“I killed myself and went to heaven and yeah, it’s really good in heaven. But I regret it, ‘cause I wanted to live on earth a little longer. You remain dead for all eternity, but you’re alive only for a brief moment.”
This is a long one, because it involves a growing escalation of actions. TLDR at the bottom. Some terms are translated because I don’t live in an English-speaking country.
We moved houses last year, to the ugliest in the street. The previous owners must have loved Mondriaan, because the front was red/blue/yellow in windowframes and door. One paintjob, many thankful neighbors and several months later, I get an invitation to a voluntary “Collective of inhabitants”, the terms read like an opt-in HOA that you can never leave. A long list of restrictions, and no benefits? No thanks.
Public speaking is very few people’s favorite thing. It can be so terrifying to get up in front of a whole class and present your project, so here are a few tips on nailing your next speech and feeling a little less nervous while you’re at it.
i. preparing your speech
Start with a topic that you care about, and be sure that:
It’s not too general that you don’t have enough time to cover it (like ‘the history of the US’ for a five minute speech) or too specific that you will run out of material.
Some people talk faster when they are nervous, some people slow down. Find out which you are and plan accordingly.
Make several drafts, and send them to your teacher if you can.
Create your visual aids (PowerPoint, handouts, etc) before your final draft, so you can make changes as necessary.
Don’t put too much text on your slides, other wise your audience (and maybe you) will get distracted by trying to read them.
Stick to using slides for quick facts, statistics, and pictures.
Don’t use the sound effects options they have for changing slides, it will just be a distraction.
For a speech you’re just giving once, you probably won’t have the timing down enough to use automatic changes.
Don’t put too much information on one slide. Just the point you’re on, and maybe the next, will be enough to fill it if your font is as large as it should be.
Make sure you have your slides saved in at least two places (typically a flash drive and your email) so that if you can’t access one you have a back up.
Think about what questions people might have about your topic, and be prepared to answer them. Also brush up on any opposing views if the exist so that you can address those, both in the speech and in questions.
ii. making your flashcards
Write bigger and clearer than you think you need.
I find it a bit difficult to read when I get nervous, especially when I’m just glancing down quickly. Write in print, and stick to just one or two points per card so that you can write largely.
Don’t write whole sentences, just key words.
If you have too much information you’ll be tempted to read it all off. Instead, just write down a word or two that will remind you of your point if you get off track.
Number your flashcards, and consider putting them on a ring.
That way, if you drop your cards on the way up you won’t start out flustered.
Remember to put when to change the slide so you don’t forget and end up behind, or leaving it on the same slide the whole time.
Color code your cards so that you can see what’s happening at a glance.
I typically use blue for stats/things I need to quote directly, grey for slide changes, and pink for points to emphasize.
All speeches should end with you asking for questions, so be sure to add that into your last card.
Always practice out loud, even if you feel silly.
It’s important to hear and feel yourself saying the speech to get comfortable performing it.
Time yourself practicing your rough draft a few times, so you know if you need to make it longer or shorter.
Practice with your visual aids a few times
Practice it all the way through if you can; if you mess up, brush it off and keep going.
Film yourself practicing, so you can see if there’s anything you’re not noticing that you need to adjust.
Practice everyday, even if it’s just for a few minutes some days.
The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll feel.
iv. getting ready to speak
On the day of your speech, be sure to eat a good breakfast/lunch so you don’t get light headed.
Dress in an outfit that makes you feel confident and isn’t distracting: no busy patterns, large logos, or short hemlines that you would be tugging at the whole time.
Double check that you have everything you need before you leave – cards, slides, and any handouts you may need.
This TED Talk has some great tips on faking confidence. I highly recommend watching it, but if you don’t have the time one of the take aways is that certain poses can trick your brain into feeling confident. She actually suggests going into a bathroom stall and standing in a “Superman” sorta pose for a minute or so. You’ll feel really silly, but strangely it helps.
While you’re in there, adjust your hair/check your teeth so you’re not worried about that when you get up there.
If you get to choose when you speak, think strategically: will going first and getting it out of the way make you feel better? Or would you rather wait and see a few people speak first?
I really don’t suggest waiting until the very last slot, but I like to go second or third to have the best of both worlds.
When you get to class, lay out everything you need and glance over your notes one more time. Then take a deep breath. You’ve got this.
v. the speech
When you get up to speak, take your time laying out everything you need and setting up your slides.
After you’ve gotten the slides on, test the remote to see how sensitive it is. Just flipping to the first slide and back to the intro will help you feel less flustered if it’s more sensitive than you think and jumps around.
Take a deep breath and get started. If you mess up, no will know but you. Just keep going and act confident.
Glance back for just a second when changing slides to make sure you’re on the right one.
Make eye contact! The biggest mistake I see people make is to look down or above everyone’s head. Make eye contact with everyone more or less equally so it doesn’t look like you’re staring people down (but, if there’s someone that’s extra smiley/encouraging don’t be afraid to come back to them when you get nervous).
If you feel yourself starting to get nervous or starting to talk too fast/slow, it’s okay to take a second to take a deep breath and center yourself. Don’t be afraid of a couple seconds of silence if you need them.
If the podium helps you feel less nervous, use it. If moving around helps you loosen up, that works too!
If you get off track, you are likely only one that even noticed that you messed up, so just take a deep breath, take a look at your notes, and get back on track the best you can (”going back to the second point,” or “but before we get to that,”).
If you’ve noticed that something’s wrong that needs to be addressed (like you’re on the wrong slide, or you misspoke and gave an incorrect fact) you can say something simple like “Sorry, I misspoke, it’s actually 1 in 3 Americans, not 1 in 4″ or try to make a joke if the subject lends to it and move onto your next point.
No matter what happens, it’s all good. Try to to panic and say things like “sorry, guys, I’m just so nervous” because that’s basically the only thing that will tip them off that you are.
Above all, just try to relax and remember that you’re doing a good job. No one but you can tell how nervous you are or will know if you mess up.
Disclaimer: I don’t mean to discredit the posts that have these suggestions in them… However, I know that for people going into first year university, it can be stressful seeing pages and pages of “must-dos” and feeling like you have to do them all. As always, different things work for different people!
Talking to Profs
Getting to know profs personally. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to profs personally, don’t feel like you have to. In upper years, it can be really valuable to know profs for recommendations, etc. but in first year this is less important. Profs also don’t usually mark your work in first year, so you don’t need to suck up to them for good grades.
Going to office hours every week. Going to office hours can be very valuable if you have questions about the course or an assignments. However, I see a lot of posts telling students to go every week even if they don’t have a question. You don’t need to do this unless you want to! Often times, profs will even request that you talk to your TA before them.
Emailing the prof if you miss class. Unless you go to a very small school, the prof is not going to notice if you miss class. You don’t need to email them telling them why you were absent, you can just go to a different section of the lecture or get the notes from someone. (If you have labs/tutorials/seminars, the same does not apply!! Email your TA.)
Studying and Grades
Starting to study for tests six weeks in advance. This is one piece of advice that always baffles me. The semester is only 12 weeks long (usually), so if you have a quiz in week 6, you can’t start studying for it much before week 4 or 5. Also, there is no way you will retain the finer details of things if you learned them 6 weeks before writing the test.
Guaranteeing a 4.0. I see a ton of posts telling students how to guarantee a 4.0 average or straight As. But honestly, as much as you do all of the readings and go to lectures and follow all of the studyblr advice out there, you can still get a TA who won’t give any mark higher than an 80. Just try your best and know that even though getting high marks is great, it is not the only indicator of success in uni.
