How I Stay Focused Throughout the School Term

A lot of people seemed to like my Study Tips & Uni Advice post so I decided to blog about school again! I’m currently doing a Social Work degree at UBC, so I’m taking five courses while doing a practicum. I can still blog and watch anime because I usually finish all my assignments early.

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1. Use a calendar to record all your due dates and make a to-do list. Check these very regularly! 

I try to minimize my to-do list all the time because I know that it will get longer. If I see that I have a lot of due dates in the next couple of weeks, I start working on my assignments whenever I have free time. Thinking about the future will help you to not procrastinate. I don’t mean, think about your future career because that is a long time. Instead, think about your future weeks and how tired or stressed you might feel if you procrastinate now.

More importantly, I think the key to not procrastinate lies within your habits. Working on assignments early is a simple task for me because it’s so ingrained in my daily routine. It doesn’t take much willpower. It just happens on its own.

2. Self-care is super important. 

Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally is important because if you are sick or feel a lot of stress, it will be harder to focus on school. To a lot of people, self-care is jogging or doing some sort of exercise that makes them feel good. Honestly, exercise just makes me tired and I don’t enjoy it at all. Self-care really differs from person to person. To me, self-care is watching anime and getting a lot of sleep. Watching anime is not a waste of time if it helps you relax or take your mind off of school work. We all know that self-care is important, but also understand that it will look different for every person.

3. Understand what your priorities are. 

I prioritize school, doing a good job at practicum, and this blog. When your priorities are clear, it’s easier to say “no” to procrastination with your inner voice.

4. Live a fulfilled personal life, while maintaining balance with your school life. 

My personal life consists of being a cosplayer and blogger, and eating foods with friends. These are important to me because if my identity was only tied to being a student, that would be a very sad life. Your hobbies, interests and friendships give you more purpose and you’ll have fun outside of school.

It’s dangerous when you focus too much on your outside interests and not enough on school, so always do self-reflection and think about these different roles.

I write myself letters whenever I feel dissatisfied with my life, and I make an action plan on the things I can do to immediately change my current situation. It’s generally pretty effective. Take comfort in knowing that no one will read these letters except for you, so there’s no need to filter your thoughts! Be as vulgar, petty, or shallow as you wish, given that you do some reflection afterwards. 🙂

5. Know your self-worth. 

I feel like I am going off-topic but this is also related at the same time because if you feel good about yourself and view yourself as a person of value and importance, you might not procrastinate as much. I feel that often times, procrastination stems for feelings of insecurity or dissatisfaction with some aspect of life.

Every person is important and every life matters. Your grades are NOT an indicator of your worth as a person. Please don’t let negative thoughts get the better of you. Each day is a new day, full of possibilities.


Every person is different, so maybe just one thing on this list will help you. Maybe all five are helpful, or maybe none at all. I also procrastinate sometimes. However, when I do, I forgive myself and move on. It rarely happens but I’m only human.

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Study Tips & Uni Advice

I’m graduating this month! Sometimes younger readers ask me questions about university so I decided to write a post about study tips. Hopefully this post will help some of you!

1. If you fail an exam, forgive yourself. 

I actually did very poorly on a paper this term (barely passed) because I misunderstood the purpose of the paper. There was the initial shock when I checked my grade, but within ten minutes I was back to normal. I’m not going to let a bad mark define who I am as a person. I know my own worth. This is something I love about myself because I am able to forgive myself immediately. I am not working against myself, but with myself.

For my next paper, I got an A. Before I wrote it, I emailed the Teaching Assistant a lot of questions. I knew that I wasn’t dumb – I just didn’t understand the purpose of the first paper. For my final exam, I got an A and my final grade was an A-.

2. When choosing electives, pick courses you are interested in.

I’ve taken German cinema and Japanese cinema as two of my electives. No surprise, but I got a higher grade in Japanese cinema. The class average for Japanese cinema was lower than German, but I still did better. My final grade was 12% higher than the class average. I firmly believe it’s because I am more interested in Japanese culture and cinema. I know almost nothing about Germany!

