the freshman experiement

Unpopular opinion: I don’t get Ford/Lardo?? Like as a graduating senior I wouldn’t date a freshman because my life is in a totally different place and our needs wouldn’t really intersect at all. I really really really want more Lardo mentoring Ford and helping her balance manager stuff and having a life of her own, but I DO NOT like them in a romantic or sexual relationship because it feels really wrong to me. I doubly hate Ford/Lardo/Shitty because that suddenly feels like an older couple being predatory towards someone who’s vulnerable. Part of this feeling is because I want to see where ngozi is going to take the story, but part of it is because I’ve seen what dating older people did to me and my friends. It makes me uncomfortable on such a deep level I can’t even articulate it.

Have you ever been at your school’s teacher award ceremony done by the senior class and all of the female teachers are crying and then the Spanish teacher gets up and starts break dancing with a senior then the banner falls onto the cupcakes, the Spanish teacher starts twerking, and one of the math teachers falls out of his chair because I have.

Advice for incoming college freshmen

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts like these lately, and I thought I’d contribute based on my own experience:

Go to your college’s first-year orientation. These events are usually free and offer a campus tour, ice breakers, music, free food and/or shirts, and sessions explaining the roles of your college’s services and how they’re there to help you. Orientation is great because you get to go out and really walk through the campus and talk to people that go there, whether they commute or dorm. You won’t need to feel awkward because there will be tons of incoming freshmen that are in the same boat as you, new to the college experience.

Make your schedule accordingly. Make sure that when you register for classes, you qualify to take them. Some classes require pre-requisites before you are able to take them. Sometimes freshmen are allowed to take upper-level classes, but you often need permission to do so. And make sure that the classes you take fulfill your degree requirements/gen-eds.

• With this being said, try not to have any long gaps between classes. They might seem like a good idea, but unless you know you’ll really be able to focus and get work done, don’t do it. Gaps make it really easy to get lazy and not want to do anything for the rest of the day.

AVOID 8AM CLASSES. Whether you dorm or commute, it will be too hard to function so early in the morning. Only take an 8am if you really need to (ex. all of the other lecture/lab sections were closed and you need to fulfill a requirement). Just cause you did it in high school, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do it in college.

• If you are trying to register for a class and it is already filled, but you really want to take it, ask for special permission. In some colleges, you are required to ask a certain professor or head of a department for a special permission number that will allow you to gain entry in the class.

Avoid 3hr-long classes (unless it’s something like a science lab). These are usually lectures that meet once a week, and feel like a drag when you show up.

Don’t buy all of your books from your college bookstore. As the Tumblr community has spread around different places to find your books, it is evident that college textbooks are overpriced. Try to find an e-book version, buy from someone who has already taken the class, or download free PDFs.

Do your reading. Whether or not you’re taking a basic 100-level course or users from ratemyprofessors said that the class was easy, you will need to do your reading. It will help you keep up and overall get a better grade.

Take notes. There is a lot of information to take in, a lot to study, and not that much time. Write shortened notes that you’ll be able to understand, and rewrite/type them later to study from.

Get help early. If you find yourself struggling in any of your classes in the beginning of the semester, don’t be afraid to ask questions. This goes for professors, teaching assistants, and peers. If your college offers tutoring services, go! It’s part of your tuition. You might as well put it to use. A little extra push never hurt anybody.

Stay organized. Invest in a planner. You will be given a syllabus during “syllabus week,” but that doesn’t mean you won’t lose track of time. A planner will help you see important due dates in a clear, laid-out way.

Invest in a laptop or a tablet that you can work with. You will need certain programs like Microsoft Office to get through college. You should also be able to check online for new assignments that are posted on your school’s server (ex. blackboard) and check your school email for any important updates/notices.

Prioritize. Find a way to balance sleep, class, work, eating, exercising, and having a social life. It’s college. You need to stay alive for it to have a real experience.

Go to the library. The library is a great place to settle down and really get work/studying done. This quiet environment really encourages productivity.

Exercise and eat healthy. The “freshman 15” is a real thing. Sometimes it ends up as the “freshman 30.” Don’t let it happen. College campuses offer a variety of food to eat and it makes it hard for students to have self-control. Living a healthy lifestyle will give you better results physically and academically. You don’t have to be strict with every meal or lift 250lbs in every gym session. Everybody’s body is different, everyone’s ideal body image is different. Do your best to feel healthy, have glowing skin, and bring a better you. Being healthy does keep your heart and brain happy, and sooner or later it’ll show through your mood and mentality.

• If you commute, try to pack meals and bring them to school. Not that many professors care if you eat during their lectures, just make sure that you do your work and pay attention while you do it. Bringing food from home not only keeps your stomach happy throughout the day, but your wallet as well.

Talk to advisors. They’ll help you with the classes you’re taking and guide you towards declaring your major, as well as help you figure out if you’re in the right direction.

• If your college offers health services like checkups, immunizations, and counseling, don’t be afraid to go. It may seem like a grown-up decision (it kind of is, college is that transition from teenager to adult), but don’t be afraid to get help. Sometimes it gets hard and you can’t just talk to a friend or a parent. They are there to help you, I promise.

Look for job opportunities. College is a great way to start building your resume. Often times you’ll be faced with an internship. Whether or not it is paid, it is experience, and it is appreciated. Try to find a job on-campus or nearby, and have a work schedule that you can balance with school. Sometimes jobs through the university will be offered just because you have a high GPA, or you did outstanding in a specific course. It is a lot of commitment, but it pays off.

