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Calling all Irish dancers! If you are: 1) 18 or over and 2) currently performing or competing in Irish dance please complete the survey linked here. https://goo.gl/forms/eDIynfwV0VXwTzE72

I’m currently doing a research project with a professor at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO on the relationship between time perspectives, mindfulness, and flow in Irish dancing with the end goal of presenting at the APA conference this summer. I need subjects for the research though and that’s where you come in! 

Thank you so much for you participation. It’s very exciting to study something so few people have studied and to try bring Irish dance into focus for psychologists across the nation!

I just want to become an art under his hands, to be made up of ripped colors and lines. I only want to be whispered like an old, forgotten spell, to be sighed and murmured in his darkest nights. I want to be the song that plays over and over in his mind, to be the watch on his wrist that does not tell time.

But I’m only a spilled ink smeared across his desk—dried up, cracked, a poem left unsaid.

—  The Girl Who Writes In Ink

To the (several) people who questioned my use of the term “mysterious” to refer to the asymmetry between the past and the future, I would like to point out that this book review, written by cosmologist Andrew Jaffe and published online by Nature 5 days after my post, uses the same language:

… But even the normal perceived flow of time in one direction is mysterious.

So at least my word choice was consistent with how actual physicists write about time asymmetry.

Times with Her

May. 
She made my heart turn into the Summer flowers, blooming with colors that illuminate my entire view. 
It was so sudden; I can’t help but wonder whether she’s here to stay.    

June. 
Although not often, she would take me to oceans I never knew before.
I didn’t know my happiness would come so soon.

Julie.
I haven’t had many chances to see her; she’s busy when I’m not, I’m busy when she isn’t. 
I hope there will be more times she can see me.

Augustine. 
She may be changing, much like the seasons start seeming to in her month.
I have to think about what these changes mean.

September.
I can’t believe I’ve known her for such a short time, yet we’ve Fallen in love. Then Fallen out. 
Despite that, I have many sweet times I can remember.

Mirai.
She’s an interesting girl, she’s always one step ahead of me… it’s as if she comes from the Future.
I look forward to what she will bring me next. 
Hopefully, instead of another “goodbye”…

She’d say, “Hello, we meet again.”


-DY

Hi guys!! I’m super pumped for the new school year, so I decided to make school related posts.

So this is my first post for back to school 2016. 

I decided to do a general one before going in depth to specific classes/subjects.

Saving money:

  • make a list of all the supplies you have, and then a list of the things you will need to buy
  • before you buy anything, look for the best deals in various stores/websites. There are probably tons of back to school sales going on
  • bring your lunch to school instead of buying it on campus (I spent wayyyyyy too much money on food last year, not making the same mistake again!)
  • pay your bills on time so you don’t have to pay late fees
  • if you can, walk or use public transportation instead of driving your own car (bus/train passes are cheaper than gas for the whole month, and you’re also being environment friendly)

Textbooks

  • here is a masterpost with free textbook websites
  • if you can find the textbooks in pdf format, definitely use them because free 
  • if you happen to have a tablet or iPad, that’s perfect because you can read the textbook in it.
  • if you don’t have one, don’t worry! You’re probably only going to work with a few chapters anyway, so you can print them out recto verso and write on them during class
  • in case your professor actually says you’ll need the whole book, you can go to a photocopy shop to print it out. They usually charge a couple to a few cents for each page.
  • and of course, if what you pay for printing out the book is almost the same as buying it, it’s not worth printing it out
  • in that case, try to borrow/rent textbooks instead of buying them (note: if the price for renting a used book is really close to buying a new book, you might as well buy it so you don’t have to worry about writing/underlining)

Pens and pencils

  • Bic pens are quite cheap (I saw an 8 or 10 pack on the Target website for like a dollar) and they’re my favorite!
  • if you like wooden pencils, good for you because they’re cheap as hell
  • if you prefer mechanical pencils, there are tons you can get for all kinds of prices. I like the Uni-ball ones, and am currently using a Kokuyo one, but honestly you can’t really go wrong with any mechanical pencil

Other stationery

  • if you live in the US, or anywhere that has Target stores, you are in luck. 
  • go to the Target dollar tree/section and you will find the cutest stationery ever for sooooo cheap (yes, I’m extremely envious)
  • go to a dollar store or anything similar to that where you live, and you will surely find cheap stationery
  • AliExpress has incredibly cute stuff and, most importantly, cheap and with free shipping most of the time (obs.: check the little “free shipping” box, and select “price low to high”, to make your job easier)


Organization

We all love the idea of being organized, but how do we actually get there?

Desk

  • before starting the new school year, it’s very important to clean our study area (I will post a video about this soon, when I clean out mine)
  • take everything out and off your desk and clean it
  • clean each object before placing it on your desk again, so you don’t get it dirty after having just cleaned it
  • get organizers for your drawers: I use a flatware/silverware tray from IKEA, it cost me like 2,99$ and it’s great because it’s plastic, so you can just wash it in the sink
  • you can also make an organizer with little boxes you have lying around, or even with cardboard
  • use cups (any kind) for your most used pens and pencils, so they’re always on hand
  • use the organizers for storing all your stationery, such as post its, paper clips, washi and scotch tape, stickers, etc
  • if you want, maybe get a bulletin board where you can pin a calendar or anything you want to be visible (you don’t have to nail it to the wall, you can just set it on your desk so it stands!)

