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NEW HEADING 1
Dear Mary-Anne: Volume 1
February 11, 2013James F Byrnes Freshman Academy
I have trouble trying to keep up with school, homework, studying, and out of school activities. I don’t know how to handle all at one time and live my life to the fullest. What should I do? Help.
Dear Confused Suzie,
Slow down for about five seconds and take a deep breath. Use your agenda to write down tests, projects, homework, and even out of school activities. Then, go through times and plan out what you need to do and when you should do it. Make sure to prioritize and handle the most important tasks first. Just learn to manage your time wisely and you can do it. Just relax and stop stressing.
I have a breathing problem, but I smoke. Should I quit?
Dear Jim Bob,
YES! You should have quit yesterday.
My best friend is becoming close with someone I have a bad past with. Should I just ignore it or confront her? What if she gets mad at me?
First, you should talk to your friend about it, explain the problem, and tell her that it bothers you. This is difficult to answer because you have not shared the nature of the “bad past.” But if she is really your friend, she’ll take the time to consider what you’re saying. If not, then maybe you should reconsider your friendship and how much it means to you.
My friends are telling me unsavory things about my boyfriend. I don’t know if I should believe them or just ignore it?
Dear Susie Q,
First, you need to consider how serious the things that your friends are saying are, and if these issues are important, then talk to him about them. A good relationship is based off of communication and trust. If he denies everything, you should talk to your friends and figure out where they got the information from. Is it just gossip? You might not want to face the truth, but you would be wise to consider what they are saying.
I want to try out for cheerleading, but people make fun of me and I don’t know if I should try or not.
-Depressed in Duncan
Dear Depressed in Duncan,
First of all, do not listen to anything people tell you. Those are the kind of people you need to prove wrong by following your dreams and becoming successful. You are so much better than people who waste time by putting you down. If you want to be a cheerleader, practice and be better so that when you tryout they will be in awe of your talent.
My cousin just got diagnosed with cancer and I want to do something or get something for her, but I don’t know what to do. What should I do?
We understand that these are hard times, but you should make the most of it by making every moment count. You could try planning a special day or doing something she really enjoys. Do not give up hope and stay strong because she needs you to be there.