this is basically my research paper

How to Write a University-level Essay

Heyo, so school is fast approaching, and seeing as Tumblr is made up of a lot of younger users who will soon be shipping off to college or university soon, I thought I would take it upon myself to help spread my knowledge of essay-writing. Essay-writing is my thing. I love it. I live for it. It’s how I make up for my shitty test marks, and still get by with an 85 average+ in University classes. I’m a historian by trade, so perhaps this information will seem a bit off from what you’re used to, but hopefully, It’ll help you out. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an ask.

1. Consider your question and find your thesis.

      I know, I know. People always say, no! Never start with your thesis/intro paragraph! Go to the body!! Well i’m here to say forget everything you’ve been told. Forget that, forget the stupid hamburger shit they teach you, forget it all and start reading. 

I ALWAYS start with my thesis. Why? Because you cannot make good paragraphs without knowing what you’re researching. You need direction, and a thesis is your map.

So, the question we’ll use shall be: What is one way in which the Union won the American Civil War?

Now remember, your thesis is your map. It shows you where to go, what to look for. The thesis is the heart and soul of all your work. You want a good, solid thesis. What does that include, you ask?

  • An idea
  • A reason for said idea
  • Evidence to support said reason, and thus validate the        idea.

So, lets do an example. Let’s say I’m writing on the use of media during the American Civil War. I like photography, and wrote a paper on this in my second year, but im gonna be doing this example freehand(idk where I put that essay lol) so lets work with how I got an A+ on that paper. This will be my idea:

                “Photography during the American Civil War influenced the war’s outcome in the Norths favour.”

This is VERY vague. This is an example of a thesis in bloom! Let’s take it further. Look at the above. What questions would you have from this thesis?

  • -Who was taking photos at that time?
  • -Why did it influence the outcome?
  • -How did it influence the outcome?
  • -Who consumed photography as a media at that time?

This is where you STOP, and start the next step.

2. Research

                Start your basic research with your idea, and the above questions in mind. Look at libraries, ask your professor or TA or librarian, or just do some basic google searches to get to know the subject(but for the love of god if you include a google link in your citation I will personally hunt you down and castrate you.)

I like to start with the basics of any inquiry: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, HOW. Who was taking photos? Where were they displayed that caused influence? ect…These, in relation to your beginner thesis, will help guide you in what form your thesis will take.

Once you’ve finished that, and have a general feel for the time period, go back to your thesis.

3. THESIS 2.0

Go back to your original question: What is one way in which the Union won the American Civil War? Now look at your thesis again. It’s too vague, isn’t it?

As you can see, our original thesis was too vague to be a real thesis. So, we NARROW IT DOWN using our WWWWWH progress we focused on during early research!

                “Photography during the American Civil war influenced the war’s outcome by providing a visual for ordinary citizens about the horrors of war, and thus helping to increase donations and awareness to the cause.”

Great! But once again, too vague! Questions that may arise include:

  • Who was taking the photos
  • Evidence for donations?
  • Evidence for social awareness?

So, we NARROW IT DOWN again. I’m going to use Andrew Gardner’s photography during the Civil war, as he was one of the most famous and influential at the time.

                “Andrew Gardner’s photography during the American Civil war influenced the war’s outcome by providing a visual for ordinary citizens about the horrors of war, and thus helping to increase donations and enlistment in the Union through awareness to the cause…”

The above then gives us the following(why and how are sometimes grouped together):

  • Who: Andrew Gardner
  • What: Photography helped the north win the war.
  • Where: Union-aka northern states
  • When: American Civil War
  • Why/How: Because Andrew Gardner’s photography raised social awareness through this new and budding medium

Use this sort of outline to guide you in the next step!

4. Now that we have a thesis, you need to do some more research and evidence gathering.

The way I like to do this is to go check out a few books from the library(look for text books in particular), and leaf through the index for matching terms. Our matching terms would be:

                Photography, civil war, Andrew Gardner, media

From there, you read over the pages, and see if any of the info relates to your subjects. Copy down quotes, page numbers, book title, author, publishing date and publisher. You need these for your bibliography. Pick and choose relevant information. The filter for relevant information relies entirely on your thesis, because it decides what you need to be looking for—this is why I hate when people tell me to start writing paragraphs before I write a thesis! It’s simply impossible and counter productive, and will cost you hours in revision.

So, gather your information from the library, and cross-reference with peer-reviewed articles and data. For our thesis, we would need data on enlistment numbers in an area after a date of Andrew Gardner’s photography exhibit showcases. No matter what type of essay you’re writing, you can always back up your evidence with data, and it won’t hurt one bit. Don’t be afraid of the numbers, kids!

So, if we were to go back to our thesis, we could now expand on it like this:

             “Andrew Gardner’s photography during the American Civil war influenced the war’s outcome by providing a visual for ordinary citizens about the horrors of war, and thus helping to increase donations and enlistment in the Union through awareness to the cause. An increase in  donations and enlistment in relation to exposure to Gardners work is seen in data/evidence point A, as well as in data/evidence point B, which will be fully outlined in the points below.”

This gives you an example of how to lead from a thesis, to your opening paragraph.

5. Data and Evidence Justifications–Paragraph making

This is the section where you can branch your essay into your data and evidence points you gathered in steps 2 and 4. You can have as many paragraphs as you like, just make sure your evidence and data is strong and supported. I personally like to work with my thesis copied and pasted onto the top of every page I write on. This keeps you on track, with your clear goal in mind, and will help you from straying. I will give you an example of how a paragraph might sound.

                Andrew Gardner’s photography during the American Civil War became heavily influential upon the American population at the time, particularly the north, wherein which his work was showcased. The influence of Gardner’s photographic works is seen in the _____, which shows us that without the influence of Gardner’s media influence, war efforts and awareness may not have been as successful as they had been.

This is an alright opener for you to work with. The ___ is where you could put in your data point or evidence piece. The point of the paragraph is to show your support for your thesis by confirming it with evidence.

Your paragraphs should take this form:

  • Present, Confirm, Conclude, Lead.

You present your evidence, confirm its relation to the thesis and confirm the validity of the thesis, conclude by brief revision of evidence, and then lead into your next paragraph. 

6. Conclusion

        Your conclusionary paragraph should be a look-over of the above paragraphs. Restate your thesis, present a summarized version of your paragraphs(one or two sentences only), and perhaps take the time to look at your own views on the subject. An example might look like this:

        “Taking a moment to step away from the above mentioned evidence, I believe it to be scholarly acceptable and even necessary to state my own views on the subject presented. In drawing conclusions, I felt that the above information was correct in that it presented a reality of the time period, in which photography was becoming a medium to be embraced by popular society. People were not only astounded by Gardner’s photographs on a social level, but also a technical level. The astonishment people held at seeing the war-torn battle fields spurred them into action, and even today can still present feelings of dread, fear and loss when looking at his photos…blah blah blah”

Why is it scholarly acceptable and perhaps necessary to state your views? Oftentimes, it is to reassure the reader of your own personal bias’, which exist whether you like them or not, to the subject at hand. Having a small tidbit on your own thoughts about your research ect, breaking away from the third-person droning of an essay can be refreshing and welcoming for a prof at the end of his stack of essay reading. 

