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L, K, & S Advice Column

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

L, K&S Advice

Advice

Lara, Sarah Munoz, and Katie R.

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Dear K&S

Recently, my friends making fun of me and it’s really hurting my self-esteem. How do I deal with bullying?

Tortured

Dear Tortured,

If someone is bullying you, it doesn’t make them the stronger person. The best thing you can do is stop hanging out with them and accept yourself as you are. Value yourself. Know that people’s intent to hurt you is only a reflection of their own insecurities and struggles. They bring down other people so that they can bring themselves up. Remember, you are strong and amazing!

Sincerely,

L

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Dear K&S,

Now that the senior parking lot is closed, I've been having to park out in the street. Unfortunately, I'm terrible at parallel parking. Any advice?

SpacelessSenior

Dear SpacelessSenior,

Parallel parking may seem like an impossible task, but rest assured, with a little bit of practice and some helpful tips, you'll be well on your way to becoming a parallel parking pro! The first piece of advice I would give you is to start off simple. Find a long stretch of empty road where you can practice your craft without fear of being judged or more important, hitting something.

There are a ton of helpful videos, gifs, and how-to articles online to help get you started. I'll summarize them for you here. Begin by aligning your car right next to the car in front of the spot where you want to park (You can place down cones if you're practicing somewhere empty). Then, turn your steering wheel completely to the right and begin backing up. Once your front bumper is level with the other car's back bumper, turn your steering wheel completely left and continue backing up slowly. Now, all you have to do is adjust! Make sure to leave sufficient space in front and behind you so that all three cars can leave. And violá, you've parallel parked!

Good luck and safe practicing,

K&S

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Dear K&S,

There's still a month left of school, but I'm practically done. All my AP tests are over and there doesn't seem to be much of a point to coming to school anymore. What should I do?

Bored-and-tired

Dear Bored-and-tired,

I understand why you feel as you do. After an entire year of working for one specific goal it can seem counterintuitive to keep going after it's done. But you have to remember, the point of school is not to pass all the AP exams or to get the perfect grades. The point of school is to learn the skills that you will need out in "the real world." Skills like time management, finding intrinsic motivation, and solving problems under pressure. It can be easy to lose sight of this side of education when all our time and energy is spent chasing numbers. So use this last month to work on the side that so often gets ignored. Come to school for the fun of it. Because learning for learning's sake is one of the best things out there.

K&S

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