She wears short skirts I wear t-shirts and we’re both getting sent home from school because its distracting to boys apparently
okay this one made me laugh
HELP A NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY THAT IS BEING SUED BY THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL FOR QUESTIONING CULTURALLY OFFENSIVE THANKSGIVING CURRICULUM
The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there. The school was having children make feathered headbands and literally play Indian. When the Native parents expressed disapproval over it, rather than address this racially sensitive issue, the school told them to keep their children home from class.
This case is moving forward and they need to raise funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against redface, appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.
Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30
This needs to be rebloggable …
number 9 tho
number fucking 9. there was a dude that would play his guitar outside of my window at 1 am all the time
Some bits that I’ve picked up:
There’s a general rule of college that if you were sitting in that seat for over two weeks, that is your seat. Not many if any professors have seating arrangements but switching seats will fuck everyone up.
Get there early and stay late. As soon as you get home you will not want to do shit. Stay on campus and do some homework while you’re in the environment.
SIT UP FRONT. The best way to start understanding something is to listen to someone talk about it and you can’t do that from the back of the class trying to listen over everyone whispering to each other. LISTENING WILL MAKE HOMEWORK SO MUCH EASIER.
Be childish, but be respectful. Have a massive snowball fight across campus, but don’t aim for anyone not taking part.
SHUT THE FUCK UP IN THE LIBRARY. Some people work there, some people sleep there. It is a quiet space.
Don’t be afraid to talk to professors. They are not there to flunk you. They would rather you pass than not.
IF YOU NEED TUTORING GET TUTORING DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU’VE DUG YOURSELF INTO YOUR GRAVE.
Get involved. It will help you make friends, give you new skills to learn, and even help you get a leg up in the work place if you know the right people.
I will add to this as a GTA:
Take time for yourself—buy a planner, figure out when your best study hours are, figure out WHERE you study best, and figure out how much time you need to complete an assignment—AND THEN make sure to pencil in an hour for video games, some time to watch a TV show, or time to just lay on your floor and blow bubbles. Whatever you like. Don’t forget about YOU.
SLEEP. EAT. DRINK WATER. Don’t die. Caffeine =/= sleep. I cannot emphasize that this much.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR INSTRUCTORS! If you’re sick, shoot an e-mail and say “Hey, I’m sick today. Can I set up a time to talk to you about what I missed?” If you’ve got a good opportunity (scholarships, to go to another country, to check out a cool lecture, etc.) let your prof know ahead of time. If you just need time to work on projects, all it takes is an e-mail. We understand. I gave a student a free skip day because he e-mailed me and said “Hey, look, I have two massive tests and a project due and I need the time to study.” And THAT IS OKAY.
However, sometimes you just need a personal day, and you know what, when you wake up and getting out of bed seems like the worst idea ever….just turn off your alarm and get that sleep.
Some additionally tid-bits that might help you
- Before signing up for classes, look on “ratemyprofessor.com" and see if the teachers at your campus are included. There may be two or more teachers for the same course, and you want to try and pick the good/easy one. Who your professor is can have a great affect on what grade you make, even for the "same" class.
- Look for a facebook group for your "graduating class" set up, which is a good way to make friends and find people with similar interests (particularly for introverts).
- Look for a facebook group for each of your courses. If there isn’t one, MAKE ONE and send it out via the course email or word of mouth. These groups are helpful for if you missed class and need the notes, and especially for review time before exams.
- If no one else does it, make a google doc of the exam reviews and post it on the class facebook page. That way everyone contributes to the review. 200 brains are most definitely better than 1.
- During lectures, unless Internet is required, TURN IT OFF. If it’s on, you WILL end up on tumblr or some other site, and you will miss important shit.
- For the love of God, pay attention to your syllabus. Sometimes assignments are listed there, and that’s the only place it’ll be mentioned. Also, if it says to do a reading by a specific date, DO THE READING BY THAT DATE. Otherwise you will get behind, and you will have 200+ pages of textbooks to read in one night before the test, and you will cry.
