they may have a mentor student relationship

Random Rambles of Toshinko and stuff

(This is a bit of a long ramble, I apologize!)

One of the things that surprises me about My Hero Academia is that out of all the ships I could possibly ship I really only ship Toshinko. This isn’t anything against any of the other ships I’ve seen in the fandom. A lot of them are really cute and I can appreciate the art and thought put into them.

I just love the potential that Toshinko has for all the characters involved, Inko, Toshinori, and Izuku. One thing that always struck me when Toshinori came to their apartment to talk to Inko were the posters of him on the wall of their apartment.

I don’t quite think Toshinori peeked into Izuku’s room because that would probably be rather rude. I think the posters might in fact be in their living room and next to (what I’m pretty sure are) their family pictures.

In the top one there are 2 adults who I assume are Inko and Hisashi, and I think Izuku is between them. The second pic shows more than likely just Inko and Izuku (a subtle mention that Hisashi is literally out of the picture? Sorry for the pun. OTL). Right next to them are posters of All Might, to me (and judging by the look on Toshinori’s face, to him as well) this feels a little odd. Unless perhaps, you take the possibility that All Might became a source of strength/comfort for Izuku. He indirectly filled in some of the gap that Hisashi left behind. (In my opinion, Toshinori probably doesn’t know this, yet.)

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anonymous asked:

Aaaaaa hello!! I was referred here for a quick question, but what is the difference between a familiar, a spirit companion, a spirit guide, and a spirit guardian??

Hey there! They are sorta similar but very different all at the same time. So I will do my best to explain this.

Familiars can be physical or spiritual beings (spirits or entities) that typically take the form of a small animal. Although that isn’t always the case, as they can have other forms as well, that is the form that they normally take. They can act as magical companions for the witch, and used to be seen as small demons gifted to witches by the devil. While we know this isn’t true, its a well recorded belief. (Important to note, that you do not need a familiar to be a witch. Many go without them.) Here is my answer about familiars that I got awhile back as well:

A familiar is an animal or spirit (or plant, in my case) that basically acts as a companion and helper to a witch. They assist in magical duties and spells, help guard spaces, and help guide us through our spiritual endeavors. Not every witch has one, nor do you need one, in any way shape or form. I also think I should mention that just because you own a cat, or a dog, or any sort of animal it does not automatically make it a familiar. Just because you have plants doesn’t make them familiars either.

Spirit companions are spirits or astral entities that work with a human(s) on a companionship level. This relationship is different for each spirit and each human, so its really hard to pin down, but it can range from friendship, mentor-ship, relationships, etc. They may take on the role of friend, student, teacher, lover, protector… among other things. Not all spirits are companions. Companionship is a different level of relationship with the practitioner. You can read my FAQ here.

Spirit guides and guardians are similar in the fact that they are *sorta* like companions, although not really at all. They are sometimes assigned to us to help guide and protect us in this life as we need it, but take on a more background role. They will guide us when asked, but often don’t hang around us as often as companions will. In many cases they will only offer guidance on major turning points in our life. It is important to note that while most people have a spirit guide(s) and/or guardian(s), not all of us do.

Hope that helps clear it up!

“When heavens divide
Time will come to softly lay me down
Then I can see her face that I long to see”

(oh god please click on the image tumblr is obliterating it on the dash).

These two are hands down my favorite characters in any game ever. Each of them separate and their relationship together, all of it. They are my favorite thing. I deeply love the Mother/Son, Mentor/Student relationship they have.

Big Boss may have turned into quite the bastard at the end, and he got what was coming, but I can’t help but still want good things for him.

Just For A Kiss

My contribution for the Voltron Secret Santa 2016!

This is for Anya aka @s-opal and it’s a Klance fic. I tried to include Pidge as best as I could, but this is from Lance’s POV. It’s AU-No Voltron, AU-No Aliens. PG-13. I also put this on AO3, I hope that’s okay.

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Lance leans in for one last kiss before the attendant whisks Keith away. The fighter pilot’s steel gray eyes track Lance’s every move so he makes sure his smile is wider than last month’s videocall to his cousin Estrella’s quinceañera.

