there's no way i could possibly describe what are my feelings



1) Mark seemed to die not or a gunshot, but maybe poison. Mark’s body, if shot, would have been bloody, and he would have been very pale, as blood loss  makes the skin lose it’s colour. There may be even some blood on the floor, depending on were the body landed

2) Speaking of the landing, Mark didn’t fall from the stairs, he fell from somewhere on the ceiling, but it seems to have been timed to a point when everyone was going to be passing the same area.

3) If Mark is assumed to be playing as his real self, and not a strange version of him, then we know that his body can’t handle alcohol, thats why he doesn’t play any more drunk minecraft. He could’ve died from that

The Colonel

1) His voice and the way he moves are very similar to another character we know with a bushy moustache, Mr. Wilford Warfstache. He has the same attitude, and welds the same gun that Wilford had in the many alter- egos video.

2) He has a large moustache that could be hiding a smaller one, he also wears a longer coat that could also be hiding some clothing, as well as a red scarf to hide a certain “necklace”

3) He has a reasoning to killing Mark, he doesn’t like him (like Warfstache; kinda). He doesn’t seem to show any remorse over his death, and even mocks him when he describes how Mark could have died. 

4) He was the only one to not enter the room after Mark died.

5) During the drinking scene, he loaded the gun

6) Wilford Warstache (according to Mark) was a war hero in the past….

The Mayor

1) This guy is my favourite. I don’t know why theres just something about him. He is also extremely interesting. He is a very proper guy and likes to keep clean (Like a certain evil person who has been seen one sweaters ;)

2) He seemed strangely hostile when he talked about how not to “rob him blind” with a lot of emphasis on the “blind”

3) Dark, as Mark (I believe) has told us, is very manipulative. He can be seen as a great person and a fabulous actor, as we know from A Date With Markiplier: The Chocolate Ending

4) He apologised to you for having to hear the argument he had with the Colonel, but there was no way he would’ve been able to see you from the way he was standing. He also must have known you were there because he didn’t seem phased that you were standing there, again, even though there’s no way he would’ve been able to see you in the position you two were in

5) He was THE ONLY ONE who was not present during the drinking ad gambling section

6) He was the last person to come into the room, even after all the commotion, and seemed a little unphased.

7) If I am right about the Mayor being Dark, he isn’t as good of an actor as I once believed, because the Mayor had said how close he was to Mark, I would’ve thought that we would be A LOT more sympathetic and saddened.

8) He never followed you down the stairs, he went to another staircase, meaning he could’ve avoided seeing the body first hand

The Detective

1) He was the last person to be near the body, as far as we know

2) He seemed to be in good terms with Mark, talking to him like he was an old friend, and Mark telling him things that he probably wouldn’t tell anyone else. 

3) The last time they were seen having a 1-on-1 conversation was at 1:17 am, on October 7th, a few days before the murder took place.

4) The only person he seems dislike is the Chef, because, as he stated, “he’s an asshole”

5) He determined the death of Mark (timing wise) rather quickly for someone who doesn’t seem to have that much equipment with him and how he doesn’t seem to be that good at his job.

The Butler

1) He was very quick to tell that Mark’s death occurred late last night, and that he had been dead for a while.

2) He gave out drugs, something that could kill Mark

3) When he “found” the broken wine bottle, he said that if Mark were still alive that he would’ve killed him, making me believe that Mark was very hard on his servant

The Chef

1) He’s not a very pleasant person to be around, being quite rude and telling you that he will make dinner when he feels like it.

2) He made a lot of murder references talking about what he did last night, but they all kind of revolved around stabbing, and again there was no blood, so its possible that stabbing is not the cause of death.

3) He too, didn’t seem very surprised about the killing/murder, only that it made him hungry, and he went to go make breakfast.


1) He’s just a reporter, but some things came up in that little scene that I noticed. He picked up the gun, which had a line of bullets next to it

2) The couch, that before was left untouched by you only moments before, was a mess by the time he got in there

3) He I guess died mysteriously 


1) You fell asleep at 1:30 am, meaning that the murder could not have been caused by you

2) You went down a different staircase Mark first walked down

Thats all I have discovered for now. If i find more by re-watching the video, Ill post another thing

jemma autism checklist

[fitz post here]

someone: jemma’s not autistic 

me: *pulls receipts* 

okay here we go! here is a very detailed post explaining why jem is totes autistic 

to sum, she shows a lot of traits of atypical autism (which is more often how autism manifests in girls) and displays a lot of traits necessary for a diagnosis. she is awkward and blunt in her social interaction (needing to be reminded at times how to act “appropriately”), has a deep passion for her specific interests, is literal minded, stims, was probably hyperlexic, has trouble lying and improvising language, and shows signs of alexithymia

(big thank you to @unlessimwrongwhichyouknowimnot for helping with this, as well as the anons who sent in suggestions!) 

this and more under the cut! lots of gifs ahead, image descriptions added for accessibility 

allistics feel free to interact with this! 

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anonymous asked:

other people must have said this - but imo Hamilton's "a strange cure" statement refers not to his love for Laurens, but his love for betsey. (hymen is the goddess of marriage so - marital love). Meaning, Laurens wanted Ham to marry quickly & get over his infatuation w/ her! (Too much gushing about beautiful "black eyes") But Hamilton's response means the same - reassuring John there's enough of his love to go around. Of course this does cast Laurens in a more jealous light...

I’ve never thought about it that way.  That’s an interesting interpretation, and it’s plausible.  However, I’m still inclined to read it as Laurens pushing Hamilton to get married.  From the surviving Hamilton-Laurens letters, we know that Hamilton downplayed his affection for Elizabeth Schuyler when writing to Laurens (likely so as to not make Laurens think his affections were waning).  Here is Hamilton’s first mention of Eliza in a letter to Laurens (June 30, 1780):

Have you not heard that I am on the point of becoming a benedict? I confess my sins. I am guilty. Next fall completes my doom. I give up my liberty to Miss Schuyler. She is a good hearted girl who I am sure will never play the termagant; though not a genius she has good sense enough to be agreeable, and though not a beauty, she has fine black eyes—is rather handsome and has every other requisite of the exterior to make a lover happy. And believe me, I am lover in earnest, though I do not speak of the perfections of my Mistress in the enthusiasm of Chivalry.

As you can see, Hamilton doesn’t seem overly excited about marrying Eliza.  But we have to consider the context.  Laurens at this time was a POW, and this was the first time he heard of Hamilton’s engagement.  Laurens was already feeling depressed (and potentially suicidal) because of his imprisonment, and now he just learned that his lover is to be married.  From all other accounts, we can tell that Hamilton was practically head-over-heels for Eliza, so we can tell that Hamilton was tempering his sentiments here.

