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Dear Becky: An Advice Column

Need some advice? Ask Becky here!


SCHOOL

Dear Becky,

My burnout and senioritis has been so bad. I have no motivation to go to classes and I can barely get any work done. How do I keep going?

Phewwww! I need this advice myself! I’m in my fourth year but still have time left because nothing here ever transfers. Becky needs a break man. What I do to survive mostly consists of leaning on my hobbies, caffeine, friends, and buying new highlighters. Reach out to the student support center and dean of students, too. You WILL make it! You are ⅞ of the way there!

 

 

Dear Becky,

So I HATE all of my classes and am not making friends in any of them. But I like my major and am a senior. How do I get through the year?

Because you’re a senior and you like your major, I  definitely say push through it, but that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. I’ve said before that you don’t have to be passionate about your job, and the same is true about your classes — you can always find your passions elsewhere. I encourage you to use this year to explore your passions. Whether that is a club, learning a skill, or reaching out to acquaintances who you never considered as potential friends before, filling this final year with opportunities to explore yourself isn’t something you’ll ever regret.


LIVING SITUATION

Dear Becky,

I just found out on Instagram that my dad (age 60 and long divorced from my mom) is dating someone my age. I don’t know if I should be grossed out or happy for them. How do I approach the topic with him? Or do I even acknowledge it at all?

Oh wow, this one is a doozy because there really is no right or wrong answer. The fact is, you have every right to be angry and uncomfortable with your father dating someone your age. There’s no appropriate reaction to inappropriate behavior. And there’s no right or wrong way for you to bring it up to him considering that you did absolutely nothing wrong. I’m so sorry that you’ve been put in this situation because I can’t imagine how uncomfortable I’d be to find that out, especially from social media instead of from him directly. You have every right to feel however you’re feeling.

 

 

Dear Becky,

My roommate has a new girlfriend and she is constantly at our apartment. I always feel like a third wheel and that they are rubbing their new love in my face. I don’t know what to do about it. I know I need to talk to them, because if I don’t I think I’ll snap at them soon, that would obviously be worse than addressing them directly. What should I say to them?

Hmm, this one is a tough situation just because I think I’d need to know more information to give the best suited advice. For example, I think I’d need to know more about what they’re doing to rub it in your face. Either way though, the fact that she’s there constantly isn’t alright and I think it’s totally fair that you tell your roommate that you’d prefer if they spent time at her place, too, because it makes you feel like a third wheel and a host in your home. Communication is key, so talking to them directly is best.

 

Dear Becky,

I’m on the top floor in my Village complex. Every night, even when my roommates and I are just walking, the floor below us ats our room number in the GroupMe telling us to stop stomping. We only stomped one night! Other than that we’ve tried to be quiet! I don’t know what to do, but we did a get a meme on Village Villain about it!

Becky says leave these poor Village folk alone! Y’all, put some headphones in! Play some music! They can’t help having heavy feet. Also, keyword, “roommates” with an S! You try to be quiet with that many pairs of dogs walking around.


FRIENDS

Dear Becky,

How do you make friends in college. I really want to make friends with people but everyone seems to already have a friend group or are closed off. What would you do?

Are you a freshman? I distinctly remember feeling this way when I was in my first semester. It seemed like everyone found friend groups so fast. The unfortunate thing about that though is that all of the groups that you’re seeing right now on socials hanging out every single night likely will split up next semester — that’s just how things go. Those quick-made friend groups, unfortunately, are often friends of circumstance. If you’re a freshman, please don’t worry, these things really do take time. If you’re not a freshman, my go to has always been to be straightforward, tell someone I think they seem cool, and ask for their socials. Very chill, lackluster way of getting a line of communication.

 

 

Dear Becky,

I get serious FOMO from seeing people going out & partying, but I don’t know who I trust & feel safe enough with to do those things. I graduate in the spring and I want to make the most of my college experience before it’s over.

