Time will heal

Dear Mel, At this point, I don’t know who else to turn to. My boyfriend just broke up with me, we have been dating for 2 years and I really thought our relationship was going somewhere. I’m so confused. What happened here? I am crushed. I am hurt. I’ve spent the past hour flipping through... Read more »

Baby daddies... and stuff

Dear Mel, I really like this boy, but there’s just one problem – he has a baby. The mother and him are still close, but they aren’t dating or anything. I am a senior in high school and he’s a sophomore in college. However, he is taking classes at a community college nearby to where... Read more »

Avoiding high school stress

Dear Mel, I feel so stressed about everything.  And I’m sick all the time. What should I do? I have regular little tiffs with my best friends I’ve had for years now, and we’re like a rollercoaster. Please help. -Sick of Stress photo courtesy of alancleaver_2000 Dear Sick of Stress, Relax. Take a deeeep breath.... Read more »
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What to do if you don't get into your dream school

Dear Mel, I’ve always wanted to go to the University of Illinois.  I applied 2 months ago, and I will hear back from them on December 17th. I’m super nervous. I don’t know whether to expect an acceptance or rejection or waitlisting or what. Basically, I am freaking out. What do I do if I... Read more »

Let's talk about sex

Dear Mel, My boyfriend whom I’ve been dating for three months now wants to have sex. I don’t really want to do that with him just yet, but I’m worried that he might break up with me or think I’m a prude. I know this is a pretty cliche question… I’ve looked at lots of... Read more »

Dateless in Chicago

Dear Mel, Homecoming is this weekend and I’m not sure if I should go or not. I do not have a date and almost all of my friends have dates. Without a guy to go with, I don’t see a point in going. What do you think? -Dateless photo courtesy of OakleyOriginals Dear Dateless, You... Read more »

Sibling drama

Dear Mel, I’ve recently been having problems with my brother. He’s a year younger than me and we keep getting in arguments/tifts with each other. We fight about silly things sometimes, but other times the arguments are more serious. My parents refuse to get between us and they tell me that I’m responsible for fixing... Read more »

Keep your distance from him

Dear Mel, How can I keep myself from feeling sad when I run into a boy who hurt me? I see him almost three times a week. -Hurt photo courtesy of andrea.rose Dear Hurt, I think the best thing to do for the time being is to avoid him. Don’t try to be friends quite... Read more »

Getting over him

Dear Mel, It’s me again, the one who wrote to you last week about the guy I had real feelings for. Well, I told him how I felt. We were both wrong – he doesn’t feel that way about me anymore. After years and years of him pining over me, I never thought that this... Read more »

Crushed (like an empty soda can)

Dear Mel, So there’s this guy. He’s my age and we’ve known each other since we were really little. For years, he liked me. A lot. But I only saw him as one of my best friends. Everything ended when I screwed up and rejected him six months ago. I hurt him and he cut... Read more »