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"I can be seen where anger brings down mountains, and love builds them, and loneliness drinks tea alone on a rainy day. Where the wood smells like comfort, And the day holds hands with the night. I dwell where space is spaceless and time is timeless, And the invisible is easily seen.
I am the serpent of eternity, coiled around your consciousness,
A guardian to her eggs."
Anata

lulz-time:

sirigglesworth:
OMG she looks like SpongeBob from the Mac&Cheese box…

lulz-time:

sirigglesworth:

OMG she looks like SpongeBob from the Mac&Cheese box…

image

deal-breaker:

tan-the-man:

themajesticalnarwhal:

He looks so strange without the mustache. 

You mean damn fine.

what the fuck

dynastylnoire:

babycakesbriauna:

nikkisshadetree:

dynastylnoire:

walk in the club like fuck everybody

I miss the WB. CW is garbage.

I was hurt when it went away.

I was really and truly upset

dynastylnoire:

babycakesbriauna:

nikkisshadetree:

dynastylnoire:

walk in the club like fuck everybody

I miss the WB. CW is garbage.

I was hurt when it went away.

I was really and truly upset

fierceisnotenough:

foxbear:

strongholdleather:

Clawed gloves in mustang brown leather. We only have a couple pairs left, and will never get this hide again!

If you’re interested in these, please contact us, since they aren’t currently listed on our ebay store

OH. MY. FUCKING. GAWD.  WANT!!!!  WANT SO FUCKING BAD!!!

I seriously have a need for these

let-itbebabygirl:


