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Dear Norma: Society is Stressful!

DEAR NORMA: Can you possibly give some advice for students struggling with the workload in school or struggling with school in general with grades or test taking? -STRUGGLING HIGHSCHOOLER

DEAR STRUGGLING: A lot of students feel the same way you do about school, tests, and grades. I recently gave advice to a few students who were struggling with their advanced placement classes. Although I don’t know if you are in those classes or not, I will suggest first taking a deep breath. School is very stressful, be sure to put your health first, and keep care of yourself. As of grades, make sure that you finish your homework, as it is a large part of grades. No one prepares for a test the same way, so it’s hard for me to give you advice on this. You can make flash cards, study with friends, take more in-depth notes, or even not study at all and just highlight key ideas in your notes. Try different methods and see what works best for you! -WITH LOVE


DEAR NORMA:  I recently moved to Blue Ridge and found out that there are some really mean rumors going on about me. What should I do? Should I talk to the principal about it? Help! -RUMORED STUDENT

DEAR RUMORED:  Unfortunately, within a small school, rumors spread like wildfire. Try to connect with people in your classes. The better you connect with people, the more people will see your true character. If the rumors turn into threats, then you should definitely go see a teacher or go to Mr. Supko. Try and have fun and don’t listen to what others say! No one knows you, like you. -WITH LOVE


DEAR NORMA:  While driving to school yesterday, I saw a car of my classmates driving recklessly in the McDonald’s parking lot. I don’t want to seem like I am being a debbie-downer, but I would be so upset if something happened to someone. Could you possibly give me some advice on what steps I should take to ensure the safety of my fellow classmates? -WORRIED AND STRESSED

DEAR WORRIED: The best way to approach this situation before alerting anyone else would be to talk to the students you saw. This way they don’t get in trouble, and they see that someone is worried for their well being. If you see them doing this again you would go to either the school, a parent, or the owners of the establishment. Stay safe out there! -WITH LOVE


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