Catching What You Want


1. Use your index finger, not your thumb if you can help it, more fine muscle control.

2. Don’t sweat the first ball. It’s more to gather data on depth perception as you learn.

3. You will see an inner circle that grows smaller if you hold the pokeball. The smaller you can wait for this inner circle to be when you throw the ball, the better the catch chance.

4. Wait and assess. I know you wanna just throw the ball ASAP but some will “attack” right off the bat and you’ll waste a ball.

5. It’s not at all like the video games. There’s no battle, there’s no turns. It’s live time.

6. Pokemon can run away. You can’t help it.

7. Water Pokemon stay by water.

8. Incense will attract Pokemon for 30 min. Use wisely.


1. The leaves that randomly float around mean nothing. Don’t bother running after them. They’re just embellishments on the landscape.

2. In the bottom right corner of the interface, you can both select what Pokemon you’d like to find specifically, and see how close the monitored ones are; 3 paws is furthest away, to none, which is right on top of you.

3. Spin can be put on the ball I hear, and if you can hit the Pokemon with the ball inside the inner circle, you’ll get a “great” or “nice” which is worth more xp post-catch.

4. There is no permanence to Pokemon location. Where an Onix was one day, a Bellsprout may be tomorrow.

5. Public places have a higher Pokemon population density than residential areas. Neighborhoods aren’t very good for finding Pokemon.

Let me know if I missed anything!

Today, while dealing with something at work, it came to me, finally from a very external, detached point of view, that I’m theoretically meant, as a fan, as a professional with a pertinent degree, as a regular person with working braincells, to believe that the reaction of Louis Tomlinson’s team to the unexpected issue of an unplanned pregnancy with a random girl was to:

· not pressure either her or him into a paternity test

· very publicly announce it barely two months after the conception

· make a big deal out of it, so that the news was spread throughout the world, while simultaneously using it as a platform for Larry jokes

· not allow anyone to release a formal/informal comment until a very awkward confirmation on live tv

· be sure that their client totally avoided his mama-to-be, blatanly going out clubbing and being generally involved with other girls

· keep everyone else around him, his bandmates included, from showing any hint of enthusiasm, except for a very inappropriate comment on a gay magazine

· let their client repeatedly state that his plans for the future didn’t include any responsibility and act accordingly to that

· let their client start a new relationship with another random girl about a month before the planned birth of his son and throw it into the face of the general public

· let the news of the birth leak from the IG account of the baby mama’s (quite problematic) grandmother

· have their client completely change his attitude the day his baby was born

· have him and the baby incredibly publicized with several papwalks and articles, but not a single proper statement about health, name, official details

· let the complicated relationship of their client and his baby mama’s family be brought up, complete with their custody fight details

· still not care to force a paternity test and let the press insist on the lack of said paternity test

· let the press go wild with offensive and silly speculation about the newborn

· push their client’s questionable behavior while in the middle of the custody fight

· keep on making his very new relationship with the new random girl very public while her presence stands as one of the main issues in the custody fight

· react to the offensive speculation through a very poor exclusive from the same outlet who started it instead of a regular rep statement or photoshoot with their client’s involvement and direct quotes.

And of course this is not even the complete, exhaustive list of reasons why we’re sure nothing of this is organic. But put it all together, from a PR perspective, from the little basic facts that are common knowledge and elementary pillars in the scene (not only the entertainment one) and the profession, it’s totally, absolutely, unquestionably an endless load of bullshit.

How I Organise My Projects/Essays

I have 4 projects going on right now and two of them are due next week. I know I am only a high school student but I hope this would help other people who are struggling with organising contents! This method is what I always use and I have never got anything other than the perfect score on organisation or contents part on my projects I have ever had.

1. Write down or type what the teacher is looking for.

You can look at the rubric if you have one and write down what it says. For example, my Bible teacher gave me a little “essay” for this weekend. On the paper he gave me it says “Write 3 paragraph essay that answers the following: 1) Summarize the writing and what it says about the resurrection  2) Describe who their assigned writer is  3) Reflect on how this can impact what someone might think about the resurrection.” For the first step I’d type all these three contents with different font, size or colour. You can highlight them too if you want.

2. Gather information for each category you just wrote.

Now it’s time to gather information you need for your project. If it’s research-required you should gather information from appropriate and proper resources (”Wikipedia is not your friend” -my world history teacher). But don’t try to make it perfect sentence and paragraph yet! Just copy and paste from the source(s) and list them with bullet points or numbers under each category. If it’s something from the paper you are given by teachers be ready to catch the sentences and phrases that can answer the categories.

3. Based on the information from the research, write down a paragraph (or paragraphs) under each category.

After you finish the step 2, you might have all the information you need to starts writing. So, starts writing! Now you can turn the phrase into a sentence and show your writing skills.

4. Remember to write in your own words instead of ctrl-c and ctrl-v all the sentences and paragraphs from your resources.

I am sure teachers don’t like it if your essay is full of ctrl-c and ctrl-v from your sources. Yes, there should be some sentences and ideas from your sources but that doesn’t mean that you should cover your whole paragraph with the sentences from your source. Your opinion and idea are important too!

5. Cross out or delete the categories from the step 1.

Now you have your project almost ready. So, delete those categories because you don’t turn in the paper with the guidelines on it.