3. Do not enrol in a class just because your friends are in it. 

This is something a few of my friends can agree with. Make sure you’re interested in the course too! I didn’t take a Psychology course because a couple of my closest friends were taking a different class. To this day, I still don’t think I learned anything in that class. I wasn’t interested in it at all and similar to #2, your interest in the course will probably affect your final grade.

4. Make flashcards. 

I did better on exams when I used flashcards. I use Quizlet.com because 1) it’s better to use less paper for the sake of the planet, 2) it’s more convenient because you don’t have to carry a stack of cards, 3) it’s easier in the long-term because if the final exam is cumulative, the flashcards are in one convenient location. You don’t have to worry about misplacing them.

5. It’s okay to say “no” to a social event because you have to study. 

In my second year of university, I went to a birthday party during the weekend and my exam was on the Monday. I did horribly… In my third year of university, I didn’t go to the birthday party and I got something like a 97% on the exam. When I told my friend, she was happy for me. I know that birthday parties are important, especially if the other person is a close friend, but sometimes you have to put your grades first. Make sure you actually study during that time!

6. You can still do your hobbies.

I only recently started to watch anime again during the school term. Prior to this year, I used to go cold turkey on my hobbies like watching anime. I do not recommend doing this because I felt miserable, like I was missing a crucial part of my life. Anime makes up part of my identity. Of course, you still have to study. This is not an excuse to not study or not do your assignments. Hobbies are healthy to do, but you still have to do work. My grades improved after I watched some anime. It’s not the sole cause, but it probably contributed to my wellbeing and overall happiness.

7. Treat yourself. 

If you feel proud about an academic or non-academic accomplishment, treat yourself! Buy yourself that ice cream cone or thing you really want. You deserve it! You worked so hard and it’s time to thank yourself because you are important and you matter.

8. Try taking power naps. 

I like to take 10-15 minute naps when I have to study for long periods of time. I don’t know about you, but I can fall asleep very quickly so I always feel refreshed after I wake up from a nap. I use an alarm on my phone.

How to Keep Your Pins From Falling Out

So you got some pins. Now what??

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Before you pin them to your bags or clothes, here’s a tip. Take a plastic earring stud back and put it on the back like so. I’ve lost all my pins from high school because I didn’t do this. Then I did this to my Lelouch (from Code Geass) pin and I still have it a year later.

If you don’t have the stud backs, I saw them at my local dollar store. No need to buy actual earrings hahaha.

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If you’re interested in what my new pins are…

  • Rin and Len Kagamine
  • Luka Megurine (see clip below)
  • Karamatsu (Osomatsu-kun)
  • Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
  • Sailor Moon

DIY: Clovers & Flowers

1. Four leaf clovers

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Step 1: Find four leaf clovers.

Step 2: Put transparent tape on both sides of the clovers to preserve them. Cut off the edges of the tape to keep it clean.

Step 3: Clip them. I’m using my Rilakkuma clips.

Step 4: Tie them to a string and hang them up. I’m hanging them above my computer, but you can hang them anywhere you like.

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2. Fake flowers

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Simply wrap fake flowers around your bed frame. There are lots of other things in the home you can do this with.

 

I hope you liked these easy DIY home ideas! See you next time!

My Photo Editing Apps

I currently use 5 in total. I take just about all my photos from my phone, Samsung Galaxy S4.

1. Camera360

Sample pictures:

2. Cymera

Sample pictures:

3. Instagram

I keep the app installed on my phone for the filters. 

4. PhotoCollage

Once I’ve added a filter to more than one photo, I can make a collage with this app. Or, I can make the collage first then add a filter later. 

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5. MeituPic

I use this app for the stickers, but I mainly just use the strawberry sticker. 

Have fun taking photos!

