Survival Tips for College Students

By Emily Mesa
Advice Columnist

When you are fresh out of high school , and excited to finally be free and on your own in college, you may find that your freshman year of college can be a bit of a harder time than you thought as you try to balance school, work, and socializing. For some, it is an easy transition, and for others it might take some time to get adjusted to this new lifestyle.

When experiencing “college life” for the first time, you can get a little carried away and not focus so much on school work because you want to just go out and party. That doesn’t have to be the case though.

There are many ways you can manage school work and socializing so that you can have the best of both worlds. Take college as if it is a job, and at your job you need to do all your work before you clock out.

So once you get out of class, or sometimes even in class, get your homework done or study for a test you have coming up. Then after you’re done studying, or doing the work you need to do, you can “clock out” and go out with your friends and have a great time.

To keep up with the whole job analogy your “pay day” is your grades. Once you see that you’re putting in some effort in school and getting your homework done your grades will show how hard you’ve worked.

You could also reward yourself by going out with your friends or going to that party you really wanted to go to. The best balance is to know the importance of school and what you’re there for.

The biggest thing of all is to not procrastinate or leave everything until the last minute because that is when you start to get stressed out and your grades start to drop.

College is a whole new experience and you should be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Find out what works for you and balance your school work and social life the best way you can.



How to be Alone on Prom Night

By Emily Mesa
Advice Columnist

Prom night is supposed to be the most memorable event in your senior year, so why waste it on going with a guy/girl who you will look back at and say “what was I thinking?” Instead, go with a big group of friends.

Everyone always ends up having the best time with their friends. During prom season especially, everyone feels this great amount of pressure to look their best, dress their best, and have the perfect date.

Do not listen to anyone who tells you that a prom date is necessary because honestly, it’s not. Trust me, you could have just as much fun going by yourself and partying with you friends than having a date.

If you go by yourself to prom, remember, you don’t have to be tied down to one person the whole night. You could just be free to do what you please, and not have to worry about your date and what they’re expecting of you or how they feel about your friends. Often, a date might bring some drama along and I think that’s the last thing anyone wants on their prom night. Prom night is such a fun and memorable event for you and your friends.

Don’t let a date dictate how your night will go. Don’t worry if you have a date or not. Just go out and have the greatest most memorable time with your friends.



By Paola Ocampo and Jesse Vera

Q: My GPA sucks, how do I improve it?

Her: In or der to raise your GPA, you should take honors or AP classes. Don’t slack in any of your classes, because any bad grade will bring it down. Make sure to be responsible and be on top of your stuff.

Him: If your GPA is suffering, try harder in school and don’t take on more challenging classes than you can handle. It doesn’t make you look cool, it only stresses you out.

Q: How can I handle a “mean girl/Regina George” in my 4th period?

Her: Stand up for yourself because no one should ever have the right to walk over or take advantage of you.

Him: If this so-called “Regina George” is being rude to you, then you should just ignore them. Let him/her continue wasting their time while you focus on yourself, boo.

Q: How can I get my boyfriend to be more romantic? Through text, it’s so awesome, but he never wants to see me in person and we’ve never met before. What do I do?

Her: If you say you haven’t met him, I don’t think that’s safe. You want to be with someone who is romantic without asking him to be, and who wants to be with you from the start.

Him: If a guy only expresses emotions through text and doesn’t want to see you in person, then throw him away and find someone who isn’t ashamed to be with you.

Q: I think my boyfriend might be cheating on me with my best friend, but I’m not sure. What should I do?

Her: If that person really is your best friend, he/she wouldn’t do that and you’d be comfortable enough to go ask them personally. Don’t make any assumptions before you know the truth.

Him: That’s a pretty serious claim to make. But if it’s a serious concern of yours, you should talk to your boyfriend and best friend about it. If they truly care about you, it’s likely that they’re not hooking up. But if you’re sure, you should gather evidence to prove your argument.

Advice Column

By Paola Ocampo and Jesse Vera

I need help battling stress and anxiety. What can I do?

Her: As a teenager, you must have a lot on your plate, especially school. Whatever you’re stressing about, just remember things will get better with time. Pick up a book and read to calm down or maybe listen to music. Talk to your friends about what you’re going through. You’re never alone!

Him: Stress sucks; there isn’t another way to put it. And with the constant pressure of school, you find yourself feeling anxiety and stress often. Try thinking of something happy and always take time out of your day to breathe and relax. You can overcome anything!

I just found out my best friend is gay. Everything is really awkward. I don’t know what to talk about with him now. What should I do?

Her: As a best friend you should always be there for him no matter what. Just because he likes boys doesn’t mean you should treat him any different. I’m sure he’s the same person he’s always been, so don’t make things awkward and keep the friendship going!

Him: In a situation like this, you shouldn’t look at your best friend as a different person (he’s still the same person under all that homosexuality, I promise lol). But being gay is just a small part of the whole person. Your friend is still your friend, nothing is really different.

I’m having trouble finding a group of friends. I always see myself jumping from one person to another and they have their own groups. I don’t have a specific group, but I want one. What should I do to include myself in the group that will include me as well?

Her: Don’t force yourself to hang out with a group of people who don’t accept you. Think about who will be there for you at the end of the day when you need a shoulder to cry on and not those who don’t appreciate you.

Him: Having a solid group of friends seems ideal, but what’s more important is to focus on quality not quantity