6. Read through your not-so-perfect essay or project and modify/add/polish your writing.

Reread, reread, and reread your essay (it does’t have to be three times just because I put ‘reread’ three times). See if there is any grammar mistake, awkward sentence, or right transition. Polish your writing so that your teacher won’t find your writing awkward or lack of something.

8. Print out that project you have worked so hard. Yay!

In light of the fact that many colleges/universities are starting soon, if not now, here are some strategies/tips for college (from an American student)

1. If you live in the dorms, leave your door open for the first week at least while you are there. If you feel comfortable, go with your roommate/friend/by yourself down the halls and greet people with open doors. A simple “hi, I’m [name] and I live on the 1st/2nd/etc floor” works well! I would suggest being prepared to have a quick conversation about your major/study focus, where you are from, and maybe something you are excited to try (ballroom dance club, this new class, etc). Even if you don’t become best friends with the person, it’s still nice to have a friendly face in a difficult class.
2. Be ready to realize that people come from all walks of life. I met a girl once who had never even heard the concept that people could be anything besides heterosexual. She was very nice about it, and interested in learning of the idea. Starting any new acquaintance with this idea of a friendly interchange of ideas and opinions can help to keep your mind open and have you be known as the nice/approachable person.
3. Walk around campus with a smile. Even if you feel bad that you failed a test/anything else, you can feel a little better by smiling, and it makes you again look approachable and friendly.
4. On that note, the reason it want to be approachable and friendly is because you should cultivate acquaintances. If you have a large group of people that you can feel comfortable having a quick shallow conversation with (about weather, homework last night, teacher, latest sports results), you can then feel more comfortable asking them for favors/suggestions. Two years later, that person may be in your P. Chem class and you’ll be happy that you can study together/borrow their notes.
5. Your friends will shift and change. Be ready for friends you met at summer orientation to not be the friends you keep (it’s actually very uncommon for people to stay in those groups). Friends that you had during first term may find other ones during second. Schedules will coincide or they will not, and friendships may wax and wane.
By the same token, let your friends know if you are having a difficult semester and can’t spend as much time with them. For one thing, they may know someone with whom you can study/borrow notes. For another, they will be much more forgiving of your absences if they know you are spending your time stuck in a history textbook.
6. Your personality will change. College brings a host of new ideas, new people, and new ways of thinking to your life. I can’t think of a single person I know who has not had new experiences that changed their perspective. Just remember to stick to be the person you feel that you are, regardless of who that person is.
7. Join a club. Try something new. I was dragged to a ballroom dance club once by my roommate, and then in proceeded to go to every single one. If there isn’t a club, make one.
8. Get to know your RA/RD/person who is in charge of your floor/dorm. They are the ones who can advocate for you and who are trained to deal with homesickness (which happens to more that 70% of college students) and other situations that may arrive. They also often have valuable advice about choosing classes/professors and other knowledge that a first year may not know.
9. Roommates/suitemates. Depending on your college’s policies, you may be able to choose your roommate way before the summer, you may be assigned a roommate and meet them at summer orientation, or you may walk into the room in the fall and meet them for the very first time. If you have a choice in a roommate:
A. Don’t choose your best friend from high school. Many people who are the greatest friends will suffer by living together, just as many roommates work better as casual friends instead of besties.
B. Don’t choose someone in your major. If things somehow go south, you don’t want to be in a class with them two years later.
If you know who the person is before you physically show up to move in, friend them on Facebook, follow their Twitter, and talk to them. A simple email of “hi I’m your roommate I’m from x I am majoring in x my favorite color is x” is a great way to start a good relationship. Make sure that you mention, in that email or in following ones, f you are bringing a microwave/fridge/big chair/rug. Discuss things like your usual schedule, preference for music playing, study habits, and pet peeves. Knowing that my roommate was a foot phobia allowed to me avoid an awkward misstep.
If you don’t know your roommate until you walk in the room, have a similar conversation. Hopefully you can unpack together and discuss the need for a communal rug/whatever.
Lastly, your RA is equipped to deal with a situation if roommates really don’t work out. But don’t go to them unless you feel that you have gone through many other options. Try instead to spend a week with as little time in the room as possible (cabin fever is a thing that happens even in the best of roommates) or see if you can talk it over with the roommate.
Any other roommate questions you can ask me! This is just a quick summary.
10. Be silly. Decorate your door (within regulations). Play frisbee at midnight. Bake cupcakes and hand them out.

