College Comparison and Application Checklists

Hi guys! As an obsessive spreadsheet maker, I am constantly using Excel for EVERYTHING, including when preparing to apply for college. I’ve just been told that, for once, the spreadsheets I made for comparing college options and organizing my application checklist are actually helpful, so I’m here to share them!

The first can be used for initially comparing and deciding which colleges you are interested in and the second can be used more as a checklist to see if everything has been submitted or completed.

To make things convenient, I’ve made them available in Google Sheets, from which you can copy to your own Google Drive or download as a Microsoft Excel file! They are also both editable so that you can add or remove categories and compare what’s important to you. Colleges are not one-size-fits-all, so feel free to edit the spreadsheets to cater to you. As a quick example, I’ve used Harvard to demonstrate what each category is for, but you can use it however you see fit. Since I personally have not looked into Harvard, the examples used are not the most thorough, but they should still provide a general idea.

**DISCLAIMER: I am still in high school and have not yet applied or gone to any colleges/universities. I am no expert on college admissions and do not know everything about finding and selecting the perfect college. Please keep this in mind. Any constructive feedback is welcome!

College Comparison Spreadsheet:

College Application Checklist:

To use, click on the link, go to “file”, then either click “make a copy” and save to your drive or click “download” and then whatever format you want. A guide to using each is below the cut. Happy college hunting and good luck!

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Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists.

Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning style approach among some teachers.

They say it is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging as it can lead to a fixed approach that could impair pupils’ potential to apply or adapt themselves to different ways of learning.

The group opposes the theory that learning is more effective if pupils are taught using an individual approach identified as their personal “learning style”. Some pupils, for example, are identified as having a “listening” style and could therefore be taught with storytelling and discussion rather than written exercises.

The academics say the learning style approach is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

An excerpt from a book I annotated for my Writing Studies course. It was pretty interesting, and brought up a really enlightening discussion about education styles in my class.
Also, I’ve been really into my studygram lately (it’s also @/smallhandwriting). You should check it out, I follow back most other studygrams.


Various paintings by Jacob Lawrence (African-American, 1917 – 2000).

Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917 – June 9, 2000) was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. But not only was he a painter, storyteller, and interpreter; he also was an educator. Lawrence referred to his style as “dynamic cubism,” though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem. 

He brought the African-American experience to life using blacks and browns juxtaposed with vivid colors. He also taught, and spent 15 years as a professor at the University of Washington.

Click on the images for further information: title (year).

Public vs. Private vs. Conservatory

There are several types of post-secondary education available to musicians. The main forms of official education fall in two general categories: liberal arts universities, and conservatories. Universities can be further divided into public and private schools. They all have benefits and drawbacks, and with roughly 5300 schools in the US, there’s going to be one out there that fits your needs.


Overall, universities are focused on providing a diverse education and producing well-rounded liberal arts students. They may provide three different potential degrees - Bachelor of Arts in music, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science in music. Each of these has its own speciality.

Bachelor of Music: Focuses primarily on the musical aspect of the degree. A good rule of thumb is that two thirds of your overall credits will be in the music department, and one third in gen ed credits. This is the most similar to the education you would receive at a conservatory. The goal here is to be a good musician, with some extra backing in the liberal arts. It is very art-based.

Bachelor of Arts in music: Focuses primarily on receiving a liberal education, with music as a focus within that education. Here the spread is usually one third music to two thirds other classes. The goal is a well-rounded person, with a focus in music. If music is something you may not want as your entire career, or if you are thinking of going into music business or law, then a BA in music may be a better choice than a BM.

Bachelor of Science in music: Focuses in a specific subfield of music, one that is technical or related to business. Fields can include audiology, audio technology, recording, music education, music business, and others. Schools vary as to what will be a BS as opposed to a BM or BA. Essentially these degrees are for people who enjoy science or technically-based training.

Overall, universities provide a broader education. If you have doubts about whether you want to pursue performing as your career, then a University degree is likely better for you. It provides more flexibility to switch majors, as well as  more flexibility within the degree itself when it comes to potential jobs.