Don’t waste your money on Starbucks. Going to Starbucks for a grande coffee everyday is seriously one of the quickest ways to go broke and have nothing in your pocket. Those $5 that you spend daily do add up. Avoid going to Starbucks for a coffee unless you are really desperate. Otherwise, bring hot coffee/tea from home to keep you alert throughout the day. You’ll save so much money and be happy that you did. Because college is expensive.

Look around for scholarships and grants. Sometimes whatever amount of financial aid you’re given through the FAFSA and your college isn’t enough. It’s okay to apply for scholarships (that usually require an essay) throughout the year. Sometimes keeping your grades up throughout college adds to the financial aid you’re given as well. Paying less for college tuition is the goal.

Take advantage of your student discounts. A lot of places offer 15% off retail purchases with student ID. Sometimes you can get lucky and get a discount off of your food, too.

Go to free/discounted events that your school is hosting. You deserve to have some fun.

Make friends! This is a given. But you’ll be able to enjoy college more with people you like. Talk to people in your classes, check out the clubs, organizations, frats and sororities and see what kind of group is right for you.

There will be alcohol, and there will be drugs. It’s college. It’s inevitable. Be careful and know your tolerance levels. Always go to parties with a friend or a few, and make sure someone reliable and (preferably) sober will be able to take care of you and take you home/get you help if something happens to you. Better safe than sorry.

Put yourself out there and HAVE FUN. What’s a college experience without it?

But overall, college is what YOU make it. Happy college and good luck!

More Damian as a college student: My college had an orientation weekend for all the freshmen, which is pretty common as far as I’m aware, but it pretty much felt like summer camp for 400 some freshmen with like 100 upperclassmen running things and I just couldn’t help thinking of what Damian would have done and ended up writing this drabble.


“Hi everyone, I’m Hannah your O-group leader and I’d like to welcome you all to your first semester! So what we’re going to do is some get to know you games. First though how about we just go around the circle and say our name, where we’re from, and one fun fact about ourselves. So my name’s Hannah, I’m from Coast City and I spent the summer working as an intern at Ferris Air.”

This continues to go around the circle and Damian learns his classmates play an array of sports and instruments, won various awards, and come from all over the country. By the time it gets to be his turn he has no suitable fun fact that wouldn’t compromise his identity.

“Hello. My name is Damian Wayne, I am from Gotham City and I-” am Robin, was trained to be an assassin since birth, have died and come back, count metas and a kryptonian as my best friends, I’ve led the teen titans, have been to space multiple times… “have a small wildlife preserve at my house. It includes a cow, some horses, dogs, cats, a turkey, and some more exotic animals.”

The introductions conclude and they move onto the next game, something called the Great Wind Blows. The whole circle stands and one person enters the middle, they say something about themselves and whoever else that applies to must run to another spot in the circle, the last one still moving ends up in the middle next. -tt- This is ridiculous. What could any of these people possibly have in common with myself. The first person is a girl who introduces herself as Joan and then she recites her fact as per the rules, “The great wind blows if you… have an adopted sibling!” Damian moves into the center of the circle, slightly in shock. Joan takes his spot and no one else has moved.

“You both have an adopted sibling?” Hannah asks kindly, trying to encourage them to share.

“My little sister, her name’s Emma. My parents adopted her when she was still a baby and I was four but I love her to pieces.”

“Damian?” Hannah prompts.

Damian gulps and stares at his classmates, “I have four adopted siblings actually, three older brothers and an older sister. Um, Richard, Jason, Timothy, and Cassandra.” Hannah smiles and nods at him and he realizes this is his cue to continue the game. “I’m Damian and the great wind blows if…” you are a black belt in at least one martial art, know how to fence, speak more than three languages fluently, regularly travel across the country… “you spend your summer on a farm or at summer camp.”

Quite a few other teens shuffle around and whoever moved must once again explain how it applies to them. A lot work as summer camp counselors but two others explain they spend summers on their grandparent’s farm or uncle’s vineyard. “A family friend is from Smallville, Kansas and his parents’ have myself, their grandson and a few other friends come stay for parts of the summer on their farm.”

Damian is surprised to find himself moving around the circle to things like “have a dog”, “have a black belt”, “rides horses”, “watch Disney movie marathons with friends”, “have inside jokes with your siblings”, “regularly prank another member of your family”, “one or more of your best friends live in another state”.

What was the most surprising was “have met a superhero”, since Hannah thought this was interesting and practically everyone moved she had them all go around and say which hero, herself having run into different Green Lanterns during her life in Coast City. A lot were “Superman” or “the Flash” two excitedly said they had both met Wonder Woman and Black Canary which prompted a side conversation that needed to be reeled back in.

It got around to Damian who grimaced, scrunched his eyes shut, and began listing as fast as he could, “Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Oracle, Red Hood, Black Bat, Batgirl, Red Robin, Abuse, Superman, both Superboys, the Flash, Kid Flash, Impulse, Arsenal, Green Arrow, Speedy, Black Canary, Catwoman, Huntress, Wonder Woman, Troia, Wonder Girl, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Miss Martian, Blue Beetle, Supergirl, Stargirl, Doctor Midnight, Wildcat, Mister Terrific, Ravager, Tempest, Aquaman, Doctor Fate, Raven, Beast Boy, Starfire, Cyborg and I’m positive there’s some I’m missing…” He opened his eyes to see the rest of the group staring at him in shock, mouths slack. He tried reclaiming an air of nonchalance, “My father funds Batman Inc. Over the years I have met some rather interesting people thanks to that.”

Another boy gave a low whistle, “Dude. You have got to tell me what it’s like meeting Batman.” Damian just smirked as they moved on.

- Little Red

Freshman year: Premed experiences and tips

Freshman Year as a premed is scary. Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Can I keep up with the other premeds?

