I’ve seen a couple of college advice text posts going around, so for my beautiful followers starting college this month, I present to you: 

How to win at college, according to Katie (leftoflovely) 

1. Go to class. Even if it sucks, even if it’s at 8 a.m. (wow that feels a lot earlier than it did last year now that your roommate’s first class isn’t till 10:30, right?) even if you ‘know that already’ or can just learn it from the book, even if it’s a giant lecture class. Your grades will thank you. 

2. Introduce yourself to your professors/instructors. Go to office hours if you need help- that’s what they’re there for. 

3. Get involved. There are a crazy amount of clubs on any given campus, and it’s a great way to meet people and make friends outside of your dorm and classes. If that club corresponds with your major, bonus points, because that’ll look great on your resume. 

4. Your roommate might be amazing or they might be terrible, but at bare minimum, they need to be someone you’re okay sharing a living space with. Don’t be afraid to involve your RA’s or even change rooms— having a crappy living situation will negatively affect every part of your life.

5. Don’t call a professor Mr. or Mrs. Lastname unless they ask you to— and they probably won’t. Start with the most formal title until they tell you otherwise (Professor Lastname, Dr. Lastname, etc.) 

6. Never buy your textbooks from the campus bookstore unless you have no other option. Google search cheap textbooks. 

7. "Well, they’re doing it, too" is not a good enough reason to do something. Be smart and be safe. 

8. Don’t let someone tell you how to experience college (or life, for that matter). You do you, whether or not that’s different from your roommate or your classmates or 90% of the student body.

9. Ask for help when you need it. Many universities offer free or inexpensive counseling services. 

10. Have an amazing time. 

agentmlovestacos:

There is no greater Guardians/Parks & Rec gif mashup than this.

ben-wisehart:

IF YOU SAY YOU LIKE READING BUT YOU CHOOSE TO BUY A KINDLE OVER AN ACTUAL PHYSICAL BOOK THEN I SWEAR TO GOD I AM GOING TO COME INTO YOUR HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND WAKE YOU UP AND HUG YOU SO HARD AND MAYBE WE CAN PAINT OUR NAILS TOGETHER AND TALK ABOUT OUR FAVOURITE BOOKS BECAUSE READING IS A WONDERFUL THING AND THE MAGIC IS IN THE WORDS SO WE SHOULD NEVER LIMIT OURSELVES BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY’RE BETTER THAN YOU FOR THE WAY THEY CHOOSE TO READ

astrandedrose tagged me in this a week ago and hey look I’m finally doing it! (thanks!! :) 

1.What’s your name? Katie 

2. What’s your URL? leftoflovely

3. What’s your blog’s name? Shake the dust

4. Have a crush? Fictional?  Jim Halpert or Sebastian Stan. 

5. What’s your favourite colour? blue! 

6. WRITE SOMETHING IN ALL CAPS: MY PUPPY IS SNUGGLING W/ ME RN AND IT’S GREAT

7. Got a favourite band/singer? can’t do it, caaan’t do it, four way tie between NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, Nickel Creek and Mumford & Sons. 

8. Favourite number? Ummm I have no idea???

9. Favourite drink? Water or tea!  (wine or hard cider, if we’re talking alcohol here) 

10. Tag 10 other people carastorey the6thstorey coloradocowgirlforchrist amnowels any one else who wants to???

Imagine when Steve and Natasha are getting to know each other before missions,during those two years before WS, and Steve talks about the Howling Commandos as if they were still here. One day though, Natasha gently takes his arm and looks him in the eyes. "Yeah Steve, they were amazing." Steve looks at her for a moment , comprehending what she said, before his body shakes, and the captain swallows the lump that has appeared in his throat before saying with a watery voice "T-they were."

thunderboltsortofapenny:

secret-country:

eartheld:

glazed-and-kinda-dazed:

d-dracarys-s:

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photoatlas:

Colorado Appreciation Post

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” 
― John Muir

I’m coming for you Colorado.

I would like to visit Colorado

mostly nature

home home home (: i love home.

A 30 pound box of Palisade peaches is the way to my heart. 👌

takeaspoonful:

The others got Groot a new pot and decorated it. 

antigovernmentextremist:

This. Literally the first thing you learn when you begin to handle a gun is to only point the gun at something you are willing to shoot.

Kale and quinoa salad from Smitten Kitchen. *happy sigh*

mizgnomer:

Let’s all hug David!!

Featuring Doctor Who behind-the-scenes hugs from Russell T. Davies, Billie Piper, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Matt Smith, John Barrowman, Julie Gardner, Mark Gatiss, director Charles Palmer, and producer Susie Liggat

Tell me why you followed my blog

honeysunk:

anon or not.

iamtemporarytoday:

teatray-inthesky:

comicsncoolshit:

a bubble freezing at -10º F degrees

THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I HAVE EVER VIRTUALLY WITNESSED

degrees fahrenheit degrees

CAYLO