I totally understand wishing for that experience. Do you have one good friend you could go with? A sibling? A high school friend? Your mom? Maybe even a friend from a class? I will say though, I don’t think you’re missing out on much — and anything you feel like you’re missing out on right now, try to remember that those things won’t go away after college. You can always go out even after you graduate, in fact that’s the best time to do it because you’ll likely actually have the money and work friends to do it with!

 

 

Dear Becky,

My former best friend and I had a messy falling out a couple years ago. We had mutual friends and it seems that those friends still associate with her (my former best friend). It bothers me that they are still friends with her because our falling out was extremely hurtful to me and there was a lot of things that she did that I deem unforgivable. I don’t want to be the type of person to tell others who they can/can’t be friends with, but I’m not sure how else to approach the situation. Should I just continue to pretend that this doesn’t bother me so that there isn’t more drama?

I have been in this situation so many times, and as gut wrenching and terrible and awful as it is, it is best to let your friends figure out on their own if she is worth being friends with. Friendship with both of you isn’t mutually exclusive, and if your ex-bff tells them rumors about you, and they believe it, that’s on them. It sucks being the bigger person, but it will make you look (and feel) better in the long run. Don’t force people to respect you, it just never works.

 

 

Dear Becky,

I’m a senior & I honestly still don’t feel like I have a support system here. I wasted time trying to please people I don’t really like and I’ve been stuck living with them since sophomore year. It may be too late for me but any advice for people who might be in the same situation or to help prevent them from making the same mistakes I did?

But it doesn’t end here. You have so much time to meet people who will add richness to your life. Forgive yourself for people pleasing because chances are, when you were in it, it looked more like loyalty and reliability to the people who you thought you loved. I encourage you to live and work somewhere after this where there are an abundance of young, exciting people (the Grove, Soulard, Delmar…) and start fresh. The beauty of this age is the ability to reinvent yourself and try again.


DATING

Dear Becky,

I really like this guy and I feel like he likes me and he’s super flirtatious around/with me but he just got into a relationship like one week ago and I’m just so confused and obviously don’t want to pursue anything if he’s in a relationship but I just don’t know what to do.

Yiiiiiikes! I would say that if he is in a relationship, he made his choice, love. I think it’s totally fine to wait for him (for the potential of trying a relationship together if he ever leaves his current one), but I wouldn’t interfere. I know it hurts, but you deserve someone who will choose you!

 

 

Dear Becky,

I got a crush on a coworker. We get along very well but it feels weird if I ask her to hang outside of work. What should I do?

Simple: the Snapchat to soulmates pipeline. Snapchat is a gateway drug. This works for romantic interests and platonic ones. 

STEP ONE: Ask for their Snapchat.

STEP TWO: Swipe up on their story occasionally. If they don’t post, add them to a private story where you post casually – the plot is thickening.

STEP THREE: Talk with them, ask them work related questions randomly, then work it in that you think they’re cool and you want to hang out sometime!

Or, you can just skip steps 1-3 and just ask them. Worst they can say is no!

 

 

Dear Becky,

I like this guy but I don’t know if I can commit. He’s not seeing anyone else but I just don’t know if I can do the same. The idea of being in a relationship is great and I have been in a very long term one before but I just can’t imagine trusting someone like that again. What if I commit and get hurt? How do you even trust someone???

Is your gut telling you you’re not ready? The fact is, I could go into grand detail about how you could adapt to monogamy again. I could give you a step-by-step guide. But be honest, would you be ready to read and follow it? This is a question and a journey only you can guide yourself on, and if your gut is telling you that now isn’t the time, I say trust it. Additionally, I would be honest with him about that. He may be willing to cheer you on and heal alongside you until you’re ready.

 

 

Dear Becky,

My girlfriend keeps ordering me around and being emotionally manipulative, but it’s my first relationship and I’m scared I won’t be able to find someone better. Should I break up with her?

“I’m scared I won’t be able to find someone better,” – listen, totally valid fear, but answer me this: is being with someone who doesn’t treat you with compassion truly better than being with no one at all? You will find the right person even if it isn’t her. But does being single scare you? Do you think it’s possible you could feel fulfilled in your own company? I urge you to dive deep to find these answers – with or without this girlfriend. I don’t think you need my answer, I think by asking, you’re already on the right track.

