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Dear Hoskins Brothers,

Like every Carnegie Mellon student, I have a ton of work, but I also like to go to parties. On weekends when I have a ton of work, I always get peer-pressured into going out. My friends say to me “Hey, what are you doing?” and I just can’t resist going out! How can I say no to peer pressure?

Easily Convinced

Dear EC,

If you call that peer pressure, then you’re getting off easy. You need to learn to stand up for yourself. Work is most important. You need to take time to relax and enjoy yourself, but not so much that it destroys your grades.

If you find that having people around distracts you from working, there are a lot of quiet places to work on campus. There’s Hunt and the Engineering and Science Libraries. A lot of classrooms are open after hours and on weekends, and they’re a great place to work. You can attach your laptop to the projector and use the chalkboard for work.

When the weather gets nicer there’s always a large area of campus to sit and work outside. If you need to work, work. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Don’t forget to relax every once in a while,
Patrick Hoskins

Dear Hoskins Brothers,

I have this friend who makes girls run away — as in, physically run away. We started chatting with this girl, introduced ourselves and whatnot, and then she turned and sprinted away. This has happened seven times. How can I help my friend keep girls within a hundred meters of him?

Lonely With My Friend

Dear Lonely,

You need to sit your friend down and tell him the truth. After that, it’s time for a make-over. Does he bathe regularly? If he’s a CS or ECE major, the answer’s probably no. Buy him some good soap and tell him how to use it if you need to. Does he wear cologne? If so, he needs to stop. If not, he should probably try a little.

Once you have him looking and smelling acceptable, you need to change how he acts. Girls may be running away because he’s a little creepy. Try some role-playing exercises. You be the girl and let him try to seduce you. Stop him when he gets creepy, or when you run away. Keep going until he can manage to have a conversation with someone. Everything after that comes down to luck.

Make sure he puts on a clean shirt,
Brian Hoskins