7. In summary

  • Thesis
  • Data and Evidence
  • Present, Confirm, Conclude, Lead
  • Self opinions/Conclude

All in all, do unique things. Professors love it when they come across something that’s not cookie cutter! Even if they present you with a list of essay topics, take the leap and ask them if you can do your own research topic!! Take risks with your essay writing, talk to your professors about what you want to do, and try to have fun with your research. I’ve written on everything from civil war photography to Disney princesses in american media, to the religious formation of idea of heaven and earth. Remember, so long as there’s credible, documented evidence, it’s possible to write about it.

Hey everyone! Over the years I’ve had my fair share of English and other writing intensive classes, and combined with my tendency to procrastinate I’ve had to come up with a way to write papers fast. 

step one: finding a topic and research (aka the hardest part)

You can’t write a paper without a good topic, a strong thesis, and solid research. There’s no getting around that, no matter how short you are on time. Depending on the class and the teacher, you may have your topic chosen for you or you may have total freedom. If your situation is the latter, an ideal topic is one the you care about, have some general knowledge of already, and is specific enough to be covered in the number of pages you’re limited to. After you have a topic picked, do some quick searches to see what’s out there. If your school’s library has a database, that’s the perfect place to start. Be sure to chose quality articles that have been peer reviewed when possible, and where it’s not acknowledge that the source may be an biased in your paper. 

Once you’ve started research, you should have a pretty good idea of what your angle is going to be and what points you want to make. Next write a working thesis. This is basically a sentence or two that states what you will spend the next few pages proving. Once you have it, write it on an index card and put it aside for the next step.

step two: outlining 

Take a look at your past papers. How many paragraphs are usually on a page? It’s about two for me, so I keep that in mind when planning my outline. Now for the part that lets me write so fast: index cards. 

Take one index card per paragraph you’ll need to fill your page limit, and write “into” on the back of the one with your thesis, and conclusion on the other. Now think about how to best prove your thesis, and anything else you saw in research that you want to address. 

  • On one side of the card goes the general topic of the paragraph (ie, “significance of symbolism”).
  • On the back goes all of the specific notes and details that will go in that paragraph (ie, “spring as a symbol of a fresh start for x character”)
  • Once you’ve done that for every paragraph lay them out in front of you and experiment with order. How do they flow naturally?

step three: writing

Now that you have your outline, all you have to do is expand on what’s on your cards. Paragraphs should be at least five sentences each, which is super easy to achieve since you already know what you’re going to say! Think of each paragraph as a mini paper: sentence one should be a topic sentence/intro, explaining what you’re going to cover. The middle/body defends and expands on your topic sentence, and the last sentence or two should conclude the paragraph and transition to the next. 

Once you have your body, you can work on your intro and conclusion. A general rule of thumb for intros is to start with a hook (something interesting that draws the reader in) and ends with your thesis. In the middle should be a sentence or so for each paragraph/point, just to give a little map of where you’re going. The conclusion is basically the same, except in reverse. Wrap it up and tell them what you just told them. 

After that, let it sit for a little while (ideally a day, but if you’re short on time just go to dinner) and then come back to edit with fresh eyes. Reading out loud will help you catch typos!

step four: citations and formatting

I like to cite as I go so I don’t have to do it all at once. I typically write my own, but if I’m in a pinch I’ll use a citation generator (like son of citation) that works super fast. Just be sure to cite everything that needs one! Plagiarism is so not cool. Double check MLA/APA/Chicago guidelines and make sure that everything is formatted right, and you’re good to hit submit!

Good luck on those papers, my fellow procrastinators!


Productivity Printables and Desktop Wallpaper // freebies from The Arialligraphy Project

Productivity Tracker

Suggestions for use of this printable: do something new every 10 days or also mark your “treat yourself” days (you deserve it!)

Hopefully, when you reach the end, you would be proud to see the great things you accomplished!

Assignment Tracker

If you’re like me who’s prepping to go back to uni for the summer semester, or if you’re still in school dealing with finals season, here’s a more school-focused to-do list!

I received a couple of messages asking me what the little progress circles (some called it “bubbles” which are cuter, in my opinion) are for and how I use them. They’re basically an estimate of how much I did for a specific task. For example, I have to write a research paper. Given that the structure of the task is made up of several parts (abstract, introduction, method, etc.), I can shade one or two circles if I finished the abstract and introduction within a certain study session.

I started using this method in the beginning of my sophomore year in uni. I felt that it was more motivating to see all those circles getting shaded as I made developments in the task as compared to ticking a checkbox, which I could only do if I finished the entire project.

Download these freebies
Productivity Tracker printable / Assignment Tracker printable / Think Positive wallpaper

A tagged snapshot of your computer, phone, or study space using these freebies will be very much appreciated. (Use #thearialligraphyproject or #arialligraphy!) 😊

I am doing a research paper on K-pop in College and I need your help!

Hello, Everybody. 

My name is Shawerim, I am 17, and I am a second-year student in college in Canada. For my anthropology class, I was told I had to do a research paper on a subject that interests me. Being a fan of K-pop, I keep being amazed on the keep-growing popularity of K-pop. This popularity led me to ask some questions. 

My class being anthropology, I had to come up with an anthropological question on K-pop. My research question is “ Is there a K-pop culture/community. If so, what are the characteristics/ key features? Is the popularity of K-pop an impact caused by globalization?” 

In order to achieve this, I have to use two anthropological methods to collect my data. I will be doing participant observation. I will be doing this in the form of a group chat. Each interaction will be entered in a daily log that will help me answer my research question. The second method will be interviewing people. I will talk to people individually and ask them some questions that will help me come up with the answers for my research question. I’m still working on the questions but it will be done in the next few days!

SO! What I need from you is basically let me join a group chat. I could also create a group chat and I would need people to join it or them if I decided to make more than one. I also need some people to interview! 

So, if you feel like helping me with my research paper, come and give me your Kakaotalk ID or any other messaging platforms. If you ever want to be interviewed, just message me and we can plan a time for your interview.

It would really mean the world to me if you decide to help me with my term paper and this project could be beneficial for a lot of us. It also gives you an opportunity to meet new people and create new bonds. Don’t be shy and come and say Hi! Every Fandom is welcome!

College Advice

With one semester under my belt and a so far unblemished GPA, here’s a list of everything I wish I had known before I started college (plus some stuff I figured out along the way):

1. Read the syllabus for your class and then go one step further: pick assignments that you can do ahead of time, like readings, and then actually do them. At least at my university you hit a point about a month or so into school where all of the sudden you have no free time. Earlier on you’re going to have some slow weekends. I’m not saying do it all at once, but if you take away some easy but time consuming assignments earlier the whole semester will feel a little smoother. Important though: You still have to review your notes/work when relevant or you’ll be screwed later on.

2. The first like two weeks of school as a freshman you are shuttled through dozens of social events, infofairs, and mixers. You may find that you make a lot of friends at first, but then once that one month marker passes you look up from your textbooks and realize you haven’t spoken to another human outside of classes in days. Try to have at least one recurring social thing going on, whether that’s meeting friends for dinner once a week, going to a club meeting or a study group.

3. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Like seriously, if something is just not making sense, you need to get another person involved. Sometimes studying alone and Google only go so far! Office hours are good and so is tutoring. Ask classmates too if you can. I really hated my chem lab, and there was one lab where the data we got basically defied the laws of physics. I ran into someone from my lab section on the street and vented about it- turns out she had the same problem, but more importantly, she knew what caused it! My lab report was still pretty bad due to the nonsensical data, but I had a coherent answer when it came time to explain error.