This is the next letter we have from Laurens, but we cannot be certain that it was his immediate response to the June 30th letter.  He did not mention Eliza whatsoever in this letter.

A few letters later, Hamilton mentions Eliza again (with the phrasing you described in your ask; September 16, 1780):

In spite of Schuylers black eyes, I have still a part for the public and another for you; so your impatience to have me married is misplaced; a strange cure by the way, as if after matrimony I was to be less devoted than I am now. Let me tell you, that I intend to restore the empire of Hymen and that Cupid is to be his prime Minister. I wish you were at liberty to transgress the bounds of Pensylvania. I would invite you after the fall to Albany to be witness to the final consummation. My Mistress is a good girl, and already loves you because I have told her you are a clever fellow and my friend; but mind, she loves you a l’americaine not a la françoise.

That first line is certainly open to interpretation – Hamilton does not make it clear whom Laurens thought he would be less devoted to after getting married.  However, I think Hamilton’s previous letters suggest that the line is about Hamilton’s devotion to Laurens.  The past letters from Hamilton did not make Hamilton appear to be a lover that was completely infatuated with the new object of his affections.  Rather, Hamilton played off his marriage to Eliza as something more of a necessity.  Again, I believe Hamilton was, in reality, quite excited to be marrying Eliza, but he downplayed his emotions when writing to Laurens so as to spare him any feelings of rejection or jealousy.  Additionally, Laurens likely would have only heard about Eliza through Hamilton’s writings.  Harrison and Meade did visit Laurens during his time as a POW, so it’s possible that they could have told him about Hamilton and Eliza, but they visited him in late October 1780 (recall that Hamilton first wrote of Eliza in June 1780).  Based on Hamilton’s approach in writing Laurens, I think he was reassuring Laurens that he would continue to love him, even after he was married.  I would guess that Laurens pushed Hamilton to get married so as to “cure” themselves of the less socially accepted parts of their relationship, and here Hamilton was saying that not even marriage could “cure” him of his love for Laurens.  I do fully admit that Laurens appeared quite jealous after Hamilton’s marriage (he never once mentioned Eliza in his surviving letters), but I’m guessing that the jealousy may have arisen after the marriage (which, ironically, Laurens pushed for himself).  @svollga also made a good post about Hamilton’s line of “Cupid is to be his prime Minister” relating to extramarital affairs, and I think that could help support my interpretation.  Will we ever know with 100% certainty what Hamilton meant?  Maybe not, but we can keep speculating.

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This is an effort to spread the word about all fan fiction writers in our little fandom. If you would like to be featured or nominate a writer, please contact me. Please reblog this post if you can and check out some of @juggydunes work!

1. First things first, if someone wanted to read your stories where can they find them.

I mostly use AO3 for my stories. 

2. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Camila, I’m 22 years old. I love art in all its forms and I sing/act in real life as a hobby (Cross my fingers it turns into an actual job). I’m a cat person and I co-moderate Blueandgoldoffice with Jandy (@jandjsalmon). Best way to describe me could be “Small and feisty with a side of fries”. And by feisty I mean passionate and a bookworm loner.

3. What do you never leave home without?

My wristwatch and my good luck necklace.

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I once read a post that said “I’m neither, I’m a perpetually exhausted pigeon.”

5. If you could live in any fictional world which one would you choose and why?

OH. OH… I’m torn between Harry Potter and the world from “A Court Of Thorns and Roses” by Sara J Maas.

6. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met.

Ha. No one. I suppose people from my country? Does seeing Hayley Williams from afar count?

7. What are some of your favorite movies/TV?

Okay… top 5? Sense8, Sherlock BBC, Teen wolf, Parks and Rec and now… Riverdale.

8. What are some of your favorite bands/musicians?

My current favorite is Twenty One Pilots but my first all-time-favorite was Paramore.

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Showing Our True Colours (There's Too Many To Count- And Not Just In The Cakes)

*tumbles into an already completed series three months late with starbucks* and aNOTHER THING.

yooooooo guys it’s me again! i did plan on leaving this series done and dusted- i think we can all agree it had a pretty nice ending, quite satisfying for all involved, yes? well FUCK THAT i’m not done with my baking boys!

basically i’ve been giving you guys a lot of angst lately so now, as pride month draws to a close i want to give you the gift of fluff. sugar, spice and all things nice, that’s this fic. if you’re happy with the way things ended, read no further. if you want tooth-rotting schmoop… read on, my dears, read on.

featuring mentions/implications of faranda as well as amanda/rowdy 3 because i can’t decide which i ship more and FUCK IT, it’s pride month, they can be in an ambiguous six-way polyamory if they want to.

so, this is part four of Food For Thought- read the whole series on Ao3 if you fancy!

(also shout out to my homie @ilikedthewayhegaveback for the rainbow cakes idea- i love u meme twin <3<3<3)

enjoy <3

Dirk liked a lot of things, and he liked them intensely. He liked catchy pop music, especially the type with words in a language he couldn’t understand- it was so much easier to just dance to things without the distraction of lyrics. He liked pizza, every kind of pizza, all pizza was good pizza! He couldn’t understand what the fuss was about policing the toppings- who cared if there was fruit on the top? It was pizza, it was an automatic masterpiece! He liked cats and he liked leather jackets, both of which were pretty and made him feel warm and secure in himself. He liked a lot of things!

But there were two things he liked more than most.

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anonymous asked:

I noticed you no longer label your blog as a peaceful all-accepting place, which is appropriate because you seem more bent on anti-sjw retoric when there's literal, actual nazis and alt-right on tumblr. Oh yeah I feel so accepted

There are so many problems with this that I don’t even know where to start.

For those who care, this isn’t the first time that I’ve received a message like this. Most of them are more specific and insidious, such as “You shouldn’t reblog from so-and-so” or “you should be reblogging more of xyz” or other corrections of my platform that you can easily fix by clicking ‘unfollow’. I normally receive those as private messages and ignore asks like this.  But hey, I’m fed up with tumblr enough, might as well spill my complaints sooner or later.

Have you considered that most people follow me because I don’t reblog politics? I’ve actually had friends unfollow me for a time when there was too much drama on my platform, and I don’t even blame them. Political discussions on Tumblr are negative to many. Even if they’re meant to be productive, it’s difficult seeing all that anger and conflict on their feed. It’s draining.

This ask is also a sneaky argument–or should I say, a logical fallacy–called a ‘false dilemma’ or ‘black-and-white reasoning’. It makes it seem like there are only two ways to be: either I’m against the alt-right and support alt-left, or I’m against alt-left and therefore I’m automatically supporting the alt-right. As if there’s no way you can condemn both (which I have here, and in other posts as well).

