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There are steps you can take to support your loved one struggling with mental illness.

Ask Emma: How do I help my loved one struggling with depression?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor September 23, 2021

Dear Emma, My significant other has depression. It was under control for a while, but it seems extra bad lately. I want to help them, but I have no idea what to do. I have never experienced what they...

Many students are feeling exhausted now that school is back in person. This week, Ask Emma has some useful tips to get back to feeling energized.

Ask Emma: Coming back to school has made me exhausted

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor September 9, 2021

Dear Emma, I am exhausted. I forgot how much effort it takes to go to school and interact with people all day, not to mention all the hills I have to walk up every time I go to class. I’m used to...

They say the heart wants what the heart wants. But what do you do if that happens to be your coworker?

Ask Emma: How do I keep my work relationship professional?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor September 2, 2021

Dear Emma, I have developed a close personal relationship with one of my coworkers. That was fine for a while, but I am starting to develop feelings for this person. I don’t know how to keep our interactions...

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Ask Emma: How do I interact normally with other people?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor August 26, 2021

Dear Emma, I am super awkward. I need all the help you can give me to improve my social interactions. My social anxiety has been through the roof since COVID hit, and I’m afraid my classmates and...

When in doubt, ask for help, and not just from Emma. Questions can be submitted to emma.ledbetter@wsu.edu.

Ask Emma: Surviving freshman year

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor August 19, 2021

Dear incoming students, I know this can be a particularly challenging time in your life. You’re living on your own for (probably) the first time, and you just survived a global pandemic. Pat yourself...

Boundaries should be maintained in this type of situation.

Ask Emma: I think I experienced ‘love at first sight’

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor July 21, 2021

Dear Emma, I recently went on vacation and met this amazing person. We had a magical encounter, and I really fell for them. Love at first sight? It sure seemed like it. Unfortunately, they were not...

Having all of the information needed for the story can be helpful. Trying using an outline to get started.

Ask Emma: How do I make myself write?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor July 14, 2021

Dear Emma, I’m a writer — but I hardly feel that way because I always get writer’s block so bad that I can barely put any words on a page. The only way I ever get anything done is with strict...

Getting comfortable with silence is important for relationships when it comes to compromise.

Ask Emma: I talk way more than my significant other

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor July 7, 2021

Dear Emma, I recently made it “official” with this person I’ve been dating. Things have been going really well, and I really like them. However, when we spend time together, there are a lot of...

Dealing with a significant other who is mentally absent or difficult to communicate with can be the downfall of a good relationship.

Ask Emma: How do I make my boyfriend care about me?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor June 30, 2021

Dear Emma, I have asked my boyfriend so many times to spend more time with me or put more effort into communicating with me, but he keeps doing the same things. It makes me feel like he just doesn't...

Getting over an ex is difficult. Journaling, talking to someone and practicing mindfulness can help ease the pain of a break-up.

Ask Emma: I need help getting over my ex

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor February 23, 2021

Dear Emma, I dated this person on and off for four years, and I just found out they are dating someone else. Needless to say, I am distraught. Sure, we were “off” at the time they started dating...

Keeping a level head is very important. Even if you and your employer have conflicting personalities.

Ask Emma: I need a better working relationship with my boss

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor February 11, 2021

Dear Emma, I don’t get along with my boss. It makes doing my job really difficult. I try to be professional around them, but it is really hard sometimes. I feel like I am constantly walking on eggshells.  Do...

If finals has you stressed, this weeks Ask Emma is made just for you.

Ask Emma: I’m stressed about finals

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor December 7, 2020

Dear Emma, I am super stressed for finals weeks — way more stressed than I normally am for finals. I think it’s a combination of online learning and just existing during a global pandemic. My classes...

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