We’ve always felt strongly that November 4th is the Valentine’s day of autumn. So cuddle up close to that special someone (or if you’re like any of the people who submitted questions, cuddle up with a body pillow), and enjoy the most romantic blog post of your life.
Before we delve into the advice, we have one point to raise with some of you. You know who you are. We see you around campus, frantically gesturing in the dining halls, dozing off in lecture, nervously freaking out when your crush walks by—you clearly have problems. But don’t worry, there’s hope: just submit questions to Listen Up. Either click this link or scroll down to the google form below, and help us help you.
Before we begin, we just wanted to clarify to everyone that some questions quite frankly do not belong in an advice column. Oh, we’re not talking about the raunchy (one anon asked about a fantasy they had with a Tasty Burger), or the inane (“I literally do no homework...is that bad?”). We’re talking about questions that have real answers. Questions about how to fill out your fall wardrobe? Yes, yes, yes. Questions about how long summer lasts? No, no, no. (Apparently, scientists haven’t actually figured out how long summer lasts. Current estimates about the length of summer ranges from five seconds to five hundred days.)
For all of you incoming freshmen unfamiliar with our work, we are Harvard’s premier advice gurus consulting students on everything from their ailing love lives to troubles with their TFs (that’s teaching fellows for the uninitiated). Last spring, students submitted over 150 questions. We meticulously analyzed each and every question on their merits, consulted with experts, and wrote cogent, well-thought out, awe-inspiring, even life-saving responses to 31 of those questions. Nobody on campus can do what we do, not even your PAFs (those are the “super cool” people wearing matching T-shirts when you move in). So whether you are concerned about your roommate with a T-rex as their profile picture, nervous about sipping your first beer, or anxious about becoming too close with Professor Greg Mankiw when you take Ec 10, send us your questions here.
Over the past several weeks, we have received numerous inquiries as to whether the questions we answer are actually real. Let us assure you, just as with each and every post, all of the questions we publish are very, very real. Honestly, if you’ve read our responses, you know we are nowhere near clever enough to come up with answers that are as funny and insightful as your questions.