Greetings, advice seekers… or dedicated Carolyn Hax readers and r/relationship_advice perusers who might be looking for a Hoosier lens on their weekly reading. While nothing makes me qualified to dish out advice, I love listening to people’s problems and have made enough mistakes in my life — and at IU — to guide some of you in the right direction.
Roommate ate your entire box of Oreos without acknowledging it? Situationship won’t call you until the witching hour? Nearly passing out from malnutrition after eating ramen all week in your dorm? No longer able to validate your best friend’s toxic behavior in their relationship? Just trying to figure out the best places to take someone who is visiting you in Bloomington? The Hoosier Hotline is here to help you work through all the intricacies that come with our young adult lives.
I promise — despite my lack of any sort of psychology degree or other technical expertise — I have spent the necessary 10,000 hours it takes to become an expert preparing for this. From being sure to watch every single “WEDDING PLANNING MISTAKES I WISH I DIDN’T MAKE” video on my TikTok For You page despite having no indication of or desire for marriage in my near future, to religiously reading my copy of “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” starting when I was 8-years-old, I am ready to take on any question that comes my way.
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College may not be the best years of everyone’s life. But I hope my advice can bring you a little closer to loving it as much as a dad who gazes longingly at his former fraternity house and bittersweetly shakes his head every time he comes back to visit IU.
Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with all your questions, scenarios and conundrums to have my take on your situation published while keeping your identity anonymous.
Leila Faraday (she/her) is a sophomore majoring in policy analysis with minors in geography and urban planning and community development. She can only hope to have an ex-husband as cool as Carolyn Hax’s who would illustrate witty cartoons to accompany her advice column.