Dropping Out Of College

 

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I don’t do many #CollegeLife posts. As an unobservant freshman, I don’t get a lot of time to stop and reflect on college. I’m sure lots of freshmen are perfectly happy to expound on the joys that make college worth it. For most it is. but now I’m listing serious reasons to drop out of, or not go to, college.

  1.  You experience a health crisis you do not know how to deal with: you are sick, physically, mentally, or both, and it is impacting you academically. Do not run at the first sign of sickness, wait for a reasonable time period, and if the available help       -And Do Get Help- is not making a significant contribution to helping you, then you need to take a break.
  2. You have a plan B, plan C, options: before taking any drastic step, consider your options. Just because plan A didn’t work, doesn’t mean you have to give up. Whatever college or degree program you want is not the only one out there. You may even be surprised to find out that the beautiful campus next door only offers your passion as a minor. Do research and have backups wherever you go. 
  3. Your family needs you: this is the worst excuse. No matter what your family situation is, it can only get better if there’s a college graduate in the family. If your family is in crisis, then yes, help as much as you must. If that means leaving, at least take community or online college on the side to continue your education. Coupled with other problems, it is a factor to consider. It depends per situation, so don’t take it heavier or lighter than need be.
  4. There is no one to support you on campus: It is unlikely that you are completely and utterly alone. You’re in college! Yet if all of the resources and clubs don’t suit you or accept you, and you can’t found your own, yeah, you should go somewhere where you have the support you need.

This isn’t a comprehensive list, and I don’t recommend dropping out. I recommend dropping if it’s in your best interests, but you should try again later, or try on a lesser scale.

 Good luck.

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DIE MORTAL (Stop Calling Me I Think You Have The Wrong Number)

So this dayThis week…Dis wekks!

Sorry, I’m a little…LOOK AT THE PRETTY BIRD HIDDLES!

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LOOK AT DAT SHERASS!

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Now that we’re properly SherLoki’d, I can blog about books.

I’m done with this books forever I never have to see it again End of The Semester Yaaassssss!!!!

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Not what I was going for, but look at the look on that guy’s face. That is my face 16 hours from now, when I’ll be done with my math final. Can we just celebrate?

 

 

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Now, onto novel reading! *Gasp*

I have to finish Ice, by Anna Kavan by tommarrowish cause I got it from the city library and will be leaving thursday. Then I will have to finish Vulgar Tongues, which I got from my library by tuesday, which is when my library’s *gasp* strike will end. 

Then I can read WHATEVER I want…So any suggestions? Please make them quick cause I’m not sure if my mom has internet right now.

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Researching Your Essay

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One of my best friends in the universe cannot, for the life of her, write an essay. She’s a college student, graduated from high school with good grades. Yet when I saw her essay only my love for her kept me from throwing her laptop out the window and running out.

So I reckon not everybody took AP English and graduated high school knowing how to write an essay. And that’s not something to be insulted about. But if you’re in college with no essay writing skills, well….

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You, getting lifted out of school.

So I spewed out everything I can remember about essay writing. I hope you find it useful.

HUMANITIES

In the Intro, some professors like it if you say a sentence or two about why you chose this topic.

Ex. I met Sherlock in London. I fell in love with his me-ness, his accent, and his deducting.

You should then have a thesis that sums up what your paper is about while assuming your readers know nothing. Your thesis will answer a RESEARCH QUESTION -what you are trying to prove in general. Should start by knowing the What and questioning the Why.

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Ex: Why is Sherlock the best t.v. show?

Within the RESEARCH QUESTION are multiple small research questions, usually Who, What, Where & How. They make up the introduction and are explored in the body of the paper.

Ex: Who brought Sherlock to life?

     What are Sherlock’s good & bad qualities?

     Where did Sherlock take place & how did it integrate itself into the show?

     How did they choose which stories to film & how did they film it?

The smaller questions are answered in the essay’s body. These questions and your answers should be focused within the larger RESEARCH QUESTION. (Why is Sherlock the best t.v. show?)

You will also have to anticipate and contradict opposing knowledge.

Ex. opposition: BUT SUPERNATURAL. BUT STAR TREK. BUT DR. WHO!!!

     Contradiction: BUT DEDUCTIONS. The deductions in Sherlock can be thought out using a chain of presented evidence, as opposed to guessing what type of badass the badass is, a chain of evidence is presented to DEDUCE who the badass is. Also, that ass.

Merley watching Sherlock usually isn’t good enough, you also have to look up things about the behind-the-scenes, actors, etc. to display a unhealthy well-rounded knowledge.

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Beat out the knowledge!

 

In a lab paper, usually in the name of science, there is a different format.

 

SCIENCE

Introduction/ hypothesis: What are you trying to prove?

Ex. Vegans are healthier than omnivores.

 

The hypothesis must be (dis)provable, and thus needs to have a specific, testable idea. They start with if, if you are doing a lab.

Ex. If vegans are healthier than omnivores,  I will live longer than you.

Next, you will outline how you will perform your experiment. Your experiment must have a control group and a testing group.

Ex. 6 vegans and 6 omnivores will eventually die of natural causes. My control group is 6 people whose diet is unknown.

When your experiment is complete you will document the results.

Ex. Everybody died. The average vegan lived 7 years longer than the average omnivore and 3.5 years longer than those in the control group.

You will then analyze your results.

You will then reflect on how the experiment could’ve been done differently.  

You will then go vegan.

