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I’m a recent amputee who is having a lot of trouble getting used to my prosthetic. I appreciate that prosthetics have gotten so advanced over the years, but mine is uncomfortable! I have to wear it, but it hurts the skin where it touches my body. Do you have any advice?

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After a long time of dreaming, I think I am finally going to buy a motorcycle. I’m doing research right now, but I’m pretty sure that I want a Harley-Davidson. I’ll use it mostly to ride around my neighborhood and streets in my town that aren’t too busy, and maybe for the occasional scenic d…

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Ever since I was a kid, I have been passionate about food. When I was younger and adults used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would tell them that I wanted to be a chef. And, for a long time, I meant it. I love cooking, and I’m good at it. I think I’d make a good chef!

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I dreamed about writing fantasy books, and I used to write little stories about heroes on journeys and things like that. It was all pretty derivative, but I was happy when I was writing in a way that I wasn't happy doing other things. So I was sure …

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I care about my health, but I don’t know much about dietary supplements. One of the things I’m really curious about is where supplements actually come from and how the supplement business actually works. Who makes supplements? Can anyone just start their own supplement business and start mak…

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If you completed, or plan to complete a master’s degree in education, and you want to go further with your education, you have two choices. You can continue to obtain either a PhD or EdD. Both of these doctoral degrees focus on higher learning in the field of education. However, an EdD is mo…

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I have an addiction that is costing me way too much of my hard-earned money. What I'm addicted to is this: coffee.

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I'm looking to purchase a real estate property in Australia, and I'm a little confused about how real estate transactions work here. To be fair, I'm not from Australia (I was born and raised in the United States), so that might be part of why the legal stuff and terminology is throwing me of…

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I've never really been in great shape. Ever since I was a kid, I was considered "heavy." I don't really blame myself because I was just a kid. But I try not to blame my parents, either, because I know that they were probably raised in the same way.

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I'm not a real word whiz or anything (as if a real word whiz would write something as silly sounding as "word whiz"), but I'm doing my best to keep up with my college's essay requirements and stuff like that. In fact, I'm thinking of writing a senior thesis, which is something I never though…

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I work hard in school, and I plan to work hard in my career. But I’m get frustrated sometimes when I think about where all of that work is taking place (and will continue to take place): inside! It seems to me that with all of our technology these days, we’re a lot less in touch with nature …

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I think I'm a good-looking girl. I eat pretty well, and I run a lot, so I'm in good shape. But I don't feel attractive sometimes and it’s probably because of what I wear. I've never been a stylish person. When I was younger, I was growing fast and wore a lot of cheap stuff and sweatshirts. I…

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I’ve made some friends here who are originally from Texas — Austin, to be exact. And boy, do they love Texas! I always heard that Texans loved their home state, but these guys really showed me just how intense that love can be. They’re also big defenders of Austin in particular — I always th…

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I realized the other day that I spend a fairly large amount of money on snacks and drinks from vending machines. I kind of laughed about it to myself, because it feels to me like vending machines are kind of old-fashioned things. When I think about how few people actually carry crisp dollar …

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I have to move soon, and I dread it. I have a ton of stuff--too much stuff, to be honest. I am not very organized. I am a small person, so I’m going to have a tough time moving bulky boxes and stuff. On top of all of that, I have to move twice. My leases don’t overlap, so I’m going home for …

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I know I’m late to this party, but what’s up with cryptocurrency? Bitcoin was all over the news a little while ago, and I still hear people talking about it. As I understand it, it’s not just Bitcoin. A bunch of these cryptocurrencies exist, and people buy and sell them (and, I presume, payi…

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I recently got a full-time job with a historical tour society. You know those people who dress up in costume and lead groups of tourists around historic downtowns? That’s me. Or that was me. Literally a week and a half into the job, I twisted my knee pretty badly while walking backward in 18…

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Graduation is coming up soon for me. And coming with it will be some big “adult” moments--like buying my first car! I’m kind of looking forward to having a car of my own, but it also makes me a little nervous, because I don’t know the first thing about caring for a car. I know that new cars …

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Ready or not, here I come: it’s off to the “real world” with me. But, uh, about that “ready or not”  — it’s definitely more of the “not” right now, and that has me a little nervous. I feel like there are still some things about adult life that are beyond me. For instance, stocks: what the he…

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I need some additional guidance. I’m a recent college graduate trying to figure out what I should do with my career. My major concentration was in business administration with a focus on digital marketing.

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I know many people claim this but I really think that I have the best parents in the world. They have supported me in practically everything and I’m one of those lucky enough to have gone through college exclusively focused on just my academics with their financial support. I recently earned…

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I’ve always been kind of into “life hacks,” which I know can be controversial to experts and specialists. I know that life hacks are a bit simplified and silly in some ways, but I find that knowing little tricks to getting things done helps me! So I’m keeping that in mind as I tackle a big p…

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I grew up not spending much time in the water. Weird, I know! My hometown is pretty cold for a lot of the year, and my parents were just never really into going to pools and stuff like that. So I grew up only rarely swimming or spending time on the shore.

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I’m going to ask a question about a sensitive subject. I know the experts don’t get political in these columns, and that’s okay--but I’m hoping that you can give some insights into the facts related to some serious issues.