Public universities, especially in state universities, are much cheaper than private universities, averaging between $12,000 and $13,000 a year to attend. This is because state and federal governments programs fund part of the university’s system. That means the tuition is not forced to cover the entire cost of running the school. Furthermore, state universities tend to be much larger than private universities, which means that they are usually more diverse and have more programs for students to participate in and use. There are also a greater number of classes offered, and professors available to teach you. In general, state universities simply have more of everything.

State universities, however, also make it much easier to fall between the cracks. When your university has anywhere from ten to fifty thousand students, if you are struggling, then it is less likely than at a smaller school that someone will notice. Some people like being just a face in the crowd, while others prefer to have more individualized attention during counseling and planning sessions. The goal is for you to find an atmosphere that makes you comfortable, and that you can also afford to attend.


Private universities, compared to state universities, are much more expensive. This is because they do not receive state funding. Without that funding, tuition is forced to make up much more of the overall cost of attendance. A private university can cost anywhere from$25,000 to $50,000 per year to attend, when room and board are included. Living on campus and paying the university for room and board is often mandatory at private universities.

General, private universities are much smaller than public universities. They often have a maximum of five or ten thousand students. This means that the school as a whole has fewer resources, facilities, and stuff. While the classes offered maybe more individualized, there are fewer offered, simply because there are fewer professors. As long as the school is well-run, there will be enough classes offered for people to complete their degrees, but scheduling may be harder, because fewer sections are offered of any one class. The benefit is that with fewer students, professor and advisors can give much more attention to each student they do have. This is why private universities boast about their low student-to-faculty ratio.

Some people enjoy having a familiarity with most people on their campus, while others find it off-putting to go to a university with the same number of people as attended their high school, or even fewer. Again, the point is to choose a school that fits you, not one that seems prestigious or one that your friends chose.


Conservatories are essentially prestigious trade schools for learning a musical act. They pride themselves on producing extremely skilled performers, composers, and occasionally educators. The overall education of a conservatory is almost entirely musical. While universities have a general education requirement, most conservatories require almost nothing. Some may require business classes, but there is no requirement surrounding, for example, sociology, or non-musical history. This makes conservatories ideal for people who know their goal is undoubtedly performance-based. However, it makes it much more difficult for people who intend to get further degrees or begin careers that are not performance-based. Without including classes that are usually found in University settings, employers and grad schools are less likely to consider a conservatory student to be a good fit for their organization.

Conservatories in general are very competitive places, even after people have been admitted. Since everyone there intends on performing to make a living, performance opportunities, master classes, and other potential opportunities for growth within the conservatory are very, very desirable. This means that the overall atmosphere can be at times tense, frustrating, or simply energizing, if you thrive under pressure. Some people prefer a more laid-back atmosphere, while others enjoy the challenge of getting ahead in a competitive environment.

So if you are certain that you want to perform, then a conservatory would probably be a great fit. However, if an atmosphere of stiff competition, and a lack of flexibility and future career options is a downside for you, then consider just getting a Bachelor of Music degree from a university instead. The goal is to choose an educational style that works best for you.


The Asano Graduation Album Info-Dump

It seems like there’s bits of information from the Graduation Album floating around on Tumblr and elsewhere. It’s hard to tell which pieces have been mentioned already, so I figured I’d translate all the pages related to the Asanos and stick it in one post. Compared to the first data book, there’s much less regurgitation of info from the manga, plus I thought Matsui’s word choices in his descriptions of them were pretty interesting (“He shines like a star”… really Matsui?), so it seems reasonable just to give you all the whole text! It’s still a sizable amount of text though, so it’s entirely possible that there could be a few errors .w.

I numbered the sections so that you can see which part from each page I’m translating since there’s pictures that go along with some of the text. 

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Teachers: Did you see The Edge of Seventeen? What did you think?

I thought it was a very realistic depiction of a student-teacher relationship (for once!). He was a little more sarcastic with her than I’d ever be with a student, but at the end of the day, she knew she could count on him. He was also married with a child and had no intention of fooling around with a teenager. (Gasp!) Seriously, it was a breath of fresh air. There are so few realistic glimpses of what it’s really like to be a secondary educator in movies. Bravo, The Edge of Seventeen. I liked your style.

Sawamura Eijun Character Analysis

Warning: This is an analysis that focuses on child abuse and the effects it has on the psyche of the main character. I’m not trying to paint him as a tragic abuse victim, but simply attempting to map out some of the causes of his personality and development. If you are simply into daiya for the fun happy-go-lucky parts of it I recommend you not read this. 

