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Ask Emma: How do I build community as an RA?

Living in a residence hall this year is far from the normal college student experience. Emma gives advice to one RA about building community with their residents.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter November 16, 2020

Dear Emma, I’m an RA on campus, and I’m really struggling to build a sense of community on my floor. I feel like a lot of residents see RAs as the police, and they have trouble trusting us. I really...

Ask Emma: I can’t make up my mind

If you're thinking about reaching out to someone you've stopped talking to on a dating app, Emma said to think about your reasoning for wanting to reach out.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter November 9, 2020

Dear Emma, I wrote to you a couple of weeks ago about a text conversation I wanted to escape. I followed your advice and told them directly I wanted to stop texting. At the rate things were going, I...

Ask Emma: I can’t stay awake

Emma has advice to those struggling to keep their eyes open during Zoom lectures. It includes staying hydrated and trying to limit your naps to 20 minutes.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter November 2, 2020

Dear Emma, I have a problem. I can’t seem to stay awake during the day. I want to pay attention to my Zoom classes, but I can barely keep my eyes open. Thankfully, I have enough sense to turn my camera...

Ask Emma: I got ghosted

If you've used a dating app, there's a good chance you've been ghosted before. Emma tells readers to respect boundaries and to not make assumptions when you don't get a response back from someone.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist October 25, 2020

Dear Emma, I got ghosted, and I don’t know what I did wrong. I was talking to this person on an internet dating website, and I felt like the conversation was going really well. I’m not sure what...

Ask Emma: How do I stop this text conversation?

With the multitude of dating apps available nowadays, losing interest in a potential date is common. Emma gives advice on how to let the person down easy.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter October 18, 2020

Dear Emma, I recently connected with this person over an internet dating site. At first we hit it off, but then the conversation started going downhill. There’s nothing, in particular, I can identify...

Ask Emma: I failed a test

No one likes to see an F on a test, paper or assignment. However, Emma has some tips on how to bounce back from a not-so-desirable grade.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist October 11, 2020

Dear Emma, I just got a test grade back and found out I failed … hard. I’ve never failed a test before, and I don’t know what to do. This kind of feels like the end of the world, or maybe just...

Ask Emma: What are some COVID-safe date ideas?

If you're worried COVID-19 is putting a damper on your love life, Emma has some date ideas you can do around the Palouse.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen columnist October 4, 2020

Dear Emma, I recently started dating this girl who I really like. I want to take her on some fun dates, but I’m worried about COVID-19 and being safe while we’re out. Normally, I would do something...

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 27, 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...

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 20, 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...

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 16, 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...

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 9, 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...

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 30, 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...

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