College

I just attended an orientation preview for the college that I am going to attend, and, while I am excited to be on my own, I also am trying to make decisions on my own right now before I get there. Some tips I have for future freshmen may be helpful for you, or may be utterly useless; either way though, knowing about some of these may help someone else that you know. If you have any questions for me, fill out the contact form at the bottom.

THE TEN THORNS EVERY COLLEGE FRESHMAN SHOULD KNOW

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
    Just because you are going to be in college and more on your own, doesn’t mean you have to take the world on alone, asking for help (I’m asking for help on choosing a computer for my classes) can save you a lot of trouble in the end.
  2. ASK QUESTIONS!
    A math teacher I had in high school told me that the only dump/stupid question is the one that you don’t ask. I can guarantee that someone else has the same question.
  3. Start working on making your OWN decisions.
    Once you start making some of your own choices, and not just the little ones but some of the bigger ones, such as taking a class that your parents don’t agree with but that you would really enjoy, you are starting to become more independent and college will probably seem less scary. Start small though and don’t freak yourself out. 🙂
  4. Make Connections!
    When I say make connections, I mean make connections with someone at the college. An older student, a professor, or your advisor can all be a connection. I connected with my orientation leader who is attending to become a history major and now I feel a bit more of the college community and less like someone just showing up.
  5. Try something new.
    Don’t stay in your box, come out of it and try some of the activities the college has to offer, and I don’t mean anything crazy. Just maybe try a class that you’re curious about but are unsure of taking. Just do it. I’m thinking about becoming a Resident Assistant, which means I would help students in my residence hall, and while I’m unsure about it, I’m going to do it.
  6. Research!
    If you don’t know what a class is about or if you don’t know anything about the area, learn about it. Learning about where you are going to be can take a lot of stress off of you and can make the area seem less foreign and more exciting.
  7. Be ready for homesickness.
    Even if you are only a few hours away from home, still say good bye and be prepared to miss your family, even if you say that you won’t miss them, you most likely will. To make the transition easier, say a proper good bye and send letters, e-mails, phone calls, or whatever you want to stay in touch. They’re just a phone call away.
  8. Balance your classes.
    Don’t try to take all the same type of classes at once and don’t try to take them all in the morning or on one day. You can overwhelm yourself and finding a happy medium can make studying for classes and experiencing college life much more enjoyable.
  9. Think things through.
    Remember that you don’t have your parents around to get you out of the messes that you create, so think about what you are about to do and ask “Is this really a good idea?” If it is go through with it; if it’s not and you do it, just be ready for the consequences.
  10. Have fun!
    While you may be in college to prepare for the business world and your life after learning, don’t forget to ENJOY yourself. You can’t go back to these years and you should experience  what there is around you. It’s not all about studying but socializing and making connections that may last forever or help you later in life.P.S. While some of these tips seem like common sense or just a “duh!” one, some people really don’t know about them. Just take them into consideration. I AM NOT TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO! (Okay?)

Wise Men…

Wise Men...

 

TRUE OR FALSE?

Song Quote Revival!

So I’ve been a wee bit busy settling into a new job and getting all ready for college. Sorry about the lack of posts, but I can finally get the ball rolling again! To “revive” my blog (to a point) here’s a song that I’ve been finding inspiration from for a while.

You Learn

By: Alanis Morissette

Album: Jagged Little Pill

I recommend, getting your heart trampled on to anyone.
I recommend, walking around naked in your living room.
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill);
It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
Wait until the dust settles.

You live, you learn.
You love, you learn.
You cry, you learn.
You lose, you learn.
You bleed, you learn.
You scream, you learn.

I recommend, biting off more then you can chew to anyone
I certainly do.
I recommend, sticking your foot in your mouth at any time
Feel free.
Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind);
Hold it up (to the rays)
You wait and see when the smoke clears.

You live, you learn.
You love, you learn.
You cry, you learn.
You lose, you learn.
You bleed, you learn.
You scream, you learn.

Wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do).
Melt it down (you’re gonna have to eventually anyway)
The fire trucks are coming up around the bend;

You live, you learn.
You love, you learn.
You cry, you learn.
You lose, you learn.
You bleed, you learn.
You scream, you learn.

You grieve, you learn.
You choke, you learn.
You laugh, you learn.
You choose, you learn.
You pray, you learn.
You ask, you learn.
You live, you learn.

Here’s the music video for it so you can here what it sounds like, too. 🙂

 

Amnesia Fan Art

This is what I’ve been working on while I’ve been away.

 

Amnesia Fan Art

Amnesia is an anime that I have watched and is similar to Amnesia: Dark Descent (game). To watch the anime click the link below.

Amnesia Episode 1

I’d like any comments on the drawing and would love to commission one for anybody who is interested. I’ll need to know a basic idea of what you would like (pictures similar to what you’d like) and then I can get started. Just comment below. 🙂

Thank you!

Out there… in Space…

Well I’ve been gone for a while, preparing for college, finishing high school, and finding a job takes up a lot of time. So here is a post for all of the space-y people out there. 🙂

“NASA Captures Monster Hurricane from Space!”

NASA’s spacecraft Cassini took this amazing colorful picture of a Saturn storm that resembles a hurricane on Earth.  The center eye of the storm on Saturn is about 1,250 miles wide. That’s 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth, that’s the distance between Dallas and Washington, DC.