Even with ten feet between them, Lance can see the beginnings of anxiety gripping Keith. It’s in the 18-year-old’s stance, the way his fingers are clutching around a phantom yoke. So, being the good boyfriend that he is, Lance makes a thumbs up, adding a cheesy over-the-top grin that’s guaranteed to make Keith laugh. He’s rewarded with an eye wrinkle and half a smile before Keith and the attendant disappear into the green room and out of sight. Suppressing a sigh, Lance makes his way back to the general admission crowd.

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okay so I’ve been thinking a lot about kageyama’s and bokuto’s respective home lives lately, mainly because I get the sense that they’re both not so good, but in completely different ways

so let’s start off with kageyama, right? this poor kid has less than stellar communication skills, doesn’t really understand how people/relationships work (he’s learning, but I think we can all thank karasuno for any development he’s had so far, because he was a long way off from where he is currently to where he was when we first saw him). I think that when you look at his behaviors and combine it with what little we know about his background (do we even know anything? I seem to vaguely remember someone pointing out a scene from the anime/panel from the manga where it showed him coming home to a dark house, with only one pair of shoes at the door, although I could be mistaken) and that unhappy look he had on his face in the recent episodes where hinata mentioned someone’s family coming to watch a game, it’s relatively easy to conclude that he either doesn’t have a good relationship with his parents, his parents are separated (remember? one pair of shoes) and the one he lives with doesn’t have a lot of time for him, or that they’re just generally neglectful/non-concerned with their son’s well-being. basically, it’s just a really lonely house that he comes back to, and he gets most, if not all of his positive interactions from his current team (it sure as hell wasn’t his middle school). he may be provided for in terms of material things, but it appears as though he’s done a lot of his emotional development on his own without any real guidance. his middle school coaches are far more concerned with winning than the players themselves, so he likely wouldn’t have found a parental figure in them. also, and I don’t know if this is just me, but I’ve noticed that kids who don’t do as well in school tend to have a much worse student-to-teacher relationship than those who do, and if that’s the case, we can assume that kageyama didn’t really have a mentor there either. so, no real home life beyond basic necessities, no real parental figures outside the home, and because of this, no real grounds for learning how to make friends, something that could have offered him an escape from an empty home life. basically, what I’m saying here is that kageyama’s personality may very well be the result of neglectful parenting in the emotional/mental sense, and it’s negatively impacted him everywhere except for volleyball.

now, bokuto. where kageyama has parents who aren’t involved at all, bokuto’s are far too involved. in fact, I’d imagine that they’re extremely hard on bokuto. I can definitely picture him as the little kid who’s biggest ambition in life is to make his parents proud, only to have them shoot him down with a negative reception for every effort he makes, and here’s why. his reactions are in extremes to what is supposedly very, very little things. sulking because a play didn’t go exactly as he planned it would? lost a point to the other team? well, it’s been drilled into him at home that everything that goes wrong is somehow directly, entirely his fault, and so it must be the same here. on the other side of that, it only takes a bit of praise to make him extremely happy, and it’s because he’s not getting that from his home at all. he seeks attention yes, and that may come off as irritating to others, and it may even seem mildly manipulative (along the lines of the passive-aggressive ‘don’t toss to me anymore!’) but the truth is that by having people come to him during his negative episodes with words of praise, he’s compensating for the verbal/emotional abuse he receives at home. he soaks it up so much because he knows damn well that it’s the only time anyone will have anything good to say about him, which is quite sad. whatever bokuto does is simply not good enough for his parents. he may be the fourth best ace, but he’s not the first, he’s not even top three, and that’s cause for all kinds of awful remarks towards him. very rarely does he get told ‘I love you’ and he doesn’t even recall them ever saying how proud of him they are. he works so, so hard for their approval and it just isn’t there. whether this is because they have excruciatingly high standards or they simply don’t care to make the effort for him doesn’t matter, because the result is the same. bokuto feels like disappointment personified whenever he goes home, which is also why he elects to stay late after practices so often. so while I would classify kageyama’s parents as passively-neglectful, bokuto’s would be more aggressively-neglectful, and most definitely mentally/emotionally abusive. not only that, but it seems like he’s been manipulated into blaming himself for everything, and that’s definitely their fault, too.

in short, many of their respective personality traits are the result of unhealthy lives beyond school and volleyball, and I think that’s important to keep in mind as a possibility when considering them as characters.