4. Go to class, participate, and be nice to your professors. If they host optional reviews, definitely go to them. Depending on the prof’s style, you may be able to just sit and listen or they may expect you to bring questions. Have at least one just in case. The reason why this matters (besides networking and engaging in active learning) is that a lot of professors make a component of your grade “participation”. I had a course where I was borderline between an A minus and and A, which could have dinged my GPA. My grade basically was going to come down to a rewrite of a paper. I went to a not very well attended test review and got extra hints about what was going to be on the test and what the professor was looking for, which boosted my final test grade, and though I can’t prove it I strongly suspect my professor used my participation grade to nudge me over the edge to an A.

5. This wasn’t one I learned, but one I realized other people didn’t know: your school very likely pays a crap ton of money to give you access to academic research databases through the library. Use them, oh my god, please use them. For one thing, I’ve found it’s just plain easier than attempting to do regular research- you get lots of good, relevant, generally sound information; you can sort in cool ways (like if you don’t want outdated research you can set parameters for the time of publication); and most have pre-made citations! It’s cool! Even if you don’t have a research project/paper just go on once and dick around a bit, it’s pretty fun. That being said, if you are assigned a project requiring research and citations, don’t do what you did in high school and cite a bunch of news articles about scientific advancements or the results of studies. Go find original sources. You need to learn how to read published research in any case. (I’m speaking from a STEM major perspective but these databases have tons of cool stuff for arts and humanities students too- entire books, anthologies of art, images for use, music files, recordings of plays and performances, etc). But the reason I bring this up- in a group project in a communications course a well-intentioned teammate brought us a random person’s blog post about conflict in the workplace to cite in our speech. She had no idea she had access to like thousands of psychological and sociological research papers, books, etc. on the subject. Another student in that class orally cited a buzzfeed article about procrastination- unless you have a really good reason (like maybe you’re a communications student analyzing listicle style writing or the influence of social media on journalism) please don’t cite buzzfeed.

6. People talk a lot about networking, so I’ll just mention one specific and easy way to do it even if you’re not super outgoing: join a club or organization related to your major/career field. You will meet people who have experiences you can learn from, even if you may compete with them for some things (maybe they tip you off to an internship they had last summer or to a professor’s favorite snack/hobby). You will also potentially meet some staff members from your department who can give you info about research/internships and possibly write you rec letters. This worked for me- I joined an org for students pursuing teaching, I’m one of a few freshman (maybe the only one actually) who attends regularly, and I ended up getting to know the director of the supply room who does the hiring for student interns. Now I have a job as a workroom intern to make some extra money during school. More importantly, it basically lets me meet and work with the whole department who can potentially open up opportunities for me. (Plus according to one intern sometimes you get invited to the staff Christmas party and all the professors get sloshed).

7. Wait to buy your textbooks, but not too long. If it’s a niche book (i.e. your school uses something written by your professor that no one else sells or cares about) there will come a point where they are out of copies and you will have to ask to photocopy someone’s lab notebook every week. Basically, wait until the first day of class, determine what you really need, ask someone who’s taken it before (or ask on your University’s subreddit) whether the book is essential, then make your purchases. Also! If you have to purchase an online access code for homework stuff, check if an online textbook is included. Don’t buy a hard copy in addition to it. It’s not worth it and you may even be able to check a textbook out from the library for that one time you’ll actually read the textbook. (When I say that, I mean you can read it for a few hours in the library- they won’t let you leave with it).

8. Don’t go into any class believing you are “bad” at a subject. I used to say all the time that I hated math and I was bad at it. I really lucked out, because I ended up enjoying Diff Calc this past semester. Because I liked it, I was willing to practice more and I found that I got less frustrated when things were hard. I realized that “being bad at math” was a lie I had told myself, basically, and it wasn’t helpful. Learn to treat your brain as a tool or a muscle. You can learn to do basically anything with enough time and effort, and struggling with something doesn’t mean you’re “bad” at it. It just means you’re working out your brain. I know that sounds corny as hell but it’s true. Having the idea that your intelligence is fixed and limited stunts learning and just makes you feel like crap. Realizing that your intelligence is fluid helps you be kinder to yourself, ask for help when you need it, and lets you focus on accomplishments over failures.

My askbox is always open if people have questions about the transition to college!

sweetbanshee  asked:

hi! i was just wondering what your tips are for writing large essays/research papers? particularly tips on how to articulate your words into very clear points and still make the word count. so if you have any advice/resources i would LOVE to hear them (:

Hi there lovely ♥ I’ll be honest, writing essays is one of my favourite things about university, but I do know that they’re an arduous task! I’ve already collected my Top 5 Thesis Tips here and my Essay Resources here, so here are some of my favourite tips to go about writing large essays:

  1. Requirements. My first tip would be to gather all the requirements for your essay in one place. Any information about what sources you have to include; the required word count; the required citation system; any example essays your teacher might have uploaded, etc. Consolidate and copy these facts onto a sheet of paper.
  2. Decide on a thesis/research question. I wouldn’t advise jumping into an essay blindly, without any idea of where you’re going. You first need to have some sort of idea what you’re going to write about. I’ve always found this guide by @healthyeyes on how to narrow down a research question to be incredibly clear and easy to follow.
  3. Draw up an outline. At its very core, every essay consists of three basic elements: (1) an introduction; (2) a body; and (3) a conclusion. True to its name, your introduction is for introducing your subject and your research question. Your body is where you will present your arguments that will validate your thesis question. Finally, the conclusion is for reiterating your main arguments and commenting on the relevance of your essay within your field of study. I prefer drawing up an outline on a separate sheet of paper and throwing down any idea that comes to mind.
  4. Plan your essay. Larger essays can be terrifying because you’re usually very focused on their length. My favourite way to tackle this is to take my research question, my sources, and my outline and split them into neat little divisions. An 8,000-word-essay, for example, can be split as follows: 1,000 words for the introduction; 6,000 words for the body; 1,000 words for the conclusion. It’s important to note that this split is arbitrary; you may end up having a 5,000 word body, for example, but it’s a good starting point. Now that you’ve split your larger essay into more manageable parts, it’s time to get to the planning stage. List two or three important points you want to bring up in your introduction. List the main arguments you will use to prove the validity of your thesis question in the body of your essay. Finally, name two or three points you will want to bring up in your conclusion.
  5. Write, write, write. With all that planning out of the way, it’s time to write. The way you go about this is personal; some prefer to carefully word each paragraph, some just blurt everything out on paper and polish every paragraph to perfection later. I definitely fall in the latter camp; I find it easier to get everything out of my head and then remove the unnecessary gibberish later. A good way to neaten your paragraphs is the PCCL concept: Present your evidence, Confirm its relation to the thesis and confirm the validity of your thesis, Conclude by briefly summarising your evidence, and then Lead into the next paragraph. 
  6. If you’re short on words, here are two tips: (1) look back at your essay plans and see if there is an argument you haven’t made yet or, alternatively, see if there is a side argument you didn’t think would fit in the essay, but you have room for now; (2) use connectives. Seriously, starting your paragraphs with words like “firstly”, “secondly”, “thirdly” not only gives structure to your essay, it also increases your word count, so it’s a win-win situation.