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Usually, hurricanes on Earth have a small eye and much larger outer bands. But incredibly on Saturn 1,250 miles is the distance of the center eye only. The entire storm could be several thousand miles more.

As for the wind speed in the storm, usually in hurricanes the strongest wind is in the center of the storm around what is called “the eye wall” of the hurricane,  and tends to get weaker as you get to the edge of the hurricane. The wind speed on the outer edge of the cloud band of Saturn’s hurricane is 330 mph and the winds in the center eye are four times faster than some of the strongest hurricanes on Earth. To compare Saturn’s storm to hurricanes that affected the U.S., the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. was Camille in 1969 with winds of 190 mph.

One of the interesting facts is that usual hurricanes on Earth feed off the water vapor from the warm ocean water. That gives it the needed energy for the hurricane to develop.  But on Saturn there is no body of water nearby for this storm to feed off. Instead it is feeding off of small amounts of water vapor in Saturn’s hydrogen atmosphere.

Another interesting fact: Hurricanes on Earth form usually in the tropical latitudes and move north due to the forces acting on them. But Saturn’s storm is located at the planet’s north pole that has made it stationary with nowhere further north to go. Because of this discovery, NASA scientists believe that it could have been there for years.

Only in 2009 sun began reaching the northern Hemisphere allowing Cassini spacecraft to capture these images.  This is because Saturn’s seasons last nine years each, therefore their north pole is dark nine years at a time.  So when the space craft first reached Saturn in 2004, the north pole was in the middle of winter.

NASA scientists will study this terrestrial hurricane-like storm because even though there are differences in size, strength and source of energy, it does carry similar characteristics such a central eye that has no clouds, counter clockwise spin in the northern Hemisphere, and high clouds circling the eye.

 From: ABC News

By: Max Golembo

To Give a Chill

I’m feeling a little dark today. It’s snowing and I felt like posting the Genesis of my book. 

Drip.

Drip.

Drip.

“Come here, little hunter. Taste.”

Blood in the air, on the walls, under her feet. “Ari?”
“Ari’s having a nice nap.” A giggling laugh that made her want to run, run, RUN! “Mmm, I think I prefer Belle.” A red-dipped finger lifted to her mouth, pressed against her lips.
Blood seeping onto her tongue.
Her sister’s blood.
That was when she screamed.

From Archangel’s Kiss, By: Nalini Singh

Advice for Life

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

 

Cleansing

With the rain comes cleansing,

Cleansing brings a fresh start.

A fresh start brings peace.

 

Peace of Mind.

Peace to the Heart.

Tranquility to the Soul.

 

Rejoice! Rejoice!

A Riddle for You

Let me be the answer to your frail truth, let me take your hand and become peace, let me summon you peacefully, with a startling rise, let me take care of you in any form of mine. I am used by many, and used by none, yet ready to serve the old and the young. Meloncholy suits me, and nothing can erode me, as we all are to eventually become one. What am I?

Answer: Death

**The number of question marks is the number of letters in the answer.**

The Good Night

Well one was red and the other white, and then the Rea went off to bed.

Where she fell to sleep and had a dream.

Will her prince join thee?

Who knows!

Who knows!

Off to bed the little angel went.

Sleep tight Dark Prince,

The demon of the night and the vampire of the blood.

Good night!

Good night…

Rain Rain… Come My Way?

Rain Rain... Come My Way?

Do you feel the rain?

Phobias

I have a phobia of shots, and I don’t know how I ended up with this fear of injections. So the definition of a phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. Out of curiosity I looked up the term for mine. Trypanophobia, is the fear involving injections of hypodermic needles and is rarely used; while aichmophobia, belonephobia, or enetophobia are other terms for it. However, the last three terms are more directed toward the fear of sharp objects in general.

Truth

Everything changed,
I just knew it would.

But how can you know the truth,
when there is no light to show it?

That’s simple, said the man.
You just follow your heart.
And the truth will come at you,

Probably with a two-by-four.

Scaring Kids…

Thoughts?

My Reality

True of False?

The Wander’s Question

There’s no curtain call,

And there’s no point in life at all.

If each day ends,

and this bent heart of mine cannot heal.

I can’t see a darn thing.

But could it be that the gray clouds,

That I loved,

Completely blinded me?

Drawings Page: Ready and Waiting!

Drawings Page: Ready and Waiting!

The Drawings Page is up. I’ll be posting the URLs to photos there in order to keep my regular posts uncluttered. Feel free to check it out!

It is ALIVE!!! :: An Explanation

Does anyone know what the picture means?

Writing From Pluto

Sorry for not posting a lot.
I’d say “You Can’t Rush Art”, but I don’t claim to be making art,
nor do I claim my name to be Art.
I am a procrastinatior and one who drops potential writings because she’s read them over and over again and now finds them dull and repetitive.
Half the time I don’t feel my writings are worthy of being read by another,
and the other half is thinking what others would think.
If they could see into my mind
and find what I really meant.
Plus,
the pathway from my mind to the pen has been blocked for so long that only a few good things come out.
I admittedly don’t know how to get most of my inspiration onto paper and have it make sense,
much to my friends’ dismay.
But have no fear!
Pluto isn’t far enough away to stop me.

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Believe And You’ll Find Magic

What kind of magic do you expect to find?