I know that violence is often used in especially shounen anime as a type of comedic relief. The patterns are usually quite clear. Some boy acts stupid and either his father or the female protagonist will beat him senseless. These are usually rather stylized examples and no character blinks at the portrayal, there’s not physical evidence a panel later that portray the effects of the violence and the characters are in chibi form, portraying stilly poses, during the act: 

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could you do a soulmate au?? preferably either you know when you first touch them or you have matching Marks like a tattoo or smth that represents ur soulmate?? thank you so much, I love your fics!!!!

I’ve been wanting to play with something like this. Thank you, you darling cinnamon roll!

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There was an ancient magic in the world that went far deeper than differences between incantations and educational styles. It had been hypothesized by some that it had been the downfall of the Dark Lord that night in Godric’s Hollow.

Centuries before, some wizards had studied it, learned from it. And as they did, they started to learn how to harness that power.

Over time, that harness saw multiple forms - charms, pendants, coins. But in the end, wizards realized that if they were harnessing the ability to identify a soulmate, it shouldn’t be a decision that would be made too lightly, or be an object that would be easily misplaced or transferred.

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Kunugigaoka Class Overviews and Personalities 

Each class has a page dedicated to it in the databook, with the exception of Class A, which gets two pages. There’s a bit of retreading on old information, but there’s also some interesting stuff in there. It’s six pages of the databook in total, so I’ve left the actual translation under the “Keep Reading” tab, but for a quick highlight of some info I thought was pretty neat:

  • Each class seems to have its own “personality”. It’s not like Harry Potter where people get sorted based on personality, of course, but one’s standing on the academic ladder and the pressures that come with it seem to affect each class’s morale as a whole. A casual summary boils down to -
  • Class A: We have a lot of expectations piled on us so we are very, very stressed, but we’d rather die than lose our “elite” status
  • Class B: We’re not as strong as Class A, but we’re actually the most popular class because we’re smart, we’re friendly, and we value teamwork
  • Class C: We just don’t want to stand out, but please don’t forget we’re here either. The best amount of pressure is no pressure. 
  • Class D: We may be near the bottom of the barrel, but we can still be the best goddamit!!! We have the most spirit!!! We’ll crush Class A!!! Also, we have to assert that we are not as bad as Class E by constantly degrading them!!! [TN: I have the feeling that most of the animosity towards 3-E comes from this group]
  • Class E: We’re supposed to be dirt, but this year we’re not  ;)
  • Gakushuu actually cameos in the background in the baseball arc (Page 15 of chapter 33). I never noticed him there because his hair is quite different! It looks like Matsui was originally planning on a different hairstyle for him
  • If you see random students drawn in the background, they’re almost certainly from Class C. It seems Matsui decided that Class C is the “random mob character” class
  • Oono-sensei (Karma’s and Nagisa’s old teacher) is apparently extremely hot-blooded. I felt like the book was describing Might Guy o_O 
  • Class E’s building is about 1 kilometer from the main school building, and one round trip takes 1 hour

But for those who want to read it themselves and not just my extremely casual summary, here’s the translation below:

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anonymous asked:

Why do you like anne boleyn?

I’ve been fascinated with her since I was about 5 years old. For a young, curious girl there was something captivating about a woman whose charisma and intelligence managed to change the course of history in a time when women were still supposed to be demure second class citizens. I’ve also always been particularly interested in women who were made out to be villains and manipulated in to being scapegoats for the faults of their husbands or male counterparts: Marie Antoinette, Lady Jane Grey, Anne, Cleopatra. I even did a dissertation at secondary school on Livia Drusilla, Emperor Augustus’ wife, who was portrayed as a murderous, social climbing psychopath. 