Before class

  • 5 things to do every Sunday night post by a fellow studyblr
  • skim through the chapter you’ll be working on, so that you’re not hearing the material for the first time in class
  • if you have extra time, maybe you can even make a little summary of what you read
  • eat a good breakfast!!!! It’s very important because if you don’t eat well, you won’t be as focused and productive in class as you could be 

After class

  • store any papers you were given in class in your binder/folder
  • eat something when you get home if you’re gonna start studying, etc so your brain is “fed”
  • do your homework as soon as you can
  • some people work better after relaxing a little when they get home, and others work better if they do all their work right when they get home, and only relax later - figure out which method works best for you
  • if you have a planner/journal, get to planning and writing down any tasks you need to get done and, if possible, do them right away


Studying

There are tons of different methods out there, and I will soon make a post about different study methods. As for now, here are some posts on different methods:


Time management

  • have a planner/bullet journal/a weekly or monthly calendar printed out where you can see exactly what you have to do each day + what is coming up
  • break everything down and organize what you have to do into tasks
  • avoid procrastination with all of your strength
  • here’s a post about it
  • this post introduces an app that organizes your time for you
  • in case you have multiple activities, such as work or a sport, you will want to make your study sessions more productive to save time, so use the Pomodoro method when studying, and eat some good snacks while you’re at it (post coming soon *wink wink*)


What to keep in your locker aka first aid kit

  • deodorant (trust me it’ll come in handy)
  • gum (very important)
  • band-aids
  • pads/ tampons (at least 2 or 3, and if you use one, replace it asap)
  • chapstick
  • tissues (trust me you will need them. carry a pack in your purse/bag with you as well)
  • TISSUES!! I can’t tell you how many times they’re saved me. If you buy food to take away and forget to bring napkins, tissues. If you go to the bathroom and only realize there’s no toilet paper when you go reach for it, tissues. If it’s hot as balls and your forehead is looking oily, tissues. I could go on…
  • moisturizer (Nivea has small little versions of theirs, they’re perfect for this)
  • nail filer
  • razor (in case you missed a spot when you shaved; totally optional)
  • a toothbrush and some toothpaste (what I do is when a tube of toothpaste at home is close to being empty, I throw it in my bag - not too heavy, still enough for a few uses)
  • a clean pair of underwear (you probably know what for)
  • a clean t-shirt (in case you spill something all over yours)
  • if you’re a makeup user, maybe a concealer, powder and a colored lip balm, like a BabyLips or something along those lines
  • dry shampoo or baby powder (they do the same)

Some of these are not as essential as others, but you can probably fit all of them in a makeup bag! Except for the t-shirt probably :/

You might want to also have a hoodie and a tiny umbrella in your locker, in case you dress totally inappropriately for the weather one day and need to protect yourself from the cold and rain. Don’t forget to put both back in your locker the next day!!

Extra tip (feat. tissues): if you forget to put on deodorant before you leave the house, and you’re feeling smelly, try quickly washing your armpits in the bathroom when no one’s around, then gently dab a tissue on them to dry (because sensitive skin and toilet paper in schools can be rough surfaced) and then put on some deodorant. Fresh again!!


Where to get all the studyblr supplies

  • all of the MUJI supplies can be bought at MUJI stores, on the MUJI website or on Amazon
  • washi tape: Amazon, office supply stores, grocery stores, AliExpress (where I get mine)
  • Staedtler and Stabilo fineliners: pretty much every store that sells office supplies, Amazon or Jetpens
  • Zebra mildliners are a bit tricky to find in physical stores, especially in Europe (at least in Portugal), but you can buy them on Amazon (reasonably priced), or on Jetpens (nice price, but shipping is kind of expensive for European countries)
  • Pilot G2 pens: office supply stores, Amazon or Jetpens
  • Pilot Juice pens: office supply stores, Amazon or Jetpens
  • Moleskine and Leuchtturm1917 notebooks can also be bought on office supplies stores, on Amazon, or on BookDepository (Moleskines)
  • if you have El Corte Inglés in your country, they sell Moleskines as well!!
  • here is a masterpost with some supplies
  • here is another one
  • if you want cheaper alternatives to all of these, this masterpost and this masterpost will help you


Alright guys, I think that’s all of my general tips for school. I’m planning and working on a few other posts, so be on the lookout for them! 

If you’d like, you can inbox me suggestions for posts you’d like me to make (e.g. how I study; how to organize your desk; etc). You can also leave me feedback!

Thank you so much for reading, hope you liked it!! ❤️

I see us. we float above ourselves in this space. we love each other throughout every point in time all at once. we understand that this love of ours will come and go throughout time, and we will grab hold of it when we can. And in the moments between we will find other loves, but we will still be tethered and orbiting around each other waiting for the love to fling back again. And it will. Because love forgets time.


words and art by james r. eads, motion by the glitch.