You haven’t been rude but I don’t understand what is wrong with explaining your reasons behind asking people to tag their ships? I tag WindScream because one of my followers headcanons that Starscream is gay and not bisexual or pansexual and think that pairing is boring. I like shipping her with Chromia more than I like seeing her with Starscream but I like femdom het couples too.  I tag ‘psychiatric abuse’ every time I reblog cute pictures with Rung and his patients because it upsets people in the fandom. I don’t see the problem because he’s sexy as hell and nice too and there is no way he would abuse his patients but for them I do it. I tag Cygate because people think the couple is pairing a baby with an older guy and has pedo parts to it. I don’t agree at all and I don’t think people should infantilize Tailgate but I still tag it because it upsets them. And then there’s the MegaStar abuse apologism thing fandom argues over and I like all these pairings but I tag them because I don’t want people to get upset and I know to tag the things I like because it makes them upset and this is what I think is the right thing to do. But with the one pairing that upsets me, people don’t care? I don’t mind if people complain about the ships I have. I don’t think that’s fair at all. I don’t think this is an unreasonable thing to ask. It’s not that I think old and unattractive people shouldn’t have sex. I like Rung and I ship him with everyone on the Lost Light and he’s old. I think the Quintessons are very ugly and I’d like to see more consensual tentacle porn with them. If the student wasn’t a student and the teacher wasn’t a teacher, I wouldn’t care at all about this I’d just ignore it. But that is their roles and I can’t even say their names because this ship is a big squick for me. I don’t want to see it at all if I can help p it. I hope people do see your answer and start tagging from now on. I don’t see why people can’t tag it. I don’t think the teacher would find the kid who he taught when the student was a cadet to be someone he’d want to get in bed with either. He still calls the student a kid! This isn’t a sign that the teacher wants to get all nsfw with him. Not if he’s a normal and healthy teacher and doesn’t have a thing for young people. I don’t think good teachers would sit around fantasizing about getting with their students. I don’t ship the teacher with anybody but I don’t see why this would interest him. And I don’t see what would interest the student about the teacher. The teacher spends most of his time being  the designated grumpy old guy who is a teacher. I don’t know how anyone would find that sexy. If the teacher’s helm that is your thing and I hope you enjoy it, but the student looks sexier with other characters like First aid and the other ones I mentioned. And First Aid was attracted to the students body in canon.All the characters I mentioned, Arcee, Prowl, Rodimus have things about them I think they would click over and that would help them improve as people. Or for Prowl I know someone who wrote a really good ship manifesto about them and I would ship that pairing the way they talked about it. I don’t ship the student with these pairings because they are more attractive it because I think it’s better for the student for personality sake not because they’re attractive. I don’t see anything the teacher would give that isn’t already given with the student teacher bond . Sex would just complicate things. I don’t know why anyone wants to see that complicated and I don’t think the student can give the teacher much room for personal growth. It’s a really bland pairing when people aren’t making it dysfunctional. There are other people who are old to choose from and I wouldn’t ship it but I would care enough to ask for it to be tagged. I’m not blaming you for people shipping it or for this existing but your comic did make it more popular. I didn’t have to deal with untaggedheadcanons about them on my dashboard before you made it. I am sorry if I made you angry. I didn’t want to do that but this pairing thing won’t stop and I’m really tired of it. It’s been months and I was hoping this thing would die down by now more than it has. I haven’t asked anyone to stop their shipping. That will never happen as any Megastar shipper can tell the haters, but it isn’t my thing but I really want it tagged and I don’t think that is too much to ask.


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You are doing it again.