 

 

Dear Becky,

I impulsively DM a guy I had a crush for about a year now on Instagram. Where I basically asked him if he has a girlfriend currently or not, if he likes me back and want to date or not? For each if question there a yes or no option for example if he have a girlfriend or S/O right now I apologize and told him to ignore my request. If he not interested back in me I said cool but if he is interested in me I told him to respond back and say something. Anyway this was done very impulsively in the midst of study for my biochem exam, and I am freaking out right now because I pretty sure he will either have a girlfriend or reject me straight up. This is the first man I liked since my first love and I really like like him. What should I do?

Given that this was submitted a while before my answer will be published, I wonder if I’m too late! Some timeless advice I have is that if things don’t go as hoped, try to understand that sometimes life takes turns that you really really hate at first. But try to appreciate those difficult experiences as a small piece of a great big journey to get you where you’re supposed to be. I hope it went well, love, and if it didn’t, I hope this bump in the road guides you to someone else, better, who will love you for you.

 

 

Dear Becky,

My ex boyfriend cheated on me. I can’t handle letting him go because I’m scared of change and he was so comfortable for me. how can I trust again and accept that he wouldn’t have done it if he truly loved me?

Change is horrifying! Right? But I have a golden question that I always ask my friends who are stuck in these situations: do you see yourself doing this with them for the rest of your life? The only thing worse than delaying the inevitable is the idea that you may actually be trapped with a shithead forever. I can’t stress enough how amazing a good breakup feels after you’ve been holding onto that dry, heavy rope for years. He doesn’t deserve you! Step into your healing era.

 

 

Dear Becky,

I went on a first date with a guy this Sunday and it’s like the first time I actually do that cause I usually just go for hookups. Now for the second date it’s dinner and a movie at his place. So i kinda know what he’s thinking by taking me to his place but for some reason I thought maybe he was kinda different. Am I dumb for thinking that? and for wanting an actual relationship during college? Or like, am I wrong to assume that’s what he wants?

I say wait and see, and chances are if you’re reading this, you already had your date. I will say though, home movie dates don’t inherently mean hookups. And sometimes they do, but hookups don’t inherently rule out a real connection and lovely relationship. Take a roll call with your brain and body and see what you want in that moment, and be incredibly clear with him about what kind of relationship you’re hoping for beforehand. I really hope it went as planned! (It is cuffing season after all).

 


Dear Becky,

How do you be content with being romantically alone?

It takes time to fall in love with yourself. It’s not something that is talked about much, but it’s the same way you fall in love with someone else. For me, it was about enjoying my own company, talking sweetly to her, cooking for her, reading her favorite books with her, taking her to her favorite restaurants. Observe your relationship with you — are you making them feel exhilarating? Attractive? Mysterious? 

Then, if you decide to have a relationship with someone else, you will have had so much practice loving you that you’ll know exactly how to make them feel special.

 

 

Dear Becky,

As an introvert, I find talking to strangers really daunting, but I’d like to meet people and to one day be in a relationship. So, how do I talk to someone without making it weird?

Honestly, I struggled with this in the same way. It always helped me to meet people online first, then meet them in a public place where the conversations naturally flow (the movies, a club meeting, a class — somewhere that the focal point of the conversation isn’t you) or I also did well if I hung out with people in groups of three outside of my home to eliminate the hosting aspect and to add more people to the conversation. 

I also know what it feels like to want to crack the code of small talk, interviews, and ordering takeout. If you’re looking for help with that specifically, I can put you in touch with some resources for social awareness. Dm @theunews on Instagram and they will put you in touch with me!

 

 

Dear Becky,

I think I might be in love with my best guy friend, but I don’t want to ruin the friendship, also have no clue if he thinks the same. What do I do??