Sitting in the front of the class. This is not a necessity. A lot of people post that if the prof can see your face and remember you, you will get better grades. However, in first year, the prof doesn’t mark your papers usually and even if they did, your paper doesn’t have a photo of you on it. Also, they teach so many classes I doubt they just naturally remember the first three rows of each one and no one else. Just sit where you are comfortable and can pay attention and see, and you will do fine.
Choosing your major in high school or based on what job you think you will get. If you think you want to major in something and then it turns out you hate it, that is fine! Your major should be a subject you are passionate about and can get good grades in, not something that you chose in high school or will “guarantee” you a good job (although, its also okay if your major is all of the above).
Taking full notes on a topic before the lecture. If you are going to the lecture with a ton of info already, it is easier to get distracted or to feel like you don’t need the lectures at all. Instead, take notes in the lecture and then supplement them with notes from readings or bonus material rather than the opposite way.
Buying textbooks online. I definitely think that buying textbooks online can be a good idea, but sometimes it is just easier to buy them from the bookstore. For example, if you are not sure if a site is legit/the book will come in time/its the right edition, etc. it might just be safer to get it in person or buy it used on campus from an upper year. (Remember, you can probably sell it next year!)
Buying old editions of textbooks. If you have the two books side by side and can tell that they are very similar, go for it. But often times, two different editions are totally different and can just mess you up. Science and math books often have different practice questions, and even in social sciences and humanities, the content can change drastically in one edition.
Buying extra storage and furnishing for your dorm. Make sure you do a virtual room tour or talk to someone about the layout before you buy a ton of storage. Most dorm rooms that I have been in have a ton of storage (mine has a closet, a huge desk, shelves to the ceiling, a dresser, and cabinets for extra storage). You don’t want to show up with way too much stuff.
Keeping 1000 things in your backpack. If you live on campus, you don’t actually need to carry every single thing on earth in your bag. It will get annoying carrying around a heavy backpack while walking. Unless you are going to the library for a huge study sesh or can’t make it back to your room all day, pack lightly!
Avoiding wearing “freshman clothes”.No one cares what you are wearing. People often wear pajamas or just track pants and a baggy t-shirt to class or the caf. If you like dressing up, that’s great! But don’t feel like certain clothes are off limits.
Living at home meaning you aren’t independent. Posts that look down upon living at home or going to your home university are garbage posts in my opinion. Being able to live away from home is a privilege, and many people are not financially, physically, or emotionally able to do that. If you are living at home, do not feel bad about it. You are still an adult and you are still independent.
Hope this helps reduce some rising freshman anxiety! And remember, if you do want to follow any of the original tips, that is okay too. :)
Summary: Lance is Allura’s younger brother. During the mission to retrieve the Red Lion from Galra hands, he gets captured. His guard is a curious Galra halfbreed named Keith who may just be his ticket to freedom. He’s a bit small for an alpha, but Lance is sure he can handle it. A little flirting never hurt anyone after all. The fact Keith is good looking for a Galra and those ears wiggle (so cute!) doesn’t influence this decision. Nope. Not one bit. Series: 4 Works Work 1 WC: 61497 (19/19) Work 2 WC: 111883 (32/32) Work 3 WC: 133875 (42/42) Work 4 WC: 71480 (21/?) Notes: THIS IS LIKE THE ONLY FIC I HAVE WITH ALTEAN!LANCE AND GALRA!KEITH. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. gahgldfkjhsa;d, ok so this is just an amazing series, some nsfw tossed in btw, youve been wared. but over all, i just love this series so much and i need to like catch really bad… i didnt know work3 or 4 even existed… >.< 11/10
Summary: It was his fault. He shouldn’t have retreated – he should have ran after them, Galra forces be damned, and ripped the red paladin right out of his weaponized hands, shooting the commander dead on the spot.But he hadn’t. Lance stood there, frozen with adrenaline and fear, before backing out with tears in his eyes, justifying it to himself by saying, ‘he won’t get far, we can easily get him back once I have Voltron with me.’He’d forgotten they didn’t have Voltron. He’d forgotten that without Keith, Voltron was nothing.Keith is Galra. Keith is gone. Keith is Galra. Keith is gone. WC: 28197 Notes: -hands over some tissues- here you will need these. 100/10
Summary: After Keith discovers he is part Galra and Red lion rejects him, there’s only one way he can make himself useful: to join Galra and try to wreck them from the inside, while figuring out a relationship with a guy who turns out to be his biological father. A comic about one stubborn man’s self-discovery, the challenges of spying, everyone in team Voltron being BAMF, and the universe that needs saving, as usual. WC: comic, so no words counted by AO3 (11/?) Notes: Galra Keith because Thace is some kinda of scientist? Uhm yes please. 10/10
Summary: “Oh trust me. When I’m done with you, I won’t be able to stop laughing,” Lance says lowly, and his lips curl farther, and there’s something wild in his stare, and it hits Keith suddenly.This isn’t Lance. Lance falls under the control of Zarkon’s Druids, and although his friends manage to get him back, nothing is quite the same. Maybe the Galra succeeded after all. Maybe the Galra merely wanted to tear Team Voltron apart from the inside. WC: 49072 (12/12) Notes: Rip Lance tbh, this is like really angsty and my heart breaks for Lance. but yes, galra keith is there to save the day~ 10/10
Summary: “Concept,” Lance said, his voice heavy and gutted with the ache of it; he caught Keith’s gaze and smiled wide, for show. “The war’s over. We’re back home. All the things we love in one place.”Lance keeps losing the things he’s built. Then there’s Keith. WC: 30776 Notes: -cackles- have some tissues my friend 100/10
Summary: Years after peace has been made between the Galran and Altean kingdoms, The witch Haggar comes for vengeance. The young symbol of peace, the half-galran, half-altean Prince Kalor is lost. His aunt, Princess Allura, and his bodyguard, Shiro, are heartbroken.10 years later, an orphan named Keith sets out on his own, trying to find the key to his past. All he has to help him is a small figurine with a cryptic message, a friendly engineer, a technician and her friendly robot, and a cocky con man with a mysterious, yet familiar past. WC: 35154 (14/14) Notes: the anastasia au everyone talks about. and like galtean keith gives me life, but conman Lance gives me more. 10/10
Summary: One decision by an injured soldier changes not only the fate of the universe, but the fate of her young son.
WC: 18010 (6/6) Notes: Smol Keith is like my fav, hes so cute in this. and Ulaz being a dad just heals my heart, like bless. 11/10
Summary: Everyone knew their kitten was destined for something greater.No one guessed it was Voltron. WC: 26639 (20/20) Notes: Keith raised by the BoM technically makes him Galra right? xD Hahah no, he does have ties, but yeah i love this, hes a sheltered little shit and its great. 9/10
Summary: Mark #223-code-violet, Lance’s newest job, is not what the sniper signed up for when he joined team Voltron, a specialist group designed to take out the universe’s worst of the worst. This mark shouldn’t be any different from the other Galra, but he is. And Lance is having a very hard time. WC: 52377 (12/?) Notes: Sniper Lance and Galra Keith. literally one of my fav pairings. like straight up (tho nothing about this is straight in any sense really) 11/10
Summary: He scoffed as he watched the fight below, the crowds going wild at the two fighters in the arena. They had such poor taste for entertainment these days.He heard a small sound of amusement from the one sitting next to his standing form, ever vigilant.“As if you were any better your first time in the arena.” They murmured under their breath, a small smile sneaking onto their face, pupiless gold eyes focused on the fight below, but their attention solely on the person standing guard next to him.“I must have have been somewhat impressive to catch the eyes of a certain prince now wasn’t I?"The prince snuck a glance towards the taller, whose face was hidden behind the helmet they wore."You caught a lot more than just my eye that’s for sure.” WC: 5947 (4/?) Notes: i,, just love this fic? Like Galra Prince Keith and Champion Lance, you can’t really get much better than this. 10/10
Summary: Galra biology differs from human biology in many ways. For example, Galra are purple. They have yellow eyes. The mammalian ones are able to purr.They also lack tear ducts. WC: 586 Notes: this is short and sweet (read angsty sorry not sorry) 8/10
Summary: “Wait, what that doesn’t make any sense.” Hunk protested.Pidge shook her head with a tsk. “It does if one of us is disguised as Allura.”Pidge flashed a smirk in Lance’s direction. “I’m sorry, why are you looking at me?” Lance protested. Something in Keith’s brain clicked, he looked at Lance and then at the Princess.Put a little make up on him, a wig, and a dress and he could- OH my god. WC: 33596 (6/6) Notes: Tbh, this made me giggle so much. Lance dressed as Allura and Keith and his gay awakening™ just give me life ok. 10/10
I did really well during my first year of college, and aside from a B+ in statistics (which was really good for me, haha! I’m not good at math), I had A’s in all of my classes. I’m certain that the reason I did so well was due to the way that I figured out how to study, so here are some tips I have based on what I did to study this past year!
