Photo from 01 July 2015: Revision session day 6/?

I’m still studying in advance for chemistry. So many key terms and people that I almost forgot about (my last chem class was back in my junior year of high school, but we still gotta keep these kinds of things in the hippocampus!).

On a different note, I can’t believe we’re more than halfway through the year! Time, you need to slow down!

Perfect recipe for a day like today ! It’s extremely hot outside here in the uk so salads are becoming a regular lunch for me. A lot of people struggle with the idea of eating salads, they don’t just need to be a few tomatoes, cucumber and some leaves. 

Adding paprika to the butternut squash makes this salad far from boring and the avocado is balanced out with the salty olives.

Things I wish someone had told me before Freshers

You won’t make friends.
At least, not right away. You leave home expecting to make friendships like the ones you’ve had for years. But they take time to build, and you can’t expect them straight away. Give it time, though. You’ll find people.

You might not like your flatmates, and that’s okay.
Go in with an open mind, and at least try to get along with them. But, in the end, it’s okay if you don’t. There are other places to spend time other than your flat, and at worst, well, it’s only a year. You can survive that. And the more time you spend out of your room, the more likely you are to meet people you get along with.

It’s okay not to drink.
This goes for clubbing, too. At first, it might seem like partying is all everyone ever does. But if you don’t want to, you for sure won’t be the only one. Find those other people left behind.

It’s okay to realise people aren’t who you thought you were.
You’ll meet some people and they’ll seem great. Hell, you might even spend a lot of time with them. But if you then realise that these aren’t the type of people you want to be around, it’s okay to seek out different people. It wasn’t until the last semester of my first year that I found the person I really truly clicked with.

Ceilidhs are the best dances.

Okay, I’m biased because I’m at uni in Scotland. But they’re brilliant fun, you always get taught how to do it, and there’ll always be other people there who don’t know what they’re doing either.

Uni kinda sucks sometimes.
You’ll barely be able to hear lectures during the first couple of weeks, because everyone will be ill and coughing. This gets better. You’ll probably be absolutely exhausted at first, because it’s a whole new lifestyle to get used to and so much has changed. You can get through that. Work is hard and sometimes there’s a lot of it, but everyone is in the same boat and there’s always someone who is willing to help. On that note, try to have someone in each of your courses/modules who you can ask about stuff. You dint have to be much more than acquaintances with them, but it’s always good to be able to ask about the homework.

Register at the doctors.
Just do it. Even if you think you’re never going to need it, please. Make things easier for yourself in the long run. On a side note, actually go to the doctors if you think you need to. They are literally paid to help you.

Getting involved in stuff is fun, but you don’t have to do All The Things.
You’ll probably sign up for a society in Freshers week and never actually go to it. That’s fine, literally everyone does it. Also remember that society events for the first couple of weeks will be packed. They quieten down fairly quickly, so if there’s something you want to do, stick with it.

It’s okay to make new friends and realise that your old ones kinda sucked.
I at least have changed a hell of a lot over my first year. They probably will too. Realising that proximity was a large factor of a friendship can be sad, but it can also make you reevaluate and find out who you really like.

You’re not going to like all your courses.
Well, maybe some people do. But it’s fine if you don’t, it just gives you an idea of what not to take in second year. And if you really hate your degree, well - I know a guy who’s just transferred from studying Neuroscience to studying Physics. You always have options.

“I can always resit” is nicer in theory than practice.
But it is true. Most people’s first years don’t count, so make the most of it. But if you can use it to find a balance, that’s probably going to be better in the long run.

You’re not alone.
I spent a good proportion of Freshers Week locked in my room trying not to cry. I ended up searching the tumblr tags for other freshers at my uni, and found at that I wasn’t the only person sat in my room. I still have no idea who that person was, but knowing they existed helped me a lot. So even if you are sat alone in your room, remember that there are still people out here that you can talk to. Tumblr will always be here if you need a friend, or some advice, or just some cute cat videos if you need to take your mind off things.

Starting uni can be terrifying, but you can do it. Good luck.

GUESS WHAT JUST MADE IT TO THE OFFICIAL END OF ITS FIRST CHAPTERRR -wiggles eyebrows- 

That’s right, y’all, Afraid of Monsters has just completed its first chapter and I feel like a million bucks for finally getting this dream on the roll. You can read the last official page of chapter one HERE

 Haven’t read Afraid of Monsters yet?? Start your journey HERE and join all the cool kids in school ;3 AoM updates every Wednesday. It has evolved so much in just 21 pages <3 

Growing up is so terrifying at times. There are so many questions that you’ll have and many more life lessons to be learned. The other day I was talking to a group of adults and confessing a lot of fears I had about being an adult. Someone then told me, “You know, it is scary. You will look around and it will seem like everyone has their life together but trust me, no one knows what they are doing. We’re all just guessing at life and hoping it all works out in the end. Don’t be fooled into thinking the person next to you knows what they’re doing because trust me, they don’t. It’s okay to guess, make mistakes, and learn.” And I think that is the best piece of advice I have ever been given.