I hope that helps! xxx

Rogue One: Catalyst: Thoughts

- link to my other Rogue One blabberings -

Finally finished reading Rogue One: Catalyst by James Luceno, or as it’s also known by:

  • Lyra Erso: Badass;
  • Lyra Erso: They Could Have Easily Created Parallels Between You and Chirrut+Baze in the Film Instead of Ignoring Your Existence;
  • Lyra/Galen OTP Fever: How to Write a Strong, Balanced Couple While Still Giving Them Relationship Hurdles;
  • “I’m Thirsty for You and Your D, Galen,” Screams Krennic Into the Rain
    • with foreword by Galen Erso, “Who Is This? And What Does He Mean By My D?”
    • and annotated by Lyra Erso, *The dickbag is talking about the Death Star, honey.
  • Tarkin/Krennic: Hux/Kylo Ren Got Nothing On This Hate Couple
  • and finally: Jyn Erso Is A Normal Human Child: how this makes her future character arc 1000x more painful

NB: Have only seen the RO film and have now read this book. This is going to be long and about 90% quotes related to characterization.

General Impression:

  • Writing was okay. Not great, but not bad. (This is especially apparent since I’ve just started reading the RO novelization, and the difference in quality is pretty startling.) Nice quick read.
  • Lyra is fantastic.
  • Galen is pretty interesting.
  • Jyn is adorable and normal, and it breaks my heart.
  • Krennic is… wow, I just want to laugh because he’s so absurd but also a Terrible Human Being.
  • Tarkin is fascinating (see waaaay below for details).

Lyra Erso

  • No one holds this bitch down.
    • “She had no recourse. She wasn’t built to hold things in; to be complacent or compliant.”
    • “Some of Orson’s remarks had made her wonder whether she and Galen were under surveillance, or even whether her personal comlink might be bugged. But she didn’t care either way. Orson may have drawn the line in the sand, but she would be the one to step over it.”

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This is a little late but here it is! Disclaimer: This is how I like to annotate but that doesn’t mean you have to do it the same way. You can take away anything you find useful from this tutorial and leave behind what doesn’t work for you. I am open to suggestions for improving how I annotate and would love to hear how you like to annotate!

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Day 2/100 of Productivity

  • I finally started my long-overdue revision of AP Physics notes! I managed to compress five pages of notes into just two pages, since most of the content in the first few topics is basically intuition for me now.
  • I also compiled a few research papers and articles to read, annotate, and take notes on in the upcoming days, in preparation for the Google Science Fair. My topic will remain secret for now ;)

🎵  listening to “from a cage” by envoi

anonymous asked:

こんにちは!!By any chance, can you explain particles? im not doing to great in my japanese class right now because of it. thanks!

(Sorry it took me so long to reply, I’m drowning in research papers at the moment) 

Anyway that’s a really broad question, but I can try! So the most basic function of particles is to tell you what role the words play in a sentence.

The best way, in my opinion, to learn particles is using particle dictionaries. I own this one, but I couldn’t find a pdf online. But here’s a pdf of another one that looks pretty good

I’m thinking maybe it’d be more useful to you, since your question is sort of broad, if instead of just giving lots of examples I try to explain the difference between a few that are often problematic for beginners. The ones most people seem to struggle with are:

は-(read as “wa” when a particle) topic marker

が-subject marker

を-direct object marker


に-location marker

で- location of action

Most particles have several uses, but I’m just going to be dealing with the most basic uses for this.

I grouped them based on what they deal with, は、が、を all mark things and に、でdeal with places

For は、が、を, it’s pretty easy to tell when to use を,  but it can be a bit hard to know when to use は and が.

を is used when the verb is done  to something (so transitive verbs).

私(わたし)はうどんを食(た)べる, I eat udon; you use を because the verb, to eat, is transitive, so it requires a direct object, the thing being eaten. 

You use がinstead of をwhen the verb is not actively done to something (intransitive)

私は日本語(にほんご)が分(わ)かります。I understand Japanese. You use が here because the verb,  分かる, is intransitive.

The difference between がand はis a bit changeling to explain in brief, if you google it there’s a ton of different resources and whatnot specifically dealing with these two (X is a good one).

The next two both deal with location (both have other uses, but this is the one most people learn first). Which one you use depends on the verb, にmarks the place as a destination, it is used with verbs of motion. でmarks the location of an action, within where the verb is taking place.


I am going to Japan (“to go” requires a destination, so you use に, the verb is towards Japan)

私は日本で住みます。(“to live” does not involve a destination, but takes place within a location, so you use で, because the verb is happening in Japan)

I hope this was helpful anon, but if not feel free to send another ask–and feel free to ask specific questions if there are certain particles that you’re struggling with. And you’re welcome to chat with me on tumblr messenger or discord for help too; I’d love to help you improve in your class! :)

Making a Mental Health Emergency Plan

During a particularly rough episode a couple years ago, my social worker recommended I️ make an emergency plan. The example she had was pretty basic, and didn’t exactly fit my needs at the time, so- being my obsessive little self- I️ did a ridiculous amount of research and made up my own method. A few friends have found it helpful as well, so I️ figured I’d put it out there for anyone who might need it.

On a notecard or piece of paper, and/or in the notes app on phone, write down-

Personal Info (name, DOB, address, phone #)

Crisis Line #s

Doctor/Therapist contact info

Emergency Contacts (parents, spouse, friend, church, etc.)

Medication Information

What you need to do to make your environment safe (lock up or get rid of any self-harming tools, etc.)

3 “distractions” (a craft or hobby, favorite music, new video game, etc.)

3 safe places outside the home (movie theater, favorite restaurant, local park, etc.)

If you’re using a notecard, keep it somewhere accessible (wallet, usually).

Put everything you need for “distractions”, a little spare cash for if you need to leave the house, and a couple comfort items (comfiest hoodie, favorite incense, etc.) in a specific place- a drawer, or shoebox under the bed, for example- so you always know exactly where they are if you need them.

Hope this helps! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop me a message! 🖤

So here’s the deal

As you all know I love writing lengthy posts about love. My love life (or lack there of currently), your love lives and the love lives of people I’ve never met. You’ve read my posts, you’ve argued with me, you’ve agreed with me. We’ve been on this journey together for over a whole year!

What you all don’t know is that writing is my passion beyond just the happenings in your lives. I graduated from college this year with a degree in Communication Studies. My program was fairly rigorous and I wrote several papers in my years at school. Including a 25 page encyclopedia on Heidegger’s book “On the Way to Language”. Recently, I wrote a final essay for my best friend in one night, with little information or research and got her an A.

Basically what I’m saying is, I know many of you are in school and it’s almost finals. If you want me to write your papers, help with dissertations, encyclopedias, I totally will and I promise I won’t even charge that much. It would all just be depending on the length of the paper, the time frame and the content.

Let’s get these final papers written y'all!

the-nerd-bird  asked:

Hello Julia! Your blog is such a great resource and you seem like a super nice person. I just finished my bachelor's degree and start on a master's in biology this fall. I'm very nervous and know I have a lot to learn about how grad school works, in addition to what I'll actually learn in classes. What's your advice for making the transition from undergrad to grad school as smooth as possible?

Hello! welcome! and congratulations on starting your masters! 

So i think that master and PhD programs can vary a little bit, and though i do know a bit about master programs from friends and classmates, my experience is wholly in PhD programs, so some of my advice may not apply. 

