Ask Evie: The Senior Who Tells It Like It Is

by: Evie H.

Managing Editor

I’m broke!

                Dear Evie, my parents keep nagging me to get a job and want me to make my own money. They think it would be beneficial for me to have the experience and learn some responsibility. The problem is, I do not know where or how to apply! Could you give me some advice?

To Responsible Rebecca: First and foremost, ask your parents what advice they could give you about finding a job. Ask if they could help you look around the community or have any friends who own businesses and could use your help. You can also check the newspaper listings or even a few websites. Also, you can inquire your friends if their workplace is hiring. Chances are, even if they are not hiring at the moment, the managers will see how eager you are about getting a job there, and they will keep your face in mind. Your best bet is going online or picking up an application from any desired workplace around you and applying to them all. Even if they are not hiring, your application will be the first they look at when they are, and you are surely going to be scheduled for an interview!

I’m losing  my best friend

                Evie, I need your help. My best friend has been spreading rumors about me and is telling other people all of my secrets. I thought she would keep my personal information to herself, but sadly, I was wrong. She is beginning to talk to the boy I like, and I just do not know how to tell her to stop. It is making me really mad, but I know she is much better than this. Help! What should I do?

Dear Hopeful Hannah: Unfortunately, this girl does not sound like a best friend. If she is willing to go to the length to spread untrue rumors about you and let loose your secrets, you should have never trusted her to begin with. It seems to me as if she has changed quite a bit, and you desire your old best friend back. Unfortunately, people change, and sometimes they make this change in order to get what they want. As difficult as it may be, you need to let go and find some new friends who will treat you how you deserve to be treated. And about the boy, there are plenty of fish in the sea. If he is willing to talk to your best friend, he did not deserve your time of day in the first place.

I’m scared for college!

I need your advice! College is approaching quickly, and I am not sure where I want to go or what I want to study. Is there anything you could suggest? Also, I am in the midst of writing my essays to apply to some colleges, and I just do not know where to begin. Can you help?

Dear Frantic Fred: First of all, take a deep breath. You have a while to figure out what you are going to study in college, even though you are a senior. Many college freshmen change their major twice during their freshman year because they have no clue what they want to be or what they want to do with their future. If you have a passion for something and enjoy doing it, I highly recommend that you study that area in college. You do not want to study something for four, possibly eight, years that you do not enjoy. Pick something you love, and go for it. As for the colleges, you must have some place in mind! If you are willing to pay the out of state price and can get into the college, tour the campus! On the other hand, you may want to stay close to home and save some money, which is a good place to start as well.  For the essays, I recommend you write from the heart. Recently, I had to write a college application essay for Florida State, and the topic was entirely too vague. I literally had no idea how to begin, yet once I made time to sit down and think, I was typing up a storm. Many college essays have a length requirement, and if you write what comes to mind, you will find yourself struggling to stay beneath the maximum word limit. The admissions officers do not want to see a cliché essay; be creative. Think outside of the box, and wow them with your creativity. You are sure to get into the college of your dreams if you do that. Above all, do not stress too much. Although senior year is the precursor to college, it is also about having fun as a teenager while you still can. Do not get so caught up in all the responsibility that you cannot live up your youthful years while you are still young. Do not worry; I promise you will get through it!Evie Herbst

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