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Hitachiin twins from Ouran High School Host Club

Purikura On The iPhone

Hello everyone, I will be blogging about purikura on the iPhone. My previous post, entitled Purikura! talks about what purikura is, for those of you guys that don’t know. This post will be talking about purikura again, only you don’t always have to go to photo booths for it… you can cheat and use apps on your phone! It doesn’t have to be the iPhone because it can be an iPod Touch or iPad and other phones such as the Samsung Galaxy have other apps. I will be talking about three but there are literally hundreds of editing apps to pick and choose from! I installed these apps last night and played around with them this morning so I’m not professional at this at all. Let’s get started!

First of all, I will be using this photo as the original:

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Okay, the three apps I used gave two different transformed photos. First, I used PhotoWonder and used an effect. I like Early summer. You can stop there and use PhotoWonder as a replacement app for Instagram, which I normally use. However, I wanted to make purikura photos today so I saved that photo and went to Camera360. With the saved photo from PhotoWonder, I used another effect on it from Camera360. I used the effect Sweet in Magic Skin. After that, I saved that photo and took it to GirlsCamera. With Girls Camera, I used a border and stamps and this was my end result:

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What a difference! I made a second photo by using a different effect from Camera360. I used Jelly in Light Color and with the help of GirlsCamera stamps, this was the final picture:

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The secret to making purikura photos on the iPhone is to use all sorts of different apps for a single photo. I only used three but you can use a lot more. Unless you find the most amazing app for purikura photos ever, have a couple or more apps just to be safe. With PhotoWonder, you can do more than just put an effect on a photo. You can actually liquify your face and body and therefore make yourself skinny. You can enlarge your eyes and make your mouth smaller and many other apps can also do this. These features – including red eye and acne removal – are just like photoshop. Of course photoshop is better but if you’re at a bus stop waiting for the bus or whatever, anyone can edit photos on the go. I am not going to explain how to do it because I don’t really want to edit my photos that way. I am satisfied with lighter colours and I actually really like it. I think I might use these apps for my normal photos more instead of Instagram – without the borders and stamps – but I will not use those extra features. I know that I can make my eyes bigger and all that but that could potentially make you look like an alien if you do it wrong.

I had GirlsCamera before and I used that app to write in my posts. See my post entitled Monolids and others. One thing that most people misunderstand is that a lot of girls and boys do not edit their photos because they’re insecure about themselves or that they’re fake. They’re not. Some people love it and they love seeing their photos really edited. You might not think it’s cool but they do. A lot of people get purikura or use Photoshop a lot because it’s part of their lifestyle. It’s not about insecurity, not at all. It’s part of lifestyle so what people have to know is that they should get to understand why they do certain poses or how they look or what they wear in photos and try to accept that. Of course there are people who edit their photos and claim that it wasn’t edited but that’s another category of people. I’m not talking about them.

Purikura!

Today I will be blogging about purikura! Purikura photos are VERY popular in Japan. If I lived in Japan I would get purikura all the time after school. My classmates and I would be in school uniforms and I can only imagine my legwarmers already. I would have a scrapbook of purikura stickers and I can just imagine myself giving my crush homemade chocolate in a box tied by a string… WHAT CRUSH. This is what watching anime and reading manga does to you. This is what Japan does to you. There are photo booths in arcades and malls and even here in Canada where I live. You can find these kind of photo booths around. The only problem here is that the booths are expensive! Not really haha but eight dollars for a photo!? Geez… What’s so cool about purikura photos versus normal photo booths are the many accessories you can add to it. Firstly, the camera makes your face super cute. It’s pretty hot in the rooms and all your face zits or moles or whatever just disappear, just like that. Once you’ve taken your photos, you add your accessories and there are a lot to choose from. Here are a couple of examples of me with my friends. This were taken in two and one year ago:

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This one was taken two years ago. I am in the purple.

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This was taken one year ago. I’m in the front with my tongue sticking out. I think I was in my own world or something when the one year ago photos were taken. Apparently I had a different expression than everyone else in all the photos… That’s just who I am – I’m often daydreaming or zoning out into my trail of thoughts.

The next post will be purikura… right in your phone! There are many apps you can use and I will be talking about three. I will most likely make the next post today. Keep on reading!