Did you know that there are actual support groups off of Tumblr that help people recover from the harm they’ve received from the alt-left on this site? Yeah. They’re mostly on Reddit. There are entire subreddits and threads speculating why people on Tumblr are like thissharing SJW bully stories so that others realize they’re not alone, and a counter-movement for those on Tumblr who can’t speak out on this platform. The reason I know this is because I was part of these communities after I deleted my last Tumblr. You don’t know about these people because most of these users don’t come back to Tumblr after leaving.

As to why I reblog (or make) the occasional post reminding others to rethink alt-left posts: It’s because hardly anyone else on this site is doing so. I know other users are reblogging against the alt-right, but no one’s examining the left.

The worst part about Tumblr is that I can already predict what kind of comebacks this post will receive, and the logical fallacies they fall under. For those who haven’t studied rhetoric, this means that their argument doesn’t hold up. Let’s have some fun:

  • False Dilemma: When one states there are only two possibilities, when in fact more possibilities exist.
    • basically the ask, but also
    • “Why would you focus on this issue when there are others you could reblog?” (ignores that this platform isn’t just for reblogging political opinions)
    • “So you don’t care about these issues.” (either I reblog and I care, or I don’t reblog so I don’t care)
  • Strawman: Misrepresenting someone’s argument to attack them more easily.
    • “So you’re okay with the alt-right?” (I said I’m not)
    • “Just let like literal nazis support your blog” (we’re not even talking about that)
    • “How can you not care about the wellbeing of your followers?” (distracting from the argument, also a loaded question [see below])
    • “What you’re describing is privilege” (how did you even make that leap in logic??)
    • “OP believes in ignoring important issues to make it better”
    • “So you’re okay with people who literally commit genocide?” (Again, how did you even get there?)
  • Ad Hominem: Attacking the person’s physical traits or characteristics instead of their argument.
    • “OP’s probably white/cis/whatever”
    • “This is a stupid argument, bad post OP”
    • “Unfollow me if you’re ____, right now.”
    • [insert people just getting really fucking mad]
  • Personal Incredulity: If one person finds the argument hard to understand, that means it’s not true.
    • “How can you even care and not post this stuff we want you to post?” (This is partially a false dilemma as well, where you’re failing to understand that blogs aren’t just run for political preaching)
    • “What this sounds like is you actually believe ____” (slight strawman as well, meaning that you misread my post entirely and are building assumptions and misportraying it in an attend to derail it)
    • [insert entire rant on one specific detail of the post, ignoring everything else I’ve written entirely]
  • Slippery Slope: Saying that if A will happen, Z will eventually happen as a result, derailing the argument and distracting from the issue at hand.
    • “If you reblog from so-and-so, you’re passing on they negative views.” (This assumes that I agree with everyone I follow, and even then, that reblogging an aesthetic picture will somehow lead to political brainwashing, somehow)
    • “What’s to stop people from using your platform as propaganda?” (that’s literally not possible but whatever)
    • “If you don’t speak out against/for so-and-so, your followers will eventually become nazis or some other political leaning” (as if my followers don’t have brains themselves)
    • “If you don’t use THIS BLOG for arguing something I want you to argue, you’ll hurt all of society and the people involved”
  • Loaded Question: Asking something that is difficult to answer without appearing guilty.
    • “So then how are you supporting [insert movement] at all?”
    • “You’re okay with systematic oppression, then?”
    • “Then how do you even care?”
    • “If you’re really against alt-right why are you so angry right now?”
    • “Why be against everyone who posts political things?
  • Begging the Question: Often in the form of a question, arguing an idea where the conclusion is built within the idea. This argument runs off of the assumption that everyone inherently has the same idea, regardless of culture, country, birth, or other circumstances.
    • “You’re okay with systematic oppression, then?” (assuming if you’re not visibly against it all the time 24/7, you’re okay with it–also personal incredulity)
    • “It’s not about negativity, it’s about human rights” (assuming that every political post you reblog is helping human rights in some way)
    • “You’re trying to be positive and yet you don’t post these positive things” (assuming that the movement you’re advocating for is inherently positive. I receive this one a lot)
    • “If you hate Tumblr so much then why don’t you just leave it?” (assuming that I hate all of Tumblr and that I’d leave if I found any problem with it whatsoever. Also a false dilemma)
    • “It doesn’t matter if peoples’ feelings get hurt, we’re doing this for good” (assuming group ideals are better than individual needs, and also, that you can’t get offended but other people can)

And yet I’m still receiving messages complaining that I don’t advocate what you want me to, that I don’t use these above arguments against certain people for certain circumstances.

I created this account to interact with the Pagan and witchcraft communities and help people on their personal spiritual journeys, not to subscribe to a political movement or please everyone on this site.

You can complain about me on PU or whatever, but please stop trying to “correct” me.

Pay Day Pt. 3

Pt. 1 Pt. 2

You watch one day turn into the next as the sun rises outside your window. When it’s an appropriate time you run next door and knock on the door, revealing a tired looking Mr. Jesus.

“Y/N, what are you doing up this early?”

“I couldn’t sleep sir. Is…is Isaiah home?” You ask trying to peak into the house.

“No, haven’t seen him; thought maybe he was with you?” You don’t respond at first and then you realize what he’s said and you look at him confused.

“Thought he was with me, sir? What do you mean?” You ask, confused.

“Oh, I don’t know. He just talks about you all the time and you two always hang out with each other, I thought maybe…” He slowly stops talking when he sees your eyes grow wide at his accusation.

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angelic-hellraiser  asked:

This is what has me curious, because I'm very interested in how Ben will be able to spend an undetermined amount of time (mostly uninterrupted by Snoke's meddling, I would assume) with both Luke and Rey. He has a tracker in his belt and there's rumored to be a large space battle near Ach-To that Ben will be a part of with his TIE Fighter. How do you feel this will pan out in a logical way all things considered (if the space battle rumor turns out to be true)? *From previous ask post.*

This is, of course, mere speculation….

POSSIBLE TLJ SPOILERS (and mild Bloodline spoilers)

I can’t be sure, but since Ahch-To is a sacred place - the planet of the first Jedi Temple - my guess is that the Force will work in “mysterious ways” to keep them both trapped AND protected there safely. It will also call out to Kylo, I think, through Rey.

I think Rey and Kylo were MEANT to meet on this island - it’s why Rey has seen it her whole life, and in turn, why Kylo pulled THAT ISLAND as the FIRST image he saw in her head. He was drawn immediately to the image of that island - he is literally described as being distracted by it and instead veers off course from finding the real goal of the map….

(some great and beautiful IRONY there JJ, btw!!!! Masterful writing:
that Kylo is distracted from the map he’s looking for initially, which we know to be a map to Ahch-To…. only to see an image of the island ON Ahch-To in Rey’s mind…. which he will eventually be drawn to and be stuck on through a connection to the Force in Rey…. a connection which is being formed BEFORE OUR VERY EYES in that moment. That is GOOD WRITING. Damn right “mysterious connection” and “intertwined destinies”!)