1. Be absolutely certain of your financial situation. Have contact numbers for any financial aid/scholarship questions that may come up. Know your budget for textbooks and food.
2. Keep on top of your food plan. Know the intricacies of it, because otherwise you can lose a lot of money or find yourself without food. There are two general forms of food plans:
A. You pay for x amount of meals a week. Usually, you will swipe your ID card as you enter the dining hall, and you can eat anything that is available. Know if you are allowed to bring food out of the dining hall! For this plan, a strategy is to have a few big meals a day. If you can take food out, always always always grab an apple/banana and a granola bar or two in case you get hungry later.
B. You have a set amours of dollars for the term that you can use to buy food at whatever time, but you pay per item. This requires a bit more thought, because you should calculate out a weekly budget and watch the amount you pay so that you don’t run out of money. A strategy for this plan is to eat small meals often. You can feel free to run to a dining hall and grab a granola bar whenever you have time. For the first month or so, try to come in under budget every week, in case you miscalculated. You can then know the minimum it takes to nutritionally feed yourself, and know that the extras can be spent on other foods as a treat.
For either plan, double check the policy on rollovers. If you can rollover the # meals left or amount of money left from one semester to the other, you can adjust your strategies accordingly. Be aware that many colleges will let you rollover each term, but not each year. If you do have a great deal of money leftover, many dining halls will let you buy food in bulk at the end of the year that you can keep until the next year. Alternately, you may be able to nun things like sunscreen, vitamins, water bottles, or other non-perishable items.
Lastly, know the policies for switching meal plans. I had a lot of money that rolled over from my first term, so I lowered my meal plan second semester and was just fine.
Don’t feel guilty about eating food/paying for it. Dining halls are ridiculously expensive. It’s a fact. Do the best you can to use a reasonable amount of money to eat healthy foods. And please eat healthily. I know that having packages of Swedish Fish available right next door is very tempting (believe me, I know) but try to keep track that you eat enough protein and vegetables everyday. And most dining halls have free water, so drink it! Drink water!!!! Having a water bottle with you in class will help you stay awake and focused and many people tend to sit there and drink water without realizing it, which will keep you nicely hydrated.
3. Know emergency numbers. Know your campus’ system for reporting thefts/other safety problems. Many larger colleges have a bus/van system at night that you can use to get a rude if you feel unsafe walking. Also, many have emergency buttons across campus that you can hit and keep walking to another one, so the police are alerted but you don’t have to wait for them.
4. Know campus rules. If you are over 21, can you drink on campus? Be drunk on campus? Can you smoke? Can you be on the fields at night? Is there a curfew?
5. Be acquainted with Student Health services. Often, you can go to them for free for typical doctors appointments or if you have a sickness/injury. You may have to pay for things like STD/STI tests, X-rays, and other extra work. Does student health let you schedule an appointment online? Can you call to ask a medical question? Do they offer a pharmacy?
6. Many colleges also have resources for mental health. Mine has a Counseling and Psychiatric Services building, where you can get counseling for free. They also have a destressing area, and resources for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (common in the rainy northwest).
7. Those services may or may not be tied to a student achievement program, where there are trained professionals that help you create good study habits and have other great resources.
8. Know. Your. Advisor. I can’t stress this enough. If you hate them, still go to them. They have the resources to get you internships or scholarships. They are your administrative advocates. If you accidentally lose a scholarship or need to get into a class late, they can help you. They can advise you on scheduling classes and on teachers they have heard are good/bad. They can also be there to just listen to you, or if you need advise on study tips as well. They can write letters of recommendation and open the door to new opportunities. This is probably the most important relationship you can cultivate in college to help you afterwards.
9. Knew the policies for reporting teachers who are abusing their position. Whether they have unfair homework policies or are racist/sexist/whatever, there is a way to report them to administration. At the same time, don’t be petty and report a teacher because you are unhappy you got a bad grade. Most of the time, reports have more weight if they come from a group of students. Make it polite but truthful, and to the point. Don’t complain in a whiny tone, report in a factual and persuasive tone. Be sure that your allegations are founded, because your name will be attached to it and it can damage your reputation with administration if you falsely report a teacher. Ask your advisor for help.
10. If you have an opportunity to have lunch with the dean, or go to talks, do it. Being involved in the administrative part of the college means that you can cultivate relationships with people that can really help you. A recommendation from your biology professor is great, but a recommendation from the dean of he college of science who just happened to have worked as a biological researcher for twenty years has a little more weight. Yo don’t have to (and shouldn’t) schmooze up to them, but having them know your name can be invaluable.