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What Melissa Harris-Perry Learned From Maya Angelou About Mentorship

As a professor at Wake Forest University and an editor at large at Elle, Melissa Harris-Perry is constantly on the lookout for new students to mentor. When she teaches a class, she gravitates towards those who aren’t afraid to challenge her. She knows these students will be the ones most willing to relax around her—to go out for a drink, debate about Kendrick Lamar, or let loose on the dance floor. The ability to have fun, she says, is key to a good mentoring relationship.

Mankaprr Conteh, who graduated from Wake Forest in May, is one of those students. When Harris-Perry created the Elle.com Scholars, a program that gives Wake Forest students the opportunity to write for Elle’s website, Conteh was the first participant.

As part of The Atlantic’s project, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” I spoke to Harris-Perry and Conteh about mentorship, vulnerability, and how Beyoncé brought them together. The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Caroline Kitchener: Was there a point when you felt like you started to stand out to Professor Harris-Perry as more than just another student in class?

Mankaprr Conteh: Well, there was the Beyoncé argument.

Melissa Harris-Perry: I need to give you some background information here—there is no person who knows anything about me who doesn’t know that I am obsessed with Beyoncé. I have been for years and years, openly and actively. And not in a surface kind of way. I am the platinum member of the Beyoncé club. You have to begin with that foundational understanding.

Now you go ahead, Mankaprr. I just wanted to make sure we had that down.

Conteh: It was right after Beyoncé performed at the Super Bowl. MHP is lit—like really, really lit—about “Formation.” And I’m like, but Beyoncé is still talking about money getting us free. I say, “This song doesn’t necessarily feel as liberating to me as it does to you.” Inside, I am literally shaking as we are going back and forth because Professor Harris-Perry is clearly incensed.

At that point, we hadn’t really had any conversations outside of class. A few days later, [this historian and author] Barbara Ransby comes to speak at Wake Forest. Somebody asked her about Beyoncé, and she said exactly what I’d been trying to articulate. Professor Harris-Perry sits up in her seat and looks at me, and I look at her.

Harris-Perry: We had this completely fun sister-girl moment in the middle of the lecture.

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Kitchener: So after that, did you talk to her outside of class?

Conteh: One of my friends told me that Professor Harris-Perry was at dinner talking about how much of a badass I was. And I was like, “Oh, cool. Let me just send her an email and tell her how much I admire her and really want to be her.” And then a couple of days after I contacted her, she whisked me off to the BET Honors with her to network. There I met all these incredible writers and artists and musicians and thinkers and politicians.

Kitchener: How do you decide who you’re going to have that sort of relationship with?

Harris-Perry: In all of my interactions with students, I am always looking for a few things that stand out. Almost every student I interact with is smart. So being smart is usually not that distinguishing a characteristic. I look for people who are willing to stand their ground. I look for a kind of intellectual courage. I saw that courage when Mankaprr openly challenged me in class. When I pushed back against her, she pushed right back. She was willing to be vulnerable and courageous, but also fully human. That is necessary for a mentoring relationship to work. If you’re going to revere somebody, it can’t work, because you can’t be human. You can’t have fun.

“I don’t think we’ve ever done something serious without going out and turning up a little after.”

Kitchener: Is fun an important part of a mentoring relationship?  

Conteh: It creates space for vulnerability. If I can go get a drink with Professor Harris-Perry, and let my guard down, I feel like I can go to her for help with almost anything. There is an age difference; there is a life-experience difference. That can be very intimidating, but if you have fun together, you break those differences down. I don’t think we’ve ever done something serious without going out and turning up a little after.

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Harris-Perry: To me, fun also creates space for creativity. Fun is the root of creativity. I tease all of the students pretty mercilessly about how young they are. When I recognize the intergenerational divide on music and culture, I figure out what I need to spend more time exploring.

Conteh: Yeah, and I think that can only happen if your mentor lets you into their personal space. I’ve been to Professor Harris-Perry’s house a bunch of times. That’s where I found out that her husband, James, thinks he knows more about hip-hop than everybody else. That’s where the conversations about Kendrick Lamar happen.