You feel as if your decision to pursue being a physician is all reliant on your first year of college.

Breath. The only thing you can prepare yourself for on being a “newbie” on campus is to choose your classes.

Classes: at this time it is recommended that Biology and Chemistry be taken together (though everyone is different and there is no perfect way to have classes to get into medical school… this is under your discretion, this is only what I did AS A BIOLOGY MAJOR).

TIP 1: GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS; IMPRESS. IMPRESS. IMPRESS.

I believe the best thing you could do in these classes is… DO THE VERY BEST YOU CAN. IMPRESS YOUR PROFESSORS. GET AN A+ IF YOU CAN ON EVERY EXAM. HOWEVER, do not kill yourself… make sure there is balance in your life, but do the very best you can. Why?

This is the time where professors are just getting to know who you are. If you impress them as a freshmen, ideally they will invest more time into seeing that you succeed.

I go to a private college in California. SO, getting to know your professors at my school is much easier than a public university I would say, HOWEVER, it still can be done.

SIT IN THE FRONT OF THE CLASS. Do not be afraid to stand out. This is college, this is your career ahead of you.

When the professor asks a question intended for the students to answer and you know the answer, ANSWER IT. ANSWER AS MANY AS POSSIBLE.

Professors seek premed students to guide that are striving to succeed and have an unquenchable thirst for learning. STAND OUT. I would even introduce yourself to the professor one way or another if you have to. YOU WANT THEM TO KNOW YOU. Why?

After trying my hardest in these classes, my professors sought me out and are now offering me teaching opportunities in the future, as well as recommending me to other professors for research. I am researching right now because of a close relationship I have with one of my professors. I impressed him with my drive in his class as a new premed and he is now offering me opportunities I would not have been able to find on my own.

Whatever effort you put it, it will pay off.

TIP 2: TRANSITION

Make sure that the amount of units you are taking are enough to challenge you, but also enough for you to be able to transition to the new challenges you will face in college.

Transitioning into college life can be easy and/or difficult for students. This is the time where you learn how disciplined you are. Friends or Studying? Ect… Give yourself leeway if this may be a problem for you, like taking 15 units instead of all 18 for at least your first semester of freshman year. The worst thing you could do to yourself is disappoint yourself with how you preformed and give up on your dream to be a doctor.

Remember, we are only human.

TIP 3: GET A’S

It is important to medical schools that your GPA is high in college for a variety of reasons, but they are searching for medical school candidates that they know will succeed in their vigorous programs. They are investing in you to succeed.

Thus, get as high of a GPA as you can. Not only this, but freshman year will be one of your easier years and maybe even your EASIEST YEAR. Get A’s in your easy classes, so that when you enter upper level classes that you cannot get A’s in no matter how hard you try, you can feel at ease knowing that you tried your hardest and have a “safety net.

Getting A’s also gives you a confidence boost. “YEAH I AM A PREMED AND I CAN BE A VERY GOOD ONE TOO. BRING IT ON SOPHOMORE YEAR. I KILLED IT FRESHMEN YEAR.”

TIP 4: LOCATE OTHER PREMEDS

You will find many premeds in beginning biology and chemistry classes this year. Get to know them? Maybe they have information you do not know and vice versa. PREMEDS MUST STICK TOGETHER (to the best of their abilities).

It is nice to be able to discuss courses and maybe even study together if you are compatible with them. Either way, it is nice to feel like you are not the only one struggling at times. Yes, there are other people that have felt the pressure you are feeling and they have survived. You will live past this year.

Another way of doing this is joining biology, chemistry, and/or premed clubs! This way you can also meet juniors and seniors that are premed and you can ask them about their premed journey/receive quality tips on courses, which professors are the best, and even ways to study.

I know a senior who was accepted by a medical school in Wisconsin through premed club and now I can ask him questions to see how he got accepted or what he felt was most crucial to his application (what made him stand out the most).

TIP 5: MAKE A FOUR YEAR PLAN WITH YOUR ADVISER.

You can also do this on your own and check with your adviser (this is what I did). There are plenty of templates online/ you can make your own via Microsoft word. This will help you in the long run.

Yes, it will change so do not spend endless hours on it like I did. The availability of courses (EVEN AT A PRIVATE SCHOOL) can be tricky to fit into one schedule. At the very least, map out what major requirements you will be taking every year to meet that major (same with minors and concentrations). Then, you can fill in GE’s but be prepared for THOSE to potentially change.

Have fun with it. It should be exciting to see all the courses you could discover and take. It also takes pressure off of making a brand new schedule in such a short amount of time during the school year, while still taking classes. It will already be set for you via your four year plan and you make changes as you go.

TIP 6: TAKE GREAT NOTES IN THE COURSES FOR THE MCAT AT THE VERY LEAST

I will be making another post on how to take different types of notes depending on the class, but for the sake of this post, take great notes because of the MCAT.

You will most likely need the notes you took in Biology, Chemistry, etc… when you begin studying for the MCAT so make sure they are organized and stay organized. I organized mine in binders, since much of my notes were PowerPoints from my professor and typed notes/handwritten notes I made.  

Also, I am keeping my textbooks that have information that will be on the MCAT, but selling the others if necessary.

TIP 7: STAY BALANCED

This year will go by so fast that you will feel like you just graduated high school yesterday, but now you are a sophomore in college.

A way to stay balanced is to avoid procrastination. How? This will be another post, but doing this will avoid stress. Stress can affect your health negatively if it is constant so make sure you do whatever you need to in order to avoid unnecessary stress on your assignments.

Lastly, take time for yourself, family, and friends. Seems simple, but it is not. You can lose yourself in the books for classes, but take the time (even if you need to schedule it) to be with the people you love.