1. GO TO CLASS. You do yourself so much damage by skipping class. Even if you have a friend who will give you their notes. I don’t care how early it is, go to class. By hearing the lecture, seeing the lecture, and writing down notes, your brain has a much better chance of absorbing and retaining the information. You can keep up to date in assignment deadlines, ask your questions, get the crucial in-class points, turn in homework, and make your professor more inclined to like you. Also, you can calculate out the amount of money you spend per class, and then realize that you are wasting that money by not going.
When you are in class, sit near the front, but not the first row. Sit in the middle as well. Know that you tend to unofficially choose your seat within the first week, so get there early to be sure you are where you want to be. Try to get to every class at least two minutes early. Have all your materials ready before class starts, and pay attention. Being on your phone is the same as skipping a class. Your attentive presence is one of the top factors in determining your grade in the class, because it affects not only your teacher’s opinion of you, but also the amount of info you learn. Take notes, even if you think you’ll remember (you won’t). Make a friend in the class with whom you can study and share notes.
2. That being said, your health is more important than schooling. If you truly, truly feel that you are too physically ill to go to class, email your professor ahead of time and let them know. If you have anxiety or depression or any other metal health problem that puts up barriers to going to class, try your hardest to go anyway. If not, many professors are very understanding. I had a professor who called me after I missed a week of class because she knew I had anxiety, and wanted to make sure I was okay. She let me make up the in class points with extra credit work, and helped to remind me when class was scheduled, and worked with me to have me get to class as much as possible. Schools also offer something like Disability Access Services. If you have a doctor’s diagnosis of any condition, you are entitled to reasonable services that will help you. These can run from physical accommodations to having notes written for you to having a quieter and less stressful testing room to much much more. Most professors want you to learn, and they will do what they can to help you if you are willing to work with them.
3. Learn/choose/make a study system that works for you. And stock to it. Allowing yourself a day off every once in a while is okay, but allowing yourself most days off is not. If you were very successful in high school and you breezed though classes, it’s not likely that you can still do that in college. So organize yourself and learn the best way that you learn. If you need extra resources, email your professor or ask them during office hours, and they can refer you to books, YouTube videos, and other vey helpful resources to help you learn as best as possible. Just remember, as fun as college can be, you came there to learn. So be sure that your learning does not get squished underneath fun.
4. Know your professors. Have them know you. If you are in a small class, raise your hand and be involved. Trust me: they’ll remember you. If you are in a large lecture class, introduce yourself in the first week with your name, a handshake, and a question. It can be something relating to the material, or to the syllabus, or simply a question of how you can best succeed in the class. You can also ask if you should procure the textbook, because many professors seem to require it, but only about thrice a term. The best option there would be to use the copy in the library instead. That being said, make sure you don’t ask a question that is already been covered. Read the syllabus before you open your mouth. Listen in class to their policies. Also, learn and write down their office hours. Professors expect you to stop by during these times that they are mandatorily in their office. That might be the best place to introduce yourself, because it is quieter and more personal. If your professor already knows your name, they are more likely to grade looser and allow you to turn in homework a day late. They are more willing to forgive mistakes like forgetting to turn in an essay, or to accommodate your needs.
5. Do. Your. Work. This is almost as important as going to class. Just do it. Even the little homework that is worth one percent of your grade. You might need that precent. You probably will. And it also helps you to review the concepts in class. It makes you look responsible to your prof. Even if you hate the class, think it’s too easy, don’t feel like it, or any other excuse, too bad. Do it.
6. On that note, if you have a semester-long project, get it done by midterms (if possible). Having at least a first draft will lessen your stress load at the end of the term. You can bring it to office hours weeks before it is due and get an opinion on it, and have a much better time than your procrastinating classmates.
7. Try not to procrastinate. I understand the hypocrisy of my statement, because I procrastinate with the best of them, but try your hardest. If you start college with the expectation and commitment to not procrastinate, you can make it a habit. Wasting time on the Internet is much better when you can feel confident that you aren’t avoiding something. Procrastination habits can be really hard to kick, but ask your friends, teachers, advisors, and academic success coaches for advice and you can do it. Your level of stress decreases greatly, and your grades increase. It’s worth it.
8. Take a break. When you study, take a 5 minute break every half hour or so to stretch your legs, drink some water, or grab a quick snack. Do not use your break to stay on the computer. Your eyes need to focus on something else. After about two hours of this, take a fifteen/twenty minute break to leave the room. Talk to a friend. Grab a meal. Go for a short run. Look at the clouds. Then go back, rinse, and repeat.
If you are not marathon studying for a test/writing a long essay, do up to an hour of work before you take a break. Generally, homework assignments should be either done, or half done, so take five minutes and jump back in. Try not to leave everything to Sunday night, because you will end up having to do homework all day Sunday. Splitting it up every night will let you have a longer weekend. It’s worth it to do homework during the week, because you will not have as many things that you could be doing instead.
9. Know your schedule. I started keeping a bullet journal to remind me of all the deadlines and assignments I needed to do. By using this, I could schedule out my day and plan the time that I was going to take to study that day. I also stopped forgetting to do little homework assignments.
But also know your long term schedule. Talk to your advisor to see when you can feasibly graduate. Don’t feel obliged to do four years just because you think you must. Many engineers take five. Also, don’t feel stuck to graduate in the spring. If you finish in the fall, graduate in the fall. You can usually walk across the stage with your friends in the spring, but you won’t have to pay for the unnecessary semester.
Make sure you apply for the right classes at the right time. Even if it is not mandatory, talk to your advisor before you plan out next term’s schedule. They will make sure you are on track, but not overloading yourself.
10. Take a fun class. I took physics, biochem, calculus, and organic chemistry all in one term. It was awful. The next term, I took he same amount of credits, but switched biochem for a women, gender, and sexuality studies class. The class itself was more work than the biochem one, but having that mental change from heavy science and math to a philosophical concept class left me with a much better semester. You can usually find some really interesting classes tucked away in the catalog, so go take one. Why take a standard American Literature class when you could take the Etymology of Gary Larsen’s Farside Comics class and fulfill the same requirements? Or, why take a standard intro to physics class if astronomy will serve just as well? Take at least one phy ed class, because they are much better than the mandatory ones in high/middle school. Take yoga, or rock climbing, or power walking. Have fun with your education. Part of college is taking classes you couldn’t have before and learning a whole bunch of esoteric knowledge that may only serve to impress your friends while watching jeopardy, but it’s also fascinating.