1. Sit in the front row.
This isn’t high school anymore, it’s not embarrassing or nerdy to sit in the front row. By sitting in the front row, you won’t be tempted to check your phone and you won’t be distracted by looking at the people around you. I focus best in the front row. This also gives you a chance to easily ask any questions you have.
2. Show up to class a little early.
Show up to class about five minutes early every day, if possible. During the time it takes your professor to get set up, read through your previous notes. If you do this every day, you’ll begin to memorize info that you certainly wouldn’t have learned if you spent those five minutes before class just scrolling through tumblr.
3. Type your notes and print them out.
If you prefer to spend a lot of time on hand written notes, then go crazy. However, I don’t really have time to make aesthetic notes, so I prefer to just write my notes by hand during class, then copy them into microsoft word so I can organize and print them out. This makes the notes much easier to read, and it’s much easier on the eyes.
4. Do every assignment. Yes, EVERY assignment.
I don’t know why there’s advice floating around on tumblr telling people that it’s okay to skip a ton of homework assignments, because I definitely wouldn’t recommend it at all. Of course some assignments might be stupid or seem too small to matter, but if you’re being graded on them, you need all the points you can get. Trust me, just because homework assignments only account for 10-15% of your final grade, that doesn’t mean that they won’t be the difference between a B+ and an A-. Think about it: if your homework is 10% of your grade and you didn’t do it, you would literally have to get NOTHING wrong on your exams just to get the lowest A- possible.
5. Don’t skip. Don’t skip. Don’t skip.
Don’t skip if you can help it. If there is a serious emergency and you really can’t make it, try your hardest to get the best notes you can from someone who was in class. There’s nothing worse than sitting down for a test and realizing that a ton of the questions are about content you missed when you were absent.
6. Go over material in your head when you’re not busy.
If you’re in the shower or waiting in line at the cafe, go over class material in your head. Think about what you learned that day. If you do this often, this will help significantly with retention.
7. Make flashcards throughout the semester, not the night before the final.
Don’t be one of those students who has to relearn an entire textbook the week before finals. If you’re studying right, studying for finals should be relatively painless. Throughout the semester, make flashcards of class content and regularly go over them. The easiest way to do this is to use quizlet.com and fill in definitions and other things you need to know, and use their helpful games and quizzes to memorize the info. It even keeps track of the definitions you rarely get wrong, so you know what you don’t need to study as much.
8. Makes specific agendas for what you need to study and get done.
When I study, I need to have a very specific to-do list detailing exactly what I want to get done. This will motivate you to keep going because you’re able to check off what you’ve already done.
9. Don’t get discouraged by a bad grade- take it as motivation.
This is much easier said than done, but I had to do this in my western civilization class when I very nearly failed the first set of exams. If this happens to you, you should definitely take time to be upset about the grade, but don’t let yourself think it’s the end of the world. If you do badly, at least you know what to expect on the next assignment/exam so you know how to alter your studying to prepare for the next one. You can do it! I started western civ with a high D+ after my first exams, but I pulled out with an A- at the end of the semester!
*Quick note before I start: This is the first installment in a series I’ve called the Lost Colonies which is largely about human society adapting to the strange environments of other worlds. You can read the other installments here: 2,3,4, 5, 6, 7. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this series, but with my new work schedule I had to bring it to a close. If you’ve enjoyed this story follow me on here for my other writings. Thanks again to everyone who has reblogged, liked, replied, DMed, or otherwise shown their appreciation for this series. It means a lot to me that people enjoyed it and the love you’ve all shown me has really helped keep me going for these last few months.*
An adult Turic sits behind a desk jotting down notes as a recorder takes down the interview for future analysis.
“I understand that this entire ordeal has been stressful for you and your fellow colonists but due to your unique situation we would like to use this opportunity to better understand human culture. Please let me know if we need to stop or if there is anything I can do to make you more comfortable.”
The human, a younger female by the name of Kiara fidgets in her seat.
“No, I’m fine, I just haven’t ever seen an alien before. Hell, until a few months ago no one had ever heard anything but legends of people from outer space.”
The Turic looks down at his notes as he tries to reconcile this information.
“According to our research it says that your colony was originally founded just over 500 Sols ago. Are you saying that in that short amount of time your colony’s knowledge of spacefaring and other sapient races was erased?”
“I guess? What’s a Sol though? How long would that be?”
“Oh, a unit of time measurement based on the solar rotation of your home world. Prior to your race’s colonization of other worlds you referred to it as a year. For reference, you are estimated to be 22 Sols old.”
“Then yeah, that makes a lot of sense. We didn’t really have permanent settlements and had to keep moving. One of the older stories said that we came to our world in a fiery ship and that the remains of it could be found out in the wastes once a cycle. That’s what we call it when the Thaw comes back to the same point.”
“I have heard some of the other colonists mention this Thaw. This is the name for the habitable zone in which your colony exists, correct?”
“Yeah, you live in the Thaw, you move with the Thaw. The Thaw keeps you from burning or freezing as long as you work with it. It protects you, feeds you and keeps you alive, but it always moves so you need to move with it.”
The Turic frantically scribbles notes on its data pad.
“Fascinating. It appears as though your civilization has come to mythologize a natural phenomenon the way your ancestors on earth frequently would. Your colony was founded on a planet that was almost what we would call tidally locked. In essence one side of it always faced your neighboring star and it rotated as it spun around it so that the same side always faced it at all times. However the spin was off by a small fraction so that the planet gradually rotated to have a day/night cycle, but this cycle was so slow that it took roughly 50 Sols for a single rotation. This would have made for a narrow band of surviveable temperatures but one that was constantly shifting albeit at a slow pace.”
Kiara stared blankly at the Turic.
“Sorry, that went a little over my head. What I think I caught from that though is that one side of my world faced the light and one side faced the dark and we lived in the space between. Which yeah, that’s the Thaw.”
“I apologize, this is fascinating for me, I’m just curious as to how or why your people took what appears to be such a large step backwards in their technological capabilities.”
“Well, like I said, some of our stories say that we came from a fiery ship and that it can be found in the wastes. If my people really did come from another world, maybe we crashed and our technology broke. We do tend to keep on the move and we usually leave things behind when they break and can’t be fixed. I wasn’t old enough to remember seeing the great ship when my parents took me there and it was taken by the scorch a long time ago.”
The Turic stared at his data pad wondering how he would even begin to unravel all of this.
“Well, hopefully we can find some solid answers to this mystery someday, but I would like for you to tell me more about your colony. What is life like on your world?”
