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Hello everyone! 

My name is Jonathan, and I’m one of the new advice columnists for the Manitou Messenger this year. 

Each month this year, I’ll take the questions you send me and see what I can do to help you out. 

Any and every sort of struggle is welcome, whether your roommate is bothering you, you’re struggling to get all your homework done or you aren’t sure how to propose to your SO before the two of you graduate this spring. I’m here to help! 

With that said, allow me to fill you in on a few other juicy deets about this year’s column.

“We’re all in this together” – “High School Musical,” 2006.

This column has not just one, but two purposes! 

First of all, I am here to give you advice. And having read plenty of the Carolyn Hax, I’m obviously qualified to do so. 

However, there’s a second super special and awesome reason I need you to write to me with your problems – it also helps your fellow Oles. 

One of the most comforting things to know is that you’re not alone – largely because it’s true! 

Even if it feels like it, there are others on campus going through the same things that you are, and asking for advice might just help others who are a little too shy to ask for help themselves. 

Which brings me to my next point…

“Wait a minute! Who ARE you?!” – “You On Kazoo,” 1989.

Because it takes quite a lot of courage to ask a stranger for advice and then have their response published for everyone to read, I’m making it a little easier on all you knowledge-seekers. 

This column is completely anonymous! 

You don’t have to leave your real name, or any name, when you submit a question, and so (of course) it won’t be included in the column when it’s published.   

To build trust among us all, I’m not using my real name either, so the playing field is even!

Of course, this column is only one of many resources on campus. 

Your RAs and JCs are always willing to listen, offer advice and help you with whatever you need. 

Alongside your peers, the campus ministers are wonderful people and another excellent resource. 

For more serious concerns, make an appointment at Boe House. 

I personally believe that everyone should have a therapist – meeting with someone who is paid to listen to your problems and help you through them can only help.

“Just DO IT.” – Shia LeBouf, 2015.

So what are you waiting for? Send in your questions today! 

Tackle your problems, unite our campus and help me keep my job! 

I’ll see you next month.

Signed,
Jonathan Pine


Having trouble navigating the St. Olaf dating scene? Need help finding a date? Got more dates than you can handle? Or have a response to this week’s column? E-mail your questions to mess-ae@stolaf.edu and maybe one of our love columnists will answer them in next week’s issue. All submitted questions will remain anonymous.