some muggleborn like “i want to be an astronaut when i grow up!”
wizard kids like “wtf is an astronaut”
"oh you know…the people who go to the moon"
of course you can’t just go to the moon you need a rocketship
i grab my friend and yell OH MY GOD HAVE YOU SEEN THIS VINE, my friend turns around; i am holding an excellent specimen of vitis coignetiae, we are botanists
Just one of those things that I always wondered about. Stags and otters are all very well, but what if you end up with a tiny chameleon or giant blue whale? I mean, it could be a giant tub of nutella…
Anyway, so glad I got around to doing this pic -drawing the less attractive animals was awesome.
Popped it up on Redbubble because they have tote bags and cushions now which is just wow - can grab it also on cards or posters - check it out here!
also apparently being agender means i cant wear clothes marketed to women or men. Mind telling me what im supposed to wear then?
the best 12 seconds of the entire high school musical trilogy
Homework in college for me was more manageable than high school.
First of all, you take fewer classes, and they will mostly be classes that you LIKE. One of the best things about college is picking your own classes— even if there are Gen Eds, there’s flexibility. (I hate math, so for my math requirement, I took a conceptual math class that involved almost no numbers..)
Second of all, instead of having a ton of worksheets and assignments, ‘homework’ is usually more general— readings each week, and a few papers with long deadlines. You’ll get a syllabus the first day of class that’ll list assignments for the class and how much of your grade they’re worth, so you can plan ahead and start early if you know you’ll be busy around one project’s deadline.
Your workload really comes down to which major you have and (most importantly) your time management skills. I am a procrastinator, so I was usually either doing no homework or ALL THE HOMEWORK, hence my horrible week with 9 hours of sleep my sophomore year. (Three midterm papers due and an exam the same week as my production of Hamlet and working 15 hours a week… should have planned ahead.)
If you’re majoring in a subject you care about, your readings and research won’t really feel much like homework, and you can sort of choose your own homework schedule. I liked that better than the mindless drudgery of high school assignments, but I did have to pick up some very different study skills.
She had curves in all the wrong places - some of them cast a 3-dimensional shadows, still others hummed a low, discordant note as they flitted about like flies. She was nothing like other girls - she was an abomination from the 6th plane of torment
OKAY FRIEND, so listen up!
College life was not what I expected it to be, because I was DREADING COLLEGE. I did well in high school, and felt like I’d really achieved a lot and made some great friends, and did not want to have to start all over again from scratch. I was in denial about college until literally the day I left for it. That first night, I sat in my room crying over the brownies my grandma made me. But the next day, I had a total blast and met someone who would go on to become one of my best friends ever and, eventually, the love of my short and silly life.
I had a wonderful time in college. As much as I dreaded it, it came to be a fantastic stage in my life, and it really was not difficult at all. I will add that my college experience was very different from high school, in that in high school I was an overachiever who everyone knew, and in college, I was just kind of in my own niche, but more comfortable that way. I went to American University in DC, and definitely feel it was the perfect place for me.
Here are my tips about college:
1. If you still haven’t chosen your college, the top thing to look for is whether the student body seems passionate and engaged in what they do. I would steer clear of schools where people seem apathetic and bored on the tours. Also, don’t worry about if your major has a small department. That might actually be a good thing— I was torn between my school and one with a more prominent Literature department, but ended up loving my smaller department. It meant I got to know most of the students and faculty and had more opportunities. That said, make sure your school includes professors who specialize in what you want to study. For example, I’m interested in Shakespeare, and my school had some AMAZING opportunities to study Shakespeare, but I am also into in French romanticism, and there were ZERO classes on French lit in the Literature department.
2. Number one piece of advice: JOIN CLUBS!!! Seriously, your student organizations will be an AMAZING way to make new friends with common interests and get involved with stuff! There will be involvement fairs on your campus. Even if you’re super shy, find something you love anyway. I spent a lot of time with the Shakespeare troupe/student theatre and the United Methodist faith community, but I dabbled in a ton of stuff.