- Yes you actually need to do the readings. Yes it is a lot. Yes it will suck. Do it anyways.
- If you are used to getting all A’s, do not cry when you get a B. Take it from someone who killed herself for two years to maintain a 4.0, it feels like the end of the world when your GPA drops, but it’s not. You’ll be okay. Just breathe and do your best. Your best is good enough.
Try to make sure you leave an open hour around midday so that you have time to get food in you. A lot of people forget to do this. If you have to have back to back classes, check your syllabus or with your teacher—some midday classes allow you to bring in a drink and a snack. Some will even allow you a full meal.
If you can get an online/pdf copy of the book without busting the bank, DO IT. Sometimes there are even annotated versions online. This can make notetaking a shitton easier, because you can highlight printed-out versions of the book and they won’t dock you on the money back. Sometimes professors move through their lecture too fast for you to write stuff down. Shrugging off that old ‘don’t ruin your books’ rule you had in high school may be your only hope.
UNLESS YOU NEED THEM OR REALLY WANT TO KEEP THEM TRY TO SELL BACK YOUR BOOKS—maybe even offer them online to incoming students. You won’t get nearly the worth of them but someone after you will thank you a million times over for providing a used copy. If you take good notes, you can sometimes buy/sell those as well. A lot of professors teach literally the same class every time.
IF YOUR PROFESSOR PUTS NOTES ONLINE GET THEM. GET THEM NOW. TRUST ME. YOU WANT THOSE NOTES. Bring them in with you if it’s possible to get them before class.
Keep change on hand. Always.
The Best Way To Make Friends:
Bring a printer with you to college and offer to print people’s stuff for half of what the school does or for free if you can afford it.
Carry around small candies with you and offer them to people while waiting outside of class. If you are the ‘candy person’ this gives you an in for starting conversations.
Buy a jumbo pack of chalk and find an open sidewalk on a free day. Write the words ‘Come draw with me?’ and begin doodling.
Have a pack of cards.
Last But Not Least: if you go onto campus and you can’t find what you’re looking for, and you are afraid to go up to someone and ask, find an open, well-populated area, hold your schedule/map in hand, and walk in circles for a few minutes, looking up and around in obvious confusion. Other students know this body language well. Someone will stop and point you in the right direction. (if you are worried that the person’s directions are a joke or faulty, wait for them to leave and take up the stance again; if the directions match-up the second time, they’re legit; do not allow a person to ‘show you the way’ unless EVERY STEP is along an obvious walkway, just in case)
For those of you who fear assault, most campuses aren’t much for small blades or mace. Carry a pocket air horn or a hand bag of those little pop-rock fireworks unless you can get a concealed weapons permit.
Something I have found super useful, RECORD THE LECTURES! Buy a smart pen, buy an app, buy a recorder, use your phone! This especially helps in classes where professors don’t use power points or provide outlines for the class.
^ But make sure you ask beforehand about recording lectures, because there are some professors that forbid it for one reason or another.
Working on group review sessions together is a great idea, but don’t assume that everything your peers say is true. I’ve had large groups of students write the same wrong information on a test because someone wrote it on the googledocs review sheet.
If you’re going to use ratemyprofessor.com, read the comments rather than looking at the scores. The comments will tell you why the professor has that low rating and it may not be for any reasons that bother you. Remember that the easy professors are not always the good ones.
This one is counterintuitive, but if you’re really homesick, Skype or facetime may not be your best friend. Having the picture and the voice of your family or friends at home available to you 24/7 can make it really hard to be at college. I seriously fucked myself up with this my freshman and junior years before figuring it out. Think about coping mechanisms that don’t involve calling home or about how to limit/structure your calling home time.
On a related note, experiencing depression or anxiety is REALLY common amongst college students, especially but not exclusively freshman. Know the signs, recognize the signs, get help. Be kind to yourself.
It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: For the love of god, SLEEP!
From someone officially no longer a freshman. Especially you brown girls out there, I love you, here’s love.
- You do not have to ask to go to the bathroom. Just go.
