IF YOU ARE A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT NOW I ADVISE YOU TO DO YOUR BEST SERIOUSLY I THOUGHT HIGH SCHOOL WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN AND I DIDN’T DO SHIT AND NOW MY C’S ON MY FRESHMAN REPORT CARDS ARE KILLING ME IN MY COLLEGE APPS AND I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME TO DO BETTER SO PLEASE LISTEN TO ME IF YOU ARE A FRESHMAN GOOD GRADES ARE COOL
When I was a senior in high school we spent one of my classes just talking about high school and what we would’ve done differently and what we enjoyed and i shit u not at least 3 girls were like ‘i wish i’d cared more freshman year’ like i’m not making this up it will really fuck you over if you don’t do your work freshman year. i got one bad grade in college and it fucked up my GPA for the rest of the time i was there. getting a bunch of C/D/F’s in your freshman year with crater your GPA and you’re gonna have to work ten times as hard for the next three years to make up for it. it will hurt your chances of getting into colleges that want high GPAs. i know you’re not even thinking about that right now, but trust me. this is when things start to matter. middle school was nothing. middle school doesn’t matter. but freshman year matters. STUDY HARD FRESHMEN (and don’t act like you all that three weeks into the school year just because you don’t get lost on your way to class anymore because everyone else will hate u).
damn, ppl gettin real frosty about that post i made about snape (and trying to make counter-arguments to arguments i didn’t make???). like, idk what you want me to do. this is my interpretation of the book/character, you are entitled to yours, and amazingly, they don’t have to agree. you interpret snape’s actions and motivations as ultimately heroic and altruistic, i interpret them as selfish and ultimately not motivated by a desire to do good, but by his guilt over lily’s death.
saving harry, in snape’s mind (in my interpretation), has nothing to do with actually saving harry, but with saving lily potter’s son. if he hadn’t been so all-consumingly in love with lily (to which i point to his watching from the bushes behavior-which i can’t help but believe didn’t stop once they became friends- and his patronus as my evidence for what i termed his obsessive love), or if voldemort had chosen neville instead, snape would never have changed alliances.
is the fact that he did love lily and that voldemort did choose harry very important? obviously, because the story wouldn’t exist without those things. i’m not trying to argue that point, or argue that those key factors weren’t important to jk rowling. what i am saying is that, given the facts of the story (including those key facts i just outlined), snape’s motivations for protecting harry did not stem from a foundational desire to do the right thing because it’s the right thing. he didn’t come to his senses one day and realize terrorism and blood supremacy were bad. he did it because of lily and for lily. that was his only motivation. when dumbledore asked him if he had grown fond of harry after telling snape that harry would have to die, snape openly said that wasn’t the reason to the one man he could be truly honest with, and showed his patronus to clarify his motivation: his love for lily. the way i see it, he felt no allegiance to anyone else, and only sided with dumbledore because dumbledore was trying to kill the man who murdered lily.
now, if that motivation, to you, seems in fact like a motivation to do the right thing because it’s the right thing, that’s fine (honestly, no snark). if you disagree with my interpretation i cannot emphasize enough how much it does not matter (not because i don’t care about your opinion, just because overall neither of our opinions actually matters). this is how i see things. you’re welcome to disagree.
“ One element of science that is often overlooked is that in addition to being a way of understanding the natural world, science is also an institution comprised of individuals who are making decisions about what questions to are important, what methods are valid, and how results will be analyzed. In popular culture, science is usually depicted as the process of revealing preexisting Truths about the natural world. Yet facts are produced by individuals who use tools and methods that structure what claims can be made…This is not to say that these scientific facts don’t represent truth about nature; rather, it means that the facts that are created are partial and contingent interpretations of what humans observe…[Thus] what scientists observe is often subject to what they already believe is true and is usually in sync with broader society’s culture and values. ”
— Jill Fisher
'Gendering Science: Contextualizing Historical and Contemporary Pursuits of Difference,' Gender and the Science of Difference, p.3-4
“ If you ever figure me out, please teach me who I am. ”
btw forgot to mention that while i was at work today doing training so i can start working at the admissions desk (instead of being a useless piece of trash who can only work in the gift shop), my coworker mentioned that we are not allowed to let homeless randos loiter in the lobby, nor are we meant to befriend them, friendly as they may be.
torn between going to sleep because i’m tired and i’ve dealt with enough death today thanks to deathly hallows
or staying up and starting the casual vacancy (incidentally also includes a death) because i feel like i’m on a roll with reading and i don’t want to stop now