Gossip Squirrel 11/7/2022

Dear Gossip Squirrel,
What is the] Best advice on beating burnout? Between classes, clubs, FSL stuff, working 3 jobs, and trying to have a social life, it’s really hard. I can’t quit anything I’m doing so I’m not sure how to find a second in the day to take a break.
-SOS

Dear SOS,
One of the hardest things you can do as a busy person is fill up your schedule to the brim. Most of the time you don’t mean to but your commitment to your many roles can definitely make you very busy. It is important that you are finding sometime in your busy schedule for yourself. This can be the time saved to socialize and the relax. If burnout is a big worry focus on getting through everything little by little. If you think about your commitments ahead of time as you are planning a weekly schedule, managing these commitments and finding free time could get easier. Make sure to take some time to stop and rest since being busy constantly can tire you out and lead you to a deeper burn out. If you can’t find any free time consider scheduling it in when planning.
-Gossip Squirrel

Dear Gossip Squirrel,
Signing up for classes had to be one of the most stressful parts of my past week. When I ended up going to sign up for my classes, two were already full and had a waitlist. I also emailed professors and they told me there is nothing I can do but wait to see if someone drops either the class or the waitlist.
-Scheduling Nightmare

Dear Scheduling Nightmare,
I think every Alma College student can agree with you when it comes to the struggles of registering. What is crucial about deciding your schedule is that you have backups. As people with more credits register, many classes will fill up. Making sure that you have backup courses in case they get filled up, can help you in taking required courses and filling up your schedule. It can be easier to schedule classes in your major since they are requirements and teachers might feel slightly obligated to let you in but when it comes to other classes the waitlist can be the pretty hard to come off of. Going in and talking with the professor in
person can be a great way to see if the professor is willing to expand their class a little bit but having backups will help tremendously in the process of making your schedule.
-Gossip Squirrel

Weekly Horoscopes 10/24/2022

LOTTIE CARMAN
HOROSCOPES

Aries (March 21st-April 19th)

Now is the time for Aires to come clean and express their emotions.  What once made you feel unsure is coming up to the surface and making more sense in your present life. Remember, you never know until you try. 

Taurus (April 20th-May 20th)

Your stubbornness is coming into play with those around you. Put yourself in other’s shoes and see where you stand. You are dedicated to your opinion, so remember that the world is not black and white. 

Gemini (May 21st-June 20th)

Impulsiveness has been on your mind lately and is inching towards your way. This comes with lifelong, long-term memories and adventures. However, use your good sense and be careful of the possible dangers ahead. 

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd)

Cancer has been extremely stressed out in a specific aspect of their life. Do not let your difficulties overpower your goofy sense of humor. You have more capabilities within yourself than you know. 

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd)

Drama has been surrounding your life lately no matter how much you are attempting to avoid it. Do not let those around you walk over your generosity. Know that your big heart is a strength, not a weakness. 

Virgo (August 23rd- September 22nd)

You have been running out of mental energy more than usual, lately. Let Ceres nourish the love that you have inside and accept that you are your own priority in life. 

Libra (September 23rd- October 22nd)

The power of Mercury is yours for not much longer. You may have felt an increase of confidence in communication, mentality and adaptation. This will be leaving your mind soon, but do not be discouraged, though your need of harmony will lead you the right way.

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st)

Towards the middle of the week Luna will be shining its powers on you, making you experience a question in yourself and your own abilities. Trust your spirituality and know that your actions are powerful. 

Sagittarius (November 22nd- December 21st)

Towards the end of the week, you may start to feel impatient with how your life is moving. Your extrovert personality will start to feel at its low and you may seek a need for socialization. 

Capricorn (December 22nd- January 19th)

Capricorn has been feeling a sense of loneliness recently. Your circle of friends is becoming smaller as the days go by. However, remember that a small number of close friends is sometimes better than many questionable friends. 