- Gotta take a call, gotta text someone back for something important? Yes, just leave. Come back when you’re done. Depending on the prof. it will irritate them if you text in class.
- Please go to career fairs.
- Make a resume even if you’re not applying to a job. Actually, just start putting that together. So when you have to, you have a format to follow. So much easier.
- Familiarize yourself with your health services and counselling services, how you can get a particular service, etc. Even if you don’t nee it yet.
- Join a club. Or two. Maybe not like, 15, because freshmen have a tendency of either taking on too much or not doing enough.
- Be on good terms with your advisor. If your advisor is awful, find someone on campus that isn’t, that will advocate for you, that will help you find the loopholes.
- Don’t know what to wear? Keep a simple black dress on hand that you can tone up or down. It’s a life saver.
- Desi girls, yes, you can wear a kameez shalwar. Sometimes it’s very, very satisfying when you decide to go present at things in a kameez shalwar where people are forced to take you seriously and also confront their own racism. It’s very, very satisfying reminding people you succeeded because of who you are and not despite it. Rub it in their face.
- Make friends with seniors. They will tell you all the secrets.
- Make friends with cafetaria staff. Make friends with housekeeping. Make friends with grounds maintenance people. Not for any reason of “what you can get out of it” but because they are wonderful and work hard and are constantly disrespected and they deserve better. I’ve noticed they treat people much the same way they’re treated. If they obviously don’t like you (I’m looking at you, white girls always talking about why housekeeping is side eyeing you…) you might want to check out why.
- Everyone has a story. Listen. Everyone has something to teach you.
- Sometimes the thing a person has to teach you is that you should not associate with them or their kind. Learn how to sort through toxic people and not. Do not give energy to toxic people. Do not let them feed off you.
- Forget any and all relationship advice re: should you date or not date. Do whatever feels right to you. Please remember, don’t do anything because you feel lonely. It will hurt you. Badly.
- This is around the time a lot of people have the space to begin questioning a lot of things they were raised with. Politics, sexuality, religion. Their mental health gets rocks. Again, familiarize yourself with counselling services.
- Going to tutoring does not make you stupid, it makes you efficient and practical. Go. Get that A.
- If you don’t get that A please don’t beat yourself up. If you’re at the night before something you’ve been working on and you’re really exhausted and your professor knows it it’s okay to ask for that extension. Even if they don’t give it but you know it won’t be done, let them know what’s up instead of just being late.
- May you all have professors that engage with you and care about you and your wellbeing. I’ve had some good ones and bad ones. It’s a process.
- Get a good night’s sleep and eat your veggies. Drink water! Please.
- Advocate for your fellow students and peers. You’re all in this together for the next 4+ years.
- Learn and listen from other but— especially brown girls with radical politics— remember who you are. Write it down somewhere. Remind yourself. When things are shaky and desperate, remind yourself what truly rings at your core.
- If you don’t know what to major in, how to get a job, how to figure out financial aid, how to do taxes, how to make yourself food, how to do your laundry, what the hell you’re supposed to do with your life, don’t worry. Just ask. No one else knows everything either.
- Good luck.
- Learn to navigate Professor’s office hours. If you’re a science student, and think you understand that concept but might be unclear on that one tiny concept, go to them. Start from “I think this is what abcd is, but this one thing isn’t sticking … “. If you understand everything, go to them anyway. Also, LEARN TO EXPLAIN CONCEPTS TO YOUR FRIENDS. It’s the best study tip I can give anyone. If you’re a humanities student, go discuss the thesis of your paper with them. This is one of the best ways to network with professors. Remember: y’all are going to need recommendation letters. Oh, and the explaining things to other people is also for humanities students.
- Don’t be shy about changing jobs at college. Remember: a diverse skill set is useful, and so is having a decent number of people to have write you recommendation letters. In my experience, it is good to have at least two professors and two employers/internship ppl for recommendation letters.
- Go to your job training. If you don’t understand something, or something seems weird at your job, speak up.
