Pooja: If you were one of the several people that attended the Senior Dinner at Monaco’s house last week, you would have been witness to NYSD’s shameless advertising of our column during the open mic. However, I must mention how that open mic session was probably one of the cutest student havens I have been witness to at my time at Tufts. If I had to put in a sentence my main take-away from my Tufts education, it would be the unlearning of everything I once knew. More specifically, it would be the unlearning of the smallness of the world we are often decepted to believe. The most dangerous thing one can do is to make something small, to reduce a person, a country, a culture or even an experience to a mere word. As an English major, I have a complicated relationship with words, but there is a reason that our word counts on assignments have been increasing exponentially since high school. As I struggle to maintain a 500-word limit for this column, I also struggle to sum up the experience of these past four years or even the NYSD experience of these past two years into a paltry number of words. However, the point of this all is to commend those who stood up at that open mic and somehow transformed their college experience into a couple minutes of heartwarming anecdotes, doing so in a way that emphasized the largeness of the Jumbo experience.
How am I supposed to manage to study for all of my midterms this week?
Rebecca: The week before Spring Break seems to be a professor’s favorite time to schedule exams. Personally, I have had three in the past seven days. How do you manage to study for all of them? Time management. Well, time management and keeping up with your classes, which means doing the assigned readings so you can avoid speed reading 300 pages on the European Union in one night. I must admit this is easier said than done. However, college is a time to challenge yourself, even if that challenge is to become more diligent.
My boyfriend does not make time for me. We are in a long distance relationship, and I am not sure if I would like to continue it if he does not change. What can I do to make him see the severity of the issue?
Rebecca: Communication is always your best bet. Tell your boyfriend how you’re feeling. If he is not receptive and does not validate these feelings, he is not the one for you. However, if he asks what he can do to improve, he is a keeper. Long distance relationships are hard, but if you ask him to set aside times for you to talk and he is willing to do so, it is worth working on this relationship.
That’s all we have for this week. Keep sending questions to our Google Doc or our email at firstname.lastname@example.org!