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ABUSE
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50 Tips On The Management of Adult Attention Deficit
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ADD/ADHD Medications: Are ADHD Drugs Right for You
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Help Guide (Alcohol & Drugs)
Half of Us (Alcohol & Drugs)
Coping and Recovery
Tools of Recovery: Addiction Coping Skills
5 Ways to Deal With Urges and Cravings 
After Rehab: 5 Ways for Addicts to Cope
Addiction Recovery
Coping With Urges
Dealing With Cravings
ANGER
Coping
strategies to keep anger at bay
Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper
Anger Management: Tips and Techniques
Feeling Angry
Controlling Anger — Before It Controls You
Dealing With Anger
How To Cope With Anger
Anger management: What works and what doesn’t
Ten Commandments of Anger Regulation
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Identifying and Managing Anxiety
11 Assorted Anxiety Tips for Anxiety Sufferers
How to work through feelings of isolation
Tips and tricks for dealing with anxiety
Anti-stress breathing tips
How to stay under control with severe social anxiety
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how to help a friend with anxiety
Help Guide (Therapy)
Half of Us
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Even more grounding techniques
Mindfulness
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Social anxiety disorder self help tips.
Coping with flashbacks
What anxious racing thoughts are like for me
Using a thought diary
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How to handle panic attacks
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 hypomania
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Help Guide (Teenage Depression: A Guide for Parents)
Half of Us
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How to cope with depression 1
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10 Tips on How to Work Through Feelings of Social Isolation
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having a bad day?
Make a comfort box
10 Things to Do When You Feel Like Crap
how to find a new normal in the middle of depression
you are not alone in the way you think you are
reasons to stay alive
how to stop trying to think yourself into happiness and actually arrive there
cheer me up
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Help Guide (Helping Someone with Depression)
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281 Reasons to Recover
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Bloating, Indigestion, & Feeling too full
Why You Must Eat
Learning to Love Your Body
Tips to Stop Restricting
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10 Steps to Bulimia Recovery Workbook
Coping with Exercise Addiction
Tips to help with bulimia recovery
Help Guide (Emotional Eating)
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Help Guide (Bulimia)
Help Guide (Helping Someone With an Eating Disorder)
Help Guide (Treatment and Recovery)
Stop Hating Your Body
Body Positive Zone
Self Care 101
self esteem
30 day self esteem challenge
developing positive self esteem
learning-to-love-yourself
Something Fishy
Ways of coping with eating disordered behaviors
The addiction help center
FRIENDS WITH ILLNESS
How to deal/talk with bipolar and depressed people
What to do when your friend is talking about suicide
What to do if someone you know is overdosing
What to do if your friend is hurting themselves
How to help someone who is suicidal
here’s what you tell someone who wants to commit suicide
tips for looking after someone with depression
Friends with metal illness?
What to do when someone is suicidal
Help Guide (Helping Someone with Depression)
GENERAL RESOURCES
Feelings Wheel
PsychForums
Psych Central 
Lets Recover Together
How to find a Support Group 
DailyStrength
GRIEF AND LOSS
Help Guide (Coping with a Breakup or Divorce)
Help Guide (Coping with Grief & Loss)
Help Guide (Coping with Pet Loss)
Help Guide (Supporting a Grieving Person)
Help Guide (The Five Stages of Grief)
HOTLINES
Crisis Text Line: Text “SUPPORT” to 741741
Crisis Call Center Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) Text ANSWER to 839863 (24/7)
Thursday’s Child Call 1-800-872-5437 (24/7)
The Trevor Project Call 866-488-7386 (24/7)
National Safe Place Text SAFE and your current location to the number 69866
National Runaway Safeline Call 1-800-786-2929 (24/7)
National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 (24/7) 
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Tips to Start Meditating
8 Ways to Make Meditation Easy and Fun
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1 Hour Universal Mind Meditation
Guided Meditation for Sleep and Good Dreams
Guided Meditation and Progressive Muscle Relaxation
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Guided Relaxation
Foundations in Flow Yoga Class
Heart Opening 30min Yoga Class
10min Shoulder Yoga Routine
9min Yoga Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) 
Kundalini Yoga Breathing Exercises (3 min)
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Distinguishing OCD From Other Conditions
The Course of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 
 How do Obsessive Compulsive People Think?
Coping and Treatment
Natural Treatment Options
Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Additional Treatment Options for OCD
Residential Treatment for OCD
Medications for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
A New Relationship to Your Obsessions
How to Find Help for OCD
OCD: Exposure Therapy Versus Medication
Cognitive Therapy for OCD
Chat Rooms
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Perfectionism Resources
Perfectionism - a double-edged sword
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Perfectionism: the road to failure
perfectionism and procrastination
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How to Overcome Perfectionism
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How to Overcome Perfectionism & Procrastination
Perfectionism - Stress Management
10 Steps To Conquer Perfectionism
perfectionists coping with failure
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Mental Help
PTSD Infographic
Understanding PTSD
What is PTSD?
Coping
Coping with flashbacks
Self Help Strategies for PTSD
Coping with Traumatic Stress Reactions 
 Post-Traumatic Stress - Self-help Guide
Understanding and Coping with PTSD
Coping with PTSD
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schizophrenia
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
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Coping
Living with Schizophrenia
Coping With Schizophrenia 
Schizophrenia Coping and Recovery
Schizophrenia: Coping with Delusions and Hallucinations
Paranoid schizophrenia Coping and support
Treatment
An Introduction to the Treatment of Schizophrenia
Treatment of Schizophrenia
Drugs to Treat Schizophrenia
Common Drugs and Medications to Treat Schizophrenia
Treating Schizophrenia Successfully 
SELF-HARM
Cut something that’s not real skin
Half of Us
Help Guide
Recover Your Life
Self-Injury Outreach & Support
How to care for cuts
Resisting cutting
25 ways to avoid self injury and prevent self harm
Tips to help stop cutting
99 Coping Skills: Things to do Instead of Cutting
What to do when someone sees
How to fade/cover scars
Alternatives For Cutting 1
Alternatives For Cutting 2
Alternatives For Cutting 3
Alternatives For Cutting 4
Alternatives For Cutting 5
SELF-LOVE
how to stop putting yourself down
Self confidence
how to improve your self-esteem
How to be ok with yourself
tips on self-love
Confidence
Learn to love yourself
when told you are not pretty
emergency compliment
lessons for self-love
SUICIDE
Coping with Suicidal Thought
What to do when someone is suicidal
How to help someone who is suicidal
here’s what you tell someone who wants to commit suicide
Help Guide (Suicide Prevention)
Help Guide (Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts & Feelings)
THERAPY
how to get free therapy
Getting a Therapist - a brief step-by-step
Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist or Counsellor?
50 Signs of Good Therapy
50 Warning Signs of Questionable Therapy

This masterpost needs so many more notes. You might save someone’s life, or make their day, or you can turn their life around by showing them this. When I’m not so sick, I’m going over the links I need because this is hella helpful right now.

let-itbebabygirl:

