Tip for all my student readers: if you’re too lazy to use a bibliography creator like NoodleBib or RefWorks, let Google generate your bibliography entries for you. All you have to do is google the article/book title in Google Scholar, click “cite” at the bottom of the search result, and copy either the MLA, APA, or Chicago cite into your word document.
Signal boost because omg how did I not know this in college?
Since registration is starting soon I figure this is ample time to remind the six people who look at my Tumblr that citing your sources is really important in college and that this will be your best friend forever.
If you’re in high school and want to go to college? Learn to source! You’ll be way ahead of the curve and it’s 100% more important than knowing what the hell a predicate nominative is.
This website has saved me from some pretty horrible professors. It also helped me find some great ones I will never forget!
I never once used Rate My Professor. You’re not always going to be able to have advanced knowledge of whether someone who’ll be in a position of power over you is gonna be an asshole, so learning to deal with it voluntarily early on will help when you have no choice but to deal with it later on. There’s no Rate My Professor for corporations or whatever have you (and if there is, why? that’s ridiculous).
I’ve had awful professors and I’ve had awesome professors. With the former, you either learn to figure stuff out for yourself, or you sit there and do poorly and complain that it was because the professor sucked. I’ve done both (although more the former towards the end of my undergrad career).
If you wanna use Rate My Professor, by all means, go ahead. It can be useful, especially if you, for example, work and go to school, and need to see if one professor gives out a lot of homework or readings that you have to do and wouldn’t be able to do because you’d have to be working; maybe there’s another professor that teaches that same class but does so differently, and you’d be able to take that class. But live and die by it? I dunno about all that.
I remember freshman year a couple of my friends told me about the Pain Olympics and how it was the worst most fucked up thing they’d ever seen. Naturally, I had to see it. They took about ten minutes to find online, and then my friend loaded up the video and let it buffer, and then ran to the door of the apartment and sorta chilled outside, peeking in through the barely open door. I pressed play, and the shit I saw was so heinous I actually screamed out loud. He slammed the door and ran down the hallway. When the video was done I left and there were like three public safety officers coming in because the front desk had heard me screaming and seen my friends running from the room and thought that something awful was happening to me.
Learn from me, Tumblr. Don’t watch the Pain Olympics.
All about pettiness and immaturity and how I went from a group of 14+ to rollin’ three deep with Waldy and Maria, and couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.
And of course, if you have any of your own tidbits and tips to share, let a Rican know. I think Miss Serbus is the only one that’s taken me up on that so far, but I’m sure you guys have some stuff to share.
It’s that time in a lot of our lives where we’re either about to graduate, or we’ve just graduated and are sort of in flux, either trying to enter the “real world” or go to grad school or something. So if you’re doing big things or trying to do big things, props to you.