…. that’s no coincidence in the writing. They are fated to meet on Ahch-To. It has been calling them there all along. This is given to us very plainly in TFA, and even Rey’s face at the end of the movie as she looks on the island is telling - like “holy shit, Sad Boy was onto something…”

The Force is calling them BOTH there, and will protect them BOTH for as long as it needs them to learn and work together. I have a feeling this planet has a bit of a mind of its own and is a strong center of the Force - perhaps the strongest in the known canon to date, considering it has the Jedi Temple.

So, I think it’s possible technology (like Kylo’s tracker belt or his ship - might explain the rumored crash of his ship from MSW) will not work in the face of such power in the Force…, kind of like how Luke’s x-wing was fated to crash into the swamp on Dagobah.

I think the ONLY way I see Kylo finding them is through his and Rey’s connection in the Force. And she, in turn, will see him coming. There are some ominous and intense scenes of Rey in the trailer staring out over the turbulent ocean that I think could be her searching for and sensing Kylo as he pursues her.

Also, I don’t think Kylo will tell Snoke he knows her exact location either…. I think Snoke will order him to look for Rey, but Kylo is pretty sneaky around the FO, tbh. He keeps things very guarded if he can help t. He has his own agenda and often hides it from FO. I think he’ll do the same sort of thing here in pursuit of Rey.

Star Wars Connection podcast brought this up- and forgive me but I forget the name- but there was a planet in old EU that was the origin of the first Jedi Temple, on which technology and space ships would often break down and not work entirely, and there were constant rainstorms and interference with transmission signals. It’s possible we’re dealing with the new version of that planet in TLJ, and that LF was inspired by that particular planet. I’d almost bet money they took directly from that planet for Ahch-To, in fact.

Speaking of transmission signals, Ahch-To is in a mysterious, uncharted part of deep space. In the past, from Bloodline, we know that Leia often had trouble transmitting messages to parts of space that Ben and Luke traveled before Ben’s turn. It’s very possible that Ahch-To, being uncharted as it is and obviously strong with Force mysteriousness, is the kind of place where signals get lost too, and ships stop working and crash… and the sheer power and influence of the Force could potentially even cloud Snoke’s ability to locate Kylo through the Force. I’d imagine this has to be the most Force powerful planet we’ve seen in SW, considering the context of the story.

The only reason Kylo can find Rey, by my speculation, is that it is fated by the Force itself, and their intimate “mysterious connection” allows them to sense and find each other.

These kinds of dynamics are new to movie SW, but they ARE NOT NEW to old EU canon. Old EU had Force bonds and these planets of mystery and immense Force influence. Hell, we have Dagobah in the movies, which was a planet of fate and mystery and immense Force influence.

Anyway, based on my knowledge of how SW and the Force works as a plot device…. I’d say this is an entirely possible reading of what’s to come.

Again, just speculation though!

Thanks for the great ask!!!! Very interesting topic indeed!

anonymous asked:

“I want to get married. Right now.” W yama-chan please.

Secret Relationship⎢Always Accepting

“Let’s get married.”

And, that’s how your day began. You had spent the night over your boyfriend’s house and planned to head home in the afternoon, only to hear those three words come from his mouth right before you even opened the door. Ryosuke had always been a little hot-blooded, giving small thought before taking action, but this was taking it to a whole other level.

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randomthunk  asked:

12 looked to be a major snacker post-s9, which is either a development for him to eat his feelings or, in a more fun light, something he's always done but we didn't see it a lot. What I'm saying is, can you write something with 12 and Clara in the food industry and there's snacking involved.

As ex-food industry, I hate this prompt, but I love this prompt, because food is delicious.

1774 words; my apologies to Shropshire in advance, as I am sure it is very pretty and interesting there; THIS IS FOR KAT’S BIRTHDAY (August 2nd) SO GO WISH HER A HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLEASE


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a bunch of you said you would be interested in hearing about some of the things i do to take notes and study in college so i thought i’d put together a little something. i cant emphasize enough how these are just things that work for me and aren’t guaranteed to help you and im not saying these are necessarily better ways to study because i know some of you wont find these helpful to your situation but this is just my way


1. Buy a 5 subject notebook. 3 subject and single subject also work but I prefer a 5 subject because then I can just have one (or 2) notebooks that I throw in my backpack every day. That way, im much less likely to forget my notebook like I would if im having to switch out notebooks every day, and I wont have disjointed notes

2. Have proper supplies for taking notes. For me, these means a pencil, a notebook, and an array of different colored highlighters. For others, pens or other utensils may help, but I find them extra. For each class i only bring a single pencil and a single highlighter (different color for each class)

3. Determine if your professor is a powerpoint kinda person (those who put most of the information in words on the slides) or a lecture kinda person (those who put few words on a slide or have no powerpoint at all). In my experience most professors will put a lot of information on the slides, but some dont. 

  • if they do put most words on a slide, write it down in full if you can. I know they say you shouldnt write everything on a slide but if its new information it will make more sense to you written in a full sentence when you read it back while studying.  If you arent given enough time to write it all down, skim for bullet points, or if you have the opportunity to go back on the slides later, make a note to come back to that section and copy it down. If you’re in a slump that day in class and have access to the powerpoint at home, listen and go back later to copy down the information you missed.

(example of writing things down in full or nearly full sentences, usually verbatim from slide)

  • If they dont put words on a slide, you have to do a bit more work. If the professor just puts up the headers of what theyre gonna talk about, just write down the first one before continuing. that way, you have room to put down the information under the first header. To understand when the professor is moving on to a new subject, listen out for indicating words, such as next, however, etc. start a new header. Leave an extra line or two around this section of information, as professors without information written out will often forget certain points and come back to it when they remember. If you miss any information, simply move on. Dont miss information because you’re trying to copy someone elses notes immediately.

4. Spaces and indents. Im pretty inconsistent with my spacing and indentation within my notes, but there are some rules that i follow to keep organization. When a subject changes, or I think a subject is changing as the professor goes along, skip a line and start a new section. This is usually indicated easily on a slide, but if listening listen for a new definition having nothing to do with the past information. Having chunks within the notes allows your brain to separate the information and begin chunking it, which means you will start to associate the information to do with that one subject. If you accidentally create a new chunk when the subject is the same, just indicate in the margin that it is a continuation of the subject, or a subsection. That way when you come back to it you can go aha, yes, this is actually all just one big thing of information.