But it’s always a good idea to do these things the summer before you start:

  • Understand the requirements. This can pertain to lab rotations (if applicable), finding a thesis lab, when and how to sign up for a student ID and register for classes, orientation dates, other major deadlines/program requirements, etc. Review and remember. You will most likely have an orientation though, where they go over the necessary things like registering for classes. Feel free to ask any and all questions, and jot down contact information in case things happen. 
  • And speaking of lab rotations if applicable, contact labs of interest right now. You may even be able to start rotations a few weeks earlier to give yourself more time to figure out if that lab’s right for you. Also, summer’s usually the best time to get trained, as current lab members tend to have more time then. 
  • Get back into the swing of academia. This may be easier for you as you just finished college, but it’s nice to get back to the routine of reading textbooks/papers. A good way to start is by reading the papers of labs you’re interested in.
  • Figure out all the nitty gritty stuff of your program/position, such as health insurance, anything related to money (either stipends or fellowships or tuition), parking and/or transportation passes, etc etc. 
  • Get to know your classmates. I don’t know how tight-knit cohorts are in Masters programs, but when I started my PhD, an email thread was sent to all of us over the summer to let us introduce each other. Then someone created a Google group (or whatever it’s called; do those even exist anymore) so we could all learn about each other/find roommates/etc. It was definitely nice and took away a lot of that “first day of school” anxiety of not knowing anyone. 
  • Have your supplies ready. And by supplies I mean things like making sure your laptop/computer/tablet is ready to go (like if you need something fixed/upgraded, now is probably the best time to do it), a good data back-up system (be it an external hard-drive or cloud). Things like that. 
  • Aaaand take the time now to relax! A lot of people will agree that one of the most relaxing times ever is that summer before you start a new academic program. You don’t have the stress of homework/studying/projects yet, but you have the assurance that your next step is covered. So take a breather and make sure you’re recharged and ready to go!

Some more things I talked about in a related post

More general tips here I dug up from previous posts (again, I just want to add the disclaimer that most of it is PhD-focused, so it may not apply)

Coming up with a research project (another post here too, and here)

Things no one tells you about grad school in the life sciences

How to turn your research project into a fellowship application

What it’s like with grad school colleagues 

How to deal with feeling burnt out (and another post here)

Choosing a thesis lab: old vs new PI’s

More advice on choosing a lab

A few basic “rules” for grad school to keep in mind

Some more lessons about grad school

7 pieces of advice for your 1st year of grad school

Learn how to take criticism before grad school

Tips for writing a journal manuscript

Keeping track of papers you read/take notes on

Attending conferences

Making a poster for presentations (and presenting them)

“Why do so many grad students quit?” and my advice on having a sound support system (link of the article is via clicking the title)

Keeping track of lab-related work via a calendar and kan-ban board

Good article on overcoming shyness when networking (and also anxiety in general when doing Adult Things)

Writing CVs for fellowship applications

Dear Grad Students - a letter from a recent graduate

Guide to PhD lab rotations (may apply to Masters rotations as well)

How to deal with scholarship rejections

I have a lot in my #advice of my tumblr too if you’re interested (and have like.. a few hours to spare lol). But I think I pulled out all the more relevant ones that I think will help the most :)

Good luck, and feel free to drop by any time you want! I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have to the best of my abilities (or at least direct you towards some good resources). And once again, congratulations!!! :D

While doing research for my paper on autism and law stuff, I came across an interesting paper: Butler, R.C. & Gillis J.M., The Impact of Labels and Behaviors on the Stigmatization of Adults with Asperger’s Disorder, J Autism Dev Disord (2011) 41: 741.

Basically, the authors were studying stigma related to Asperger’s (this was pre-DSM-5) and found that it was not the label/diagnosis that was as stigmatizing as actual autistic behaviors.

Which would confirm my own suspicions/personal experiences that it doesn’t matter whether people know you’re autistic or not, or even whether you’ve been formally diagnosed or not—autistic people will be stigmatized by allistics regardless.

Maybe Just Bad Luck

I follow a lot of math people on Tumblr now, and every once in a while, one of them will say something like “I’ve known about this since I was twelve!” It always gets me because when I was twelve, I thought I would be an English, history, or political science major; basically do anything but go into STEM. When I was a sophomore in high school and beginning to think about college, I remember literally having the thought “I’m alright at math and science, but I’m not good enough to be a woman who does math and science.” I was good at math and science, but at the time I believed that to deserve to go into these fields, I had to already be so amazing at them that no one could doubt my prowess. (This might be linked to the fact that to succeed in STEM and get famous, the women had to be like 10x better than the men, so I had few role models at hand I felt I could compare myself to).

I took the intro to proofs class my second semester as a freshman in college and really struggled; I had never thought in terms of proofs before (and had never really had to study for a class). I thought that the reason I was struggling so much was because I just wasn’t smart enough to do math. I remember having a crying jag on the steps of my dorm in front of one of my friends because I was panicked: The people who were good at math were people who had graduated college at 15 with three published papers, and I was SO not that. At 18 I was already an old fart, what good was I? If I was struggling NOW, what could I possibly hope for? I was studying economics at the time, and used to tell people that I wanted to get a PhD in econ basically because I didn’t believe I was smart enough to do math research. (I also had very little real conception of what math research was).

Of course, some of these issues are related to the fact that my parents are very non-math and were not thrilled when I told them that I didn’t give a fuck about economics anymore and only wanted to study math. However, there are two other factors I think might be at play here. The first is that the general public likes to glorify geniuses in ways that play down their hard work. I saw an article recently that talked about how the urban legend of a discovery in knot theory was that the guy who made the discovery was a hobbyist, when in fact he had been very well trained. Popular media likes to say that the people who are good at math were basically just born that way. 

The second factor is an attitude I seem to have encountered within the math community, which is that the knowledge of math is sacred and is only open to be learned by the worthy. That sounds religious and kind of stupid in context, but basically boils down to the fact that some professors aren’t willing to teach you unless they think you are smart enough to learn. I know this is hardly the rule, but although it is an attitude that is hard to pin down, it is still one that has had an effect on me. I have mixed feelings about this because while I do think there is value in having a high standard for your students, I do not think there is value in needlessly obfuscating when you are teaching something as basic as induction so you know the ones who get it are “worthy”.

While there are definitely some people who have a very intuitive grasp of math and can learn it very easily, my experience has been that my intuition for and understanding of math grows only as I learn more and more math. However, the learning doesn’t happen by magic, it happens by hours and hours of taking notes and working problems. I wish I had begun putting in more of those hours earlier in life; I am aware that I have quite a bit of catching up to do before graduate school. But a big change has happened in that time, which is now I believe that I can grow into a mathematician, even if I wasn’t “born” one, and can enjoy my studies instead of feeling painfully, cripplingly insecure about them.

