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Dec 6

My trip to North Korea - A travel journal + 62 unseen photos

Wow… eye opening! Nice to see this nation through a more non-bias #educational scope.

If you always do as you’re told, you will always be told what to do.

- Anonymous (via libertariancontrarian)

11 Reasons Why You Need To Be More Independent

A LOT of people need these words of wisdom. Too many out there are afraid to even sit alone and eat alone, let alone live alone and be independent. You will live more years of your #life with roommates (parents, husband/wife, kids) than you will living alone… so take advantage of the years you do have to be independent! 

Don’t fear becoming your own best friend!

Well said!

Well said!

10 Most Useful College Degrees In 2013

10 degrees that will get you a secure, well paid, or flexible job.

College Admissions: When Early Decision Is the Wrong DecisionRead more: College Admission: When Early Decision Is The Wrong Decision | TIME.com 

College Admissions: When Early Decision Is the Wrong Decision

Read more: College Admission: When Early Decision Is The Wrong Decision | TIME.com 


30 Pieces Of Advice For High School Students

As a person who is graduating high school very soon, I have advice for students in 
high school or students who are soon going to be high school students. Many of 
these are based on regrets that I have made or regrets that people I know have made. 
I don’t consider myself to be an authority figure or a professional of any kind and 
I do not mean to be condescending or professorial. Many of these may be obvious to 
you, but these are a list of things I wish I was told before I during my early years 
of high school, and I am sure others can benefit from reading this 

1) Do Not Be Too Quick To Judge 
Do not value first impressions highly. Don’t dismiss a person or idea too early 
just because you immediately get a bad impression from it. You will miss many 
opportunities because of that. Just because something seems bad at first 
impression, does not mean it is bad. Try to give everything a fair chance. 

2) Do Not Let Your Friends Slip Away 
If your friendship with someone is slowly weakening, take iniative immediately to 
try to repair it instead of allowing your situation to exacerbate. Identify a 
possible reason why the friendship is weakening. If you think is your fault, try 
and make ammends immediately. 

3) Do Not Ever Hold Grudges 
Holding a grudge is like holding a trade embargo. It is intended to hurt the other 
party, but it hurts you equally. Spending your high school years focusing on the 
tension between you and another person is not pleasant. Be quick to forgive. 

4) Do Not Seek Revenge 
Unless revenge is entails little effort, will be effective, and puts you at no risk 
for consquences, do not seek it. Just let it go and move on. If it’s tension 
between a person from your school, you will never see them again in a few years. 

5) Do Not Get Into Drama 
If the problem doesn’t involve you, don’t get involved. As tempting as it seems to 
get in a conflict, mediate, take sides, and try to resolve it, it just isn’t worth 
it. It may give you enemies, it is a huge waste of time, and it produces no 
benefits for you. 

6) Pick The Right Classes 
Once you pick a class, you are stuck with it for the whole year. Don’t pick a class 
that you won’t want to take for the whole year for a stupid reason. There are so 
many classes and only a limited amount of them you can take, so think carefully. 
High school is an opportunity to learn about so many things, so just pick courses 
that you always wanted to learn. 

7) Have Respect For Authority 
No matter how much you may dislike them at the time, just remember that teachers and 
parents care about you and are only doing their job. Listen to their advice and 
heed it. Don’t argue with them and just obey them. 

8.) Get Your Driver’s License Right Away 
Keep that on a high priority. Pass the written test as soon as you can. Get as 
much practice as you can and pass the driving test as soon as you can. Don’t push 
this off until later. Get this out of the way as soon as possible. 

9) Don’t Be A Victim Of Fads 
Wearing the latest fashion, getting the newest electronics, getting a popular 
haircut, and spending much time trying to follow the latest trends is all a waste. 
Fads don’t matter in a few months and they are not in your interest - only in the 
interest of giant corporations who market to the masses. 

10) Don’t Try To Please Everybody 
There is no way you can please everybody or get everybody to agree with you. Don’t 
spend any effort trying to please others who will never like you. It is a huge 
waste of time. 

11) Do Not Draw Negative Attention 
Don’t say anything offensive and do not be a pessimist. Don’t have bad hygeine or 
act immaturely. It takes a lot of time to repair a bad image and it is better to 
have no attention at all than to get negative attention. 

