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

—Camden C.*, Saint Louis University, Missouri (*Name has been 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...
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Ask the health educator: “How do you reject someone who likes you?”

—Jaime S.*, University of Waterloo, Ontario(*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...
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Ask the professor: “What’s the best way to work with nontraditional students in group...

—Daniel A., Portland State University, OregonLet me start with a confession: I was not the world’s best group project member. In fact, I was pretty bad. Why? Because I was focused on the “project”...
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Ask the doc: “How can I stay awake in class or while studying?”

"Is there anything I can do to prevent falling asleep in class or while studying?"—Larry C., Pennsylvania State UniversityShort answer: Yes.Longer answer: For some background, there are two common causes for the phenomenon you...
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Ask the trainer: “For someone who has never worked out, where is the best...

"For someone who has never worked out, where is the best place to start?"—Kerriene E., Southern Alberta Institute of TechnologyWe know exercise is good for us, with long-term benefits (e.g., stronger bones and lower...
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Ask the professor: “How do I choose a major or minor?”

"How do I go about choosing a major or minor?"—Taylor V.*, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador*Name changedChoosing a major can be a joyous occasion (Hey, I found my life’s calling!) or it...
Ask the doc: What can students do to stay healthy while under stress?

Ask the doc: What can students do to stay healthy while under stress?

—Jamie K.*, Ashford University (online) (*Name changed)I spent a winter break working at Okemo Mountain as a lift operator. I was staying on a hill across the valley from the mountain and had a...
Ask the professor: How can I get myself to focus when studying?

Ask the professor: How can I get myself to focus when studying?

—Jordan V.*, University of North Dakota(*Name changed)As I write this response, I’m listening to a radio station, checking Facebook (for the news, really), and monitoring my email for…well, in case I can find something...
Ask the trainer: What are the best pre-workout snacks?

Ask the trainer: What are the best pre-workout snacks?

—Jessica G., Our Lady of the Lake University, TexasNo matter what time of day you’re going to be active, having a pre-workout snack is a good idea. Our body needs energy, and you’ll get...
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Ask the professor: How do I go about getting a recommendation letter?

—Jennifer W., Pasadena City College, CaliforniaGlad you asked this question, but I am going to use my “editor” cap to add the word “good” before “recommendation letter” as I know that is really what...