Packing list:
- State-issued ID. School ID. Copy of any insurance. Keys. Contact info for doctors. Other necessary paperwork.
- Medications. Glasses/Contacts. Purse/wallet. Money.
- Anything you could not live without (hearing aids, inhaler, etc).
In the dorms:
- All the underwear you own. Trust me. Also socks.
- Clothing that you wear normally. Colleges have no dress code, but don’t go overboard. Most people go through cycles of wearing cute clothes and then spending a week in leggings/sweatpants.
- Bring at least one “interview outfit:” dress pants/skirt, collared shirt/blouse, cardigan, nice shoes.
- For people who like such things, bring at least one or two dresses. I never wore them during high school, but I love wearing them in college. Also, you’d be surprised how often then come in handy, from frat parties to ballroom dances to one nice dinner.
- Make sure to check the weather patterns of the place you will be living. Bring a rain jacket or a winter coat. Or both. Bring sunscreen. Bring appropriate shoes for the weather.
- Bring one weird outfit. I brought footie pajamas and we ended up having a pajama party and midnight breakfast.
- Don’t bring your entire closet. It won’t fit and you’ll hate having to move it. Many people go home for thanksgiving or winter break, and you can bring more clothes then.
- If you live in a dorm where you share a shower, bring waterproof shoes like flip flops to protect your feet. And a robe. It’s no fun to forget your clothes and go running nude down a hallway.
- If you like to do a sport or outdoorsy things, bring the gear if you have space. Clubs and intramural teams are lots of fun, and many colleges have a tripping/outdoorsy club that you can go on trips with.
- Learn your dorm’s laundry policy. If it’s free, you are lucky. Do all the laundry in the world. Split between darks and lights, but don’t go overboard. Bring detergent, but don’t waste your money on dryer sheets or softeners unless you feel you must. Also, WASH YOUR SHEETS. Please. If it’s not free, or you have limited amounts, make the biggest loads possible. Or share with a friend.

- Bring two sets of sheets. Most dorms are twin extra long, but you can use a normal twin top sheet to save money. Unless you want to be laughed at or are very confident, don’t bring those doctor who or Star Wars sheets. A nice plain color like blue or green is great.
-Bring a comforter and a blanket, because sometimes it’s necessary to hide under them for a while and invite the world. Make sure that your blanket isn’t your homemade quilt from your dead grandmother, because it will get spilled on. Save that for when you have your own room that is separate from the place you entertain and the place you eat.
- Two pillows are great. Make sure you have pillow covers, because of spills.
- Those weird pillows with the arms are heavenly. Perfect to lean against and do homework.
- If you will do homework on your bed and not on your desk, bring something large and flat to do it on. A board works just as well as one of the plastic ones you can buy. I like using a large cutting board, because I can use it for two different things.

- Two towels. Just like the sheets, you’ll want to switch them out while you’re washing the other. Also at least one handtowel for spills and such.
- A shower caddy for your hygiene needs. Make sure it has holes in the bottom, because otherwise water and mold will collect in the bottom and no one wants that.
- Bathroom necessities like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes (you need to replace them please people) and deodorant. No one wants to be near a smelly person. Please shower at the very least every other day.
- For people who shave, make sure you replace your shaving implement when necessary. Hygiene does not wait for the wallet and dorms can give you some pretty nasty stuff.
- Depending on the dorm, you can either store things in cubbies in the bathroom, or you have to haul them around every time. Try to find this out so you can plan accordingly.

- All your chargers. All of them. You will lose at least one.
- Power strips. Try to get ones that can protect against a surge so you don’t fry your computer. I brought two and they were so handy. But look at your dorm regulations and the warnings on the strips before you short out the entire dorm
- On that note, let’s talk electronics. I found my computer to be very very handy. For anyone who will be an engineer, it’s practically mandatory. On the other hand, many dorms have at least one computer you can use, and the library will have several. Big colleges might also have laptops you can check out for the year. A phone is also very nice, for obvious reasons. Most big campuses have wifi across the campus (although it’s usually notoriously unreliable at that one minute you need it) so using something like an iPod touch or another form of wifi-but-not-cellular device usually works well. Many people like taking notes on a tablet with a stylus, but that can get expensive. Something that plays music is fantastic.
- Folders, binders, and notebooks are still necessary. Make sure you carry a notebook at all times, because you never know when a pop quiz will come and you have to turn in a sheet of paper.
- Bring #2 pencils for Scantron tests, and pens if you want. At least one highlighter is great, and you’ll want a Sharpie at some point in time.
- Having a stapler will save you, and you’ll probably want a few paper clips and clamps.
- Printers can be tricky. If you get free printing, don’t do it. If you have to slid across a large campus to get it, perhaps. I brought a printer, and I used it (and the scanner) say more often than I thought I would. I even let my friends use it, on condition that they would pitch in for replacement ink and paper. If you do get one, the wifi system might not work, so make sure it comes with a connecting cord as an option. If you have a choice, go for printing speed over quality. You’ll thank me when you anxiously wait for that paper to print so you can get to class on time.
- Rulers are helpful, and bring all the calculators you used in high school. Many classes have different requirements for calculators, and you’ll kick yourself if you have to buy a new one because your old one is at home.
- A desk lamp is extremely necessary. Dorm rooms are not well lit, and you will be needing the light.
- Having a backpack or other bag to hold all your stuff is nice for treks across a rainy campus, as is a pencil case.
- Bring some form of planner/scheduler. Even if it is an app on your phone. I promise you, you won’t remember assignments and it will come back to bite you.

