my favorite essay technique that I learned through much trial and error. I really wished that I had known it in the beginning - so here I will share it with you.

When answering a prompt, first pick the answer

This should be your real opinion or experience, because people write most powerfully about things they have personally gone through. Making stuff up is a bad idea. It’s important that this is a good answer. Examples:

  • My brother’s going into engineering. His “Why this University?” essay has to do with a campus building specifically meant engineering projects / startups / teams. 
  • When I applied there was a specific prompt about the world you come from, and how it has shaped you. I wrote about how I grew up in Chinese restaurants, and told a story about my dad.

Now, use that answer as a vehicle to say something specific about either you or the university.  

This will show that you are connecting concrete, tangible things to larger abstract ideas, like teamwork, community, diversity, friendship, improving the world - all the buzzwords. Of course, this means you have to really think through what your answer you picked above means. Examples:

  • For my brother’s essay, he said this building was a good place to gain hands-on experience and apply concepts learned in the classroom. This is all and good, but I suggested that he go further by using the building as a vehicle to say something about the school. For example, saying that the building is a reflection of the university’s commitment to students and their recognition of the importance of hands-on experience, that it reflected a culture of innovation among the student body.
  • For my essay, I told a story of how one day my dad was buying new industrial kitchen appliances for the restaurant. I asked why he had not chosen to buy the cheapest appliance, and he told me it was important to invest in good appliances, because they would be more reliable and last a longer time. I extended this to say that from this experience, I learned that investing in the future leads to better rewards. I then went on to say by applying to this university, I was investing in my own future through education, and that as a pre-med student, I would be investing in the lives of others. 

Taking very specific examples and then extracting more abstract ideas is a very effective way of showing that you are reflective and thoughtful - the kind of student universities want. It’s a persuasive way to convey the important abstract ideas, while grounded by a story or specific example. I was accepted to every university for which I used this technique on my essays, and won a scholarship contest at UCLA for full tuition.

There are of course other ways of writing essays. This is the one that worked the best for me. Happy essay writing! :)