- If a professor or an employer is harassing you, seek out help. If you do not have a women’s center/anti violence center, go to counselling or your career center. Your Residence Director (or equivalent) is also usually a good choice. Why do I recommend them before the police? Because of different protocols in different states and different schools, police may not be able to keep your anonymity as you would like. If people turn you away, don’t be defeated. You deserve a healthy academic and work environment.
- Be kind to your roommates but learn to speak up for yourselves. Read the last sentence again. Make sure you’re not overdoing either one.
- Have a hobby outside your academics (and extracurricular if you do that). It could be TV. It could be staring at a wall silently for 20 minutes. I don’t care. Have something that keeps you sane.
- Eat well. Learn to eat well. Even if you’re not getting enough sleep, eating well will keep you longer from that burning-out-point. Oh, and drink water. Lots of water. Especially if you see yourself becoming a coffee addict. If you’re going to pull all nighters on too much coffee, water is important. Very important.
- And on that note, pace yourself on your coffee.
- Learn to stay organized in terms of your deadlines and to do list. You dont need a fancy calendar on your wall. BUT. I find that it helps if I write out a list the night before or first thing in the morning of everything I have to accomplish. It declutters my brain and helps me feel a little less stressed. And! As you check/cross off things of your list, that feeling is soooo good.
- On that note, many tutoring centers now will help you navigate the how-to-study and how-to-manage-my-time things. Not just general workshops (though there are helpfuls too) but also one on one consultations. THEY ARE SUPER HELPFUL.
- Keep track of what your career center is doing in terms of events. Take advantages.
- Do extracirriculars. Join an organization or two, or pledge. Even if you don’t pledge (pledge wisely!), rusing often helps you meet people. Networking is a skill I’m still learning.
- Do SOMETHING in college outside your academics. Do extracurricular or have a job (even if you don’t need the money). Studies show that students who do things outside academics have lower rates of dropping out of college, and of depression etc. Regardless of it’s true or not, it helps you stay organized and on top of your shit. But don’t exhaust yourself. This is how you learn life skills in college. Such as time management and also whatever skills your job/extracurricular gives you (also who doesnt like extra money).
- To avoid hangovers, drinking (a glass or two) water before and after drinking helps. (So I have been told, I don’t drink).
- Sparknotes is still mad useful in college except most college books don’t have a sparksnotes. Still. Sparknotes.
- If life is crashing around you, find a confidant. Even if its the counselling services. Trust me, there’s a way out of every disaster. Or a second chance. And talking to people helps. Either you’ll find out your own solution, or someone will point you in a helpful direction. Don’t give up on yourself.
- Don’t ever give up on yourself.
Heartbreaking Simpsons Moments 1/∞: Bart Gets an F
I never understood why it’s an F if he gets more than half out of 100? Unless it’s more than 100. If you get more than half the answers right how is it an F?
You must not be from America. Here, grading is fucked up.
Average American Grading Scale:
A - 94-96
A- - 90-93
F- 59 and under
And in some places in America it goes by a 7 point scale, so it’d be
A - 100-93
B - 92-85
C - 84-78
D - 77-70
F - 69 and below
Now you understand why American kid’s feel like there’s no point to school. If you have a 100 question text, and get 79 of them correct, that’s a C. That mean’s your Average Intelligence on this particular subject. And it get’s even worse when you have only like… a 10 question quiz. If you get two wrong? that’s a B. 80 fucking %. Now tell me again why American school’s are easier?
No wait but whats the grading system in other countries?
UK Grading Scale
Below 40: F
next time you try to tell americans that we’re stupid
i’m gonna remind you
that our “average” is your “A”
#is that true?
Yep I was shocked when I heard this in a different post but a Google search pulls up a ton of sites backing this up.
Shit son I woulda passed College Algebra with an A in the UK. And I spent the end of the semester in perpetual fear that I would fail and have to retake the class.