I’ve heard this line many times, the “I don’t want to ruin the friendship,” line — but I have one question, and one statement:

  1. Q: Would you date someone who you don’t already have an amazing friendship with? 
  2. S: Romance doesn’t ruin friendships, it expands them into new territories.

Sure, there’s a chance you may get together and break up, but if you break up it is for a reason — in that scenario, you weren’t compatible, and that would be true whether the relationship was romantic or platonic. I say you should go for it. The worst he can say is no, if so, all you have to do is take no for an answer. The friendship likely can’t move forward with big feelings left unsaid. Any answer is closure — my partner and I were best friends for over a year before our relationship began!

 

 

Dear Becky,

I was at a gathering and met a person that I felt an immediate connection with, which I haven’t felt in awhile. At first it was the typical meeting, we introduced ourselves, what year we are, and of course what majors. We both apparently happened to be pre-law too. After that we kind of went our separate ways, since I was looking for my friends, which I literally couldn’t find. Then we ran into each other again, and talked even more. We stood there and talked about ourselves more. Which to my surprise, we happened to come from the same ethnic region. I then left to go find my friends again and finally found them. Afterwards I went and waited for the bathroom, and of course the person who came out was them. Now at this point, my brain was like, “yea this is exactly how a coming of age teenage romance movie starts””. We both went back into the bathroom and started talking yet once again. I find out that we had the same, if not similar interests, and they also was passionate about social justice and social issues as much as I did. We also exchanged numbers. We talked for some time and people started to pound on the bathroom door annoyed that we were hogging the bathroom, so we moved to a different room and continue talking. Mind you our conversation was really deep. Like we talked about our ethnic identities, how our families immigrated here, and how we overcame the hardships of fully being proud of our ethnic identities. They also knew informations about my roots that regular people usually didn’t and that really made me more attracted to them. Before I left I asked if they wanted to get coffee and they agreed. But just a couple of minutes after I texted them and asked where they wanna go get coffee, to which I got no response. Then the next day I found a picture we took together and sent it to them, and you bet…NO response. However they had the audacity to follow me back on Instagram?! Anywho my dilemma is it makes no sense. Why would you spend so much time having a deep and meaningful conversation with someone to just disappear afterwards. What gets me the most was it was purely conversational, nothing else. Any advice to forget this dilemma of mine?

Are you sure they didn’t accidentally give you the wrong number? My guess is that if they intended to ghost you, they wouldn’t follow you back. I would dm them and just be kind, calm, and straightforward: “Hey! I just wanted to check in, I tried texting your number but I never heard back, is everything okay? If you’re not interested in talking anymore that’s totally okay!” Then, if they have an explanation, the friendship isn’t ruined by this confrontation and it provides room for truth without pressure or misunderstanding. I hope it works out, and I’m rooting for you!

 

 

Dear Becky,

Ok so I have a really big crush on a friend/acquaintance of mine, but I’m usually the first person to reach out and she takes forever to respond to my texts. She’ll usually apologize and say she was busy, but I’m starting to think she found out about my crush and is trying to let me down easy. What do you think?

I think if she wanted to, she would — the only thing worse than an unrequited crush is a relationship where you’re the only one putting in any of the effort. So, if she is into you, then that means this is what it looks like when she is interested, and that’s not good enough. You deserve someone who will put in their all anytime they can. Don’t settle for any less!

 

 

Dear Becky,

Ok, so I matched with this guy on Tinder about a year ago. We basically became friends over time and have never officially gone out; but I always get a flirty vibe everytime we see each other. I’m down so bad and I want him to ask me out on a real date but I also don’t know if it should be me who asks him out? Please help!

I was the one to ask my partner out some years ago and now we are talking about marriage after graduation. Make the first move! Both of you deserve to be in relationships despite whatever dumb rules our grandparents made up about gender roles. You do what you feel is right — but additionally, watch out for red flags. There is a chance that he is truly afraid of rejection, but there’s also a chance that this is a “if he wanted to, he would,” situation. I say be prepared for both scenarios, but I think it’s worth the risk.

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