Kiara straightened up in her seat and smiled.
“My name is Kiara Williams. I’m a frost melt like my mother and father before me. We work on the very edge of the Thaw to make sure that the glaciers, mountains and streams run in the right ways when it comes time for the Thaw to reach them in full. We scout lands in the cold to find new sites for villages. We dig breaks in the ice to make sure that the largest sheets fall away from farms and villages. It’s bitter cold and dangerous work but it’s important and sometimes exciting.”
The Turic stared in an expression that would have been the human equivalent of slack-jawed.
“You colony had the technological equivalence of pre-industrialization. Are you saying that your people geoformed an ice world to ensure proper farmland using little more than steel tools and furs?”
“Well there are plenty of other jobs too. My brother is a farmer out in the warmer parts of the Thaw and I have a cousin who lives on the other end of it as a waste reclaimer.”
“And what is it that your cousin does?”
“He goes out into the scorch looking for broken things that can be fixed or things that were left behind by accident. Most people say that’s not a job for an honest person, but he has a real knack for finding stuff to sell. I heard he even managed to find a few relics off the great ship.”
The Turic made a note to track down this cousin immediately.
“Are those the only professions available?”
“Of course not. There’s bakers and builders and law makers but we do have to keep moving with the Thaw so most of us try not to stay in one place too long. It doesn’t help to get too attached. We can usually only get 3 or 4 harvests out of a plot of land before it gets too hot to grow. That’s why frost melts like me are so important to help scout the farms in advance.”
The Turic glanced at the blinking light on his recorder that was letting him know that his allotted time was nearly up.
“I’ll need to let you get back to your family unit soon, but is there anything else you can tell me about your colony or its culture?”
Kiara sighed. “Not really. Being a frost melt, I spend most of my days surrounded by ice as far as the eye can see. It’s strange and beautiful though. There’s massive mountains made of nothing but ice and I know that if I simply walk for a few hours towards out into the frost it would be cold enough to kill, but I know that I’m the one who gets to tame it. At times when the wind is calm I can breath the cold in deep and look out to the stars and wonder what it would be like to explore them too.”
Kiara looked down at her feet self consciously and laughed.
“I guess I can actually get to do that now huh?”
The Turic adopted the human expression of a smile.
“There is a lot of unexplored space out there. I’m sure the human race would be proud to have you back to help them seek it out.”
Day 4: May is AP Exam season! What are your tips for studying for tests?
First of all, happy Star Wars day! May the force be with you during your exams (and in general).
The Day Before
wake up, have a nice breakfast (not too much coffee pls)
tidy up your study space if necessary
get out your notes one last time (only the summaries/final notes if you have any of those)
DURING THE DAY
go over your notes once or twice again and check if you have everything memorised
go over everything you especially struggled with another time
eat light and easily digestible things
cut out caffeine after 4pm because you need a good night’s sleep!
take breaks :)
personally, i don’t study the night before an exam (after 6pm)
take a nice bath or shower
if you eat dinner, don’t make it too late or too heavy
set your alarm and two backup alarms, and if possible tell someone who will be awake at that time to wake you up if all else fails (or to give you a wake-up call)
pack your bag with EVERYTHING you need (including water, keys, paper, pens, ID, calculator, bus pass, tissues, tampons/pads if needed)
if you want, set out the clothes you want to wear the next day so you don’t have to worry about it in the morning
go to bed before midnight, ideally at a time that allows you 7 to 8 hours of sleep
The Day of the Exam
manage your time in a way that allows you to be at the exam location half an hour in advance (earlier buses etc)
have breakfast!!! don’t skip breakfast, it gives you the energy your brain needs during the exam. if you feel like you can’t eat anything, try just toast or a granola bar or dry cereal or something like that. tea is good as well.
don’t drink more caffeine than you usually would. you’ll probably be nervous as it is and caffeine makes you extra hyped
go to the toilet before you leave your house
if you feel like you would benefit from it, skim your notes one last time (on the bus maybe or during breakfast)
if that would just freak you out, read something else (comics, the newspaper, tumblr, whatever really)
get encouragement!! have someone tell you that you’ll do fine or wish you good luck. it’ll make you smile and have a more positive attitude. possible people: best friend, parents, siblings, grandparents, and of course tumblr or other social networks.
if other people make you even more nervous because they all seem so much better prepared than you (they probs aren’t though), avoid them. listen to music or read something or avoid the exam room itself as long as possible. focus on yourself if you work better that way.
if talking to others calms you down, don’t choose the ones with headphones or books to talk to because they’re probably the ones who want some peace and quiet
2. It was an eclectic crowd. Sometimes when you are a poc at certain events you tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Not at Harry’s concert. Maybe that’s why it was so wild because you feel safe and comfortable.
3. His version of STory of my Life was beautiful.
4. Sweet Creature is meant to be heard live.
5. I really wish the crowd would have shut up during his vocals. His voice is so beautiful and his note changes were spectacular.
6. He gets this smirk on his face when he is about to be a smart ass.
7. The Chain was outstanding.
8. Hearing Kiwi three times was sublime and the crowd was crazy all three times.
9. He broke his mic during Only Angel and had problems with the stand during kiwi. lol
10. He is beautiful in person. His bone structure, my God.
11. My friend wants to clone him. She has fallen in love with him. He mentioned what was happening in Puerto Rico and talked about how people should help them out and donate.
12. SOTT was special. I just got so into the song I cried. That song is just so special in every way.
13. There were a lot of people crying, because of being overwhelmed by Harry. He is very overwhelming, in a good way.
Harry was born for this. There’s a part of me that still doesn’t believe I saw him, but I did.
2014. Scotland votes against independence. Scotland potentially losing EU membership a key plank of the ‘No’ campaign.
2015. Scotland votes in 56 out of a potential 59 SNP MPs to Westminster in a first past the post voting system (50% vote share). Tory party gets a majority due to English seats with a 37% vote share. They will implement a referendum on EU membership as stated in their manifesto.
2016 (May). The SNP win 46.5% of the constituency vote giving them 59 seats (First past the post) and 41.7% of the regional vote giving them an extra 4 seats (D’Hondt method). This makes them a minority government, however with the Scottish Green Party there is a pro-independence majority.
(Important note: In the SNP manifesto it stated that if the Scotland votes to stay in the EU but, as a whole, the UK votes to leave this will be ground for the SNP calling a 2nd independence referendum.)
Pre-EU ref 2016. SNP try to get David Cameron, Prime Minister at the time, to agree that the UK will only leave the EU if all four constituent nations vote to leave. This is dismissed. It is a point in the campaign that a vote to Leave the EU might jeopardize the UK & lead to renewed calls for a Scottish independence referendum.
2016 (June). England and Wales vote to leave the EU. Scotland and Northern Ireland vote to remain. The Leave vote wins.
Post-EU ref 2016. David Cameron resigns, Theresa May takes over as Prime Minister. The SNP try to work out a situation where it can remain in the EU but England & Wales leaves. This is dismissed. The Tory party begin to make it seem like a ‘hard Brexit’ will occur. The SNP suggests Scotland staying in the single-market so it can retain the free movement of people. This is dismissed. Westminster does not work with any of the devolved parliaments, leaving them in the dark about Brexit plans. The Tory party begins to make noises about their being no post-EU deal at all.
2017. Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, after seeing that there is no way Scotland can remain in the EU and potentially even the single market begins to implement a part of the manifesto in which her government were elected in on.
Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, here are my thoughts on the advert:
1. Bitch what the fuck
2. That is Harry playing the piano and those are the opening notes to his debut single.
3. Bitch what the fuck
4. He has not one, but two new tattoos. One looks like some sort of bug (the Scarab beetle concept seems very plausible) and then the very visible R. The R stands for Raconteur and Raconteur will be the title of HS1.