  • She was fiercely intelligent and not afraid of showing it. She was known to be quick witted and highly accomplished for her day. In other words, she won people over with more than just her sexuality. 
  • She could have let herself be a pawn but instead she took the situation her father had created- pushing her to be a mistress to the king- and turned it in to something she was happy with. Basically she refused to let herself be manipulated because she was a woman.  
  • She wouldn’t sleep with Henry until he was committed to making her his wife. Not only does it take a hell of a lot of guts to turn down the most powerful man in the country for years but it also flies in the face of this image of her being a homewrecker. She wouldn’t be his mistress, despite all of the accusations of her being a “slut.” 
  • She was a dedicated reformer. It’s possible that she promoted the reformation because it promoted her position, but nonetheless she was a passionate believer in reforming the church and making religion more accessible. 
  • She did a lot for poor and vulnerable people. Much like Marie Antoinette, her charitable work and her dedication to helping people is all but ignored in favour of the more scandalous parts of her life. For example, she had a big fight with Cromwell because, after the seizing of the church’s assests, Anne wanted the money to go to charity whereas Cromwell wanted it for himself and the King. 
  • She was highly influential over Henry’s choices and was a brilliant politician. To some that might seem like a bad thing, but I personally think it’s bad ass that her intelligence and ambition meant she was taken seriously as a decision maker and she was instrumental in a lot of agreements, like the alliance with France
  • She had no issue telling Henry he was wrong, which was dangerous for a wife. They argued quite a bit but she was astute. 
  • She was a devoted mother. In that time, women maintained a certain amount of distance from childrearing and Anne was unusually involved in Elizabeth’s life. 
  • She was hated by a hell of a lot of people, watched her brother and friends be executed and was accused of things like incest and witchcraft, but she maintained her dignity above everything. She had an enormous amount of strength 

I think this quote from Eric Ives, a historian, sums it up for me: 

“A woman in her own right—taken on her own terms in a man’s world; a woman who mobilised her education, her style and her presence to outweigh the disadvantages of her sex; of only moderate good looks, but taking a court and a king by storm. Perhaps, in the end, it is Thomas Cromwell’s assessment that comes nearest: intelligence, spirit and courage.”

Women are considered of no value, unless they continually increase their owner’s stock. They are put on a par with animals. This same master shot a woman through the head, who had run away and been brought back to him. No one called him to account for it. If a slave resisted being whipped, the bloodhounds were unpacked, and set upon him, to tear his flesh from his bones. The master who did these things was highly educated, and styled a perfect gentleman. He also boasted the name and standing of a Christian, though Satan never had a truer follower.
—  “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself” by Harriet Ann Jacobs

A woman narrates a marvelous story and says: I was on a visit to one of my friends house. One of her daughters, who was about three years old, came in, stood behind her and pulled on her dress saying: Mom we did not build a house in Jannah today. I thought I misheard her. Then her siblings joined her and they all repeated the same thing. My friend saw the curiosity on my face and smiled and said to me: Do you want to see how we build a mansion in Jannah? I stood and watched as the mother and her children sat around her and recited Surat Al-ikhlas ten times:
(قل هو الله احد الله الصمد لم يلد ولم يولد ولم يكن له كفوا احد ) When they finished they all said excitedly with one voice: Alhamdullah we built a house in Paradise. Then the mother asked: What do you want to add to this palace? The children replied that they wanted to add treasures. Then they began chanting
لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله (There is no mighty nor power except in Allah)
Then she asked them: Which of you wants to drink from the hands of the Prophet of Allah peace be upon him and never feel thirsty again? They all began to say: (اللهم صل على محمد وعلى آل محمد .. كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد .. وبارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد .. كما باركت على إبراهيم وعـلى آل إبراهــيم إنك حميد مجيد (Allahumm Salli Ala Muhammad wa ala aali Muhammad Kma sallayeta ala Ibrahim wa alaa aali Ibrahim innaka Hameedon Majeed wa Barek Ala Muhammad wa alaa Aali Muhammad Kama Barakta Ala Ibrahim wa Ala Aali Ibrahim fil Aalamin inkaHameed Majeed)
They followed it with praising to Allah. Then each of them went back to what they were doing from studying and playing with toys.
I asked her how did you do that? She replied: my children love sitting with me and rejoice when i gather them and sit among them, and I wanted to exploit it and teach them how to praise and thank Allah in a way that their tiny minds can understand. They see palaces in children’s programs and wish to live in them, and watch cartoon heroes who are struggling to get treasures.

This mother will be rewards with deeds whenever one of her children reads or recites these Athkar. It will be an ongoing charity .. It is the best investment in the world and the Hereafter ..I have read this over and over and I still see it one of the best I have read.
Islamic educational style is beautiful. Teach it to your your children and spread it everywhere.