The return of Mr. Advice Man


Dear Mr. Advice Man,

My roommate is a psychology major, and she has taken to analyzing every single thing I do. Yesterday, she told me that the reason I watch “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is because I wasn’t hugged enough as a child. How can I convince her to give the analysis a rest?

– Psycho Over Psychology


Dear Psycho,

If you watch “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” you should consider yourself fortunate to have a psychology major for a roommate. Perhaps she can lay the initial groundwork for the large amount of therapy you clearly require.




Dear Mr. Advice Man,

There is a guy in one of my classes who insists on dominating every discussion. Regardless of the topic, he has an anecdote, an example or a personal experience he just has to share. It seems like the class is merely an excuse for a personal conversation between him and the instructor. Should I approach the instructor about this issue?

– Left Out in Lindquist


Dear Left Out,

This reminds me of the time I was taking Matt Grenier’s excellent “American Pop Music” course (MUSC 493 – register early). I had just arrived to class when I realized … I had forgotten my notebook. I ended up having to borrow a sheet of paper from another student to take notes. Of course, I ended up taking a large amount of notes, and I filled up both sides of the page. I was too embarrassed to ask for another sheet of paper, so I started writing in the margins. When I think of it now, I just laugh and laugh.



Dear Mr. Advice Man,

I just can’t seem to get it together. I’m constantly forgetting class work or finding myself too busy to study, and it’s starting to affect my grade. Can you give me some tips for getting more organized?

– Muddled in McKinley


Dear Muddled,

I had 10 great tips for getting organized, but I think I left them at home. It’s either that, or they’re lost on my desk somewhere. I’ll see if I can find them in a couple of days and get them to you … or not. You know, I’m so busy handing out advice all the time; it’s hard to keep up. You’re welcome.



Dear Mr. Advice Man,

It seems like every single issue on the news today is a political “hot-button” issue. I’m hesitant to even watch television with my friends for fear of yet another political argument. Can you recommend some politically-neutral activities we can engage in, at least until after November?

– Hating Hardball


Dear Hating,

I think you and your friends will all be able to sit down to an episode of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and agree that it is, without a doubt, the worst thing on television today.