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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Ask the doc: Is there anything I can do to prevent falling asleep in...

"Is there anything I can do to prevent falling asleep in class or while studying?" —Larry, University Park, Pennsylvania Short answer: Yes.Longer answer: For some background, there are two common causes for the phenomenon...
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Ask the trainer: For someone who has never worked out, where is the best...

"For someone who has never worked out, where is the best place to start?"— Kerriene, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaWe know exercise is good for us, with long-term benefits (e.g., stronger bones and lower blood pressure)...
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Ask the academic advisor: How do I go about choosing a major or minor...

"How do I go about choosing a major or minor for college?"—Taylor*, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada*Name changedChoosing a major for college can be a joyous occasion (Hey, I found my life’s calling!)...
Ask the doc: “What can students do to stay healthy while under stress?”

Ask the doc: “What can students do to stay healthy while under stress?”

“What can students do to stay healthy while under stress?”—Jamie*, city and state withheldI spent a winter break working at Okemo Mountain as a lift operator. I was staying on a hill across the...
Ask the trainer: “What are the best pre-workout snacks?”

Ask the trainer: “What are the best pre-workout snacks?”

“What are the best pre-workout snacks?”—Jessica, San Antonio, TexasNo matter what time of day you’re going to be active, having a pre-workout snack is a good idea. Our body needs energy, and you’ll get...
Ask the academic advisor: “I’m easily distracted. How can I get myself to focus when studying?”

Ask the academic advisor: “I’m easily distracted. How can I get myself to focus...

“I’m easily distracted. How can I get myself to focus when studying?”—Jordan*, Grand Forks, North DakotaAs I write this response, I’m listening to a radio station, checking Facebook (for the news, really), and monitoring...
Ask the doc: Can drinking alcohol impair my ability to learn?

Ask the doc: Can drinking alcohol impair my ability to learn?

“Can drinking alcohol impair my ability to learn?” —Taylor, Portland State University, OregonYes, in ways both large and small. Are there students who drink from time to time and still manage to do well...
Ask the academic advisor: How do I go about getting a recommendation letter?

Ask the academic advisor: How do I go about getting a recommendation letter?

“How do I go about getting a recommendation letter?”—Jennifer, Pasadena, CaliforniaGlad you asked this question, but I am going to use my “editor” cap to add the word “good” before “recommendation letter,” as I...
Ask the nutritionist: I keep my calories at an appropriate intake; however, I drink a lot of soda. Why is this bad?

Ask the nutritionist: I keep my calories at an appropriate intake; however, I drink...

“I keep my calories at an appropriate intake; however, I drink a lot of soda. Why is this bad?”—Amberly, Amherst, MassachusettsThis is a great question. Even if your caloric intake is appropriate, if soda...
Ask the doc: My back and shoulders hurt when I lean over to take notes. Any tricks to help my posture?

Ask the doc: My back and shoulders hurt when I lean over to take...

—Angel*, Lowell, MassachusettsYour posture is leading to some imbalance and probably overusing certain muscle groups. It’s a common ergonomic problem, especially during exam times.How to improve your study posture Sit in a comfortable chair...