12) Join Several Clubs / Activities 
It is a great way to meet friends, take up new interests, augment your college 
application. What’s not to like? If you don’t, you may be missing on several 

13) Do Well In Academics 
That’s the one thing that you don’t want to screw up. Develop good academic habits 
for college, absorb the information being taught to you, and walk out of high school 
with a good GPA. If not, you are making waste of the most important function of 
high school. 

14) Create A Set Of Goals 
Ask yourself what you would like to accomplish by the end of high school, make a 
plan on how you would like to reach them. There is a lot of room for improvement 
and there is no reason not to improve. 

15) Learn To Say The Word “No” 
Saying “Yes” to everything is an awful vice. It can easily allow you to be 
encumbered by selfless tasks which are at no benefit to you. And if you say “Yes” 
to one thing, as a natural consequence, you have to say “No” to something else. So 
just learn to say the word “No”, a lot. 

16) Make The Right Friends 
Friends who use others, friends who engage in criminal activity, friends who 
immature, and friends who you can never have a serious relationship with are a waste 
of an investment. Make the right friends rather than being influenced by the wrong 

17) Remember That You Are Young 
You are immature: physically, mentally, and emotionally. You are comparatively dumb. 
There is a lot of room for improvement and growth, so don’t deny yourself that 
improvement and growth because you think you are superior to your elders. 

18.) Your Views Will Change 
The views you have now, even if you hold them 100% firmly, will most likely change 
as you get older and begin to mature. Your political views, your opinions, your 
beliefs, your interpretation of your past, everything. So keep that in mind that 
what you think now might not be true at all. 

19) Learn To Take Responsibility 
Doing whatever you want regardless of the consequences because your 
parents or teachers are there to fix it. It’s an awful habit. Learn to be 
accountable for yourself and learn self-discipline. 

20) Stay In Healthy Shape 
Get a sufficient amount of sleep, eat healthy, take vitamins, exercise, and avoid 
reckless behavior. You only get one life, so be well in it. 

21) Educate Yourself Outside Of School 
If school is your only source of knowledge, you will be ignorant and will probably 
never even open a book after you graduate school. Learn as much as you can outside 
of school: about finances, politics, marketable skills, useful skills, etc. 

22) See Things In Other People’s Perspective 
The decisions people make, may seem odd to you, but try to step in their shoes and 
try to imagine why they would do the things that they do. Were they a victim of of 
something, do they have good intentions, do they have something to gain out of what 
they are doing, are they thinking illogically, or are you thinking illogically? 

23) Plan For After High School 
You shouldn’t have a specific plan on what you want to do early in high school, but 
as the years pass by, make sure you have a plan. Whether it is college, a 
vocational school, or the military, just make sure you have a plan for something, 
and make sure you are working to acheive that goal. 

24) Be Thankful Of Everything You Have 
There are many people in the world who are poor, starving, uneducated, and on the 
verge of death, and there are millions of people in history who have suffered from 
war, famine, and slavery. So be thankful for everything you have. 

25) It’s All About The Habits 
Bad habits are hard to break and remain with you for a long time. Don’t fall into a 
trap which can hurt you your whole life. Simultaneously, develop good habits which 
you would like to carry with you your whole life. 

26) Understand The Value Of A Dollar 
The labor of a high school student is worth minimum wage (about 7.50 per hour and 
possibly part time). The labor of someone who has graduated college is a salary of 
around $30,000-90,000+, so understand how the money you have during high school 
means almost nothing and that the money you will be making your whole life matters. 

27) You Have A Lot Of Time 
You have very very very high amount of free time on your hands to use however you 
wish. You can waste it in front of a television screen or you can use it 
productively. The choice is up to you. 

28.) Realize High School Isn’t The Real World 
High school is not the real world. The real world isn’t a closed environment. It 
is a free society where people accept responsibility for their actions. What is 
rewarded in high school (popularity, athleticness, rote memorization, obedience) is 
different from what is rewarded in the real world. If high school isn’t working out 
for you, you may find yourself better in handling the real world. 

29) How Will This Impact Me In Five Years? 
Ask that question with every big decision you make. 