Indentation is another thing im inconsistent with stylistically, but important. Always always always indent if the information is a subsection of what you are talking about, or describing the thing above it. Even if you have to indent 4 times within one chunk. this indicates to your eyes that there is information within the subject that needs to be remembered, and again your brain can begin chunking it. theres no specific type of mark i make for indentation, i consistently switch between dashes and bullet points, making sure not to use one under the other to confuse myself.

(ex. of indentation and chunking. i switch between dashes and bullet points to indicate information within information)

5. Highlighting. important to understand how, when, and where. Highlighters are my biggest helpful tool when it comes to studying. Firstly, i get a different colored highlighter for each subject, so that I dont have to get confused when going back to study on where i need to go. Then, as the lecture goes on, I highlight all the opening headers or information that I think will be of importance/what most of the examples are about. This is easy when professors have words bolded in their powerpoints, but sometimes you have to be more active in listening if the professor doesnt use a powerpoint. you can always go back to highlight stuff, so dont go overboard. If you are unsure on whether something or not should be highlighted, wait and highlight whats important later once the professor has gone over the information. The reason i do this is so when im going back to study, my eye will immediately be drawn to information that I need to know and understand, rather than being overwhelmed by a whole page of text or cluttered examples with no indicators. Dont worry too much about going overboard with the highlighter at this point, sometimes you feel like long sentences are meant to be important and can highlight the whole thing. This will be fixed when you come back around to study. Please note that other tools such as colored pens or underlining can be used for this but highlighters work better for me, underlining makes more clutter.

(ex. of using highlighter to draw the eye to things of importance. This was important in my statistics class because theres a lot of cluttered numbers and examples in my statistics notes that ended up not being important but just classwork)

6. You gotta pay attention. even if that means you gotta take breaks. sometimes in class you’re burnt out and cant fathom even writing stuff down. just listening will never do you any harm. sometimes I have to check social media for a few minutes before tuning back into the lecture just to give my brain a second to breathe. videos are a good time to do this. try your best to find a way to concentrate for the most amount of time. that doesnt mean you have to concentrate the entire time. many times in class i have stopped taking notes and just listened while playing games on my phone, because sometimes thats what you need. but try your best not to unfocus from whats being talked about. Better to have 80% of the information received by your brain and let 20% not make its way through than to half ass it and only have some of the information stored. 


1. Find your prime studying environment. This could be in silence (the library), with some background noise, with tons of noise, with music, outside, or any other kind of environment. Where you study and under what conditions make a difference in how well you proceed. For me, my prime study environment is either in silence or with some background noise, but i absolutely cannot focus if people are extremely loud or there is music playing. I often will sit at the desk in my room with an old lets play playing in the background, similar to leaving the tv on something you dont really care for. This keeps my brain from getting completely bored and burnt out, which can happen when im studying in silence. Pick a place where you know someone wont come up to distract you. we all know our brains will do anything to get out of studying

2. Have another smaller notebook/section dedicated to studying. A lot of my studying involves rewriting information. you will need some sheets of paper, and having a notebook or a section of a notebook will help you not forget your stuff when you go out to study. I usually will just use a single notebook or a section of a notebook that was not filled up from the previous semester.

3. Condensing. a.k.a the actual studying part. Condensing involves taking the information you wrote down in your notes and condensing it down into much smaller chunks. By doing this, you are forcing your brain to a) reread over the information, b) determine what from that information is important and connected to your chunk, and c) rewrite the information in a way that is better understood by you. This starts by rereading the first chunk of information and writing down the subject and key words/phrases from the sentences you wrote. Basically instead of writing “when first observing a crime scene, the first responder must be attentive to all details of the home inside and out. they must also be careful to not to contaminate any possible evidence that may be there” you write “observe scene - attentive, dont contam”. Its the same information, just condensed, and since you already read the full sentence to get the words, the condensed bullet point makes sense to you. This is where you take those highlighted parts of your notes and break them down to their basic information. Also, if an area of text isnt highlighted, more than likely the information in there is extra and wont necessarily be in the test. Better to concentrate on what you /know/ will be important because the professor bolded it on the presentation, and leave those areas unless you know you are certain you know the skeleton of the subject. 

(an ex. of condensing information. this put about 5 pages of notes into one page. highlighter while studying is optional because it can get messy and cluttered, but i continue to highlight each term/section i need to know just to reemphasize it in my brain)

this can get messy if you’re not careful. Keep the indentation from your original notes. arrows are a great way to show a progression of steps or information in a short manner. If you dont understand something or are missing a bit of information, put a question mark next to it in your study guide to indicate you either need to go back to your notes or ask a professor/google what tf is going on there.

This is a lot of work. it is time consuming. you have to rewrite a lot of stuff. sometimes you may not be able to condense all your notes before an exam. Sometimes you may only get through a few pages before quitting. thats okay. even doing this for some of the info you learned can help you learn it a little better. when rereading the information it can go in one ear and out the other but rewriting the information forces you to focus on it. 

4. Diagrams. usually best in science related classes for me, and often provided in a powerpoint slide. I use diagrams and drawings frequently in my biology notes to make sense of something. For instance, when I was in my cell biology class, I drew out the processes of the citric acid cycle rather than just writing the progression in bullet points, because it helped me understand what was going on with all the chemicals and such. Drawings of processes can help you envision the process which can help recall when it comes to tests

(ex. of a diagram that was provided in my human factors psychology class. placing information like this can help those who are picture oriented when it comes to learning)

5. Allow yourself breaks. after youve been going for a while your brain can whine and go no more!!! so go get some food. or take a shower. or watch a yt video. or check your social media. your mental health should not be ignored. plan certain times to study in the future and stick with them. after 15 minutes come back and see if you can still focus. sometimes a quick break is all you need. offer yourself an award if you get through a certain amount. after finishing studying for my midterms i would always go and buy myself a starbucks frappucino. 

thats about it really. I hope some of these tips can help some people. for me condensing and rewriting has gotten me all A’s for the past 3 semesters. your brain loves some solid chunks of information. feel free to reblog for reference if youd like! and let me know if you want me to make more education related posts

Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody's gonna die. Come watch TV.

One thing I’ve noticed in the reread of Homestuck I’m doing is that Light players, among all their other dysfunctions, have been characterized as being obsessed with “meaning.” Rose has a minor meltdown over the appearance of Rosesprite, due to her representing a meaningless intrusion into what Rose perceives as a neat, orderly arc to be traced through her Seer powers. Meenah mentions offhand that Aranea could never just do a thing, she had to make everyone aware of the significance of the thing. 