- You’ll want to discuss these with your roommate if you can.
- A rug is wonderful for early morning cold feet and for entertaining friends. Remember that your space is very limited, and that you’ll probably sit on the floor a lot. Having a rug will make your room feel more cosy, anyway.
- Dorms should provide a bed frame, a closet, a desk/chair, and a dresser set. Check online to see what you are produced with.
- An extra chair per room is great for friends and relaxing, but a bug armchair or couch is probably too big.
- If you want to, bring a TV, but many dorms have tvs on each floor.
- Bring wall decorations. Seriously. Even if you tape up some free paint samples. Your room will feel much more comfortable. If you can, bring a few photos of home. You’ll probably reference your family/friends, and it’s nice to have photos regardless.
- On that note, check your dorms policy for hanging things up. Blue painters tape is usually allowed, or the 3M hooks.
- I liked having a calendar on the wall to help me keep track of what month it was and long term things like midterms. Also birthdays.
- I also really used my dry erase board to write out a schedule. I actually brought two, a small one for schedule and messages, and a large one that was such a help for studying. People also bring bulletin boards (corkboards).
- Plastic drawers for storage. For food, clothes, school work, art stuff, etc.

- You will eat at least some, if not most, of your meals in dining halls, but many dorms have small kitchens in them.
- Microfridge/something similar. If you and your roommate decide that you will use it enough to be worth it.
- At least a pair of cups, plates, bowls, and flatware. It’s easier to start with plastic ones, because you can use them later in life as outdoor dishes and you don’t want broken shards all over the floor.
- Mixing bowl and large spoon. You can usually borrow other cooking pots/pans from the RAs, but you’ll want the bowl for random quick meals.
- Cups and tsp/tbsp measures.
- Mug and travel mug. If you like coffee or tea or hot chocolate than this is a must. You can also make incredible microwave things in a ceramic mug, like brownies, quiche, etc. just google it. (I’ll probably get around to making a references list for that at some point)
- Dish soap and towel. You’ll probably have to wash your dishes in the bathroom.
- Sponge/other cleaning things. You’ll need them. Paper towels are handy too.

- Bike/skateboard/roller blades/scooters. I have a bike and a longboard, and they are essential to my day. If you live far from classes, or have a tendency to run a little late, the wheels help you get there on time. There is a small geek factor in roller blades and scooters, but to each their own.
- Safety gear and locks for the transportation. Check out the campus safety for bikes, because those are vulnerable to theft. I would suggest a U lock and a flexible coiled lock for overnight, and then just one for during class. Some people take off their seat every evening and bring that to their room. If you are in a rainy place, bring a plastic bag with you so you can cover your seat and avoid a wet butt.
- Safety things for you. Check your campus regulations, but an alarm whistle/pepper spray might be needed. Also, if you will need them, there are drink testers that can tell you if your drink has been tampered with.
- First Aid Kit. I don’t care if the RA has one or how close student health is. Bring a first aid kit with ibuprofen, band aids, triple antibiotic (neosporin), CPR mask if applicable, athletic tape and gauze.
- If allowed, a back or shoulder warmer is wonderful. Anyone with back pain will love it, and it decreases stress. Also, for those who menstruate, it can do wonders for cramps.
- A frisbee/slack line/etc can be a lot of fun and a way to meet new people on campus.
- Bring a deck of cards and perhaps other card/board games. You’d be surprised by the amount of people who like games.

Out of Dorms:
- Everything listed above. And depending on the furnishings of the place, some things listed below.

- Bed. This can be anything from a fancy bed frame with double mattresses to a single mattress on the floor.
- Bedside table. Can also be the top of a dresser.
- Lamp/other light source
- Desk/chair
- Comfy chair/couch
- Living room table
- TV stand/TV
- Lamp/light source
- Kitchen table/chairs

- Kitchen supplies. Thus will depend on your cooking ability. Saucepan, frying pan, 13 x 9 pan, spatula, mixing bowls, big spoons, hand mixer, cup/tsp measures. Plates/cups/flatware/bowls for at least two, if not four people. Leftover containers. Thermos for soup. Paper towels. Cutting boards (never ever use the same one for meat and for fruits/veggies. Also don’t use a wood one for meat, or it’ll be absorbed and super gross/sick making)
- Bathroom supplies. Toilet paper, soap, hand towel, bleach wipes, toilet bowl scrubber, toothbrush holder, cup, personal hygiene products.

- You’ll want to have a supply of basic staples, and then a revolving door of food. I tend to take Sunday evening and make a large amount of storeable food (lasagna, enchiladas, baked mac n cheese, etc) and freeze it, so I have leftovers for lunches. I then will make on a free night a moderate amount of a less storeable/transportable meal (beef stew, meats like pork tenderloin, tacos) for variety and eat that for dinners.
- Flour. Wheat and or white. If you want to be healthy, many things can use a mixture and still taste great.
- Bisquik. Add some sugar and its pancake mix. Add some liquids and its biscuits. Add flour and water and it’s quickbread/pizza dough
- Rice
- Pasta
- Butter
- Cheeses. I’m from WI originally, so I tend to have a selection. The basic one is cheddar, or Colby-jack for a milder taste. Also mozzarella is convenient.
- Peanut Butter/soy nut butter/sunbutter/what have you
- Oatmeal
- Sugar. Brown, white, and powdered.
- Tea
- Hot chocolate
- Summer sausage
- Spices
- Milk
- Eggs
- Yoghurt
- Pizza Sauce (cheaters way, but so easy to use)
- Canned goods. Beans, salsa, enchilada sauce, tomatoes, soups soups soups
- Chicken soup stock
- Frozen veggies/fruits
- Tortillas
- Frozen pizza
- Cereals
- Meats
- Fresh fruit/veggies
- Ice cream
- Juices
- Lunch meats
- Bread
- Desserts
Obviously this is a summary, but anything that will hold for a long time and can be used in many meals is a staple. Anything that’ll last for a little while and is used often is a necessary. Anything that won’t last very long or is not very necessary is cycled.

