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27 march 2020

Fri - What is your favourite subject/topic to study at the moment?

My favorite class to study for is always history, particularly WWII era history. These are some of my notes from that!!!

I didn’t do Thursday of the quarantine challenge because I didn’t have any work yesterday so I fell down a reading rabbit hole.

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-For student disability services, go to the psychologist at the health center at the very beginning of the semester with any documentation you have from home regarding mental health or disabilities. Regardless of if you submitted any of that documentation during the application or post acceptance process, it will not be validated unless someone here evaluates you and writes a letter for you.

-Check your online scheduling platform to note date/time/classroom changes for your courses every week.

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ts eliot was sexist and anti-semitic.

ezra pound was a fascist. he openly announced his support for both hitler and mussolini.

sylvia plath was anti-semitic.

virginia woolf was an ardent feminist and anti-colonialist. she was also elitist, racist, and anti-semitic.

ted hughes was sexist and most likely abusive.

plato was elitist, but did believe that education ought to be expanded to poor athenian citizens (ie local athenian males).

basically, none of your favs are perfect. they didn’t sit in old libraries wearing suits and contemplating fascinating ideas about mortality and society etc all the time. half of their writing is about sex. they often held the views of their time - views which today are unacceptable (and we wonder how they weren’t then).

so it’s ok not to write or journal everyday. it’s ok to enjoy things that aren’t ~dark academic enough~. it’s ok to have a day off. it’s ok to wear your pyjamas and a hoodie.

you’re still better than your favs if you’re not bigoted.

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I’m sorry but if I have read your article thrice and still can’t figure out what it is you’re trying to tell me then it isn’t because I’m dumb, it’s because you can’t fucking write.

That’s just how it is.

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march twenty-fifth: I have an interview at harvard tomorrow to be a full-time researcher for a very very prominent former presidential advisor. the job is really competitive, so I won’t be heartbroken if I don’t get it. it’s an honor to even make it to the interview stage!

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I have an idea.

would anyone be interested in an ongoing group of people who study together on zoom? we could just be studying in silence together to keep ourselves motivated and held accountable for our work during self-isolation.

rb/reply/message me if you’re interested and want to spread the word :)

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자르다 - cut
저리다 - presenting
찌다 - steaming
튀기다 - frying
숯불 위에 그릴을 얹고 굽다 - grilling and barbequing
기름에 살짝 굽다 - sautéing
푹 삶다 - braising
굽다 - baking
볶다 - stir frying
대접하다 - serve
문근히 - stewing
섞다 - mix
소금 - salt
후추 - pepper
재료 - ingredient
데치다 - blanch
양념하다 - to season
벗기다 - peel
끓이다 - simmer
식용유 - cooking oil
갈아 - grate
졸이다 - boil

I hope these words might help you in translating recipes and cooking some delicious Korean food!

I hope during these hard times you are eating well, taking care of yourself and your mental and physical well-being. For anyone who is having a hard time please don’t hesitate to message me, I beg you. I am here to talk and help you through anything!! Don’t forget I am uploading lessons daily at 9am GMT so hopefully that is a bit of entertainment for you!

Caitlín xo

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“As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.”

[Matt Cartmill, Boston University]

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↝ me & my interests

  • Hello everyone! My nickname is banobo, I’m currently 18 years old and I live in the United Kingdom. I originate from Bangladesh and I often do travel there (picture above). I’ve always been a little sadistic kid, I love watching criminal and murder documentaries from a child and I think that’s what sparked my interest into psychology! I also love to paint and exploring. I hate staying home! I honestly can’t sit still. ( this quarantine is killing me )

↝ my subjects

  • I am currently studying Psychology, Biology and Economics at a-level. I love psychology, I enjoy studying the human behaviour and trying to figure out why someone behaviours a certain way… maybe that’s why I attract tras-
  • I’m retaking a year, last year was just horrible and I just needed to prioritise my mental health. It did demotivate me a little, watching my friends apply for university and I am still stuck in college. I used to enjoy revising, making notes and learning. This community definitely helped me back on my feet and inspired me to get start again. Now I’m working at my own pace and more confident. I love how everyone is helping and encouraging each other and it’s kinda cute :’)

↝ inspirations

I’m very excited to join this community and meet all you!