Medical schools like seeing that you can handle the school work in college, while finding time to do other things outside of medicine or school. Whether it is playing a sport, painting, or going to the movies with your family. Find a way to de-stress.

KNOW THAT COLLEGE IS ONLY ABOUT 8 MONTHS OF THE YEAR. THE OTHER FOUR ARE SUMMER. Yeah you may have to work… but it is not the same as studying (unless you take summer courses, DUH).

MY POINT BEING, BUST YOUR BUTT FOR 4 MONTHS AT A TIME (SEMESTER SCHEDULES). It makes it seem much less intimidating than thinking of it as a year (helps you not to mentally burn out). You take different classes each semester, so realistically it is only four months at a time. BUST YOUR BUTT, SO THAT YOU CAN RELAX IN SUCCESS THAT WINTER BREAK OR SUMMER.

Find your inspiration TO DO YOUR BEST and go with it.

ENDING WORDS:

You are a freshman with little to no expectations by others but much from yourself. Understand this next year will be a learning experience and pose odd problems, but you can do it. You will survive it and most will survive it with flying colors. Do not forget to have fun and learn to love your school (you will be there for the next 3 years of your life, most likely).

These are tips that I would have told myself before my freshman year, but if you decide to use them, I am not responsible for the consequences that follow. I can only see positive consequences coming from them, but life is crazy so I thought I would say this just in case. I hope it helped/poses a realistic view of your freshman year. Again, use my advice under your discretion.

PREMEDS UNITE. xoxo

College Tours: What to Expect & What to Ask

When it comes time to apply for a college and make your final decision, there are a lot of variables to consider. What degrees are offered, where is it located, what’s the price, and what’s life like on that campus? One excellent step to the process is a college tour. Here’s what those are all about.

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Best Japanese high school movies

- last updated june 2016 -

  • Ao Haru Ride (2014)

summary: Well-meaning, but socially awkward, Sawako Kuronuma is nicknamed “Sadako” by her classmates because of her similar hair cut with the main character from the horror movie “Ring”. Her life then takes a turn when Shota Kazehaya, the most popular boy in school, falls for her.

  • Heroine Disqualified (2015)

summary: Matsuzaki Hatori is a female high school student who has a crush on her childhood friend, Terasaka Rita. She believes her life is like a shojo manga and Rita will eventually choose her as his heroine. However, Rita begins dating Adachi Miho, a nerdy girl in their classroom. Even though Rita dated before, Hatori feels that Rita really likes Miho and it is the first time Hatori feels threatened by Rita’s girl. Because of Hatori’s jealousy, the most popular playboy student, Hiromitsu Kosuke, takes an interest in Hatori.

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Tips and Advice for University Freshmen

Hello everyone! I’m writing this as I’ve finally finished freshmen year and I thought I’d share some of the things that I wish I’d known before actually starting university. You do not have to follow the advice, this is just what I believe from my experiences during freshman year. 

1. Your syllabus is your lifeline. For me, the syllabus is one of the most important things I receive from my professors because:

  • Your syllabus is likely to have reading/assignment schedule that you need to follow and you can transfer it into your calendar/ bullet journal on the first day and not worry every week about what it is you’re supposed to be doing for class.
  • It has policies the professor follows for things like tardiness and absences and this could literally make the difference in your grade. Every professor follows a different policy: some are okay with you missing three classes and some are anal about you being even 1 second late to class. (for example, I took a class with a professor that took off 5% of your final grade each time you were late).
  • It will have a breakdown of what your final grade includes and this can help you figure out what you need to prioritize working on, so for example, if your quizzes are only worth 5% while your presentation is worth 15%, you should definitely pay more attention to your presentation.

2.   ALWAYS do your readings. I can not emphasize enough how important your readings are (despite what some upperclassmen might say). If you do your readings before class, you will feel more prepared for class and you will have a better idea of what the professor is talking about. It also means that you have a chance to ask extra questions about what you’ve read rather than trying to come up with ones while the professor is lecturing (sometimes it’s difficult to come up with questions when you’re being bombarded with information). The one major thing I would say is that when you do your readings you have a better grip on the material and it helps a lot when it comes to exams/essays; contrary to people who didn’t do their readings the first time and have to go back and do all of it again before the exam. It might suck to have to do 50 pages worth of /boring/ readings but it will be beneficial in the long term.

3.   Use the resources available to you. Oh my god do I wish somebody made sure I did this. If your university offers something like a tuition/help center, GO WHENEVER YOU’RE STUCK. Use the books at your library or online databases you have access to. If your professors & TAs offer office hours, go speak to them whenever you have any questions. It might be scary but it will literally help so much plus it will help you make connections with people around you.

4.   Ask about professors and courses. This is perhaps the most important thing on this list because it can make all the difference when it comes to your GPA. When you’re picking courses for your next semester, ask around about the best professors and courses if you’re looking for a challenging course or ask about easy A classes if you’re looking to keep your GPA up. You should also try to balance what courses you take each semester so that they’re not all super hard and they’re not all super easy (believe me, you will get bored and depressed if they are). If worse comes to worse and you’re stuck taking cores first few semesters-which is likely if you’re a freshman- then try your best to organize your time so that it doesn’t become stressful for you.

5.   Speak to your academic dean/advisor. During your first week, you should try to visit your academic dean (if you have one) so that they can help you out. Here’s a list of things they can help you with:

  • They can help you make a graduation plan which is important if you want to take extra classes or if you have a minor you want to take etc.
  • They can transfer in your high school extra credit which can exempt you from some of the core requirements or count as extra free electives.
  • They can teach you how to use the university system if you’re confused when it comes to registering for classes and other administration stuff.
  • They can offer you support if you just want someone to talk to and/or ask for advice from.

