Ok look I’m just gonna put this out there…Sokka was the oldest male in the Southern Water Tribe, right? That’s why he was the warrior and all that jazz. Katara grew up with a bunch of old women and girls and little boys. So when Aang came along and subsequently showed interest in her, yeah, I’m not surprised they had a thing. But even if they did love each other, he was her first love. Many would call that a childish love, especially considering he was probably her first romantic love interest.
Then comes along Zuko, someone she had to hate right off the bat because he was a lil crazy (I mean, understandably) and chasing them around the world, trying to kidnap her friend/possible romantic love interest. But then things change. We see that change in the show. And when the two of them are stuck in the catacombs of Ba Sing Se, we see her attitude towards him change rapidly. Because now she’s gotten out of her childhood home and has been places and met people and learned that not everything is as simple as it once seemed. So here’s this guy that she previously hated, now opening up to her and actually trying to be a decent person. He suddenly does a 180, shattering that fragile trust she had gained in him. And it sucks.
But then Zuko goes through his metamorphosis. And Katara experiences a supreme amount of loss and struggle. She herself realizes that not every person’s history is black and white (shoutout to you, Hama). I’m sure there are tons of examples, but I’m too tired to find and list them.
ANYWAY, when Zuko comes back, apparently a changed man, it’s not surprising that she’s skeptical. She gave him the chance to prove himself before, and he failed. But then he does prove himself a thousand times over. And Katara has the life experience to understand how significant that is.
Aang is a great guy, but he’s so straight. He never really wavers in his character or morality, at least not to the extent that Zuko does. Katara helps Aang in so many ways with her kindness and strength and generosity. But to me it just seemed so one-sided (again, I’m sure there are examples that counter that, but overall it just seemed one-sided). The fact that Katara is able to find it in herself to forgive Zuko, and the fact that Zuko is deserving of forgiveness, and the fact that they help each other grow, is monumental.
Sure thing. In a nutshell, after rolling up your attributes (everything in Traveller is randomly generated), your character starts out as an 18-year-old with no skills or resources to speak of, and you have to pick a career path. Early versions of the game assumed that all player characters would be military veterans, so various types of military service were the only options available, while later iterations add post-secondary education, civilian career paths, and even being a “wanderer” (read: space pirate).
Your character’s life is then divided into four-year terms, and you play each term out as a simple minigame to determine what you learned, what you experienced - and yes, whether you survived. As you can imagine, there are lots of random tables. In the earliest versions of the game, blowing your survival roll simply means that your character is dead, so there’s a tension between staying in longer in order to gain more skills, and the risk of blowing a roll and having to start over. Later versions of the game offer a variety of potential consequences for failing a survival roll, including scandal, imprisonment, or simply being horribly maimed.
Here - I’ll walk us through a basic example right now. For reference, I’m using the second Mongoose Publishing edition of the game (there are several) - you can find a bit of prior discussion on that subject here.
I completed the last of my semester coursework yesterday and made an interesting observation that might assuage some of your worries.
I used to be a procrastinator. I was the kid who started their science project at 9pm the night before it was due. I was the kid who cranked out 20-page AP lit essays the day before it was due. I was the kid who did the reading for my next class in the class I was currently in. I was a hard core procrastinator until sometime during my MSc (around age 22-23).
Slowly, I started doing my work earlier. Studying earlier, reading earlier, drafting earlier. Then I started finishing a week early, getting classmates to proofread my work, and writing 2nd and 3rd drafts (I used to just turn in my first). At times when I would’ve blown off my work, I started to sit down for a couple of hours and hack away at it. Fast forward four years and I managed to get 2 critique papers, 2 presentations, a final draft of a mock dissertation proposal, a stats homework, and a stats paper asking a novel causal question all done within the past two weeks (when they were assigned), and I got them all completed early.
I’ve thought for a while how weird my transformation was. Procrastination felt like a pretty embedded psychological trait of mine, so how was I completing my work early during the hardest semester of my academic career?
1) Maturity. It’s worth recognizing that my 26-year-old brain is more developed than my 15-year-old brain or my 20-year-old brain. At those time points, my prefrontal cortex was still developing, so naturally I had less discipline than I do now. It’s also had a lot more practice regulating my behavior in a variety of settings.
2) Practice. People tend to cite perfectionism as a reason for procrastination, and I think that’s true, but I also think it comes down to practice. I’ve been doing academic work since I was a wee toddler, and I’ve been writing hefty (~20 page) academic pieces since high school (thank you Mr. H!). So after roughly 10 years of practice, I know how long it takes me to read information, synthesize an argument, draft it, and edit it. More to the point, it isn’t painful. It isn’t always fun, either, but the mechanics themselves are pretty fluid.
3) Enjoying the topic. Like most people, I do my best work when I like the topic. I was a procrastinator for years because I just didn’t enjoy spending that much time on the topics. I loved reading and debating ideas, but I didn’t like them so much that I wanted to write about them for days, especially when the prompt only wanted regurgitation and not unique thought. Only when I hit my MSc in Forensic Psychology did I think, “Yes, now this is REALLY cool.” Because they did want novel ideas and critical thinking. I did really well in that program because I didn’t just copy ideas and parrot them back; I took heaps of literature and gave them something new, or at least gave them nuance, and they loved it. I have enough practice now that I don’t need to enjoy the topic so much to perform at par, but I still do my best work when I do.
