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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Assortment of tea, honey, and fruit on a table

Ask the doc: “What are the best things to eat and drink when you...

—Karina, Fresno, California Colds are pretty common, especially when you’re sharing small spaces with hundreds or thousands of other students at school. And if you’re run down with the sniffles, your appetite is probably...
lonely girls on stairs

Ask the counselor: “How do you differentiate normal sadness from clinical depression?”

—Olivia*, Los Angeles, California(*Name changed)Sometimes we just feel blah. Nothing seems to be going right and all we want to do is crawl into bed and get away from life for a while. Maybe...
Boy on a treadmill

Ask the trainer: “How do you stay motivated to work out?”

—Rachael, Laramie, WyomingOnce you get over the initial ugh, starting a workout program can be pretty exciting—and the motivation tends to come more easily in the beginning. But as time goes on, finding the...
Patient receiving blood pressure check

Ask the doc: “What can I do about my high blood pressure?”

—Blake*, San Diego, California(*Name changed)While it’s unusual for young people to have high blood pressure, it’s by no means unheard of, especially as rates of activity decline and rates of obesity increase.High blood pressure,...
African American female walking on campus

Ask the counselor: “How do I survive in a racist community?”

—Gala, Sioux Center, IowaIt’s not easy being in a community that you feel has hatred toward others because of their race. It’s stressful to hear negative comments or see discrimination and feel like there...
Mixed race male studying

Ask the academic advisor: “I’m trying to figure out what the best study method...

—Tanner*, Camarillo, California (*Name changed)I’m so glad you asked this question because it gives me an opportunity to address the process of choosing effective study strategies. In the spirit of education, let me begin with...
Colorful tissue box

Ask the doc: “How do I know if I have mono?”

—Camden*, Saint Louis, Missouri (*Name changed)I get this question fairly often. Here’s what’s important to know: Most students know someone who has been diagnosed with mono (infectious mononucleosis) in the past year and a...
Sad girl, blurry guy in background

Ask the health educator: “How do you reject someone who likes you?”

—Jaime*, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada(*Name changed)Having someone—especially if it’s a friend—like you when you don’t feel the same way about them can be extremely tough! On the one hand, you don’t want to hurt their...
Girl on laptop

Ask the academic advisor: “What are some good strategies to get over writer’s block?”

—Amy, Fredericton, New Brunswick, CanadaHmmm…what can I say about writer’s block? Oh look, there are some funny cat videos I need to watch on YouTube.In all seriousness, writer’s block affects everyone who has ever...
Young male smiling in class

Ask the doc: Is there anything I can do to prevent falling asleep in...

"Is there anything I can do to prevent falling asleep in class or while studying?" —Larry, University Park, Pennsylvania Short answer: Yes.Longer answer: For some background, there are two common causes for the phenomenon...