Kitchener: What was it like to go over to Professor Harris-Perry’s house for the first time? Did that immediately feel natural to you?

Conteh: It did. Sometimes when a speaker comes to school, Professor Harris-Perry will have a dinner at her house. We’re all sitting at little tables, so it feels very intimate. There are baby toys in the corner—things like that really help to humanize the person who owns the home.

Harris-Perry: I host dinners at my house because of my mentor, Dr. Maya Angelou. She always taught classes and entertained her students in her home. Although her home was always fabulously decorated, you never had the sense that somebody had just cleaned up. I loved that.

Kitchener: I think people often see a mentor as someone they need to impress, but it doesn’t seem like you see Professor Harris-Perry that way. What’s it like to be vulnerable with someone you look up to so much?

Conteh: With Professor Harris-Perry, it feels totally natural to talk about really hard personal things. It feels natural to be broken. All I can see on her face is genuine empathy. When someone is like that with you, it’s not hard to open up to them.

Kitchener: When did you first go to Professor Harris-Perry for help with something personal?

Conteh: I had tried to resign from my position as a communications intern at the research center that Professor Harris-Perry leads on campus. I didn’t really give a good reason—I just sent an e-mail, saying that I was going through a lot. Immediately, Professor Harris-Perry got in touch with me, saying, “I can tell there is something wrong, but we’re not going to let you quit. This isn’t a job, this is a family.” That was a turning point for me. When you work for someone—especially if you see that person as a mentor—you do, at some level, want to impress them. But you’re not always capable of doing that. From this point on, I knew that if there was ever a burden I couldn’t carry, I could bring it to Professor Harris-Perry’s house, and she could help me.

Harris-Perry: Dr. Angelou became my mentor on the day that I dropped her class. I try to always remember that she should have been offended—that would have been the appropriate response to me dropping a class of someone of her stature. Instead, Dr. Angelou was deeply concerned because she knew that I was a scholarship student—and if I was dropping classes, I was likely not going to finish college. Her first response wasn’t, “What in the world is wrong with you? Don’t you know I am Maya Angelou?” Instead her question was, “Wait a minute, if you’re dropping my class and all your other classes this semester, how are you going to finish on time?” Ultimately she said, “Come see me.” I try to respond similarly.

Kitchener: How has Professor Harris-Perry, as your mentor, been able to offer personal support that is different from support you might get from a parent or a friend?

Conteh: The opportunities that she presented to me never came with any kind of pressure. She would just constantly put me in rooms. She would go to some event and bring me along. For example, she’d say, “I’m going to this Essence panel, and I’m speaking with Ava DuVernay. Why don’t you come along?” Just being in those spaces, around those kinds of incredible people, I would think to myself, “We’re all here. There must be something similar about us.”

Kitchener: Do you think that personal identity—gender identity, racial identity, religious identity—should play a role in who mentors whom?

Conteh: Personally I think that, since white men hold all the power in our society, they should be mentoring everybody.

Harris-Perry: Mhmm.

Conteh: Of course there are all these beautiful familial aspects to my relationship with Professor Harris-Perry. But one of the things that you look to a mentor for is opportunity. And so the people who have all of the opportunity really need to be mentoring everybody else.

Harris-Perry: I totally agree. I thank God for my graduate mentors in the Ph.D. program who were powerful white men, who took an interest in me, and brought me and my dissertation along. If not for them walking me through the battleground of political science, I don’t know where I would be. It is white men who hold the keys to the academy.

Kitchener: Would you say you mentor a diverse group of students?

Harris-Perry: Absolutely. I’ve mentored white women, black men, and many, many queer students of all kinds. I’m quite cis and femme and straight, so those aren’t identity matches, and yet I feel like our work together has been valuable. At the same time, I think it’s important that those students have mentors who play other roles in their lives. I can’t mentor my queer students in all of their spaces. If they have queer mentors who are helping them to navigate the world in different ways, I think that’s also important.

Kitchener: Do you ever look at a particular mentee and think to yourself, “Well, they’ve made it—I’m done mentoring?”