6.   You don’t have to join a club. This one might sound very peculiar but here’s my reasoning for this. If you want to make sure you do well in your first year academic-wise, it might be necessary for you not to overload your schedule with club work if you cant handle both at the same time. Club work is rewarding so I encourage you to join clubs when you can but it’s okay for you to get a better grip on how things work in your university first.

And that’s all I can come up with for now, if you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message! Good luck to all you incoming freshmen.

tips for freshman (for conconfranta and anyone else who needs it!)

1. Join clubs! Clubs are a fun way to learn about and explore your interests, and you make tons of friends. If you want upperclassmen friends clubs are the easiest way to do that.

2. Take every opportunity that is offered to you. Every audition, every tryout, every extra credit point. You won’t regret it. (This is one of the things I didn’t do!)

3. Your teachers want to help you!! Go see them at any opportunity (free blocks) and ask any questions, check for missing work, or just go over what you learned. It’s always worth it.

4. Write everything down. If the teacher write it on the board, write it. If the teacher puts it in a PowerPoint, write it. If you have a question, write it. Even if you don’t know what it means, write it anyway.

5. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. This is my worst habit. Do whatever you need to make sure you do your work; set alarms, write down reminders.

6. When you’re doing your homework, turn off your phone. Otherwise you will end up on Tumblr or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram and your 30 minute assignment will take 3 hours.

7. Speaking of homework, just do it. Get it over with. It seems obvious but this was my defining weakness last year.

8. Be that kid who always has extra stuff to share with the poor soul who forgot pencils/paper/lead/gum/etc. People will worship you. It’s an easy way to make friends.

9. Speaking of, here’s a fun list of things that are helpful to carry around:
- phone charger (some teachers are nice and well let you use the outlet, but some aren’t about that life. always ask first.)
- tampons and pads
- Advil (check school rules first)
- sewing kit
- if you wear makeup, I always have mascara, concealer and a lip product. it’s great for if you wake up late or need a touch up.
- bobby pins/hair elastics
- gum or mints

10. Take risks. Experiment. Freshman year is a transition time, use it to find out who you are and what you like.

11. That being said, NEVER do anything that makes you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or scared. If you need help, call a friend, parent, babysitter, uber, 911, whatever you need.

12. Relationships might happen. They might not. Don’t worry about it. If you find someone you like and who likes you, awesome! Go for it. If you don’t, that’s also awesome! Never go into a relationship for the sole purpose of being in a relationship. How many people you’ve dated does not illustrate your self worth.

13. Mental health days are okay, and sometimes necessary.

14. Have colourful school supplies. They’re more fun. You’ll look cool.

15. Your friend groups will shift around. Sometimes it really sucks. You will survive. Surround yourself with people who love you. Cut out people who only contribute negativity.

16. Ask questions! Don’t be afraid of upperclassmen! The saddest sight is a poor freshman wandering the hallways without a clue of where to go. Ask!

17. You will be the butt of many freshman jokes. It will suck. It’s not your fault you’re a freshman, but you get made fun of anyway. Don’t sweat it. Take it in stride and prove them wrong.

18. A bad grade is not a disaster. Use it as inspiration to grow even more.

19. Have a plan, but also be ready for anything. Maybe you’ll change your mind and decide to play tuba instead of trumpet. Maybe you’ll cut your hair even though you’ve been growing it out for a while. Do your thing.

20. Sometimes you will not have your homework done. Don’t make excuses, just say that you don’t have it and you’ll bring it in next class. Bring it in next class.

21. If you’re getting a bad vibe from a class or a teacher, try and switch out of the class. Sometimes it won’t work, but if it can it’ll benefit you tons.

22. Mostly for girls: an upperclassman will hit on you or ask you out. Don’t say yes.

23. You’re going to be fine. Don’t be scared. You’ll live.

If anyone else has anything to add, feel free! (I will probably come back and add things I forgot lol)

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I think she finds it cute and endearing.


When do ya’ll start school? I start in like 2 weeks. I’m curious to know about how many of ya’ll are going to be freshmen. My first year was pretty fun, I actually became social and joined clubs, so I made a lot of friends. What was your freshman experience like?

anonymous asked:

I'm going to college in a few months and I was wondering if you have any tips?

UH YEAH I DO
mostly under the cut because I tend to ramble

1. Plan. Plan. Plan.
It doesn’t matter if you’re taking electrical engineering or you’re taking underwater basket weaving. The college deadlines are eventually going to catch up with you, so as soon as you read the syllabus and you have time, input the syllabus into a deadline or calendar system so you can plan accordingly. I highly recommend using Google Keep for multiple reasons: it syncs with Google calendars, it’s pretty organized and gives your notifications, and has the ability to do part two.

2. Make a checklist
Make a checklist for what you have to do each day, week, month, and semester. It’ll keep track of your goals and what you have planned, and you get the satisfaction of checking off whatever you accomplish. The other reason I highly recommend using Google Keep is because you can make checklists with deadlines. I find that this and number three saved my last semester.