Vriska is kind of the odd duck among the heroes of Light. Whereas Aranea and Rose merely place great importance on “meaning,” Vriska seems reliant on it. Her manifestation of the “meaning-obsession” takes the form of her fixation on the concept of relevance. She talks about clawing her way back to relevance, uses it as a cudgel to assert dominance over others, and overall seems to treat it as an end unto itself. She simply must be relevant at all costs. And while one could write this off as just her being a glory-hound, it remains a very peculiar and borderline meta way of expressing herself. I would be inclined to write it off as one of Hussie’s little in-jokes, except for this:

“(VRISKA): It’s terrifying 8eing dead, and having to live through memories forever, and dealing with the fact that nothing really means anything. ”

I think this is a good starting point for thinking about thinking what lies at the root of Vriska’s character, because this is her as she is when she is utterly alone and without defenses. While other characters, notably Karkat, have expressed discomfort with the dreambubbles and the existence they prolong - an eternity of weirdly uncomfortable encounters with other versions of your friends and yourself who might not even have fucked up so much as just succeeded wrong - Vriska is outright frightened by them. She goes far beyond even Rose’s reaction to unwelcome, meaningless phenomenon. Vriska fears a lack of meaning more than anything else in the world. And this meaninglessness is tied to reliving her own memories, recollections of her life.

I think one could make the case that everything Vriska does in the comic, all the identities she cycles through and all the bullshit she engineers for the purpose of self-aggrandizing “relevance,” is an attempt on her part to wrest some kind of meaning from her life. To stave off a feeling of pointlessness that terrifies her. To take it a step further, possibly into the realm of fanfiction, I think shes afraid that theres no reason for her to be alive. And of course the reason for this, like almost everything else in Vriska’s character, comes back to Spidermom.

“I’ve 8asically 8een playing this role as a slave in the food chain my whole life. It is what she selected me to do. ”

Thats how she describes her relationship with her guardian, the only time in the comic she doesn’t evade with vague comments about not really missing the life she left behind. Consider what an existence that must’ve been - going out to collect sacrifices every night, just so she could earn the opportunity to do it again the next. Survival for survival’s own sake. How pointless must that have felt, with no promise of escape? How do you justify such an existence to yourself? No wonder she adopted the persona of her ancestor just to get by. When the villainous Marquise identity fails to hold up after she kills Tavros, she starts justifying her existence through the lens of protecting reality. After her search for the juju peters out following Aranea’s departure, she adopts Meenah’s nihilism as a method of coping. She deals with the fear of meaninglessness by taking an attitude that its okay because nothing matters, lets go on the horse-a-whirl! 

As a brief tangent - her mutable sense of self is especially alarming when viewed through the context of her brief incarnation as Tavrisprite. Because, bear in mind that Tavros has so little hatred in his soul that he cant even bring himself to be mean to her while he's gloating. And yet, Tavrisprite somehow produces this outburst:


“Fuck my name, its nothing" 

Between Vriska’s manifold issues and Tavros’ willingness to just submit to adversity instead of resisting, they create something that cannot exist because it has nothing but hatred for itself. 

Back to the main point - I think this reading of Vriska as being driven by fears of not having any reason to be alive goes a long, long way to explain a lot of her attitudes. Her cavalier attitude towards her own well being, her cheerful acknowledgement that she’s deserved everything she’s ever had done to her, her vicious hatred of her ghost. Most interesting, however, is the particularly bizarre dickering over what to do with the corpses after the retcon.

“VRISKA: I don’t want to 8e the ar8iter of Eridan’s value as a person 8ecause of the mistakes he’s made! 
VRISKA: Or Feferi’s or Nepeta’s or Sollux’s or ANY8ODY’S! ”

Vriska honestly comes off as being devious here, but she apparently, legitimately has no ulterior motives for not prototyping the other corpses. Unless we assume that there was some extremely long con in play - which is honestly not how Vriska rolls at all; thats more Terezis wheelhouse - we have to assume that she left them unprototyped for the exact reason she says. She doesn’t want to play arbiter of the relative value of Eridan’s life versus Nepeta and Feferi. Because if Eridan doesn’t deserve to be alive, what does that say about her? Of course she hates her ghost so much - aside from laying bare all the deeply-guarded weakness inside her, (Vriska) is conclusive proof that by all objective measures she should really, really not be alive right now. And to top it all off, (Vriska) has given up on justifying herself to be… happy. Which of course represents nothing but rank selfishness in Vriska’s eyes.

People talk about whether or not Vriska will be “redeemed,” but I’ve sort of stopped thinking in terms like that. There doesn’t seem to be much there to redeem; she’s just broken. She can’t be happy until she settles down, but she can’t settle down until she’s proven that her continued existence has meaning. Her memories are full of mistakes and violence and thousands of dead children and so she’s constantly in search of some monster to slay if only to justify the price of her life. If she can’t do something huge and grandiose to once and for all cement herself as the best forever, maybe she should have just taken a half-gainer into her lusus’ mandibles. How do you redeem someone like that? Hell, how do you punish someone like that? 

More than anything, I think her story will involve someone having to stop her from hurting herself in a very existentially terminal fashion. Because bear in mind she’s about to face off with Lord English, and the plans of Serkets are required by universal law to never work. If she can’t beat him, which she can’t, the opportunity to make all the memories and fear and regret go away forever is right there in front of her. All she has to do is stand still and embrace oblivion. Homestuck is 50% callbacks by volume, and I would be unsurprised to see a callback to this:

“TAVRISPRITE: Whoever the fuck you are???????? 

God deliver us from Serkets and their drama.

Fantastic Vriska analysis submitted by the wonderful @intocleanness

anonymous asked:

I've seen a lot of people discussing how the Captive Prince fetishizes male/male relationships, doesn't have good female characters, and there's glossed over abuse. I was planning on reading it from your praise but idk now.

oh, please. i consider captive prince my favourite series of all time; you must know i have higher standards than that.

i don’t know who you heard this from, but they’re either misinformed or seeing problems where there are none. i’m not going to say captive prince doesn’t have its share of flaws, but in my mind none of them are worth skipping the series for unless you are really uncomfortable with some of the heavy content, which i’ll get to later.

captive prince has one of the best-written, well-rounded queer couples i’ve seen in modern gay lit to date. it is in no way fetishized. perhaps the accusation of m/m fetishization comes from the nature of one of the societies the story takes place in: the kingdom of vere is incredibly decadent and incredibly casual about sex, but incredibly superstitious about children conceived out of wedlock. to avoid the inevitable complications, men and women who don’t have a wife or a husband respectively to have sex with have same-sex affairs. it’s just a cultural thing for them, and other cultures in the series do not share this worldview.

this brings me to your second point about the lack of strong female characters. i beg to differ. there is definitely a shortage of female characters in the series, but there are a few, and they are strong characters; not only that, but their absence is explained. the first book takes place in a king’s court managed by a sexist, who has one female courtier who is stated within the narrative to have been hired as a Token Female, and who is disloyal to him. the rest of the story is set on the road, travelling with an all-male army. there are female characters with power. there are female character with strong ethical codes. there are female warriors who join the roving army for their own sakes. there are female characters who are manipulative. there are female characters who are independant. the series was written by a female author. while the absence of women is noticeable, it is narratively justified and pretty seamless – it hardly matters, and the women who do show up and are relevant are all different and well-written and all make sense in the context of the world.