Harris-Perry: No. Never. I have students who are tenured professors who I still send potential opportunities. I don’t think there is ever a time when that stops. When you are rooting for the success of another person, I don’t know when you ever stop opening doors.

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So lets talk about this character because this was the most intriguing thing in the OP to me. Near the end of the crazy awesome opening of Getter Ban Ban was saw a brief scene of Ash walking forward, leaving glowing footsteps and this kid right on his heels (literally FOLLOWING in his footsteps), seemingly taking notes (possibly of Ash??)

I instantly think that this character will either take an intrest in Ash at some point and or already DOES have an interest in him and wants to learn more about him, the foot metaphor which is this most obvious theme of the scene seemingly gives the message that this could be the start of a possible mentor/student relationship between these two characters which will grow throughout the rest of XY.

The character himself seems to be of a studious type and I think he’ll have a bit of book smarts but not a lot in the way of actual experience, which Ash could possibly teach him in? The way he jots down in his book while looking towards Ash may signify that he’ll be taking a lot of notes on his actions and (maybe) advice? This could go beyond mentor/student and could result in a possible sucessor to Ash maybe???

This is all conjecture and the final result of this character could be completley different, but either way im very excited to see what this character brings as an individual and to Ash’s character as well.

anonymous asked:

I'm just going to flat out say it. I think Kanan is a much better teacher then Yoda or Obi Wan was. They could never deal w/the problems thir padawan had and that helped cause them to fall to the dark side. They were so vague about things w/Luke they're everything worked out w/Vader. Heck Luke may not be that knowledgeable about handling dark side problems as a mentor either since he (along w/others) failed to keep Ben from Snoke. Kanan may not be perfect, but he's doing everything right-

P2- with Ezra in keeping him loyal to the light and secure in confiding in Kanan about any problems that might turn him to the dark side. He’s also encouraging Ezra to trust himself and listen to the force in ways Kanan can’t. It’s a very humbling and honest student teacher relationship. Kanan had the benefit of having a great teacher in Depa. He became a great one for Ezra and Ezra’s returning that favor by being a great student. 

Indeed!

Sometimes I think the Yoda lineage is infected with this ‘disease’ of “hiding incomprehension behind a facade of riddles”.

In the beginning of his career as a master, Kanan had nearly got infected with the same disease. But to his credit, when Ezra confronted him, he admitted that he did not understand. And later on, even admitted to Ezra that they were learning together.

And as Kanan protected Ezra, so did Ezra coax Kanan out of his shell. And in return, Kanan provided a ‘safe haven’ for Ezra to grow in a wholesome way, not stunted. For Kanan allowed Ezra to feel, and to pour out his deepest feelings, of fear and grief and sadness.

This alone makes Ezra much more resistant to the Dark Side. For unlike Anakin, he was allowed to grow as a full human being, not a human being forced to conform to an unnatural state of being emotionally stunted.

Sure, he will experience moments of explosive emotions; after all he was a teenager. But thanks to the loving care of Kanan – and of course, Hera – Ezra matured really quickly. Of course he will have moments of regression. What normal human being doesn’t?

And that’s where Kanan again came in. In Twilight of the Apprentice, Ezra practically debated against Maul… and what Ezra said was practically all he had learned from Kanan.

Kanan might not be a perfect human being, but in his imperfection, he became a GREAT mentor, PERFECT for Ezra. He never tried to force Ezra to conform to a boilerplate of deficient, emotionally-handicapped living being. He let Ezra experience many things on his own – to a certain degree.

And Kanan provided nuggets of wisdom. Guidance instead of rules and regulations and restrictions. Clear and unambiguous pearls of great value. These may not be immediately accepted by Ezra at time of dispension, but it is clear that Kanan’s teaching indeed took hold, even if imperfectly, but certain to become a seed for Ezra’s future direction in life.

So yeah. The ascendancy of Mace WIndu’s lineage certainly brought a breath of fresh air to the Star Wars Saga, which was starting to become stale because it keeps orbiting around the Skywalker Dynasty.