3. Physically writing deadlines
As an engineering and pre-med student, I find that both putting my deadlines with a notification system in my phone and planning out the day by physically writing them reduces my anxiety of how and when am I going to finish assignments. I recently started using the studyblr technique, which I think really works for me because it gets me looking forward to planning out my week and gives me a break with doodling/drawing and just generally giving me a much needed breather. I stumbled across studyblr through @studytildawn which is honestly an inspiration for so many of my spreads. You can track a lot of things through here, such as budget and water/food intake, so it’s an amazing support and organizational tool that you custom-make for yourself. Here’s one of mine from earlier this week:

4. Budget
Keep in mind how much you have to spend per month. If anything, overestimate your food and grocery budget so you have room for error. Budgeting is important in college, especially if you’re strapped for cash. Consider your income or scholarship and loan money, and then understand the main things you have to buy each month to survive. If you have money left over, save most of it and spend on wants. For example, my current budget per month is $100, and I live in the dorms, so my meal plan cost is included in my overall cost of living. There is a market on campus that takes my dining money for stuff like laundry detergent and the like. However, there are some restaurants and stuff right off campus that I would have to pay for, and I like to buy fruit off-campus because it’s better and lasts longer. I usually spend about $60 for food groceries and other necessary expenditures per month, $30 for off-campus food in restaurants, and I keep $10 as a buffer and to spend for something I like, such as gel pens. 

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Tips for my upcoming college freshman followers.

Last year, around this time I was preparing myself for the next chapter of my life, college. It was certainly an exciting time in my life because of all the possibilities that college had in store for me – the moving in process, finding out who my roommates were, getting weekly emails talking about frosh week/ orientation, dorm shopping, classes, and all that fun stuff. At that time, I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t care. I was ready to take everything on head strong and just take on whatever life threw at me. 

Looking back at it now, the one year I spent as a freshman was no cake walk. It was one of the most difficult (yet rewarding) years of my 19 years of living. I’ve had to go through so much learning curve that I wasn’t even prepared for half of what I had to go through. I had to learn how to adapt at a quick pace just so I wouldn’t fall behind. In the end, it did make me stronger, it made me smarter, and it made me prepared for the real world. However, I do wish that I had known some of these things that I know now before I went to college last year. So I thought I should at least share these to my followers who are off to college this upcoming fall and just eager to get started and get the dice rolling.


1.) Don’t worry about the past. The beauty of college is that you can start off with a blank slate once again. It doesn’t mean that you just completely forget who you are , where you came from, and the people that got you there. it just simply means that the past doesn’t defy who you’re going to turn out to be in college.

Seeing yourself evolve and grow is an inevitable process that will happen in college. You might not wholeheartedly embrace the change right away, but trust me you will come to terms with it, because that change is for the better. College is the time where you find yourself and grow into that person that you are meant to become. Just remember, being a freshman gives you a brand new opportunity to start over again. To do things you wish you had done back in high school, to be who you truly are to be accepted by those around you. The change is scary because you’re accustomed to this certain norm you had back in high school, but trust me, once the path seems a little clearer, you’ll see that you’re better off. Never stop searching for yourself and embrace the process of change in your life.

2.) If it doesn’t click right away, it doesn’t mean it won’t ever click. The most exciting part of my freshman experience was meeting new friends. The day I settled in college, I was so excited to make new friends and find people who were like me that I just put myself out there hoping that it leads to me finding new friends… Then reality hit me. Three weeks of school had gone by and I still haven’t made friends. It turns out I had nothing in common with any of my roommates, the people I met at frosh (and got drunk with) were nothing more than just “drinking buddies” that I only ever talk to at parties. The first three weeks of school was the loneliest I’ve ever felt in my life. To add salt in the wound, I would go on Facebook and see all of my old friends tagged on photos with their new friends. I was so down on myself that I just ended up spending weekends alone in my bed and watching Netflix. It wasn’t until October that it had finally click and I found my people. After saying “fuck it, why not?!?” after one of the guys from my intramural team invited me to a party. That’s when I met who would become my closest friend in university. We just ended up clicking from our shared interests in dancing, FIFA, beer pong, and all that. After that I’ve spent every weekend going to the coolest parties with, kicking ass in beer pong with, ending up at Denny’s at 3 a.m. hammered drunk with. He became almost like a family member to me, like someone that I’ve known my whole life. My point is: You’ll eventually find your spot in university with the people you like. It might be something that happens because you’ve made it happen, or it might be like my case where it happened out of nowhere, unexpected. Go out and take a risk; go to that party! Join that club! Who knows who you might meet? Hang in there, you’ll be alright!

3.) Make sure you get your proper nutrition! You’ve heard of the freshman 15. I know you have. Well, it’s true. Freshman 15 scared me to the point that I dedicated time and effort to be at the gym working out at least 4x a week on top of intramural basketball. Staying active is good, but eating healthy and making sure you have all the necessary nutrition is important. Luckily I didn’t gain any weight, but what happened was my nutritionist said that my diet was poor that had I eaten properly on top of my workout regimen, I would probably have abs now. My diet lacked fiber and contained high amounts of red meat. I barely ate vegetables, drank a lot of soda and vodka, and had an inconsistent routine with my eating habits. Most freshman who are living in dorms will have a meal plan, which means pizza bars, burgers, and shitty greasy food. Moderate yourself. Sure, it’s okay to have pizza once in awhile, but don’t do it everyday. Eat some veggies, some fruits. It’s okay to go HAM with that ciroq bottle once in awhile, but make sure you’re hydrated with water everyday. Your colon and liver will thank you. Trust me! Moderation, self-control, and planning ahead with meals is crucial to a healthy bowel movement and a function digestive system (this is coming from a finance and accounting major, fam)

4.) Schedule and plan ahead as much as possible. This isn’t high school anymore where you can roll by with last-minute crunch time motivation. Remember, in college there aren’t very much opportunities to get graded on things. It’s usually a midterm, participation, and a final. That’s 3 - 5 things to get graded on. Do your best the first time. 