I have so much more context for the world of mathematics now than I did before, and that might be one of the most valuable things I got as an undergrad. Sure, there are people my age who know more and are better at math than I am, but now that tells me that there is more that I can learn. Before, it would have meant that I should give up and studying poetry instead.

the-allegorxst  asked:

Hello! May I ask for some help from you? I'm an 18 year old female and, well, I wish to transition to a vegan diet but I'm not sure how. What inspired me to make this change was a research paper I'm working on about the food industry and honestly all that my research has revealed to me scares me. It basically turned me off from eating animal products entirely. I'd really appreciate the help! ♥

Hi there the-allegorxst that’s awesome! :)

As any change, any drastic shifts in our lives require a lot of support and a huge commitment to stay on track. Review the reasons, why do you want to change? The most important thing is to be clear about why you want to do this and to remember that you won’t find changes instantly, so perseverance is the key. Here are some tips that hopefully will help you! ❤


  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Be clear about why you’re becoming a vegan.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself.
  • Exercise.
  • Understand the health benefits.
  • Don’t deprive yourself.
  • Investigate the science behind nutrition, food, and health.
  • Ask questions.
  • Make time to cook.
  • You will not find changes instantly, so have patience and stay calm.
  • Make self-denial a habit and not just a trend. If you intend to truly change yourself, you must make these steps a constant guide for the rest of your life. Even though you may feel righteous for sharing your lunch or doing your homework for a week, if you lapse back into your bad habits, all of your hard work has been in vain.
  • Write down what you want to achieve, for each day of the week chose a point to focus on, practicing self-control in baby steps is less overwhelming and you are more likely to stick to your changes.
  • Don’t forget to sleep well. It will keep you healthy and mentally fit, as well as giving you a break from the stress of thinking about your behavior.
  • Forgive yourself when you slip up. Humans are not perfect. Every moment is a new opportunity to start again.
  • Do not procrastinate or else it will become harder to stick to your new routine.
  • Understand that you function based on incentives and reasons. Make sure you understand to give yourself rewards and recognize the logic behind whatever it is you are doing.
  • Go at your own pace
  • Think of it as an evolution: Relax and learn to love to cook, explore new cuisines, and be adventurous with food. Most importantly, be easy on yourself. Don’t view a vegan lifestyle as the finish line but as an evolving process of conscious eating.
  • If you want, start quietly: Don’t announce what you are doing; focus on yourself and being conscious of your surroundings, body, and food addictions first.
  • Find a vegan support group: Tumblr offers a lot of vegan blogs and lovely people.
  • Don’t worry about getting enough protein: rich sources of concentrated protein include beans, soy products like tofu and seitan, quinoa, nuts, and hemp seeds.
  • Focus on vegetables (and fruits). Try to eat more healthy, whole foods to give your body the vital nutrients and antioxidants it needs.
  • Going vegan doesn’t mean deprivation.
  • Rethink how you shop for food: Many staples of a vegan diet like grains, beans, and nuts are cheap, and they usually store well if you buy them in bulk.
  • Try more ethnic foods: Asian cuisines have tantalizing plant-based options originating from the spread of Buddhism. Italian pasta; Ethiopian lentil stews; satisfying and spicy Indian curries; and Mexican veggie tacos, fajitas or burritos (“just hold the cheese”)
  • Experiment with new favorite foods: Vegan versions of your beloved recipes will inevitably have different tastes and textures from what you are used to. Instead, try to incorporate similar flavors in new dishes.
  • Get resourceful.
  • Enjoy the transition and don’t make it feel like a punishment or deprivation of food.
  • I always recommend trying to get rid of dairy first: Is the most difficult one since you’re addicted to it due to casomorphins.

Hopefully, this little list helps give you some ideas on how to stay motivated to eat healthily! 💜

anonymous asked:

Hi, I really want to start this novel but idk how ??? I have some scenes but these are part of the middle. Do you have some tips?

Hey! So a while ago, I really wanted to be an author. Because of this, I did do a bunch of research and spent my fair share of time on writing blogs reading articles on this exact thing so here are some points/tips I’ve learned:

  • For starters, the first part of beginning a novel is establishing your idea. From what you’re telling me, it seems as though you’ve already established it and you’re trying to build off of it. But still, just in case you haven’t drawn out a basic outline of major events and scenes that you want, it helps if you write it out on paper in a timeline type of structure. As you do this, think about whether or not this material could make a lasting story. There are some stories that are better left as short stories rather than novels, and we want to be sure that your idea is sustainable. Through this, you will hopefully develop a bigger and better picture of what you want. 
  • Now, you have a few events and ideas about events in your book but they’re all over the place and not really connected. My advice for piecing things together would be to work backward. Take one of your events and focus on how they got there and why they got there in the first place. 

Know the elements of what the first chapter of a novel should consist of. From my experience, you want to establish a setting, the main character, as well as generate an interest for your potential readers. There are different ways in which you can do this. 

  • First, you can establish a problem/failure for your character. For example, the third sentence from the book My Left Foot by Christy Brown begins states this: Mine was a difficult birth, I am told. Here, we are introduced to a problem, enabling the reader’s interest to ask themselves the question of “Why was it so difficult?” While this may not be the best example because it is a memoir, you can still feel the anticipation for wanting to know more. This is a very common technique and in my opinion, the best way to begin a novel. 
  • Second, you can begin your story by establishing what an ordinary day would look like for your main character. This isn’t my favorite technique, but it does have its perks. Through doing this, we learn about your character’s patterns and their daily activities. This arranges the perfect set up for later introducing a problem or disturbance, effectively giving them a reference to what their day/life should be like. This will put emphasis on the differences. 

While there are many things that you want to do with the first chapters, there are also many things that you want to avoid. Here are just a few things that tend to be very off-putting:

  • Creating a faux scene is a very common mistake. A faux scene would be something that sets up a false environment. An example of this that is often used would be the book beginning with a dream. No one wanted to read about a dream believing that it is reality up until the next chapter where the first sentence is something like “he awoke in a puddle of his own sweat, grateful that it was all just a dream.” A lot of times, these scenes are considered to be irritating due to the fact that they are completely unnecessary. 
  • Not having a clear goal for the main character can be a total killer. Most of the time, a book will consist of a problem that needs to be solved. If there is no problem or predicament, then what makes this story important? What separates that from a random diary from a teenage girl? Having a clear goal is very important. 
  • One thing that I’ve noticed that seems to be very common is the use of purple prose. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically prose that is overly elaborate and ornate. These days, brilliant metaphors and over exaggerated details and descriptions are praised for their beauty and splendor. However, too much isn’t good. Purple prose can often come off as boring to the reader as they attempt to interpret every metaphor you write and even try to find something out of nothing. If you’ve ever been in a high school literature class, you’ll get what I mean. But overall, this type of writing is often considered to be insincere and even pretentious. 
  • Avoid the clichés. Stuff like a staggering drunkard in a crime novel or a character jolting up in their sleep as they wake up from a nightmare can be a painful thing to read. Also, no random life or death situations. Don’t randomly start with the character having a gun against his head without any context. It’ll leave the reader confused.
  • No prologues. Just don’t. These are so commonly hated and disliked. 

It’s also important to note that many authors, if not, all, go through several rough drafts prior to coming up with the final one. That being said, you don’t have to have your novel start off as some brilliant, award-winning piece of literature from the get-go. You can begin with something basic and build your way up from there. That’s always been my approach to things, as I’m a very careful and meticulous planner.

Other Helpful Links:

“You’re a Linguist? How Many Languages Do You Speak?”

Linguists get this question quite often whenever they reveal their field of study. 

There are as many reactions to the question as there are linguists.

I do want to talk about this question, because I believe that linguists can often be unnecessarily harsh about it.

Here are some important points:

Linguists are not translators or interpreters.

Linguists are scientists who study phenomena that take place within languages.

In order for a linguist to do his/her job, he/she does not need to fully competent (able to speak, read, and write) in the language of his/her study.

There are probably two main types of people who ask “How many languages do you speak?” 1) The ones who believe “linguist” is merely a fancy term for “translator” or “interpreter,” and 2) those who believe that in order to do linguistics one has to have some level of competency in various languages.