3. Number two piece of advice: DON’T TRY TO MAKE BEST FRIENDS IMMEDIATELY! A lot of people confuse college with summer camp and try to instantly bond with people in the first two days, the way people do in summer camp. These close, intense friendships never work out. In my freshman dorm, there were like 6 super tightly-knit friend groups, and none of them lasted past the first semester. Resist the temptation to do everything with the same person, because the friendship will probably burn out when you get sick of each other or realize how little you have in common. This goes double for roommates! Now, I refer back to what I said earlier about meeting my future boyfriend on the second day of college— we were very shy around each other at first, and that gave us a good opportunity to let our friendship develop slowly and organically over time. What I thought was a bad thing then (“oh no! I’m the only person in my dorm without a best friend!”) ended up meaning I was the only one on my dorm floor with a close lasting friend.
4. Take advantage of free stuff. Your campus will host all kinds of events, and most of them will be lame, but go with friends or whatever, and get lots of free food and do silly things like playing carnival games or dancing in 80’s get-up. Please drag yourself out of your room to attend some of these things. You’ll appreciate it later. Your tuition goes toward services and events like these, so please take advantage of it.
5. I can’t actually give you advice about drinking culture because I don’t actually drink, but I did go to a bunch of parties where drinking was the central attraction, and please, go with a buddy you trust. If you choose not to drink, you won’t be the only person in that situation, and, contrary to popular belief, there ARE plenty of other fun things to do on a college campus besides getting drunk. Not drinking did isolate me from some situations and groups, but overall, I was pretty comfortable.
6. USE ONLINE DATABASES WHEN WRITING PAPERS! They help so much! Your university library will be subscribed to several, so you’ll be able to use them for free. I couldn’t have gotten through college without them. And use endnote or easybib dot com for formatting/citations!
7. Don’t get the biggest meal plan. Trust me, no matter how good your campus food is, it gets repetitive, and you’ll get sick of it. Get a medium-sized meal plan that accounts for about one meal a day. You’ll thank me later, especially if you go to school in the city like I did.
8. If you can, PLEASE STUDY ABROAD. It is the greatest opportunity you can have. Most schools with study abroad programs let you pay your normal college tuition (including any scholarships that you have) and you just have to pay for travel costs/ sightseeing. I studied at Kings College London and did a program called Shakespeare’s London through the Globe Theatre, and it was the bomb dot com. You might never get the chance to travel to a different country and experience a different city again, so do it if you can!
9. Don’t sign up for the earliest morning classes. Trust me, I know you think you can because you get up early for high school, but everything on a college campus runs late, and the overall culture is oriented later. You will find it incredibly hard to get up for 8 AM classes. Don’t do it unless it’s the best class ever.
10. High school levels of ‘coolness’ doesn’t really exist per se, unless you are very horrifying. You may end up befriending people who were really popular or really unpopular in high school. There were people who really intimidated me when I moved in because they looked so pretty and stylish, but most people just want to make new friends and meet similar minds. They’re still judgmental, but it’s a great time to start over fresh. People in college tend to do things like wear pajamas and sing along to Mulan. It’s casual.
BONUS JONAS TIP: Eat yo veggies and drink lots of water! Health is important! I know this sounds obvious, but this is serious. I am a FIEND about fruits and veggies— ask anyone— but even I am not immune to this. I never drink enough water, and one day I actually PASSED OUT during rehearsal for a play I was directing!
If you have any more specific questions, feel free to ask me— I am totally up for anything.
During the dark days of my second year of college, there was a week in which I slept for a total of nine hours between Monday and Friday. I actually have no memory of that Friday (or the production of Hamlet I performed in that evening), but I remember something that happened on Thursday, opening night of Hamlet.
I was sitting in class eating a banana and got a terrible case of the giggles. That banana was just HILARIOUS to me. Then I started imagining what would happen if the Targaryen symbol was an orangutan instead of a dragon, and if Viserys died from slipping on a banana peel and Daenerys said, “He was no orangutan. Bananas cannot kill an orangutan.” I laughed more hysterically than possibly any other time in my life.
A friend didn’t want to lose Franklin as he walked around the house
Song suggestions for the curtain calls in Much Ado About Nothing? I want something poppy and uptempo and possibly tongue-in-cheek. I was thinking either “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “True Love” by Pink, or “We Are Never Getting Back Together” or something like that. Other ideas?
More fun facts about ancient Celtic marriage laws: There were no laws against interclass or interracial marriage, no laws against open homosexual relationships (although they weren’t considered ‘marriages’ since the definition of a marriage was ‘couple with child’), no requirement for women to take their husband’s names or give up their property, but comedians couldn’t get married