finally, the glossed-over abuse.

i… i have no idea who came up with the idea that captive prince takes abuse lightly.

characters are abused. they are emotionally abused, they are physically abused, they are sexually abused, they are tortured. however, none of it is explicit in the way the characters’ reactions to the abuse are. characters who are abused display the effects of their abuse. given that, again, the greater portion of the characters are male, this is impressive for a work of modern literature. the abuse in the series is in no way glossed over, it’s just… not explicitly described. we learn, or we intuit what happens to the characters without having to slog through lengthy descriptions of people being raped and flogged. it is subtle, and because of that, it is more impactful, not less. not everyone in the book who had terrible things happen to them is saved, but a good number are, and it’s extremely satisfying when they are. captive prince is one of the most tasteful portrayals of a disgusting, horrible subject i have ever seen.

that being said, it does need a content warning for rape, pedophilia, incest, torture, and abuse. though these things are, again, handled well, i can see how the experiences of the characters and their feelings in response to what they’ve been through could be a bit too relatable for some people. there’s also a lot of sex, but it’s not like Explicit Porn Sex so much as a part of the characters and atmosphere. i don’t watch porn or read explicit fanfiction because it makes me uncomfortable, but captive prince didn’t make me uncomfortable, just more invested in the characters and the world.

again, i don’t know who you heard this from, but i should hope i am someone with better judgement than that. if you want, i can prattle off a bunch of worse queer lit (with regards to these complaints, as well as in terms of structure and characterization) that i’ve read if you’d like me to.

i’m not saying you have to read or enjoy captive prince if you don’t want to. what media you consume is entirely up to you. however, i’d like to insist that you not avoid reading what is, to me, the best-written book series i’ve read just because you’re concerned about stuff that really isn’t an issue because people want to complain without trying to really think about it too hard.

if you read it and don’t like it, that’s fine too – no skin off my back. just put aside the time to form your own opinion if you can. i still stand that captive prince is worth the read.

some cool things abt captive prince so nobody gets spooked by the serious stuff:

- phenomenal use of language
- like seriously it’s so great
- it can be serious but also hilarious
- every relevant character is dimensional
- political intrigue
- romance is relevant to the plot but it is not the plot
- despicable antagonist you really genuinely cheer for the defeat of
- nothing is contrived
- immersive third-person narration that lets you really get into the head of the main protagonist without annoying you with first-person
- the books are all good
- the books somehow manage to get better with every book
- you wouldn’t think it possible but they do
- they get even fucking better upon a reread like i’m not even kidding
- strong chemistry between romantic leads
- you want the protagonists to win
- the main protagonist is a bisexual man of colour
- hate to love relationship
- relationships among supporting cast members that don’t take away focus from the plot but are also well-written
- fantastic worldbuilding like a++++ worldbuilding
- character development all over the fuckin place
- damen
- laurent
- jokaste
- nicaise
- laurent
- erasmus
- jord
- the vaskians
- laurent
- the entire series basically
- extremely extremely extremely cathartic emotional payoff
- fluff AND pain
- 1000/10 all time fave book series award from me, eilidh smallnico

anonymous asked:

do you think that tentoo is just a cheap clone of the Doctor?

Why hello there nonny!

The short answer to your question is–well, considering that you wrote to a blog called “Rose and the Doctor: Defenders of the Altverse,” which is pretty openly a blog all about celebrating the adventures of Rose and Tentoo, I’m guessing you already know what the short answer is, you smart thing, you. ;)

But if you’re looking for a longer answer, I’ve got one of those, too!

Observations of Competitive Reproduction

Originally posted by mystiquerose

(*Ratings and warnings posted in the tags. Also a convenient excuse to fill @onelifenet‘s June prompt!) <3

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One of the many marvelous things about a Time Lord brain is that it’s capable of processing at least a thousand thoughts in any given moment. Equations and potentialities and exabytes of knowledge and millions of memories preserved in pristine eidetic detail all weave themselves together in a complicated sequence that would fry even the most powerful supercomputers, a glorious symphony that would make Mozart weep with envy. This is how the great world of Gallifrey dominated the universe for ten million years, presiding over Sontarans and Ice Warriors and Autons, traveling between dimensions and parallel realities, taming the ravages of time and space. This is how the Doctor has survived as long as he has.

But Donna says, “Why don’t you ask her yourself?” and each and every one of those thousand thoughts competing for attention in the Doctor’s very impressive brain grinds to a loud and messy stop.

Donna looks over his shoulder.

He turns around to see what it is.

There, at the end of the street, standing in the lamplit dark amidst wreckage and debris—there she is. Blonde hair and a leather jacket and a gun half as tall as she is, and suddenly there’s room in his head for only one thing.


He stares. He blinks. He breathes.

She smiles.

He runs.

If a single other thought does manage to amble through his mind, it’s something along the lines of how wonderful it feels to run to something instead of from it, just this once.

Unfortunately, as marvelous as a Time Lord brain is, it is, at the end of the day, still a brain. That means it’s still prone to all the same flaws and foibles as any other brain in any other sentient creature; it falls victim to all the same oversights, overloads, and fuckups. Even if it happens far less frequently for Time Lords than it does for other advanced creatures, every once in a while, a small thing is bound to slip through the noise unnoticed. Like, oh, say, the date of a companion’s birthday, or whether the Andallan Worker Revolution starts in 45k.2 or 45k.2.2, or the fact that books are made of trees, or whether there’s a Dalek waiting in the shadows to shoot you when you’re just a little busy running towards the love of your lives.

At least, that’s what he thinks when he wakes up later, half-human and part Donna and all-naked and his veins hotly pumping with adrenaline and fear and elation all at once.

(Well, that, and he wonders why the TARDIS is on fire.)

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Rejected (part 3/?)



“Dan Howell wanted me to ask you to meet him in the coffee room downstairs”

I honestly felt sick, the request completely shocking me. I faintly nodded to the assistant before standing and leaving the studio. As I stood in the elevator I tried to think of what he could want to say… Would he make fun of me, or could he possibly want to be friends once again? You desperately hoped for the later.

To door to the coffee room was open and you took a moment to observe Dan before going in. He was leant back on the bench, eyes down at his feet and his arms crossed.
It was unbelievable how much he had change in the few last years. His hair was now much shorter, his fringe having more volume than before. His body had broadened and as if it were possible, he seemed to have grown taller. He was incredibly handsome.

I took a long, deep breath before entering the room. Dan uncrossed his arms as he looked up at me.