The first people are simply mistaken. It is, true, however, that the term “linguist” is used in that manner. Normally a response with an elaboration of one’s job will clear that up.

The second people are onto something. And this is why I believe people are often unnecessarily harsh about it. 

Here’s why I believe they’re onto something:

In order to do research, one has to be able to understand data and other research. If someone is studying, say, something about Spanish syntax, then either 1) one is working with raw Spanish data, 2) working with Spanish data that has been interpreted in a language that is not the one’s language, or 3) working with Spanish data that has been interpreted in one’s language.

In other words, either you yourself are dealing with a language foreign to your own, or you are reading someone else’s research which the researcher (or someone else) translated into your own language.

Given that 2 of those 3 options involves having competency in another language (and here I openly admit we’re disregarding research into one’s own language and other forms of communication that do not involve spoken language), it’s not irrational to expect a linguist to have some competency in another language.

I’m not here to claim that any one form (or part) of research is more valid than the other, mind you. I’m just stating facts.

We’ll also add that the farther one goes in academia (particularly in the humanities,) the more languages one is expected to have some competency in, in general.

For example, philosophers are expected to have proficiency in German, French, Ancient Greek, or Latin. At the doctoral level, you have know at least two one modern language (German or French) and one ancient language (Greek or Latin.) Other fields that often have language requirements are International Relations, Political Science, Business, Sociology, and Religion.

In my personal experience:

My mentor is a person who has commendable competency in perhaps a dozen languages. He has refused to list off all the languages he has studied. I believe one of the reasons he is so good at his job is because he knows so many languages and that he has access to a myriad of books and papers and data that one cannot have access to when one hasn’t studied a language for acquisition purposes. 

Research, for me, has tended to lead me to raw data. Translated materials start with more than basic information start to become scarce very quickly. 

Then one enters a phase where everything one reads is raw data or research papers written in a foreign language (either the language one is studying or a common research language like French or German.) [I once had to read a Latin text talking about Byzantine Greek. That was rather… unpleasant.] 

Then the third phase one enters is when one is reading very recent research papers, which are often in English or in the language one is researching. The trade-off here is that they’re so technical that you often understand each word individually but can’t make heads or tails about what they’re talking about all together. 

The fourth phase is when you want to start truly doing pioneering work where you’re either studying very historical things, so looking at an old version of a language (like Middle English, Old Japanese, Classical Armenian, etc.) or a regionalized version of a language that nobody really writes down very often. People who are interested in Kansai-ben, the “Western dialect” of Japan, often spoken by one or two characters in any given anime, quickly discover that there isn’t a lot written in Kansai-ben, that it is not really taught as a language, and that almost all information on it is in Japanese. It’s at this level that you really have to be competent in another language. There is no getting around it. 

In conclusion,

It’s very likely that a linguist has to know another language. I’d personally bet that on average a linguist has a high proficiency is one other language and a minor proficiency in yet another. The linguists who know a huge amount languages are in the minority, but they do exist, and this ability of theirs does help their research.


Okay, so how many languages do I speak? Since I’ve been writing about this, it’d be wrong for me to not speak about my situation. The short answer is that I speak four languages: Spanish, English, French, and Japanese. I can also read German and Ancient Greek. 

What languages are on my learning list? For work reasons, I will eventually need to know Middle Japanese, Old Japanese, Middle Chinese, Classical Chinese, and Korean. I don’t have to learn these. For personal reasons, I will probably eventually end up studying more German, French, and Latin. 

So that’s eight more languages.

Control Ch.10

He looks to the left, then to the right. No sign of you. Good, it would be hard to explain what he’s doing here if you showed up. Jumin feels so weird wearing casual clothes in front of so many people , but coming to a classroom in a suit would drive attention, the last thing he wants for today.

He feels like loosening his tie, but there is no tie, it’s just a polo shirt. Ugh… he needs to pull himself together, act naturally, if he doesn’t believe he is a regular student, nobody else will. Yes, he is disguised as a student watching a marketing class, no, not disguised, he is a student in a marketing class. He is.

It’s quite exciting, actually. Could this be what Zen feels when he’s performing? Or what Luciel feels on an undercover mission? Luciel… he seems pretty close to you these days, are you dating? Oh… but that bruise on his mouth, is he a client? No, it couldn’t be, could it? Luciel is interested in this? Or is he interested in you? And… are you interested in him?

“We’re all mediocre people.” The blond woman standing on the pulpit states, giving an overall look to the class. “Humans are mediocre, no matter how you look at it. Even with technology and society’s development, there’s nothing extraordinary in any of us, not on me, not on you, not on any famous person, dead or alive. We’re all common, regular, ordinary.”

Jumin disagrees. No, not all people. If this was true, what about brilliant scientists, artists, sportsmen? What about… Rika? Jihyun? Luciel or you? Luciel and you… how is that even working? He doesn’t seem like your type! He’s so different from Jumin, oh… could that be the reason you would like him? Because he is different? See, professor? If we’re all ordinary, Luciel and Jumin would be the same, it wouldn’t make a difference to you, you wouldn’t be with him right now.

“And, in that sense, our duty as advertisers is make people think they are all extraordinary in their own way. Is your skin dry? Here, buy this moisturizer, your face will look like the purest silk! Do you need money? I have just the great pyramid scheme for you to get rich in a matter of weeks! Can’t get up? Try this pill, it will make women climb over you! It’s all about making people think they’re special, unique. It’s making them believe their opinion matter. Which, at least to us, advertisers, it really does.”

He curls his lips as he takes notes, it’s part of blending and looking like a student. Jumin had marketing strategies lessons in college, but nothing he learned was this harsh and… mean, at some level. Of course, he knew it was all about selling, and people are customers, but is it really necessary to manipulate customers like this? This woman has a very negative point of view on customer/seller set ups, she shouldn’t push her twisted ideas on young students like this is an absolute truth. Tsk… to think she is your mentor! What kind of ideas has she put in your head? Do you also believe in that?

“This sounds harsh, I know. But this could be applied to all of us, advertisers. Think of all the great ideas you had for some campaign. There is a high chance it’s already been done. I’m not talking about copy, I’m just talking about the fact people can’t truly owe an idea, especially when it’s already out there. Who can owe the rights on creativity? Nobody. Advertisers are mediocre as well, a great innovative campaign can have some inspiration in something that’s already been done.”

Ah, he can agree to that. Jumin saw many advertisers pass through C&R all ovet the years. It doesn’t matter where they graduated, how long it took, many of them think similarly, like there is a pre-shaped mold for marketing students and success comes if they fit into this mold. Oh… so the talking about mediocrity was actually a critique to her own field? She’s making their students see what’s wrong with themselves in order to make them get out of the mold? Clever. This woman is clever.

She looks like she’s in her 40s, or maybe even in her 50s, if she’s well preserved. According to his research, she has been teaching marketing strategies here for almost seven years. She is quite renowned, having a considerable amount of works published. The other things he can recall came from you:  She’s demanding, pushes her students a lot, can be a little rude when she gets impatient, but overall, she’s kind to the students who show their efforts, even shamelessly protecting her “pets”. Yes, that was exactly the word you used. Were you her favorite…pet? That’s why she decided to teach you how to dominate?

There was nothing about BDSM in his researches, but this wasn’t exactly a surprise. You told him how discreet you were, being able to hide this persona completely even when you’re someone who stands out was probably one of the lessons. You learned this one well, apparently.