Some of you have requested that I show you my note taking technique. This is in no way a proven technique, but it really works for me and many of my professors have applauded my structure. So try it, and if you like it and it works for you, great! If not, I commend you on having a more structured system! These are my general rules when I take notes:

1. Leave space. A lot of space.
While going through previous notes, whether it be right after class or a month later, I always found that I had information that I wanted to add, and cramped pages never allowed for that. Plus, it’s a bit less daunting on the eyes when there is some room between ideas. I do realize that this is not very eco-friendly, but hey! 

2. Use the margins in a smart way.
I have developed a “legend” of symbols to draw in the margins so that when I need a quick scan of what pages in the textbooks I referenced or vocab, I can find what I need easily. It might not seem useful on this one page, but when you have a whole 3″ binder full of notes, it’s a blessing.

3. Write on one side of the page.
Again, not a eco-friendly option. However, I’m sure there are those of you (my past self included) who have wished you just had another page to write down book notes or additional thoughts without having to get a fresh paper. This solves that! 

4. Make it pretty later.
I know this page is visually appealing, but keep in mind that I was in my nice warm room by myself and listening to music while writing this. My notes straight out of class aren’t color coded and they definitely don’t have cute little decorations on them; just get the information down, worry about aesthetics later.

5. Put yourself in the classroom.
You might think: “but I’m physically in the room what the hell are you talking about”. The concept is weird but it works. I always try everything I can to make sure I place as many visual cues in my notes as I can so that when I look back on them later I remember exactly where I was and what was happening. Are you not paying attention and thinking of food? Write it down. Did someone fart? Write it down. Placing yourself in the room is the most beneficial thing you can do for future you.

6. Keep it short.
I can’t tell you how many times I freaked out when I first got to college because I was trying to write everything down. I was certain I was going to miss something. WELL HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU. You aren’t going to miss anything if you keep your bullets to a minimum of one sentence. It’s proven that short phrases in your own words help memory better than full sentences that the professor gives you. 

Finally, make it yours. This is a system that works for me because my brain is weird and can’t take notes the Cornell or outline way. The most important thing to learn in school is your own flow of things. Experiment, be creative! I hope I have helped those of you who aren’t traditional learners realize that there isn’t just one way to process information. If any of you have any questions or need specific examples, let me know! (I realize there is a typo on this but hey don’t worry about it) 🙈 

School Supplies shopping list 2k15!!!

So an anon asked me if i could help her make a school supply list! here it is!

This school supply list is based on my preferences. Hope this helps somehow!

BASICS

  1. No. 2 Pencils
  2. Mechanical Pencils (i prefer using 0.5 and 2B because it’s nicer and darker)
  3. Mechanical pencil leads. 
  4. An array of colors of ballpoint pens (to help you color code!)
  5. Lots and lots of black ballpens lmao
  6. Highlighters (different colors too!)
  7. Erasers
  8. White out/correction tapes
  9. Stapler
  10. Staple wires
  11. Binder clips/paper clips
  12. Ruler, protractor
  13. crayons, markers, or colored pencils. 
  14. scissors
  15. glue stick

NOTEBOOKS/JOURNALS

  1. A composition notebook
  2. Notepad (to scribble all your notes there if you’re in a hurry)
  3. Notebooks for your subjects
  4. A bullet journal (ok, this one’s totally optional)
  5. A planner (this too)
  6. don’t forget your graphing paper too!

TO HELP YOU STUDY

  1. Index cards
  2. post it notes
  3. legal and letter sized bond papers (where u can print ur reviewers)
  4. loose-leaf binder paper
  5. ur study guide
  6. a calculator 
  7. a dictionary/thesaurus (u can download an app instead)

ORGANIZATION

  1. A Binder (you can get small binders for each class or you can get one big binder for all ur classes)
  2. Folders
  3. Pen cases/pouches (to hold your supplies!)
  4. a puncher (3 hole, 2 hole, 1 hole, it doesn’t matter! or it depends with your binder actually)
  5. Plastic envelopes (where you can store your folder)

OTHERS

  1. a flash drive/usb
  2. laptop
  3. printer
  4. a combination lock
  5. emergency kit
  6. girly kit (???)
  7. a good backpack 
  8. Paint, oil pastel, or any other art materials! 
  9. sketchpad
  10. locker essentials
  11. washi tapes (u can use this for color coding as well!)
  12. headphones/earphones
  13. phone

well….that’s all! I hope this helped you anon! :) good luck in your studies!! :)

Finally starting THE STUDYBLR SUMMER CHALLENGE

If you want to participate, please reblog this post so I can add you to the big list (here’s the link)!!!

EDIT: DON’T FORGET TO TAG YOUR POSTS WITH “BLUEINKSUMMER”

I am beyond excited to do this 😺 I’ll be posting something from 1st July, but you can join whenever you want!

The more the merrier, so feel free to join even if you probably won’t be consistent or you are not sure if you want to do that yet 😽 I think 10 days would be cool, but let me know what you think!

Let’s make it fun, after all, we’re having a well-deserved break ❤️‍