In college you will face a lot of opportunity cost (I took 1st year econ and now I think I’m an expert bc I got an A-) in which you have to prioritize certain things over the others. While some things are unavoidable and just have to decide how you’re going to split your time over it and compromise, most things are avoidable by planning ahead and doing things that are assigned ASAP (regardless of how distant in the future until the due date is up). Most of the opportunity costs due to poor planning and scheduling are usually silly things like “Should I keep studying or should I do the laundry?” things that you can usually avoid with proper planning. Avoid those situations, do things ahead of time so you can later edit and review them to improve what you have, always expect the unexpected.


5.) Your mental health and your well being is above all else… Even school. Say it with me again “Your mental health and your well being is above all else… Even school!” There will be times where everything about college is overwhelming and you just don’t know what to do. Things will pile up: due dates, midterms, social life, etc. Just know that what you are feeling is completely normal and it happens to the best of us. It’s okay to breakdown because of it. I’ve had my fair share of breaking down at the library after 12+ hours of studying because even then I still couldn’t fully grasp a concept and that I’ve felt fucked for a midterm/final. Give yourself time to breathe – go out for a walk and clear your mind for a little while, go pet some puppies, treat yourself and buy a shirt that makes you feel good about yourself when you wear it. If self-helping doesn’t feel like enough, your school offers the resources to help you cope and deal with what you’re feeling, and there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. It’s okay to breakdown from feeling like the world is crashing down on you, what isn’t okay is staying feeling like shit. You got this, homie! I believe in you! :)

Another thing is failure. Failure is not a sign that you’re inadequate or stupid. Certain things can factor in with life that we can’t control. There is nothing wrong with failing. Don’t let it discourage you from getting where you need to be, because like I said it happens to the best of us. It’s okay to do bad on a test, to drop out of a course, and to fail in a course. There are opportunities to take the class once again. Don’t let failure define you and ruin your ambitions of succeeding. I met this girl in my Marketing class because we got grouped together by random. It was her second time taking the class because she failed the first time. By the end of it, she got an A as her class mark and she helped me a lot to understand concepts that I was unfamiliar with. Like I said, it happens to the best of us. Don’t let failure define your ambitions to succeed.


Well, in the end of day, we’ll all experience college differently, these are just some tips that I think are important for my college freshman followers to know before they head off to school and experience one of the most exciting part of their life. Take what you need from my tips, and remember to just keep keeping on and never be afraid to take risks! You’ll get to where you’re meant to go sooner in life. If you have any personal questions or want to talk to me more about my experiences in college, just hit me up with a message and I’ll gladly share some more insights to you! Good luck Class of 2019 :)


Neighbour,

Danny

i’m seeing a lot of calls to mobilization, but as a college freshman with no experience organizing at an unprecedented crest in global fascism, what does that look like?? what’s effective? how do we make this a national uprising? leftists who’ve been studying and preparing for this need to step up and tell us where we’re going from here.

anonymous asked:

I don't have a resolution for this year but last year I decided to start going out by myself and honestly it was the best decision EVER. I started going to the movies alone, having nice lunches and dinners alone. It was so wonderful and relaxing (after fighting some nerves in the beginning) and it really taught me to love who I am. Self care is so vital. And if someone wants to do this and gets nervous just get your phone out and scroll through your fav sites before your meal comes, it helps! <3

oh man, listen, i love this a lot

"Take a silent breath.
Hold in the change.
Tell yourself you still live here.
Take your bags upstairs.
It’s the only way you’ll get through today.
Count the hours.
Take a shower.
Wash yourself away.

The house is pulsing with an alien heartbeat,
Was it always here but you never listened?
It’s calling you to be the girl that you were way back then… again.

Take a silent breath.
Hold in the change.
Tell yourself you still live here.
Take your bags upstairs.
Put away your clothes, take it nice and slow.
Be their daughter.
Nothing’s harder
When nobody knows
How to return home.

How to return home
And how to survive,
There’s no written guidelines.
How to go back,
How to show up and unpack.
How to show up.
How to grow up.
How to take a breath."
His fingers brush across my grayscale skin and I’m finally starting to show some color. He loves the way my cheeks and lips bloom a rosy pink and I’m glad he does. He tells me how exciting life seems through his tinted lenses. He says that I’m starting to look like art. I don’t tell him that I didn’t mind living in black and white.

His fingers graze against my shaded wrist and I’m surprised by his touch. Violent reds mark my skin like the prints on pointing fingers and the vision of an artist who stopped trusting his paints. He says that he is sorry; that not all of his mistakes can be erased, scratched out, colored over. I don’t tell him that some mistakes should just be avoided.

His fingers wrap around my canvas neck and I stare at him with widened eyes. He stares back like he’s gazing at an art exhibit and I miss the feeling of going unseen. I’m marked with shades of violet and blue and he says that I look beautiful. He doesn’t realize how cold this picture has become. I don’t tell him that I would’ve gasped if only I could breathe.

His fingers close the lids over my blackened eyes so he can focus on all of the color. There is no rhyme or reason to his abstract motivations, no scheme to follow or pallet to use. To him, it is my fault that I’ve been reduced to this constructed mess but to him, I am still beautiful. He says that I am his masterpiece. I don’t tell him how ugly I feel in his colors. I don’t tell him that he’ll never be an artist.
—  quitethefallacy , Shades of a Different Kind of Art

anonymous asked:

"clarke is singing and dancing while doing the laundry. she thinks everyone went home for christmas so she's alone." please (: - s.

Clarke’s favorite part of the school year was just before breaks, after everyone had gone home, and it was just her in an empty dorm.

Clarke had tried going home for Thanksgiving her freshman year but the experience had been buckets and buckets of awkward and uncomfortable.  It had been her and Abby’s first major holiday since Jake died and neither of them knew what to do with themselves.  So now, instead of subjecting herself to sure torture, Clarke just stayed at school.

