From Anonymous: I’m a freshman in college, and I’m still dating my highschool sweet heart. I really want to make it work, but I’m worried about staying true to each other. What do I do?
Renee says: The best way to make your relationship work is to keep good communication. Neither one of you should put rules on each other or jump to conclusions about what the other is doing. The best way to make your relationship last is to trust each other. If you’ve stayed true to each other throughout high school, you should be able to do so in college.
From Anonymous: I’m graduating in December, and I really don’t know what to do. Should I try to get a job, or continue on into grad school?
Renee says: In my opinion, it would be best to look for a job first. Most companies don’t require a masters or higher degree in a starting position. Often times graduate schools look at job experience when accepting students. In some cases, companies will pay for you to attend grad school if you agree to work for them for a certain period of time. When looking for a job, make sure to ask whether or not the company has benefits such as paying for future education or the possibilty for advancement.
From Anonymous: I’m trying to get healthy, but I’m finding it hard to motivate myself to workout, let alone find the time to. How can I motivate myself better?
Renee Says: The best way to motivate yourself is to work out with a friend. It gives you the opportunity to motivate each other. There are also options on campus to work out. The school offers a weekly FitMix workshop that is free to students. There is also a yoga club on campus. The best way to stay motivated is to schedule time to work out into your daily schedule. The Merillat is open early and late hours to give you plenty of time to fit it into your schedule. You can also join an intramural team if you were interested in a more sports based activity.
From Anonymous: This is the first time I’ve been away from my parents for a significant amount of time. I’m starting to feel really homesick. How can I cope with this?
Renee Says: The best way to cope is to talk to your family, call them when you’re feeling homesick. They’re going to be your best support system. It is also important to keep yourself busy and make friends. This will help keep you distracted and help to create a family away from home. When you have the opportunity to, go home. Eventually the feeling will fade and you’ll want to stay on campus rather than go home. Just remember you’re not alone, many other students feel the same way you do.