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23 march 2020

Mon - Have you made a study schedule to help you study at home?

I have set up a study schedule. Also, since I’m a senior in HS, I’ve been on a bell schedule so I’ve been trying to do something similar at home by blocking off sections of time for classes. I’m not a huge fan of doing everything online because I struggle with learning online.

The picture feature work from two different classes. I have an astronomy project on space exploration as well as my general psychology notes.

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so uh my second semester of college got cut a little short. I get why, but I’m still sad, yknow? Obviously, I get why social distancing is fully necessary and everything I’m about to say comes from an incredibly privileged position and I know this.

I’m upset that my first year of college has been disrupted by a virus just as I was settling in. I moved into my new house only a month before having to leave all my neighbors and new friends. I had just gotten to the point where I could casually text someone to meet for dinner or go over and hang out in someone’s room. 

I just got elected to the Social Chair position in my org, and I had so many fun events planned like scavenger hunts and movie nights and fanfic readings. Newsies, the musical we were doing, got cancelled. First the college restricted events to less than 50 people and we didn’t know how we were gonna do the show since our cast, pit, and crew is already over 50, nevermind an audience. But then it was cancelled altogether and we were heartbroken. I mean, we were only a few weeks out from opening night. At our last rehearsal, we did our first full run of the show with a full cast and recorded it as if it were a performance, so at least the show got to live on in that way. 

A part of the show goes:

“A mother? I was gonna get me one of those.”

“What he do with the one he had?”

“He traded her for a box of cigars.”

“Hey! They was Coronas.”

On that line, we all looked dead into the camera. 

The energy that night was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. It was just us in the room and we knew at its core we were doing this for us and only us. No audience. We were performing for ourselves and all of the people who put so much time and love into this show and it was a truly beautiful thing. Afterwards, we said goodbye to the seniors and did a speedrun of all the org traditions as we realized this would be the last time we were all together.

We found out we were being sent home for the rest of the semester on a Tuesday afternoon at 1:17pm. I was sitting in Musical Theatre History and I got to watch as two dozen theatre kids realized all of their shows for the year got cancelled in one email. Some people left the room crying. Some people sat there in shock. I just remember thinking this cant be real. No one thought it would come to this. 

The rest of the day was just a confused daze. We gathered in people’s rooms to cry together as we realized we wouldn’t get to see the seniors again. I passed groups of friends just hugging and talking in hushed tones on the paths around campus. My professors all looked bewildered and offered kind words as students frantically tried to figure out where they could go. 

Not everyone could return home. A huge portion of our study body is international, with many hailing from China. Hell, my next door neighbor is from China and she didn’t know where she was going to live for the next six months because she couldn’t go home to her family in China, California, or New York. 

The day after we got the email, I was supposed to fly home to have surgery and I had no idea how I was going to pack in that time much less entirely move out of my room for the year. Luckily we were able to suspend my flight and my mom was able to come drive up and help me pack, but I realize that isn’t an option for most people.

The seniors at my school held a graduation ceremony for themselves that made the Washington Post. I went with my friend and it was awe-inspiring and reassured me that I picked the right school. 

The energy on campus after that email went out was chaotic as everyone tried to cram in three months of partying, senior events, and other stuff into a week. I got home from class to find five seniors shotgunning beers on the front porch of the house because it was on someone’s senior bucket list and they’d never done it before. I went to a party in the basement of an academic building. Hell, I may or may not have consumed a little alcohol and weed. And if you know me, you know I am not a partier nor do I ever do either of those things. But fuck it, it felt (and still feels) like we were living on the edge of the world. What were they gonna do? Kick us off campus? 

I speedran all of my goodbyes to friends and seniors and god it was heartbreaking. I know I’ll get to see some of them next year, but still. It hurt to get ripped away from this life I had built for myself. 

We’re transfering to online classes for the rest of the semester. I’ll keep you guys posted. Stay safe, stay healthy, be kind yourself and others. Wash your hands. 

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