I’m addressing this to younger students so that you know that if you’re dissatisfied with your current study habits and discipline, you can change. And to some extent, if you’re in an environment that demands better habits and discipline, some of this change will occur naturally; be patient. Don’t get stuck in the mindset of “This is how I am and this is how I always will be.” Because it isn’t true. Keep practicing. You’ll get there.
Interviews are a totally different animal, with a totally different process—I generally spend the night before researching the firm and whoever is interviewing me, and drafting my answers for some of the questions they’re likely to ask me. (It’s always good to have a stock answer for “Tell us about yourself.” “What’s your greatest strength?” “What’s your greatest weakness?” “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”)
Have a set description for each line on your resume—pick two or three relevant projects or deliverables that are selling points, and know how they relate to the job you’re interviewing for.
If there are real negatives on your resume (awful grades, gaps in work history, etc.) make sure you know how to address them.
It is perfectly all right to say “Wow, that’s a great question,” and take a beat to consider it. You can’t waste a ton of time, but you are allowed to marshal your thoughts.
Practice makes perfect. If your school has a career center that offers practice interviews, or if you have a mentor willing to run through some mock interviews with you, absolutely take advantage of that.
At the end of the day, be honest and true to yourself. Obviously everyone wants to put their best foot forward, but if you are straight-up lying or pretending to be something you’re not, the interviewer will know. People are actually not that good at lying, go figure.
Lana Del Rey: “I’ve burned all the bridges for music” Teenager, Lana Del Rey was a daredevil. She remembers it on Lust for Life, a new album where her sovereign voice offers the widest gap, an intense collaboration with The Weeknd to a peaceful ballad with Sean Lennon.
Hey!! My name is Angela and I’ve been stalking studyblrs for a while, so I decided to make my own. Here’s some stuff about me and my school (and as you’ll discover very soon, I enjoy talking and ramble a lot, so settle in).
I’m going into ninth grade come September!
It’s actually my second year of high school, not my first, because all public high schools start in grade eight in my region (and there’s no middle school at all, save for private schools).
I’m teaching myself PSE with a bit of ASL from the internet
I love math!
but I’m not amazing at it!
In fact, I’m so un-amazing that I failed* getting into honors two years in row!
But I’m trying again because I just never learn (:
My required courses this year are: gym 9, humanities 9, PE 9, science 9 and math 9. My electives I’ve chosen are visual arts, drafting and design, and animation.
Languages are considered electives (which, in my opinion, is a dumb move on my school’s part, or the school district’s or whatever) so after grade eight, they are optional. I’m taking French 9 online so I could make room for a third elective.
I might take math 10 online, if I can, fingers crossed!
Last year, in terms of clubs, I was in student council, math challengers, reach out (a club for generally helping the community) and GSA (gay-straight alliance). This year, I’m planning on dropping reach out and GSA (reach out was boring and I felt like I never helped much, and GSA was too unorganized although I hope to still volunteer with baking for fundraisers and such)
(keep my) straight As (I’m pretty sure our school got rid of GPAs with our province’s new curriculum, but I’m not completely sure)
get better with time management/procrastination
improve with presentations/public speaking
hopefully start uploading my own stuff on here and maybe doing the ‘100 days of productivity’ challenge
hmmm since 2016 is canceled soon, why not make another art post before that? yea.
I have so many drafts with art for other mangas/animes I like, but I can’t post them cause I don’t have enough drawings to make a post.. smh. I hope I will eventually get around to fulfill my quota of 9-10 pics per post and POST THEM..
Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year! May 2017 treat us better than 2016 did ;_;/!!
Hi there Ms. Tahir! First of all, let me say that I am completely in love with your books- I'm halfway through A Torch In the Night and absolutely adore it so far (my brother even bought me the signed edition haha)- as an aspiring author myself, may I ask two questions??? 1.) The Empire is possibly the most evil force that I have ever read in literature- HOW do you make your villains so... villainous? Lol 2.) Can you give advice on how to finish the first draft of a book bc it's exhausting lol
Re: villains….generally I do a combination of taking inspiration from real world villains (Robert Mugabe, Hitler, Stalin, Charles Taylor, Bashar Assad etc.) and news stories I’ve read, as well as asking “what if” questions. LIke…”what if x happened to this person, followed by y, followed by z. What type of person might they become?” And then I just go deep into their heads and try not to pull my punches. The thing is, every villain in my book has or had a real world counterpart, Which is why I’m always so surprised when people are like “WELL, WOULD SHE REALLY WHIP A 10 YEAR OLD TO DEATH, REALLY???” and it’s like um, yes, she would because it’s happened.
Finishing a first draft–two things:
1. Don’t expect perfection.
2. Remember it’s more important to finish than to be perfect.
Keep that in mind and just get words on the page. That matters more than anything else.