5. Bitch what the fuck
6. In the debut single, we will hear him breathe in like he does in the beginning of If I Could Fly.
7. Bitch what the fuck
8. Not only will we be getting a full-length single on April 7, we will also be getting a 5-6 minute music video.
How to make a functional school without mod (V2.0.)
A few months ago I’ve made an article about how to have a functional
school without mod. I’ll do it again with more indications and tips from
my gameplay experience. While you’re reading this, keep in mind the
game has an usual limitation of 20 sims per community lot for performance purpose. If you want more students in your school, you’ll need mods.
As a cc-free player, I don’t use these so I’ll just show you my way.
First of all, you’ll need to create groups of pupils with an age restriction (>> for kids only). The best option is to create up to 4 groups with 6 kids in each. I encourage you to pick group leaders from different households. If you don’t, you decrease your chance to have groups showing up while you’re playing… Except if all the leaders are in the household you want to play with. But when kids turn into teens, the leadership goes most likely to a younger relative (siblings, cousins…), so please don’t forget that.
The reason why you better chose leaders from different households is because the game system works on rotation : not the same households are “active” during your game. Also, do not put all the siblings in the same group if you’re not controling it. There’s high chance none of them show up to make room for others. So if you have triplets, place them in 2 or 3 differents groups ! Same for twins or cousins who live at the same place :)
When you’ve chose the leaders, add 5 kids in their group. You must pick for them a favorite location : chose the school you’ve downloaded.
Now, time to assign them tasks. Pick wisely: you only have 5 options. Know that the order you put them is important ! First task is the one they’ll do automatically ; Second task is the one they’ll most likely do ; Third task is the one they’ll do during breaks ; Fourth task is the one they’ll do if there’s too much other sims somewhere ; Fifth task is what they’ll do if they do not have other choices. And last but not least, the group will behave the way the community lot is set up if they don’t have any options left.
For example, if in your school there’s no jungle gym and your first task is to play with playground equipements, the kids group will try to play with toys (if it’s your task number 2). If there’s no toys left, they’ll try to chose option 3, and then option 4 etc. The group system works like a staircases.
Because you’ve made 4 groups and there’s 4 aspirations for kids (now), chose tasks according to this. Make a “creativity” group, a “social” group, a “motor” group and a “mental” group. In my game, all the groups have something in common (task 2 : do their homework). And the other tasks are “custom” for each. This way, kids won’t go in the same room instantly but walk around and do different stuff.
Task suggestions :
Mental group : 1. Play with computer. 2. Do homework. 3….
Social group : 1. Be nice to… 2. Do homework. 3…
Creativity group : 1. Paint. 2. Do homework. 3….
Motor group : 1. Play with playground equipements. 2. Do homework….
Because my school is set as a library, all the groups can possibly chose to read and browse the web. The option 5 can be a task opposite to their trait, for example the creativity group can play basketball. There’s multiple way to do it so go with your flow !
You can also set up group for teachers (up to 3, max). Assign them the school as their favorite location and tasks. If you have City Living EP, chose “make speech” as an option. A few kids will actuall listen to them ;)
If you want to go extra, you can also make a cook group (up to 2, max), assigned them uniforms, the school as favorite location and task (cook / clean). Chose sims with low cooking skill so they can do basic reciepes and not gourmet meals. ;) Same for a janitor (you can make a group of only 1 sims !).
With all that, everytime you load your game you’ve really high chances to meet pupils, teachers and cooks, janitor. Since I’ve create this system I always have people in my school and everything works smooth ! Keep in mind that random townies can still show up in your school (because it’s a library, you know…) but they’ll leave if more groups come, to make room for them.
A kid can be in multiple groups (ex. motor + creativity). You
won’t get any negative effects. His/her chance to actually show up is only
higher than others kids.
If the cook team don’t show up and you still want your sims to eat for a possible lunch break : click on the hoven’s kitchen and call for a caterer. He or she will usually make up to 3 or 4 differents group meals. Put each plates on different lunch tables and call to meal. All the groups should pick a plate, sit and chat to each others. The only “bad” effect with the caterer option, is that they’ll most likely make gourmet meals…
You can chose an option to make cooks shout at children faces. Go to social >> Be mean to… >> Chose a group or a life state.
To increase your chance of groups interacting, make the option 4 “be nice to / be funny to / be mean to… >> this group”
Adult can automatically teach kids some skill (piano, violin, painting, basketball etc.) if they see kids use these objects. For this, your adult need to be level 10. If your teachers have 10 at one skill, they’ll most likeky try to teach to a kid something…
If you want them to be in a private school, assigned them a uniform. Please, note that the sims need to be in their everyday wear to turn into their uniform clothes. They can “lose” their uniform if they turn into their sport wears (for example, if they use the basketball hoop). If so, go talk to them and chose the interaction : “show me your… >> everyday outfits” Then the sims will get his uniform back.
To go further… You have the possibility to make smaller group for
extra activities like drawing, basketball etc. and assigned them
uniforms, lock the doors and only them will go there.
If you want to avoid townies break in during class, put all the computers somewhere else. Same for the bookshelves !
sports: was invited to the schools hockey team because he’s good on skates, but turns out mark lee isn’t all that good at contact sports (that and taeyong got so worried about him mark just decided to join badminton club instead)
clubs: book review with doyoung - but more than anything he just likes to hear doyoung talk lol, secretly part of a magic the gathering thing but only sometimes,,,,like ,,,,, once a week shh
when mark was applying to colleges, a lot of people were telling him to pursue majors he didn’t really like
“be pre-med!” “do law!” “business is the only place were there’s real money!”
but mark knew what he wanted to do with his life,,,,,he wanted to be a teacher
and even though people would always assume his shy, easily embarrassed attitude around others would be hard to overcome if he was like a highschool teacher or something
mark knew that he could do it - plus he’d always kind of wanted to be a kindergarten teacher,,,,,kids were always just so much more creative and interesting
and one of the things people had told mark since he was pretty young was that he was a natural born role model
from breaking up arguments between kids on his home block, to encouraging his friends to do their best, just being laidback and so easy to talk to - yet still working his hardest
so why not put that to use,,,,,,sure it might have been corny to say outloud but mark wants to inspire kids and be someone they can really learn from,,,,
even though he’d never admit it aloud because for some reason he’d know someone (johnny) would fake cry and clap about his emotional speech
which sOMEone (johnny) does a lot,,,, like mark will go “if anything, we can all agree on pizza for lunch” and johnny will wipe a fake tear and be like “the hero we always needed,,,,”
mark sometimes wonders why he’s friends with such dramatic people,,,,,,,,actually a lot of people wonder that
because mark is popular, people just see him as this approachable, adorable guy and he totally is
which is why taeyong is always sweating over the fact that mark is TOO nice,,,,,he doesn’t want mark to get in any trouble
ten is always like taeyong please, mark is a grown man he knows-
taeyong: mark - don’t talk to strangers on the internet, mark have you ever heard of catfishing, mark did you know your computer could be HACKED
taeil: someone please distract him ,,,, like sicheng spill some coffee or sneeze on him so he’ll stop
but mark has known his closest friends for the longest, and he’s got this sense of loyalty that’s seriously unbreakable
it’s one of the many things that is so great about him,,,,honestly how can someone be so genuine and nice,,,,,,,
mark’s roommate jaehyun sometimes finds mark sitting up at like 2 am - desk lamp on - scribbling notes down
and he assumes he’s studying or something,,,but mark also has another goal - he wants to write a kids book
although his drawing is sub par,,,,,ideas for the book have always been floating around in his head
and even if it’s 2, 3, 4 am he has to get up and write a good one down
he never shows them to anyone though,,,,because it’s sort of a secret the only person who knows is another bestfriend of his, haechan, whose still in high school
mark would totally pen pal haechan if he went away to college - don’t argue with me on this
as a children’s education major,,,,there’s a program that allows mark to TA in an actual school for a bit - only half a semester but it’s something he’s really looked forward too
there’s two TA’s per class and mark gets assigned to a first grade homeroom
which is where you actually first meet,,,,,
you get there super early, afraid you’ll be even a second late and make a bad impression - the anxiety of working under a teacher you don’t know makes you a little sweaty
and as you slide down the wall outside classroom 127, catching your breathe because you bet you ran here
you look at your phone and sigh,,,,,,,7:05,,,,,you’ve got another 25 minutes
it takes you a while to realize,,,,but there’s someone else in the hall with you.