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What I Really Mean

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 I’m writing an essay on Al Jazeera’s take on climate change’s impact on the ferocity of the hurricanes. (It’s CNN, not AJ that finally brought this up) While writing it I’m very tempted to write things like “I DON’T CARE WHY TORTURE NO” but as easy going as my professor is, I think that putting those thoughts in my essay is a little disrespectful. So here they are!

I HATE THE BOREDOM. THE BOREDOM SUCKS. GOOD TITLE FOR BOOK. MUST FOCUS!

MURDER MURDER PUMPKIN TEA I LOVE YOU BUT I WON’T BUY A BOX WHEN I CAN GET A BAG FOR FREE

I WANT PUMPKIN TEA

WHAT DOES PUERTO RICO EVEN MEAN?

XIOMARA IS A COOL NAME

‘PUERTO RICO’ MEANS ‘RICH PORT’ HAHA THE IRONY!

I CAN’T FIT THAT IN YASS I CAN!

I’m not going to turn this in today, but if I email him and get an extension, it will probably motivate me to procrastinate more, but it saves me from explaining this face-to-face.

WHY DOES THE EFFING PROFESSOR HAVE TWO EMAILS WHICH ONE

PORTAL CREDIT. PORTAL IS CREDITED. PORTAL CRED.

PLEASE DON’T TALK TO ME FACE-TO-FACE ABOUT THIS.

YASSS FREE PASS WALK OVER HIM TAKE ADVANTAGE 

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Check Out My New Blog/ The Truth is, It’s My Phone

 

I started a new blog for a journalism class! I will be, or should be, covering how humans suffer the consequences of environmental damage in Humboldt County. It is Nature’s Backlash: Earth Will Rage, Men Will Bleed There will be interviews with humans. I will have to talk to humans for a blog. In person.

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 I do want to be a journalist, and it’ll be nice to be able to ask questions without having to go through social things, but at the same time, HUMANS. They’re not nice.   

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In book news, I’m still reading LOTR off and on. The only book i’m reading regularly is required reading for my Dramatic Writing class. (I LOVE my Dramatic Writing class)Naked Playwriting is ok. I would read it on my own, but i’d skip chapters tho and three because YADDAYADDYADDAYOUKNOWTHISANDYOUKNOWTHATYYADDAYADDAYADDYADDA. But some of it is interesting, like short histories of theatre genres and some funny analogies. I recommend it if you have an interest in writing and/or theatre. 

Yes, I have classes and sleep deprivation, but the real thing that is keeping from writing is my phone. I can feel them competing for me. Aragorn vs MyCafe. I can either own a cafe with limited interaction or be immersed in a world alongside a sexy ranger. Logically, I know the right choice is to be with Aragorn, but that phone is bloody hypnotizing. 

 When you look at my other blog, please leave comments on how to improve. I am being graded on it! How do you deprive your phone of your eyes? HOW?

FOOD

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I’m hungry. I’m also sick as f*, but let’s stick with hunger for this post. 

When I first visited my college, I looked for vegan options in the Depot and found The Rice Bowl, which, obviously, serves rice, but also veggies and tofu. I got the trio, and asked the tour guide if it were easy to be vegan here. She said yes, and there was a good vegan rating from peta2, so I came here.

And lost 7 pounds in 3 weeks, without meaning to. Sometimes the food was good, filling and healthy, but after the first two weeks, the food took a sharp decline. They never serve vegan breakfast except on mondays, when they quickly run out. For the last two days, they’ve had veggies and soup so spicy it chokes. 

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION SO I CAN BE HEALTHY AGAIN!!!!!!!

 FIRMA LA PETICIÓN, POR FAVOR!!!!!!

HSU: Feed Your Vegan Students!

With that outta the way, (you DID sign it, right?)….I sick so I sleep.

Thank you.

Muchos gracias.

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College Life~I’m Still Alive

 I wrote a fancy, proper post in my journal about the seven things I’ve learned during the three weeks I’ve been at college, but for now, I’m disregarding it and ranting. Because college sucks.

I need Sherlock.

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 I live in a ten person dorm. I have a roommate who doesn’t like me. I have a dormmate who shut me down because I made jokes on snapchat and on the community board. My people back home loved my dark jokes. They loved me. When I wrote “I am death”, not all of them got the reference, but they all loved me for writing it. When I snapchatted “Veganism applies to nonhuman animals, so I can eat humans.”, one of my dormmates threatened to go to the RLC and ask if I could move.

Watson never asked Sherlock to move.

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 So I walked into the woods at night. I’ve only done that once before, with my roommate after trying out ultimate frisbee. It was an experience, but not one I want to repeat, and I only did it to try to connect to her but only managed to further alienate me because my phone wasn’ working so I needed her light cause tree roots. She was faster than me, so I freaked cause it was dark on a trail we weren’t supposed to be on. She asked if i’ve never gone hiking and wtf I already told you I hike all the effing time just not in the dark on forbidden paths.

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So on tonight’s walk, I was seriously depressed. I might never see the man I love cause I suspect he’s an immigrant and the school he teaches at sucks and fuck Donald Trump. A few raindrops landed on my nose. The sky started rumbling, electrons flashed above. I asked Sherlock how he managed without his Watson for two years.

 He was driven everyday to destroy people (did he kill anyone?) that threatened the safety of his Watson. He wanted his Watson more than anything, went through torture because it was easier to bear then never going back to 221b Baker st.

 Because Frodo. Because Thorin. Because Ed Sheeran’s Photograph.

Home is waiting. If it kept us alive and loving, it’s worth waiting for. It’s worth making proud of.

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