- Home safety necessaries
- Yard work equipment
- Copy of lease agreement
- Extra key
- Larger first aid kit with more supplies than above, including ice packs, more general medicine like antihistamines, burn cream, ace bandages, first aid manual. Since you’re farther from student health, you’ll need this.
- Working fire alarms
- Batteries

This is just a general list, but it’ll serve for the basics.

Harry’s male flings evolution

About Xander.

I don’t think he is Harry’s boyfriend, I don’t think he’s coming out with him. I do think, though, that his presence deserves acknowledgment and a bit of deliberation. I don’t personally agree with the assumption that his role perfectly lines up with Nick Grimshaw’s and Jeff Azoff’s ones. I’ll try to sum up my point; please, rush to correct me or add anything that you may find necessary.

Nick: PURPOSE— Avert attention from Larry. They were so desperate to hide and deny Louis and Harry’s relationship at that time that they ended up not minding to suggest Harry was romantically/sexually involved with an out man. They were simultaneously and much more strongly pushing Harry as hyper-busy with women and confident that only the Larry side of the fandom would really pay attention to this. I’m no expert, but I’d venture to say that 99% of the Gryles shippers were former Larries, am I correct? They went as far as to pass on that Harry had cheated on Louis with Nick, everything in order to weed out Larries. ADDITIONAL HELP— Nick was officially the ideal instrument to introduce Harry into the cool world and have him connected with all of his flames. TARGET— Larries (general fandom when in the function of mediator).

Jeff: PURPOSE— Blatantly display a threatening connection with Irving Azoff and what he stands for. Modest!/Syco is not the handler anymore, it’s the target. Not conceived as a stunt, never really pushed as such, with Glenn generally showing up with the two of them, or with Harry alone (hence some very messy theories). Hazoff shippers might have surfaced as a result of that fascinating process that has come to line up some fans’ reasoning with 1DHQ needs. Most of them were disappointed Larries, probably? Some the non-Larries first pioneers of Harry’s homosexuality? However, they (unintentionally) mitigated the original purpose of the showy relation in favor of 1DHQ. ADDITIONAL HELP– Jeff and Harry probably developed working connections and if some new fans came to read Harry as anything other than super straight, no real need to complain. TARGET— Modest!/Syco/Sony (and ultimately the fandom).

Xander: PURPOSE— Raise speculation inside the whole fandom and clinch the process of Harry’s new image. Harry and Xander, while absolutely showing nothing particularly telling, act purposefully in a way that can leave doors open to speculation if one IS indeed looking for it. If I were a total outsider and someone pointed their timeline to me, I would probably make a joke on the line of “Ah, Harry Styles might have found himself a nice boyfriend, good for him!”. If I were an old fan, I would never. But Xarry doesn’t appeal to the Larry/GayHarry side of the fandom, it finally appeals to every single fan who must now find themselves in the position to seriously speculate about Harry’s boyfriend. That fans who insisted until now that Harry is Casanova can’t physically link him to any woman anymore and (unless they’re really desperate cases that won’t be in any other way brought to the intended conclusion and will likely leave after the coming out) must surrender to take Harry’s possible gay tendencies into consideration. This portion of fans, hardly conditioned to despise the concept of Larry and all of their supporters for years, won’t naturally turn to Louis, they absolutely need a mediator to land them from Harry may be gay to Harry is with Louis (I’m not stating what I would do in their position, I’m stating what I see they’re doing). ADDITIONAL HELP— Harry and Xander might have shared business interests, he’s coming from the Azoffs’ entourage and still is a connection to them; the fuss about the new couple serves as a good distraction from Larry and what’s going on with Louis and has probably been turned to Modest!/Syco’s advantage to help the Harry-Ot3 narrative. TARGET— The fandom as a whole (particularly the non Larries).

The difference with Nadine is (besides the obvious opposite conclusion in terms of sexuality to be drawn) that Nadine was the last of the serial winter girlfriends Harry had signed to be linked with. Publicly. There was the same old press about Hadine, even if, following Irving’s intervention, Harry fulfilled his duty without doing absolutely nothing that’d compromise him as not-gay (and even previously shaded the whole affair). Which is indeed what he’s doing with Xander, exactly the same thing. He’s repeatedly seen with him, alone or with others, acting very relaxed, it’s up to interpretation what they are to each other. With Nadine came to intervene hetero normative and Harry’s “abitual” ladies man ways, with Xander the new assumption that Harry might be interested in men (and still sleeping with everything that moves). There is not press pushes behind Xarry, neither there will be (although I’m not completely opposed to the possibility of something smaller to surface) due to its prominent fandom purpose.