across from your room,,,,sits a boy - he looks vaguely familiar but he seems just as nervous as you are
glancing at his watch and tapping his foot, eyes wide with wonder when you finally meet each others glances
embarrassingly, he scrambles up to his feet and so do you
“h-hi,,, im mark. im with 127,,,,”
he awkwardly stretches his hand out to shake yours and you notice that he avoids direct eye contact again,,,,,,,,it’s kinda cute
you introduce yourself back, telling him you’re with 127 too
there’s a short pause and then he blurts out “do you think the kids will like us?”
out of all the things to be worried about,,,,it’s somehow fitting of mark’s biggest fear to be of his impression left on the kids
something about his question makes you feel ,,,,, like there’s something different about mark
something almost pure,,,,,,
you smile “i hope they do.”
at 7:30, you and mark hear the padding of little feet. the excited voices and sounds that could only mean one thing - class 127 is on its way
the teacher, a kind looking older women, brightens up when she sees you two
quickly, you and mark politely bow and introduce yourselves. she seems so happy to have you two and you mentally high-five yourself in relief
you catch mark’s eye and he pretends to wipe a sweat from his forehead which makes you giggle
as the kids pile into the room, taking their seats the teacher has you and mark write your names on the board
beside yours, you put a smiling face and notice mark pick his chalk back up to add a flower beside his
mark goes first, introducing himself by his full name
one of the kids shouts “mr. lee!!!” and mark almost turns bright red,,,,,,,,making it hard for you to keep a straight face
the introductions go smoothly and the teacher sits you at one table full of kids and mark at another
the day goes by exceptionally well, all the kids seem fond of you - clinging to your hand and feeling comfortable enough to share favorite toys or books with you
during recess, one of them was feeling tired and had plopped themselves in your lap - which you were fine with,,,until they almost fell asleep
tbh there was only one kid who was a bit rowdy, sometimes too loud and too physical with other kids
but you could see mark had no trouble handling him
actually,,,,you were kind of shocked to see how diligently mark had committed himself to helping this kid - even on the first day
and when school was over, mark even took the time to wait by the kid till his parents arrived
it had only been the first day and you were already growing attached,,,,,,,,,you knew time would fly with the kids
but for some reason, as you walked to the bust stop to catch it back to campus,,,,,,you could only think about one of two things; all the cute kids or,,,,,,,
the first couple of weeks are a piece of cake really, the teacher was so knowledgeable and sweet plus the kids had accepted you that you couldn’t believe this was a college program
like you were getting credits for this,,,,, you had even told mark at some point “this makes me want to be a teacher even more!”
he’d smiled, agreeing and added that if anything - this class was probably the best class you two would ever have
at the end of one day, you and mark had stayed back to clean up and when he’d asked if you were taking the bus back you could feel a small flutter in your heart
“yeah i am, i wanted to go get some dinner to take home and then go back to the dorms to study.”
mark seemed hesitant for a moment, but then you decided it couldn’t hurt to make a first move - “do you want to eat with me and then we’ll catch the bus together?”
mark’s shoulders seemed to relax, he agreed and you guys finished tidying up the room before locking up for the teacher
“im on a budget for dinner though, i hope you’re not like super against fast food,,,,”
you mumbled, walking the streets with mark by your side, backpack slung over one shoulder
“that’s ok, i usually don’t eat dinner anyway. i live off ice-cream and bread my friend taeyong hates it,,,”
mark chuckles and you shake your head “you gotta eat, keeping up with kids is hard”
mark smiles, following you into the mcdonalds that you find cramped between two cafes
you order a burger meal and mark just gets some fries, you frown and he just shrugs “im serious, i don’t really eat dinner”
you settle into an empty booth and start eating, for while it’s silent till mark asks you cautiously if you can tell him something
you look at him, the fluorescent bright lighting in this place makes it hard not to focus on how cute he is - you can see his smooth his skin is, and how bright and big his eyes are
you swallow and snap out of it, “sure, what is it?”
mark mentions the rowdy child from your class,,,,,he plays nervously with the edge of his ear and goes “do you think he’s ok,,,,,,,sometimes i notice that he’s pretty thin. im worried about how much attention he’s getting at home.”
you maul it over for a bit, leaning back in your seat. it is true,,,he is one of the smaller boys in the class,,,,and sometimes when kids are loud it is a cry for attention,,,,,
“maybe,,,,,but we can’t jump to conclusions. i feel like if something was going on the teacher would have already known,,,,”
mark’s eyes that had clouded over a bit with seriousness brighten when you say that
“i never thought of that, but you’re probably right,,,,,,”
you lean over, stealing a french fry from his tray and mark crinkles his nose “hey!”
you laugh and tell him that when he gets back to his dorm he better have some actual dinner
you and mark part ways on campus,,,you guys still have regular classes on the days when you’re not at the school so you know you won’t see him till you’re back with the first graders
for some weird reason,,,,,even though you just saw him,,,,,you kinda already wanna see him again
when you finally do - you learn that the class is going to be having a fun outing day to the park on friday
you and mark grin at each other, just as happy as the kids are to be getting out of a classroom
that following friday,,,,,,,you come in to see a couple of parents in the room with some kids. one of them is the father of the boy mark was worried about
mark appears at your side and you can see he’s watching him too,,,,,
in reality if something is up, what can you and him - two college students - really do
but at the same time,,,you get the feeling that mark won’t let it go,,,,,,
you want to say something, but you feel a small hand tug on yours and ask if you’ll take them to the bathroom
you look at mark one more time, but with that you have to do your job
the park is fun - the kids are all energetic and you’re pretty sure you and mark have played hide and seek 435342 times
when finally the boy mark was worried about joins in, running right into mark’s hands
his father is talking to the teacher,,,,,a look of sadness is apparent in his face
and you look over at mark who frowns
at some point throughout the day, when the kids have settled down for lunch
mark is seated beside the father and the kid,,,,,,,they’re talking so far away from the group that you can’t hear a thing
but when lunch is over, mark rejoins the group while the father lifts up his son and they walk out of the park
the teacher tells you two they had an emergency, but your eyes flick over to mark who looks more distraught than ever
after a while, the day comes to an end,,,,,you and mark gather all the kids together but the teacher lets you two off early - the parents and her can handle them from here
but you and mark don’t leave the park, instead he calls you over and you sit beside him on one of the swings
the autumn afternoon is chilly, but mark seems so lost in his thoughts that you hope whatever the father of that kid said,,,,,isn’t too bad
mark starts off, the dread in his voice makes you feel just as bad
“is it really serious?” you ask, already knowing the answer
mark bites his lip, but nods
you drop your head and whisper that that’s horrible,,,,,
sitting beside each other,,,,you and mark silently think the same thing - no one so young should suffer
but finally, mark gets up as you hear the creak of the swing
he doesn’t say where he wants to go, but just asks “will you come with me?”
