The Daily Evergreen

Ask Emma: I need tips to break up the monotony

With COVID-19 limiting options for social interaction, Emma gives tips on how to keep away boredom. Some activities include going on daily walks and having a fall photoshoot.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

September 28, 2020

Dear Emma, My days are all starting to run together. I am so bored, I can’t even express it.  I go to classes. I eat. I sleep. I repeat. I need something to break up the monotony. Any tips (other than Netflix or procrastinating my classwork)? Thanks, Blasé Dear Blasé, Great ...

Ask Emma: Who do I ask for a letter of recommendation?

If you're thinking about applying for graduate school, it's more than likely that you'll need to ask a professor or mentor to be a reference. Emma gives tips and tricks on how to go about asking for a recommendation letter.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

September 21, 2020

Dear Emma, I’m applying to graduate school this year. I feel like I am a qualified candidate — except for my letters of recommendation. It isn’t that I don’t get along with people or people don’t like me; I just don’t know any professors from college on a personal level. I’m a good stu...

Ask Emma: I need a better work-life balance

Finding the right balance between school, work and personal time is hard. Emma tackles this topic by suggesting people to intentionally set certain hours to relax and unwind.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

September 17, 2020

Dear Emma,  I'm really struggling to maintain my work-life boundaries, and I’m not really sure the best way to go about fixing that. It's pretty much impossible to take a day off from my job, although I keep trying for some reason. I feel bad when I'm not constantly available and able to respo...

Ask Emma: How do I celebrate my birthday during a pandemic?

Before you go out for your birthday, think about other ways you could celebrate safely, like having a small wine night.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

September 10, 2020

Dear Emma, I’m a senior and I’m about to turn 21. I’ve been waiting to celebrate in Pullman for a solid four years. Obviously, we are in the middle of a pandemic, and COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in Pullman right now. I was planning to celebrate (safely) at Stubblefields, which just clos...

Ask Emma: How do I study for college exams?

If the first week of classes already have you stressed out, here are some tips Emma suggests. Some habits include reading your syllabuses and not cramming for exams.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

August 31, 2020

Dear Emma, I’m worried about studying for my classes. I’m a freshman and have never had to study for college exams — let alone college exams online. What should I do to be prepared? I don’t want to flunk my first semester, so any study tips are greatly appreciated. Thank you, A+ ...

Ask Emma: What if I can’t pass my online classes?

Ask Emma suggests creating an accountability system and utilizing the Access Center to be more successful in online courses.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

July 20, 2020

Dear Emma, I am terrible at online classes. Last spring was by far my worst semester grade-wise, and I don’t think I can pass another semester not being completely in-person. I’ve already heard from several of my professors and none of my classes look like they will have a face-to-face compon...

Ask Emma: How do I make friends with online classes?

 It's safe to say the most people want to meet new friends during the first few months of school. During the time of COVID-19, Emma recommends meeting people outside of classes at both in-person and online events.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

July 13, 2020

Dear Emma, Is it hard to make friends in college? I have a few really close friends from high school, but none of them are going to WSU with me. I’m worried I will close myself off to new people, or that I won’t have any opportunities because my classes are mostly going to be online.  How do ...

Ask Emma: How do I escape the friendzone?

If you have a certain friend you hope to be in a relationship with, it can be hard to navigate whether or not they have feelings for you back. Emma hopes to help 'Friendzoned' this week.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

July 6, 2020

Dear Emma, I have a friend who I’ve known for a few years, and we’re really close. I’m starting to have feelings for this person but I’m not sure if they feel the same way.  I’m a little anxious about saying something to them because I don’t want to mess up our friendship if they don’t f...

Ask Emma: I want to get a dog

Dogs are great companions and deserve a forever home, but don’t get one if you can’t provide that.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

June 29, 2020

Dear Emma, Everyone I know has a dog or is getting one. I really want one but am living at home and haven’t been able to convince my mom yet. I keep suggesting that I can take it back to school with me, but she still doesn’t like it.  Any tips on how to show her this is a good idea? Sinc...

Ask Emma: How do I know if I’ve found ‘the one’?

If you feel like giving up on your love life, take a moment to read Ask Emma's advice. She suggests to get rid of unrealistic expectations set by movies.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

June 22, 2020

Dear Emma, How do you know that the person you're talking to is ‘the one’? I've had multiple failed attempts in the past, and to be honest, I'm gradually starting to lose all the hope, energy and sanity I have left.  Don't get me wrong—I know that I don't need a significant other to complete me. I just don't want ...

Ask Emma: Should I pursue my passion?

Writing with a deadline can help you learn to be comfortable with imperfect writing, Emma says.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 15, 2020

Dear Emma, I love creative writing and I consider it my passion but am always really nervous to show people my work because I’m a perfectionist. I’m afraid my writing will seem silly or incomplete, no matter how much time I have spent on it.  If I was a bit better, I might actually try to mak...

Ask Emma: I don’t know what to expect if I start school in the fall

As high school seniors graduate this spring and decide whether to attend WSU in the fall, a lot of unknowns are still up in the air. Emma advises seniors to keep tabs on the latest updates from the university.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist

June 8, 2020

Dear Emma, I’m going to be a freshman at WSU in the fall and I’m worried about what classes are going to be like. I was already nervous to transition from high school to college, but that was before everything happened with the pandemic. My parents suggested I take a gap year. I would rather ...

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