And basically as an American you’re expected to get 80 or higher. Technically 70s are considered ‘average’ but there is such a level of pressure to get a B or higher, that Cs have become equal to Ds. Basically anything under 60 you might as well gotten a 0, and anything between 60-80 is considered practically failing. So basically schools have to be designed to make sure majority of students are getting 80s or higher on specific topics, which means you’re spending all your time going over a few choice facts a billion times and there is very little room to teach anything else. Which explains why American schools are of such low quality. The insane demand on the students ends up wrecking their education. Not only do you not have time to teach them anything, but they end up hating learning. Even outside of school your life is dedicated to memorizing these few dumb facts because your homework ends up taking hours of your time. A teacher from one subject says they expect you to spend 2 hours every night on their homework. And if you’re studying 5 subjects and they all demand that 2 hours? Good fucking luck, because if you don’t have straight all 80s or higher you’re not getting into a good college and college degrees have somehow become the minimum requirement for getting jobs.
I spent most of my junior year of high school in a state of constant panic that I was going to get a C in Honors Physics much less fail the class. If I got a C on my report card, I was grounded until the next one. I lost count of the times I’d wake up at five in the morning to take the early bus to go in for zero hour before school actually started for the day
File this under the exact reason so many Americans detest going to school.
And aren’t some classes graded on a curve where you are literally put into direct competition with your classmates? Then they don’t even try to hide the fact that it isn’t about learning, it’s about winning.
First female black student-president at nation’s most expensive prep school is forced to resign after ‘offensive’ photographs of her mocking ‘typical white classmates’ emerge online
The former black student body president at a pricey New Jersey prep school was forced to resign from her leadership position earlier this year after she posted a series of photos on the Internet, in which she is seen dressed as what she describes to be the typical male, white student at the school.
In the photos, former Lawrenceville School Student Body President Maya Peterson is seen wearing L.L. Bean duck boots, a Yale University sweatshirt and is holding a hockey stick, which she says is representative of the typical ‘Lawrenceville boi.’
In addition to the photos, she added hashtags like ‘#romney2016,’ ‘#confederate,’ and ‘#peakedinhighschool.’
Peterson explains that the photos were meant as a joke in response to complaints made by students about her senior photos, in which she and 10 friends - all of whom were black - are seen raising their fists in a ‘Black Power’ salute.
'I understand why I hurt people’s feelings, but I didn’t become president to make sure rich white guys had more representation on campus,' she told the website. 'Let’s be honest. They’re not the ones that feel uncomfortable here.'
Some of Peterson’s classmates, however, didn’t see the humor in her ‘racist’ photos.
'You’re the student body president, and you’re mocking and blatantly insulting a large group of the school’s male population,' one student commented on the photo.
Peterson’s response to the comment only made things worse.
'Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians,' Peterson responded. 'If that’s a large portion of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before…'
Both students and faculty members felt the images were offensive, and that ‘it was not fitting of a student leader to make comments mocking members of the community,’ Dean of Students Nancy Thomas told the Lawrenceville student paper.
Peterson’s take on race has irritated her classmates in the past, as well.
In 2012, following the re-election of President Barack Obama, Peterson wrote on Facebook about how proud she was that an African-American was president - and threw in a sarcastic jab at white people.
'As a black and Latino, gay woman in the United States of America, today is a momentous day,' she wrote. 'I’m sorry to all the rich white men who have failed to elect a president that endorses their greed.'
Some of her classmates felt the Facebook post was racist.
'I’m gonna have to assume from your political beliefs and what you’ve said that you do not pay for your Lawrenceville tuition in its entirety,' one student wrote. 'But do you know who pays for that? Yeah, that would be all those greedy white men who actually worked for their fortune, not relied on the government to support them. Just saying.'
Peterson’s family paid full tuition at the school.
Peterson’s getting elected student body president worried many of her classmates, as they believed she was alienating a large portion of the student body with her controversial comments about white classmates
One former student said Peterson’s photos - and overall attitude, ‘violated the spirit of the Lawrenceville community.’
'It was hateful. It wasn’t inclusive,' the student, identified only as David, said. 'When I think of Maya Peterson, I don’t think of someone who is an avid proponent of progress or of inclusiveness. I think of someone who is hateful. She had a hateful spirit.
