Eliana’s Advice for ironing shirts and ironing out professors

October 9, 2015

Dear Eliana,
I want to visit one of my professor’s office hours to ask him for some help, but I have classes during his regular office hours. I’ve emailed him to schedule an appointment twice, and he still hasn’t responded to any of my emails. I don’t know how to get in touch with him. It’s a big lecture, so I’d feel odd going up to him in class. How do I get his attention?

Dear Disregarded,
That sounds really frustrating, but there are other ways to get help for a class. If your professor is not great at responding to emails, it might be worth it to work through the oddness and just talk to him one day after class. People do it a lot, even with lectures, so it’s really not as strange as you might think. If you still feel weird about talking to your professor in class, that’s alright, too, and you can try talking to a TA instead. They are there to help you with questions you have about the class, so they’ll probably be better about responding to emails, and you may even feel more comfortable talking to someone closer to your own age. If you want, you can also keep trying to get in touch with the professor through email, but try not to go overboard.

Dear Eliana,
I have an important interview for an internship next week, and after I took my shirt out of the dryer, it was all wrinkled! I don’t have an iron, or would even know how to use one, and I don’t want to look like a schlub. Is there any place on campus I can find an iron to use, or even someone to do it for me?

Dear Wrinkled,
Unfortunately, as far as I know, there is not a specific place on campus where people can go to iron things. You could start an ironing club! However, you need not worry because there are other options. You can try steaming your shirt the next time you shower (handheld steamers are also a thing you could possibly borrow or buy). Another idea is to see if any of your friends use Brandeis’ laundry service and ask them if you can send it to get dry cleaned with their stuff. Basically, just ask around to see if anyone can help. If not, you can always wear a different shirt, or you have an excuse to buy a new one.

Dear Eliana,
I was wondering if you could help me out with something. I was told recently I have bad breath. I don’t understand how, since I brush my teeth at least twice a day, floss and use mouth wash excessively. I feel like my mouth is more sanitized than a hospital ward, but I keep getting told I have bad breath. What can I do to overcome this heinous affliction that I haven’t been doing already?

Dear Dragonborn,
Bad breath is unfortunate, and if you’re doing all that and still having problems, I would recommend seeing a dentist. It might have something to do with your diet, or it could even be some sort of gum disease. In the meantime, all I can suggest is keeping up the good oral hygiene habits, and using gum or mints.

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