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Coping

Panic Attacks

Interactives

Medication

Chat Rooms

BIPOLAR DISORDER

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Coping

Medication

Chat Rooms

DEPRESSION

Information

Coping

Medication

Chat Room

EATING DISORDERS

Recovery

FRIENDS WITH ILLNESS

GENERAL RESOURCES

GRIEF AND LOSS

HOTLINES

MEDITATION

OCD

Information

Coping and Treatment

Chat Rooms

PERFECTIONISM

Information

Coping

PTSD

Information

Coping

SCHIZOPHRENIA

Information

Coping

Treatment

SELF-HARM

SELF-LOVE

SUICIDE

THERAPY

This masterpost needs so many more notes. You might save someone’s life, or make their day, or you can turn their life around by showing them this. When I’m not so sick, I’m going over the links I need because this is hella helpful right now.

gloomyresident:

maniacaltoaster:

gloomyresident:

maniacaltoaster:

isolde13:

pacificnorthwesternraindrop:

Gaga’s reaction to the people booing at One Direction

You know, my brother swim couch once went to one of her concerts and got trampled by a bunch of people and Lady Gaga saw it happen. She stopped the concert to pull her out of the crowd and bring her back stage for ice and bottled water. Lady Gaga is a saint.

This is so incredibly cool of her, I can’t even. 

Huh, people expressing their displeasure for a shitty band they don’t like? That’s really fucked up.

You know what? No. 

I don’t normally reply to the negative shit that gets added to the stuff I reblog out of courtesy or not wanting to get on a follower’s bad side or whatever, but right now I don’t give a fuck. 

Nobody deserves to be booed. I don’t fucking care if you don’t like the band. I don’t even like the fucking band. I could give two shits about what One Direction is doing, but they’re human fucking beings. They’re human beings that have to perform for thousands of people almost everyday. And here, they have to get up in front of thousands of people, recording artists, and the millions of people who watch this broadcast, only to be fucking booed? Fuck that shit. Nobody deserves that shit. How would you like it if you got up on stage to present something or accept an award or make a speech and people started booing you? That’d suck, right? It’d be humiliating, heartbreaking, it’d piss you off. So what right does ANYONE have to do that to them. You wanna express your displeasure? Yeah, you do it on your blog, but these people shouldn’t be fucking doing it to them when they’re up there in front of millions of people at an event where they’re supposed to be fucking professionals. Fuck that fucking bullshit. It is fucked up and you’re fucked up for thinking that this kind of thing is okay. 

Actually… yeah. That was fucked up of me to say. Sorry.

Genuinely happy to see a confrontation end well for a change. 

juliebooli:

dotanon:

kripke-is-my-king:

vexie-chan:

midnitedancer:

sdelabelle:

cute-sexual:

thelittlecoyoteinitiative:

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.

Addons—
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.

Adding my own tidbit:
Make friends with transfer kids. Chances are, they won’t be able to live in the dorms and it’ll be ten times harder for them to meet people since they have to drive to and from campus. It’s also fun hearing about their experiences before the college you both go to. 
Make friends with an older student. I’m talking about students who have families and full-time jobs. You can learn a lot from them, and they honestly have the best stories. They’re often the smartest and the most dedicated, so they make great study buddies. 

As someone who’s been to college and made a lot of mistakes. My #1 tip would be:
DO NOT LET ANYONE TALK YOU INTO GOING WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO. Only go to college if it’s what you want to do. If you’re not ready then do notlet anyone pressure you into it. You’ll hate every second and you won’t put the work into it. You’ll fuck the shit out of your GPA and then it’ll be a bitch to go back and fix. Seriously.

juliebooli:

dotanon:

kripke-is-my-king:

vexie-chan:

midnitedancer:

sdelabelle:

cute-sexual:

thelittlecoyoteinitiative:

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.

Addons—

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.

Adding my own tidbit:

Make friends with transfer kids. Chances are, they won’t be able to live in the dorms and it’ll be ten times harder for them to meet people since they have to drive to and from campus. It’s also fun hearing about their experiences before the college you both go to. 

Make friends with an older student. I’m talking about students who have families and full-time jobs. You can learn a lot from them, and they honestly have the best stories. They’re often the smartest and the most dedicated, so they make great study buddies. 

As someone who’s been to college and made a lot of mistakes. My #1 tip would be:

DO NOT LET ANYONE TALK YOU INTO GOING WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO. Only go to college if it’s what you want to do. If you’re not ready then do notlet anyone pressure you into it. You’ll hate every second and you won’t put the work into it. You’ll fuck the shit out of your GPA and then it’ll be a bitch to go back and fix. Seriously.