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Rookie freshmen get advice from “old pros”

Dear Straight Talk: I have three grandchildren starting high school and two heading to college. What advice do you have for them? What were your best and worst lessons? —Devoted Reader


Drug-free dorms in college — do they exist?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m going to college next month and dread the horror stories of drinking and drug use in the dorms. I do not use drugs and hope to never start. Do colleges have drug-free dorm halls? Or please suggest how to deal…


Looking forward: Millennial Generation shares challenges for 2015

Dear Readers: The last round of Millennial Generation members (ages 11-33, born 1982-2004) are entering adolescence, while the rest are in various stages of adult launch. This generation inherited multiple wars, planet-wide climate…


Hopes and dreams of youth plant seeds for a better future

Dear Readers: From tiny acorns grow mighty oaks. The dreams of the young are the seeds of the future. It’s my honor to present these youthful voices, each one striving to make the world a better place. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…


Excessive college jitters require courage breakthrough

Dear Straight Talk: I'm heading to an east-coast college this fall. My siblings all loved their college years and whenever I voice my nervousness they tell me it's normal and will get better once I'm there. Every time I talk…


Teaching style, not intelligence makes females less drawn to science and math

Dear Straight Talk: I'm a woman in high tech and a regular Straight Talk reader. The disproportionately small number of women in STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] is all over the news. Yet I've never seen anyone asking…


Dad wants to motivate college-dropout son

Dear Straight Talk: My son dropped out of college last year, his sophomore year. He partied hearty and flunked out. After six challenging months at home, he has a restaurant job and lives with roommates where mostly just drinking, video…


Should young man study online or take real classes?

Dear Straight Talk: I'm graduating from high school this June. My stepfather and I don't communicate and sharing a room with two siblings makes concentrating impossible. I have to get out, but my parents cannot help with college…


Trying to stay straight at all-women’s college

Dear Straight Talk: I'm a freshman at a top all-girl's college. I'm straight and broke up with my boyfriend to be here. There is tremendous pressure to fit in here by hooking up with girls. I realize girl-girl experimentation…


Warnings from the trenches about drinking — Part 2

Dear Readers: Last week, "Worried Mom" asked how to speak to her pre-college teen about the realities of college drinking and the college hookup scene. The panel reported from the front lines and I'm hoping their stories will motivate…

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