The hours right after the dorms emptied were her favorite.  She was free to slide down the hallway in her socks, press all the buttons in the elevator and watch as it stopped on every floor, and, her personal favorite, wear her shortest and most comfortable pair of shorts into the laundry room without having to worry about the pervy guys who lived on her floor trying to see up the hemline.

She always did laundry after everyone left.  Partly because she didn’t have to fight out the crazed freshmen who didn’t understand communal living yet and partly because it meant no one was going to be touching her underwear, but mainly because it meant she could play music and dance around to it without embarrassment.

So that’s exactly what she was doing: blaring the Backstreet Boys’ greatest hits out of her phone while she sorted her white and colors (in her shortest and most comfortable pair of shorts, of course), bobbing her head from side to side as her hips shimmied.

“Clarke?”  An all-too-familiar voice, tinged with incredulity, asked from behind her.

Clarke spun, flattening herself against the washing machine, to meet gazes with Bellamy, her chem partner and floormate who she might have had the teensiest crush on.

“Oh, Jesus,” she said.  “I thought–I thought everyone went home?”

Bellamy still looked a little bit shocked.  He shook his head slowly after a long and very awkward pause.  “I picked up some extra hours over the break.  So I’m still here.”  He paused and shoved his hands into his pockets. “Obviously.”

“Right,” Clarke said.  “What are you doing in the laundry room?”

This was a valid question because he didn’t have any laundry.

“I heard music,” he said, gesturing lamely to her phone, which was halfway through Larger Than Life.  “And I was curious.”

“Right,” Clarke said again, not sure else there was to say.

Bellamy cleared his throat awkwardly as they stared at each other for a moment longer.

“Well, I’m going to go,” he said, jerking a thumb over his shoulder.  “I’ll uh, I’ll see you around?”

“Yeah,” she managed.

“Maybe we can do dinner or something?  On Christmas,” he added quickly.  “Since you know we’re the only ones here and it’s kind of sad to have Christmas alone.”

Clarke smiled.  “Sure, Bellamy, that sounds great.”

He flashed her a smile and left the room.  Clarke fell face forward into her pile of laundry and groaned into the fabric.

anonymous asked:

hey, roby! i'm sorry to bother you, but do you have any advice for an upcoming freshman (like school supplies, classes, social stuff, etc.)?

(this is based off my experience in freshman year)

school supplies; mostly notebooks, i like college ruled paper from the brand casemate if you’re picky like me about your notebooks, graph paper maybe for math, probably a protactor/compass but we rarely used those. highlighters and post it notes are super helpful for me since it makes studying/taking notes less annoying. at the beginning of the year our teachers kept trying to make us have these super specific supplies (for example a binder with exactly three divisions just for math class) but honestly they only care about that the first month, so don’t go out of your way if you feel more comfortable with a different organization method. (i ended up having 3 leftover binders bc of that) (but if you get strict teachers you might have to deal with those specific requirements). i always have a pencil case with me + an agenda


classes; idk what in particular you’re asking for in this category but, try to complete all your graduation requirement classes in 9th/10th grade, such as HOPE (gym/health class), technology, 1 online class, 2 years of a foreign language, etc. (check with your school what classes you need to take). don’t leave them for 11th/12th grade because you’ll have a lot going on to deal with those. also, if your school offers drivers ed once you’re 16, take it there!! a lot of the time its free if you take it in school, while outside of school you end up spending up to $200 for the same classes. 


social stuff; oh boy ok well to be honest i never really like going to social events in our school cause anxiety but thats just me. i did join a club in 10th grade where its like a gaming/art/cosplay/nerd stuff club which was genuinely really nice because i found a lot of people wth the same interests as me, and last year i joined art club the first two weeks but left it since it felt more like another class than a place to be creative and meet others. but yeah just look around and find some clubs you might be interested in! maybe also choose elective classes related to your hobbies because there’s a bigger chance of making friends in those classes (ex. art and creative writing for me were my favorite classes) 


extra thing because i always see this happen with freshmen (not all of them! but several): don’t fill up your backpack with a shit-ton of things, just bring the essentials!!! my classes ended up being spread out all over the campus so speed walking to the other side of the school + up 3 flights of stairs getting past really slow people is a lot easier if you don’t have a giant heavy backpack pls save yourself 

this was kind of all over the place but again this is just personal experience and tips. wishing you luck :,))

I’m here for bisexual Lardo.

  Lardo who always thought she was straight, until she ends up kissing her best friend, Caroline in high school. From there their relationship progresses, they don’t tell anyone else.  Too afraid of what others would say, and too scared to figure out what this means about themselves.

  Both girls giggling and smiling when they hold hands or hook angles under the lunch table.  Sleep overs always devolve into them making out, laid out on one of their beds. Stealing kisses in the stairwells of their high school.  

  Lardo doesn’t tell anyone until it’s over..  And it ends badly.  She and Caroline don’t talk anymore, they don’t even look at each other, she’s been kicked out of her previous friend group.  It’s not until its over that Lardo realizes she had been in love with Caroline.  She has to tell someone, so she tells one of her friends from art class, all of whom don’t know Caroline so she figures it’s safe.

  At the time, she thinks that maybe it was just Caroline that she was attracted to, she’s not really into girls.  And she forgets about it until she gets to college.  She learns a lot, some from her own research and some from exposure(Shitty).  She’s suddenly surrounded by new people, people that she hasn’t known since elementary school.  And after one of her first parties where she ends up making out with a tall red headed girl, she can’t deny that she definitely likes girls.

  So during her freshman year she experiments, she has a few hook ups with both boys and girls and becomes comfortable with who she is.  


She is bisexual, and also completely in love with one Shitty Knight. 

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