Lord look at this madness
I SUPPORT MAYA PETERSON!!!!
I have never felt more love for someone that I have never met than I do for this young woman. I thought she would apologize but in the boldness of her reasoning I saw no lies.
Maya Paterson for some public office in the future? Presidency maybe..
Blackface African parties: Silence
Native American mocking parties-Silence
Urban Black culture mocking parties-Silence
Black woman with a hockey stick-OMG REVERSE RACISM!!!
I honestly believe she was making a point and their reaction made her point perfectly.
What the fuck
*packs bag* bye hoes
on a scale from tolerable to russia, how anti-black is Norway?
So y’all couldn’t tell a nigga this two years ago?
I want to know the answer to chauvinistsushi’s question, because…
From what I know, Norway is less *explicitly* anti-black, but they do love white supremacist death metal….
Just a warning, I visited Norway for a little bit last summer, and the cost of living is incredibly high. Public transportation is expensive, food is expensive. My family and I pretty much just didn’t eat for a week, because it never seemed worth it.
Me: can u give me x²+4y+ of tomatoes & 2(x²+8xy^3) of potatoes please
Seller: I dont understand
Me: well i dont give a fuck i didnt study in vain
those are polynomials you asked for a neverending curve of tomatoes
When I was a freshman, my sister was in eighth grade. There was a boy in two of her periods who would ask her out every single day. (Third and seventh period, if I remember correctly.) All day during third and seventh she would repeatedly tell him no. She didn’t beat around the bush, she didn’t lie and say she was taken—she just said no.
One day, in third period, after being rejected several times, he said; “I have a gun in my locker. If you don’t say yes, I am going to shoot you in seventh.”
Essential Productivity Apps for any student:
- Caffeine- Prevents your screen from going into sleep mode. Great if you’re writing notes on an article and the screen keeps dimming, whilst you hope that if you stare long enough, the phrase “homologous ways to a view of hegemony” will start to make sense.
- Flux- If you find that you can’t sleep for ages after studying late at night, then this app is a total game changer. It basically turns the light on the screen red, because science people say that blue light keeps you awake and red light doesn’t. (*Full Disclosure* I’m not a scientist)
- Focusbar- The annoying voice of your mother nagging you to finish your homework…in app form. You can set the annoying level (I have it set on “wildly annoying”) and a bar will appear in the corner every few seconds to remind you that you’re supposed to be doing something else besides looking at cat photos.
- Microsoft Office- self explanatory, so I’ve linked to an article about life hacks for Microsoft Office instead. Because I’m just that awesome.
- Nag- Does your 5 minute study break keep turning into an hour on Youtube? Then you need Nag in your life. It’s basically an alarm/timer. But an extremely loud and annoying alarm/timer that’s very difficult to ignore. The bells genuinely sound more judgemental the longer you ignore it.
- Self Control- Also known as Cold Turkey for Microsoft users. If you absolutely cannot be trusted with an internet connection, then you need Self Control in your life. You add a list of websites to the “blacklist”and then set how long you want the app to work for, and for that duration of time you wont be able to access those website. Seriously, not even rebooting your computer or uninstalling the app will let you access the blacklist until your time is up. Tough love at its finest.
- Zotero- The new love of my life. Zotero allows you to manage all your citations and sources in one easy place. It’s an absolute life saver- no joke. There’s an in-word add in, so it will write your bibliography and citations for you in any format you want. There’s a chrome/firefox add in and a mobile app, so you don’t even have to type the citation into Zotero. Just press the button it does all the hard work for you. It even updates itself online, so you can still access your bibliography if your computer crashes. I <3 Zotero 5eva.
One of the reasons your tuition is high and classes are getting cut.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME
fact checked and…apparently this is completely correct.
fun fact: my university is spending an exorbitant amount of money trying to upgrade the athletics dept to attract athletic students and be more competitive. instead of, u no, focusing on actual school stuff. like classes. and teachers. and students.