“You should have added a cap, if you want my opinion, it’s tacky, but it’s more accurate for a student.” That’s the first thing she says when Jumin approaches her after class is over. “Jumin, isn’t it? Glad to meet you.” She leans to shake his hand.

“We’ve met before, I suppose.”

“I heard so much about you is almost like I do know you, indeed. Which is why I’m surprised you would try to look as a student just to come to my class, it doesn’t seem like something you would do, at least not from what she told me about you. How is her internship, by the way?”

“I don’t have a direct contact with the creative department, I wouldn’t really know. Although she would be a great PR.”

“Yes, it suits her more. Protecting her clients from embarrassing questions with sweetness and firmness, she has the skills for that.”

“Yes, she could be really devoted to her clients.” he doesn’t even feel like blinking as he watches her pour some water and lean on her desk.

“Why do I feel this has nothing to do with the internship anymore?” she asks, meeting his gaze.

“Because you are smart.”

“You are very smart as well, young man. Another thing I already knew from what she told me, and believe me, she told me a lot about you.” He wonders if there is any sexual innuendo here, now that would be quite embarrassing, and he can’t get embarrassed in front of her. “But coming to see me doesn’t seem very smart.”

“Why is that?”

“Because I’ll tell her that you came to me.”

“I didn’t expect it to be different. Which is why I’ll be brief: why her?”


“Why me?” you adjust yourself in your seat, trying not to show how disappointed you were for getting another question as an answer “My field of work is not directed to PR, miss MC. Haven’t you checked professor’s resumes to see one more adequate to your interest?”

“I did.” You look away, embarrassed. “None of them were available, professor.”

“So I’m your last option?” her eyes gleam as she chuckles in annoyance. “You know this won’t really convince me, miss MC. Much on the contraire.”

“I thought so. But I read some of your works, professor, and there is this term paper you did correlating publicity to communication in general and… well, PR is communication, so I thought I could give it a shot.”

“Because you are desperate for a scholarship.”

“Yes, I… well, I’ll be honest. I need to graduate, professor, and I won’t be able to afford graduation if I don’t get one of these incentives to research the university provides. I know that my grades aren’t that impressive, and I’m basically a mediocre student right now, but I think this work on PR and publicity could really be… innovative, somehow.”


“It could be innovative. It… it will be, if you let me.” There is a solemn silence as you do your best not to sit on the edge of the chair, waiting for your response.

“You know the incentive for research doesn’t pay that much and you will get the money in at least two months, correct?”

“Yes, I do.” You didn’t.

“Which means that, if you don’t pay your debts, you could lose your registry here before we even try your idea.” Oh, is she… is she considering your idea?

“I… guess.”

She leans back on the backrest of her chair, analyzing you.

“What other works of mine have you read, miss MC?”

“Advertising patterns and how to get to know your target, selling strategies over the decades, oh, and I really liked that one when you wrote about advertisers on the 21st century, professor. That comparison you did between sex and advertising is so… unexpected and… innovative!”

“You think so?”

“I do! It’s amazing! ‘Sex brings out the mediocrity in all of us, so does advertising’, this is so… so true.”

She leans forward, uh oh… you shouldn’t have mentioned this, should you? She gives one more attentive look at you before reaching for the drawer in her desk. Throwing a book in your direction, she smiles.

“Write a critic review about this book.3.000 words to the end of the week.” Shit! You feel like groaning before taking a look at the cover of the book.

“BDSM? I… I’m sorry, professor. I don’t see what this has to do with publicity, or… sex, for that matter.”

“If you think this, it’s already a great start, miss MC. Write a good review and I’ll take you as my pupil, if you don’t write it… there will be punishable consequences.”

“Like losing my registration?” she laughs in amusement. “Thank you, professor. I won’t disappoint you.”

“You better not, miss MC.”


“And did you do a good job?" 

“The book was terrible. And I wrote about that.” he laughs in amusement.

 “So you used to be a broke student and she was a bored woman looking for something exciting, so she taught you how to do… all of this?”

“It’s a way to put it. I want to think she had sympathy and tried to give me an alternative that would give me money in short-time while we worked on this paper.”

“Do you really think she would do all of this just for a paper, MC?”

“You don’t know her, Seven. But that woman is obsessed with her career as a teacher, she takes this very seriously. You can say she is a little bit of a sadist going through a middle age crisis taking an innocent desperate girl under her wing and enticing her in a very… unorthodox job. But the way I see it, she saw I’m not that ordinary and I could help her doing something different in the academic environment, and in return, she gave me something I could be really good at and that could give me some financial stability.”

“And did you like it? I mean… do you… like it?”

“I… never thought so much about it, you know? I like everything I conquered through this job, but lately, I… I’ve been learning how to enjoy it. And you, Luciel Choi, is the one to blame.”

“Me? I’m just a catholic innocent boy, lady!”

“Yes! Also, you don’t judge me, you’re very interested in what I have to say and…. You make me feel comfortable about talking about this. The only person I could confide this was my teacher, but she was there just to teach me.” You look away, fumbling your hands in the sheets. “I can’t really… share about this, you know?”

“I’m glad you’re sharing it with me.” He hugs you timidly.

“So am I.” you look at him. “What about you? When will I get to know more about you?”

“Me? There’s nothing interesting for you, actually.”

“Hmmm… really? I’m pretty sure you’re lying.”

“Oh, I totally am, but it’s for your own good, believe me.” He chuckles as you glare at him. “Seriously now, MC. Don’t… don’t think much about me. You know how you just told me how you never got to share about being a domme? You can share it with me, I’ll listen to everything, your struggles, your doubts, your clients, I really want to focus only on you, so… focus on yourself. Trust me and focus on yourself, that’s all I’m going to ask you.” You almost don’t recognize this guy in front of you, so serious, almost cold, somehow.

And as much as you don’t want to think about this at all, it’s so hard not to see a little bit of Jumin on him right now. Yes… Jumin once told you to be selfish and focus on yourself. No, but this is different, you couldn’t focus on yourself when Jumin needed you so desperately! Seven doesn’t need you, does he? This is just a casual thing, it’s nothing like you had with Jumin, and… you shouldn’t be comparing them.

“Can I call you later?” he asks, standing in the door. You nod, chuckling as he takes your hand to give it a kiss. “So, see ya! Go… go get them, MC!” you both laugh as he gets embarrassed at his attempt of cheering for you in your work.

Now you need to find your phone and confirm your next session. You feel a shiver going down your spine as you see a couple of messages from your teacher. She rarely texts, which means it could be urgent, is it something about your paper?

But your concern turns into confusion as you see two texts from someone else:


Please, give me a call.

Nothing weird, don’t worry. I just have some business to go over with you.

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anonymous asked:

Could you tell us more about DID, or perhaps provide some links to information? Most information I've tried to find about it is often media portrayed which I've been informed isn't very accurate and I'd like to properly educate myself but I am struggling to find reliable resources!

Sure thing! There’s a lot to share in general about DID so I don’t really know where to start, but I’m open to answering specific questions if you think of any. :) I do have lots of resources, though! I’m glad you’re on the search for accurate and not sensationalized stuff. 

Good general article on DID
One of my fav blogs about dispelling DID myths!
Common DID terms used
DID tag on The Mighty (lots of personal stories)
Great post on DID basics and what syscourse is!
Deep science stuff about DID (research paper)

I hope these give you a place to start! As always, I’m totally willing to answer other questions about my experiences and knowledge with dissociative identity disorder. :)