30) Understand The Difference Of Scale 
High school is four years long. The rest of your life is statistically sixty years 
long. So ask yourself what is more important: to be more concerned with those four 
years or to be more concerned about the future. 

A lot of these are general, and people who read this will still probably make some 
of these mistakes, but the important thing is to try not to make mistakes and learn 
as much as you can from them if you do. 

Please share your thoughts on this list.

Author sn: swansong


Applying 101

Mar 5


Let the truth be KNOWN about the Harlem Shake!

Fred Hampton: Black Panther Party

importance of education before action

9 Little Known Facts About Notable Women in Black History


From the article:

Nina Simone - Her involvement in civil rights was spurred by an incident at her first classical piano recital at age 12. During the recital, her parents sat in seats in the front of the building to see her play, but were told to move to the back to make way for white guests. She wasn’t having that though. The young girl refused to perform until her parents were moved back to the front. Ahhh, to be young, gifted and black.

Grace JonesDid you know that model Grace Jones was supposed to be an X-Men character? Not literally, but the character of Dazzler, a mutant able to convert sound vibrations into light and energy beams (what fun is that?) was initially supposed to be a disco singer. This character was to be made in the image of crazy (but cool) Grace Jones, with the bald fade and all by illustrator John Romita, Jr. However, those in charge wanted to promote model Bo Derek instead, and modeled the character after her. How dope would a singing superhero who looked like Grace be? “DO YOU THINK I’M SEXYYYYYY???”

Phylicia Rashad After years of being Clair Huxtable, a role that garnered her Emmy nominations but no wins, Rashad took her talents to Broadway, where she finally won a much deserved award. In 2004, she was the first black woman to win a Tony Award for a dramatic lead on Broadway as loyal mother Lena Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Diahann Carroll Before there were shows like Moesha, Girlfriends, and the likes (with black female leads), there was Julia. Diahann Carroll was the first black woman to be the star of an American television show in 1968 without having to play a maid or any other stereotypical role. Julia was a pretty big deal too, winning her a Golden Globe for best female TV star in 1969.

Maya Angelou - As a friend and coordinator for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, when Dr. King was killed on her birthday (April 4, 1968), she said she found herself unable to celebrate her birthday from then on. As a hero to her, she was very impacted by his death. Therefore, on her birthday, for many years, she instead decided to send flowers to Coretta Scott King every year until her death in 2006.

Condoleezza Rice If you didn’t know, Condoleezza Rice is pretty awesome. Not only is she a talented and accomplished pianist who backed everyone from Aretha Franklin to Yo-Yo Ma, but on top of that, Rice is an exceptionally intelligent woman as well. She entered college at the age of 15, getting her Bachelor’s cum laude from the University of Denver at the age of 19. And after that success, she went on to be an assistant professor at Stanford by age 26. Yikes! I guess I should step my game up…

Octavia Butler - Science fiction writer Octavia Butler, author of the brilliant book Kindred, the Patternist series (which brought usWild Seed), and many other notable works was diagnosed as being dyslexic as a child. Despite all that, she tried her hand at writing as a young girl, and eventually solidified her love for science fiction as a pre-teen. What a blessing for her to be able to create such amazing works after all that, and despite her alleged disorder, she won numerous awards for her work.

Barbara Jordan Known as the first black woman to serve on the Texas Senate, and later for being the first black woman from the “Deep South” to serve on the House of Representatives, Barbara Jordan was also a national champion debater. At Texas Southern University, which was all black at the time, in 1954, with Barbara Jordan at the helm, debate team defeated folks at Yale and even tied Harvard University in the battle of words–the latter was said to be one of her proudest moments in college. She later graduated magna cum laude from TSU.

Chaka Khan Were you a fan of Reading Rainbow back in the day? I bet you 50 cents (that’s all I’ve got) that you probably didn’t know Chaka Khan was one of the lucky performers to sing the popular theme song to the show: “Butterfly in the skyyyyyyyy, I can go twice as hiiiiiiiiiiigh!” Though she wasn’t the first to sing the track, it’s pretty safe to say that she did it the funkiest! Love her, love the show, and I loved her rendition of the song. Chaka love the kids.


Sean McCabe. 


Sean McCabe