it’s already getting dark when you and mark get out of the subway, you’re in the busier part of the city - the streets crowded with people in stores, restaurants, cafes, and arcades
mark weaves through the crowd easily, but you lose sight of him a couple of times
you don’t want to be separated so at some point you reach out and grab his hand
mark looks back,,,,,and you’re scared he’ll let go but instead he only squeezes it tight and keeps going
you end up out back of a bustling arcade, there are old claw machines and mark points to one of the toys inside
“he really likes that cartoon, i want to get him something before the program is over,,,”
mark looks over at you and scratches his neck,,,,, “do you think that’s a bad idea-”
you dig a couple of coins out of your pocket and dump them in the slot with a smile “no. i think it’s great.”
neither you or mark has all that great luck,,,,,tbh you both SUCK at this game
but neither of you wants to give up,,,,,you can’t,,,,,,,
and finally,,,,,,,you get it - “mark, mark the claw got it mark!!!”
he rushes over, putting his hands over yours on the joystick of the game
muttering under his breath,,,you two carefully move the claw together till it’s right over the opening and with a press of a button
the toy drops and you and mark break out into celebration
you high-five and then before you know it,,,,you wrap your arms around each other
and it’s so nice,,,,,mark is the type that pulls you in close and it’s so,,,,,warm
but also short lived because you both push away in embarrassment,,,,
you grab the toy to break the awkwardness and turn to mark “mission complete!
mark gets both your bags off the floor, slinging them over his shoulder as you two walk back toward the train
when you’re back on campus, mark asks if you’ll keep the toy safe for him till you guys see each other again
you agree and think that this should be the right time to say goodnight,,,but for some reason neither of you do
“c-can i,,,,,,,,,,do something?”
mark stutters,,,,clearing his throat and you look up at him “sure?”
he shifts a bit and adds that he needs you to close your eyes for this
clutching the toy to your chest you do so,,,,waiting
until you feel it, mark’s lips pressed against the side of your cheek
he pulls back and when your eyes flutter open you can see the blush on his cheeks
“was that for helping you win the toy?”
you ask sheepishly and mark nods,,,,but then stops
“it’s also because i ,,,,,,,,like you so,,,,”
you can’t help the smile that grows on your face when he says that,,,but you hide it behind the toy
“i like you too mark lee,,,,,,,,”
like a puppy, his eyes widen and he stares at you for a second before a goofy grin spreads on his face too
“o-ok awesome,,,well uh,,,,but um,,, good night for now,,,”
you nod “good night mark lee,,,,,,,,”
you want to turn around but then you hear mark’s voice
“i,,,,want to ask you out on a date,,,but i need to think of a good one-”
“this was a good one. i liked this one.”
you say, referring to the time spent today. mark grin’s even larger
“ok,,,,,well then ill plan another one soon.”
you agree and turn to walk toward the dorm,,,,,when you’re at the door you turn to see mark is still there. he waves and you feel your heart flutter again
the last week of your program comes fast,,,it’s emotional because you’ve grown to love all the kids and you know mark has too
even the teacher gets worked up,,,saying you two are one of her best TA duos,,,,,,, “it’s even cuter that you two like each other!” she adds and you and mark almost melt into puddles of blushes
it’s also finally the day mark gives his favorite kid the toy,,,,,,
when he does - the look on the boy’s face is something you can only see on christmas
he practically tackles mark with a huge hug ,,,, the fact that he’s much smaller saves mark
but the scene makes your heart wrench,,,especially when mark promises to come back and visit him and the boy mumbles that he never knows how long he has
you and mark both pass the program with flying colors, you both get pictures with the whole class and with all the kids who run about to hug you two and say goodbye
and it’s heartfelt,,,but it just reminds you and mark why you chose your majors
walking to the bus for the final time, mark takes your hand
which kind of surprises you because,,,,he’s never been big on public pda
“have i ever told you i wanted to write a children’s book?”
mark asks and you gasp because it’s news to you
“i had a lot of different ideas,,,,but i think ive picked one i really like. i want to write a book about a fearless kid, who can overcome anything.”
you stop in front of the bus schedule and you rub mark’s thumb with your own
“do you know the main characters name?”
mark shows a hint of a smile,,,,, “i do.”
the name,,,,,,,,is the same name as the boy from class 127
when you get back to campus, mark shows you some of his other ideas and small sketches that he’s done
“im no artist,,,but im sure i can find someone to help. jaehyun’s pretty good though he won’t admit it.”
you smile,,,,looking through mark’s messy notes and stick figure panels
“i think it’ll be great, mr. lee”
mark scrunches up his face, playfully poking your arm at the nickname you haven’t forgotten from your first day in the TA program
when it comes out that mark is dating you,,,,there are mixed reactions
taeyong has 100 questions for you, yuta is devastated that mark is in a cute relationship first, jaehyun is super happy, ten is a little too happy, johnny goes ‘your growing up, son’ with another fake tear, taeil and sicheng congratulate you and haechan sends mark like 30 texts demanding to konw every last detail of how it happened
at some point you ask mark how he deals with this,,,chaos
but he just whispers “grin and bear it”
you guys stay in contact with the 127 teacher, getting updates about this kids along with cute photos and stuff
you and mark both ask about updates on the boy,,,,who thankfully isn’t doing any worse. apparently everyday he brings the toy you guys got him with him to class
mark turns out to be super low maintenance,,,to a point where people jokingly go “are you dating or just existing next to each other?”
which isn’t ,,,, like a bad thing
you and mark just don’t like to flaunt it with pda, couple items, instagrams full of each others faces
honestly you two keep it comfortable and simple,,,,
your dates are classics like the movie theater, picnics, walks through the city, even just sitting in the library together typing away on your computers or listening to headphones is enough
because what attracts you to mark is his work ethic,,,,and who he is as a person and what he’s passionate about
so you don’t need much,,,you’re just happy being able to support him and see him grow as this amazing person
and mark feels the same way about you
even though he gets cherry red whenever you give compliments or cheers of support,,,,,in his own way he gives you those too
and so what if doyoung is like “mark, take them somewhere exciting. i heard they’re opening a haunted house downtown in time for halloween~~~!!!”
you and mark would rather chill in his dorm, eating ice-cream out the carton playing video games than getting high blood pressure at a haunted house
(except you totally both go and mark lee gets so scared that when he comes out of there you’re like ‘mark, look some white hairs’ and he’s like honestly i love you but this isn’t funny we almost dIED)
haechan actually really takes a liking to you, because you both - in very loving ways - known how to tease mark lee
although pda isn’t mark’s thing he does like it when you rest your head on his shoulder
you could just be tired in study hall, wearing a sweatshirt and pajama bottoms - curled up at his side or you could be falling asleep on the bus ride home,,,,,,having you close like that makes mark happy
because he knows you’re safe - and that’s the only thing that matters
actually,,,,even though couple items make mark cringe a bit, he’d still probably buy you matching hats because when does mark like not wear hats
he’d be like “im going to convince you that hats are the best” and you’ll be like “but hats don’t look good on m-”
mark: “hats make anyone cute, and you’re already cute, they make you double cute ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, don’t tell anyone i just said that”
if mark is eating bread again and taeyong comes around, you always hide it for him and you and mark just smile like angels up at him
and taeyong knOWS something fishy is up but you two are sooooo darn adorable
but also you text mark to eat dinner until he sends you photo-proof he did
“if you write a book and they turn it into like a cute cartoon movie - i want to voice a character”
“i,,,,haven’t even written the book yet,,,,”
“mark lee - i know you’re capable of it and you will do it. just promise me i can voice someone.”
when no ones around mark will kiss you, but it’s always fast and just a little peck
and you have to pull him back in by the collar or something because c’mon no one is watching,,,,,
the amount of times you’ve done something cute like peck his nose and mark has hid himself behind a book is uncountable
face masks with mark while you’re quizzing each other for tests
jaehyun told you mark sleep talks and once said he’d like to marry you
and you were like oh and mark was like “jeffery, i will ship you to canada where the moose will get you”
^the most threatening thing mark lee has ever said. probably
you both like cold weather,,,,and tbh am i saying hot-chocolate dates in cozy sweaters ,,,,,,,, hell yES
i think mark tries to hide it,, but he’s just as excited about holiday’s as little kids are hehe
you have this habit that if you’re talking about something and mark scrunches his nose, you scrunch yours
and he’s like hey!!! that’s my signature face and you’re like you gotta kiss me to get it back!!