Tricks Successful People Use To Make Smart Decisions

A study from Columbia University found that we’re bogged down by a good 70 decisions a day. With so many decisions taking up each day, learning to prioritize them and make them effectively is essential to your success and happiness. Here are a few strategies successful people use for effective decision-making:

1. They Turn Small Decisions Into Routines

2. They Make Big Decisions In The Morning

3. They Pay Attention To Their Emotions

4. They Evaluate Their Options Objectively

5. They Use Exercise To Recharge

6. They Reflect On Previous Decisions

Four more tricks successful people use to make smart decisions.

Reach out is a fantastic mental health advocacy organisation. You can find them on twitter @ReachOut_AUS and Facebook. Run by the Inspire foundation they are a wealth of information and resources on mental health and well-being, and I definitely recommend checking them out!

Yesterday on twitter I saw THIS POST by ReachOut on tips to help you get through exams. As someone who sets really high expectations for myself, with perfectionistic tenancies (although I’m working on the 80/20 rule with my psychologist) I tend to get really stressed around exam times.

Over the years I’ve learned study techniques that work for me (doing a Masters in Education by research will help with that) and I’ve developed strategies to deal with anxiety and stress.

So here is my ‘summary’ (in cute cartoon form) of ReachOut’s fabulous post.

16 Things Guaranteed To Make You Happy At Work

Let’s face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Here’s how emotionally intelligent people create their own happiness at work:

1. Don’t Obsess Over Things You Can’t Control

2. Don’t Compare Yourself To Other People

3. Reward Yourself

4. Stay True To Yourself

5. Stay Away From Negative People

See the full list of strategies that will improve your happiness at work.

3 Steps To A Billion Dollar Company (A Hint: Communication Is Key)

To reach the rarified air of a billion dollar product and company, you’ll need in idea that’s more than smart. You’ll need brilliant strategy and execution as well. Nobody claims the process was easy, but here are the three ideas they shared:

1. Figure out what people will want, and give it to them. 

2. Do one thing better than anyone else.

3. Tell the authentic story only your brand can tell.

If you have a billion dollar ambition, here’s how to get these three things right so you’ll be well on your way to the billion dollar company club.

Strategies for Retaining Female Engineers

Women earned 49 percent of allscience and engineering bachelor’s degrees, 43 percent of science and engineering master’s degrees and 40 percent of science and engineering doctoral degrees in 2014, reports the National Student Clearinghouse. Yet women make up less than 25 percent of the STEM workforce and only 10.5 percent of employed engineers. Researchers have found that workplace culture and women’s personal character traits play major roles in retention. So what are the things that make a difference?

Women prefer workplaces that are collaborative rather than hierarchical, explains Heather Metcalf, director of research and analysis at the Association for Women in Science. And they are more apt to stay in work environments that allow for creativity and flexibility, she says.

Conversely, women are fleeing companies that encourage employees to practically live at work, she says. While 71 percent of women with young children work outside the home, according to the Pew Research Center, women still shoulder more responsibility for child care and elder care than men. So living at the office to show they are committed to their jobs is not an option.

IEEE Spectrum

5 Ways You Can Position Yourself As A Leader (Before You Have Any Followers)

There’s never been a better time to develop our leadership skills. Incorporating these tips into your work life will demonstrate your abilities to the people who can take your career to the next level:

1. Deliver Superior Performance.  

2. Cultivate A Followership.

3. Be Boldly Self-Aware.

4. Think Strategically.  

5. Attract Mentors.

When you do get the opportunity to take on a leadership role or enter a leadership development program, make the most of it. Read more here.
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Tumblr is still seen as an up-and-coming place to market yourself or your product, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done! So here are some simple tips to round off your social media practices! 

1.  Focus on only one or two social networks instead of trying to master all of them. It’s okay to focus - look for your chosen audience and go with it. 

2. Schedule your posting - Have a system. There are specific times of day and specific days of the week when your followers are more responsive - pay attention to these times, and focus your posting to those times. Great days for posting on Tumblr are: Friday morning between 7am - 12pm, Saturday between 7am - 2pm and Saturday evening from 6pm - 11pm. You’ll actually find that the majority of Tumblr users in the arts niche are more active in the morning.  

3. Don’t over-post. I’ve been bad for this even!If you suddenly have a pile of great material that is fantastic! But don’t post it all at once, put it your queue or your drafts to post throughout the day or week. 

4. Try to post at least once a day. Successful people on social media are the people who continuously engage with their chosen platform and audience. Being absent for months at a time makes it difficult for you to increase your sphere of influence. 

5. Follower count does not necessarily mean you’re successful. Look at your personal reach to measure the success of your content. For example, I currently have just a little over 10,000 followers, however, the engagement of my personal posts averages around 16 people. This average tells me I must focus on more engaging content and look at what posts are triggering more responses. It also tells me a lot about what my audience is looking for. 

6. Make sure your theme is working for you! Is your theme displaying your artwork and your message as a creator? See my post on user-friendly themes for artists here

7. Use hashtags wisely. Hashtags will be one of the primary influencers in gaining audience within your network/niche.  

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8. Find the biggest influencers who are sharing your content. Identify who the biggest influencers in your niche are and build a working relationship with them. This is where ‘mutuals’ comes in handy! 

9. Add customized messages to your content. This is a great way to engage your audience a little more. After all, people follow you because they like what you have to say - so be brave and say more!