if plane tickets were ten dollars i would fight every one of my mutuals






Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.

All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.

Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.

In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”

Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.

It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.

With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.

How to handle the language barrier

German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.

What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.—free-degrees—americans/16658027/

This is actually making me cry…it’s one of those times when you realize that your own government just truly, honestly, does not give a shit about your wellbeing in any way.

If Americans don’t reblog this, then y’all need help.

I wonder what their marine bio programs are like…

i’m so frustrated with everything, i woke up this morning in a good mood too. i barely got any homework done. tomorrow’s going to be a long day.

i’m trying to make friends but oh god it’s so hard and tiring and unrewarding and thankless. i’m too tired to deal with people but i’m too lonely not to. 

maranda and i watched treasure planet and i gushed about it to gilbert and then i remembered why i never ever gush to people ever, never again. i remembered THAT’S what i’ve been keeping hidden all this time, what i try to never let people see outside of a small circle, and even then i am always sad and embarrassed afterward. it wasn’t even craig that did that, though he did cement it. 

never open up to people. you are a horrible flood. you are just too much. no one wants that.

i try to box myself in, to be quieter, to distract people with stories about my depression and mood swings because those are clinical things that have a defined structure. or stories about horrible things that happened or adventures i had because they’re things that happened to me instead of actually me. i can’t get hurt when people are annoyed about something that’s not my fault and they try to hurt me that way. it doesn’t work. it’s when i talk about how my father never loved me or or my mother beat me or my favorite song or treasure planet or why i want to go to space that people get the info that actually hurts. and i accidentally gave gilbert a few of those cards and now i want to cry and i regret it so much even though i’m trying to be open and make friends i just can’t do it again. not again. not with a man, especially. not with someone who tried to lash out at me just yesterday but didn’t have anything to hurt me with except “you’re just faking liking me” and all that did was give me pause.

i don’t want friends but i need people so desperately haha. it sucks. 

welcome to procrastination station


Art for our SDCC 2014 signing card!

Inked by Danny Hynes, colored by Efrain Farias and Elle Michalka! 

I did the sketch! Plus some Hangul practice.