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I’m going to be a senior next year, so I’m starting to think about looking for jobs. But I’m not so sure that I want to head into the working world in the traditional way. I’ve always wanted to be a bit more “free” than most jobs would let me be. I want to be able to move around a lot and ta…

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I am looking to start college next fall. Although I am currently undecided, I really like high-end technology. Specifically, I am interested in the topic of hardware and robotics. However, to pay for the degree, I want to look for a part-time job in a similar area so that I can gain some fie…

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I have a friend who worries me sometimes, with the way she drives. Don’t get me wrong; she is a very good person, and pretty darn smart, too! However, she just makes decisions behind the wheel that baffle me.

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I seem to have gotten myself into quite the financial predicament. Currently, my cash flow is just a mess as I never seem to have enough money to live. All my finances are thrown off as soon as I pay for my college semester. Naturally, I always prioritize this expense, but I was wondering wh…

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I’m dealing with a tough situation right now. One of my best friends from my hometown is going through some horrible stuff. He’s a drug addict, and I’m struggling to understand the situation.

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I have a car that I just love. My family and friends, on the other hand… well, let’s just say that they don’t share my love of the vehicle. I can understand why, because my car--which runs great, by the way!--does not present itself in the most, uh, “professional manner.” It looks terrible, …

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I’ve lived my whole life in this country, and I never really gave too much thought to leaving it. But, lately, I’ve been considering some career moves for after I graduate that could conceivably take me out of the country. If I were to leave the United States, I’d most likely end up in eithe…

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My college experience has been amazing so far. I’ve made incredible friends, I’ve had amazing experiences, and I’ve even done pretty well in class! It’s going to be ending pretty soon, though, so I want to do something special. Either over this summer or during one of the breaks during my se…

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I was pretty lucky in high school. I never had the skin problems that some people did. I didn’t have to worry about pimples all the time the way many teenagers do. I was pretty happy with that, but now karma has come back for me. My skin is awful right now, even though I’m 20 years old now a…

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My dad’s brother died a few years ago. I didn’t know that side of the family very well. It wasn’t just only-saw-them-on-holidays, it was more like never-saw-them-at-all. They were the weird side of the family. Or, maybe we were.

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I know that not everyone is looking forward to graduating, but I am! I’m ready to get out on my own and have a bit more control over how I live. One big goal of mine is to own my own home and set it up just the way I want it. I think I’ll be more comfortable when I oversee my own interior de…

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I have a two-part question. However, let me give you some background so that you have some context. I am in college in Bend, Oregon and so I have very limited resources and a small budget. I work part time so whatever I decide to do has to be penny conscious. Currently, the appliances at my …

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I need some help with a challenging research assignment. The final paper in my introduction to justice studies class has everyone comparing different legal systems. At first, I planned to major in pre-law, but this class changed my opinion of the field. It is more complicated than I thought …

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This is a bit embarrassing, but I need some information. I am in college and my wife and I earn a living selling merchandise online. We started this venture together to support our family, as we became pregnant straight out of high school. The issue is, we’re under a lot of strain, and now m…

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I have a very broad question: how do polls work?

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This semester, I finally got straight A’s (while taking Organic Chem!), but you wouldn’t know it from the mistake I made this morning: I washed my phone. I left it in yesterday’s jeans and tossed it in the washing machine right along with the pants. Maybe it was too many late-night study ses…

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I was in a recent car accident, and it’s been a real headache. At first, I didn’t realize just how much my family and I were going to have to handle. It’s been everything from car repairs to medical bills, and the insurance companies involved are ridiculous. We’ve considered getting a lawyer…

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Graduation is looming, and the “real world” is starting to feel all too real to me. I’m worried about getting a job, because I chose to major in something I’m really passionate about, which also happens to be something that there are not a lot of jobs in. So now I’m going over my options and…

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I’m in a fantasy football league here at school with friends, and it’s a great deal of fun. However, lately I’ve been wondering if what we’re doing is legal. We each put down some money at the draft every year, and then we use the pot to award prize money to the team owner who earns the best…

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Things are getting very serious with my girlfriend. In fact, I think pretty soon we’re going to be engaged. We’re on the same page on pretty much everything, including the fact that she should have an engagement ring. But neither of us is interested in starting our lives together without any…

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If you already have a job, but are looking for a way to augment your current income, then it may be worth your time to look into investing in real estate. Being a landlord isn’t easy, but it is possible to own a rental property as an investment while also holding down a different full-time j…

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I could use some help with a tough assignment. I’m a freshman in college and currently an undeclared major. I’m in two business classes, and one of them is way more difficult than I imagined it would be. We present business cases every class session based on readings or some prompt given dur…

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I’ve wanted to be a lawyer for a long time, but sometimes I feel like I don’t know what I mean when I say that. I think I decided on the idea because people said I was good at arguing when I was a kid, and I knew that some of my parents’ friends were successful lawyers. But I never really th…

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A while ago, I got into an accident that really messed me up. Since then, I’ve been trying to get back on my feet. The person who caused the accident was really sorry (and I think afraid of being sued), and helped me with my medical bills. However, I don’t feel that they’re helping enough, s…

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I could use some help with a difficult assignment. I’m a sophomore taking an honors sociology class that has us do a mini-research project every week. This past week, the class was focused on trends in child birthing and childrearing, which was pretty fascinating.

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One of my favorite things to read on the internet is legal advice. I don’t know why it fascinates me so much--it’s not like I need legal advice myself, at least not right now. But I find it super interesting how people can end up in these crazy, convoluted legal situations, and I’m amazed by…