“Y/n..” Dan breathed, shocked you were there even though he was the one who asked you to come.


“uh, would you like a coffee or-“

“No, I’m fine thank-you. What is it you wanted to discuss?” You interrupted Dan, wanting to get to the point.

“Well uh… It’s not really a discussion.. I just wanted to apologise for all those years ago” Dan spoke nervously as he played with the hair at the back of his neck.

“It was two years ago, theres no need to apologise Dan. I was stupid and should have kept my mouth shut anyway, so it’s my fault” There’s no words that could describe how embarrassed you felt as you remembered telling him.

“No, it wasn’t you at all… I was defiantly the stupid one in the whole situation” when saying the last part Dan’s eyes feel to the floor as they filled with what looked like regret.
“I really fucked up there” Dan continued, followed by a nervous chuckle.

“You didn’t fuck up, you didn’t like me back and so you made that known” You replied.

“That’s the thing… I did like you back, fuck, I liked you a LOT. But I ruined everything, I freaked out because I never expected you to like me. You told me in front of my friends and being the stupid and immature person I was, I became embarrassed and neglected you… I tried to call and text you but you never answered”

You couldn’t breath… He was embarrassed to like you back? Your entire life changed that day all because Dan was embarrassed. You had lost your only friend, the only person who ever supported and cared for you.

“You liked me back? And of course I didn’t answer the phone, I was far too embarrassed! The only friend I had made me feel like a fool!” You were a mixture of sad and aggravated as you did all you could to hold back tears.

“I’m so, so sorry y/n… I was a dick” Dan spoke lowly as he kept his eyes glued to the floor, he himself affraid he was going to tear up.

You took a deep breath, remaining silent for a moment as you calmed down.

“It’s okay Dan” You replied softly. Both your heads shot up towards the door as there was a soft knock.

“Uh, sorry to interrupt.. Y/n, they need you back in the studio” One of the assistants informed you before walking off again with papers held tightly in her arms.

“Well I have to go… Goodbye Dan” You said before turning on your heels and beginning to leave.

“Y/n?” Dan called once more, you stopped in your tracks and turned your head so you could see him looking hopefully at you.

“Could I take you to dinner or coffee?”

“Sorry Dan, I could never be with someone who was embarrassed of me” You answered.

“Y/n please… thats not what I meant” Dan was too late as you had walked out and into the elevator.

However he made a promise to himself in that moment that he would make it up to you and find a way to make you his.


So this is definitely overdoing it haha but I’ve always loved Psychology (my frustrated major tbh) and last episode made me extremely interested in how Noriko’s and Katsuhira’s condition compare to the real deal. 

I went looking into both, Congenital insensitivity to pain (inability to feel physical pain) and Alexithymia (inability to feel emotional pain), because people with congenital insensitivity to pain are able to feel emotions just fine. 

And Alexithymia is so spot-on that it blew my mind. Granted, I’m not expecting them to outright say they have this condition, but I wanted to share the info just in case someone else is also interested in Psychology! :D

Alexithymia is a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self: Problems identifying, describing, and working with one’s own feelings.

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Stanford Essay Advice Part 1 (requested)


Alright! Let’s get down to business.

Overall, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that it is possible to get into Stanford mainly because of your essays or to offset less desirable parts of your application (such as lower scores, etc etc) with awesome essays. The bad news is that there is no silver bullet when it comes to essay writing.

Overall, there are 5 Stanford supplementals- the Extracurricular Essay, the Short Answer Questions, the Intellectual Vitality Essay, the Letter to Your Future Roommate Essay, and What Matters to You and Why.

Yes theres a crap ton of essays to do, but if you play your cards right, this could definitely work to your advantage.

In this post I’m going to break down a vague approach to each one. In the next few posts I make, I’ll be more specific with each essay.

But before we start, we should probably discuss intellectual vitality! This term is thrown around pretty much everywhere, from the dreaded College Confidential (yuck), to Stanford’s own website. Hell, you even need to write an essay about it!

So what is it? Intellectual Vitality basically means you love to learn and learn only for the sake of learning. Basically you took those 15 billion AP classes because you love them (just kidding). Having intellectual vitality is super super important to Stanford. Its one of the qualifications with which they judge their students and is something you really want to emphasize in your essays.

So lets get down to the essays! These are the notes that I used to help me guide my own essay writing so hopefully it will be helpful.

Extracurricular Essay:

The extracurricular essay, while usually pretty short, is a great opportunity to show your passion, dedication, leadership, community involvement, and initiative. The main purpose of this essay is to bolster one of your Common Application activities. Bonus points if you can express your intellectual vitality and leadership skills!

Short Answer Questions:

Honestly, just don’t lie about anything and be real with them. No one wants to see that your favorite books are the English Dictionary and every single Shakespearian classic. Make yourself real to them, and make them like you. Here you have a great opportunity to let your personality shine through. Some great advice for this section is to think of the Stanford band. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen them but they have PERSONALITY and PANACHE. Try and embody them while writing these (remember: its hard to go wrong with these if you’re telling the truth)

Intellectual Vitality Essay:

They spelled it out for you! Try and find an instance in which you have expressed some form of intellectual vitality. Remember, it doesn’t need to be winning some sort of National Award to make it an interesting essay- in fact that sounds like a pretty boring essay. I know people who have written about everything from socks to mouthguards and gotten in. I would say that this essay tends to be more serious but if you can think of something fun and interesting (I read a great one about a Halloween costume) then go for it. Your goals for this essay should be to show your passion, intellectualism (again, does not have to be intellectualism in the traditional sense- it could be by the way you relate things) and yet again, to get them like you and your personality.

Letter to Your Roommate:

This is an interesting one because you can really go in pretty much any direction. But again, don’t feel too pressured by the format. You could describe yourself like a RPG game character card or as a car or really anything. You just want to make them like you and tell them a bit about yourself that they won’t know (and tying in details about Stanford won’t hurt). The only things to be careful with in this essay are being too casual/formal and writing about illegal/inappropriate stuff. Have fun with it!

What Matters to You and Why:

Just be honest! I know its really really popular to do an extended metaphor for these (look up the infamous ice cream and lasagna essays haha) but I would just go with what seems right. Don’t force it and let it come naturally. This essay is supposed to help them understand some of your values so make sure you don’t spend all your time on the what matters- if anything the why should be the focus of your essay. Just be careful with how controversial you go since if you ever come across as bigoted or intolerant, I’ve heard they throw out your app!

Overall I would say emphasize your personality (its hard to go too quirky with this school), intellectual vitality and make yourself seem like a really likable person. The admissions officers are on your side! And don’t read example essays until AFTER you write your first draft. That way you can use them to guide your revisions. Stay tuned for more posts :)