(he does kiss you ,,,, after pulling up his hood to hide you two like pleASE mark lee,,,)
sometimes, you and him volunteer together instead of going on dates and johnny is like that’s wild,,,,yall are like mr and mrs obama and mark is like that makes no sense and johnny is just like i love my giving children
you and mark looking at each other like what is happening
skyping mark’s family and everyone keeps wanting to talk to you and mark is like hi hello im here it’s me your son - ok fine i get it my s/o is cuter than me,,,
cuddling!!!! is super rare but also super amazing!!!! and mark is embarrassed for the first 5 minutes but then it’s just holding you close, lazily looking at you scroll through your phone and then mumbling “i love you,,,” into your hair
mark secretly tries to get better at claw machines to impress you on dates to the arcade
totally tries to be subtle,,,,but you can see from the corner of your eye that he’s staring when you’re just reading or fixing a strand of your hair
tbh mark lee has major heart eyes for you,,,,,,,,,as described by ten
mark actually teaches you to do more chores and you’re like babe,,,,whY and he’s like a messy dorm is horrible we’re basically living in small closets
he’s the kind of boyfriend that just makes you a better person,,,,it’s really refreshing
you guys have inside jokes and sometimes it’s hard to hide so you have to bury your face in mark’s arm or something to not laugh out loud and sometimes he has to bury his face in your hair
“haechan wants us to take more photos together”
“ok, let’s take one!”
“ok come over he- why are you wearing my maple leaf sweater”
“to show support for my boyfriend :-)”
mark keeps finding little notes in his bags and books from you, reminding him that you love him and he keeps them all in a small tin jar
sometimes he doesn’t know how you’re so cute - it seems impossible
holding hands under the table when you and all of nct is out for lunch???? yes
(does doyoung catch you, but just wink and pretend he didn’t much to mark’s utter embarrassment- also yes)
Ugh can you stop whining already? The resposters you're demonizing are HELPING YOU by giving you EXPOSURE so you can be popular like all the other popular artists like there (edendaphne, taylordraws, qookyquice, sakura-rose12, ferisea, ceeljes, etcetara). Posts on instagram with their art helped them become popular and the "evil" reposters are only trying to help you to. Just let them repost soon you'll get 1000 followers. So stop being whiny and just let them help your unpopular ungrateful ass!
Hello, anon! Normally, I would ignore rude anons and immediately delete them, but I feel this type of ask is relevant to raising awareness of the problem we have with reposters, art thieves, and the like. So here we go!
It’s true, I may not be as popular as any of the tumblrs you have mentioned (btw, you misspelled a few :c), but that doesn’t mean I’m not entitled to the rights of, I emphasize, MY OWN WORK. Also, I’m not sure where I was whining anywhere, can you give a source? And what am I supposed to be grateful for exactly?
But yeah, even if I had only 3 followers and half a sandwich, a thing I made and posted is still something I explicitly own. It came from me. All I did was share it via tumblr. If I didn’t share it, guess what? I still made
it. The only difference when I shared it was so people can see it too.
I still made it. The reposter didn’t, the art thief didn’t—it was me. Henceforth,it is mine to control how it’s shared and used. You are not entitled to up and use my work without permission, no matter how you justify it.
That goes for all the ‘unpopular’ artists out there too. You created a thing out of nothing. It is yours and no one else’s. If anyone tries to put you down to get you to allow them to repost your stuff or give them ‘free commissions’ for so-called “EXPOSURE”, politely decline them (or flip them off, it really depends on you
You have something they don’t—your skill. Don’t let them take that from you because they made you feel bad that they make 1000+ notes/likes per (re)post they “made” compared to your sketch getting 9 notes and a supporting comment from grandma. At least you have a skill to make a thing, a skill you can only get better at over time, as opposed to a reposter’s skill of Googling and right-click Save/pressing Print Screen. Because any old schmuck can do that. I can do that. My grandpa can do that. My 4-year old nephew can do that.
We all start from nothing, so have pride in what you can do by yourself! Don’t give up and work hard and I guarantee you, people will definitely notice your effort, be it sooner or later. c: (I was gonna cite Van Gogh as an example of ‘later’ but uhh he got popular after he died so that might be a bad example i’ll shut up about that now im sorry)
But I digress! Back to anon. Your claim is because I’m not a popular artist, I can get recognition via reposters, so I should be grateful. To be frank, I think that claim is all sorts of dumb. It doesn’t explain why reposters then STILL repost work by artists who are clearly more popular than their repost account/s. They certainly don’t need any exposure. The math just doesn’t add up, anon. :c
I do apologize if trying to put me down like this didn’t work out. I am confident in my own (albeit not-that-good-yet) ability and I truly believe that if I do work hard enough, I can make it out there. And even if I never do, at the very least I didn’t enable attitudes such as yours to permeate and be justified. I’ve made friends who appreciate what I do, and at the end of the day, it’s more than enough for me. Even if I don’t make it big, I know they’ll be right here supporting me anyway. My question is, who do you have, anon?
I hope sending out this ask helped you dislike yourself a little less. c: Sorry for the long post!
If anyone needs more information about the reposting/art theft problem and the protest, check out @miraculousblackout! They have all sorts of posts and links to help educate you! If anything else is still unclear, just send an ask. We are here to guide you. Just remember, be respectful! Have a good day!
I really thought I was getting the bad ending with how nice I was being to Saeran, but apparently I didn’t or at least not yet? Still, this tore my heart out seeing my sweet sunshine cry like that, he deserves to be happy too! T_T this is only the end of day 4 and I’m already wondering how much emotional this route can get. (Side note: that elixer cg is BEAUTIFUL)
Concept: Bitty as a top selling writer who churns out highly popular stories in a well known magazine. Bitty is also the bane of the editing department, because he has to turn in a chapter a month.
“Hes so nice….but his work ethic is so terrible…but HES SO NICE HOW DO YOU MAKE HIM WRITE WITHOUT FEELING LIKE AN ASS?!”
His editor stuck with him through the ages until she became pregnant and decided that she cant take care of two infants at once so she passed the mantle of being Eric Bittle’s editor to the rookie (bc hes the only one she could con into taking the job) and left him notes
1) Call to remind him about the deadline one week in advance, and always tell him that its due three more days earlier than it is
2) Dont be fooled by his sweet tones and promises to “get right to it!” Check his twitter account omgcheckplease to make sure hes not tweeting
3) If he offers you pie take it. You wont regret it, BUT DONT LET THE PIE BRIBE YOU INTO GIVING HIM AN EXTRA DAY
4) You will probably have to show up at his apartment three days before to check in and make sure he has his draft almost finished.
5) Call his husband, Jack, at this number xxx-xxx-xxxx when all else fails and Bitty is ignoring you in favor of making more pie
6) Compliment his husband in front of him to get him in a good mood so he can start writing
7) But be careful not to get sucked into small talk that lasts hours. His southern charm WILL get to you so be aware.