Aquarius (January 20th- February 18th)

You have been feeling distant from society norms in the last couple days. You may feel that you do not fit in with the world around you. Do not let your advanced thinking prevent you from understanding what you believe in. 

Pisces (February 19th- March 20th)

Your creativity is at an all-time high. Use this time to use your imagination and create what you have always wanted to, as well as learn more about yourself. 

Gossip Squirrel 10/24/2022

Dear Gossip Squirrel,
I feel like my roommate doesn’t like me. They are never in our room and have barely
spoken to me since move in. We both like sports and I’m sure would have more in
common but they don’t seem to [want to] give it a chance. Things always feel tense
and it gets pretty awkward. Any tips or advice?
-Confused Roommate

Dear Confused Roommate,
If you haven’t brought this up with them then maybe you should consider bringing it up casually. There might be a possibility that they aren’t completely aware of the room dynamic. I think if you are trying to reach out and are not getting any sort of response back, you should definitely consider either moving forward without a strong friendship or if things get more tense it could be beneficial to talk to someone like an RA about it.
-Gossip Squirrel

Dear Gossip Squirrel,
So I have a long distance relationship and college is really straining things. Our
schedules don’t line up so face time doesn’t work very well. I don’t want it to end but
idk what to do….
-Worried Partner

Dear Worried Partner,
Long distance relationships can have their hardships and a busy schedule adds another challenge. It is important to focus on the way that you both find time to talk. Are both of your schedules completely full or are you giving up some moments where you could talk a little bit. If it hasn’t already happened, this should be a conversation between the both of you. Regardless of it going good or bad both of you should value sitting down and having this conversation.
-Gossip Squirrel

Gossip Squirrel 10/3/2022

Dear Gossip Squirrel,
I have had the busiest semester and feel like I have signed up for a lot that I’m not fully prepared for. Classes have been crazy, but I feel like I always have meetings until 8:00pm.

-I just want a break

Dear I just want a break,
So sorry that you have been having some hectic moments this semester. The best thing you can do is look ahead and rest. If you have a good idea of what your workload looks like, making sure you get your work done early is crucial! Always make sure that you are also giving yourself time to relax. Frustration will only make everything more complicated so make sure to take a break to reset.

– Gossip Squirrel

Dear Gossip Squirrel,
I feel like I have had a pretty bad relationship with one of my teachers. Though I don’t focus the best in class, I definitely try to keep a good exchange between us plus I try to ask questions and have always been good about turning my work in.

-Teacher hates me

Dear teacher hates me,
It can be frustrating putting in effort for a class in which you don’t feel like your work is being appreciated. The best thing you can do as a student is continuing to do exactly what you are doing. Continue to be diligent about your work and continue asking your teacher questions. Though your teacher might not see the amount of effort you are putting in your work, your overall understanding of the class and your motivation to get your work done will help you be successful in your class.

-Gossip Squirrel

Weekly Horoscopes 10/3/22

LOTTIE CARMAN
HOROSCOPES

Aries (March 21st-April 19th)

This weekend will be filled with a demanding, but beneficial agenda. The Power of Luna and the
dwarf planet of Eris mixed will empower you to use your assertiveness and a bit of anger to
speak upon what you have been holding back to say or do for a very long time.

Taurus (April 20th-May 20th)

Prosperity and good fortune are coming your way. It may not seem like a lot of riches and
materialistic goods at first. However, it is up to you to determine what you will do with this good
in your life and what you might use it for.

Gemini (May 21st-June 20th)

Towards the middle of the week, you will detect confidence within yourself. Utilize this very
short-lasting chance to learn more about yourself, as well as appreciate your strengths and
weaknesses.

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd)

Activeness has been the key to your existence recently. You may have felt like you have been
involved severely in multiple activities that you cannot seem to keep up with. Now is the time to
determine the amount of energy that you possess and recognize your own limits.

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd)

Your past self has been in your thoughts lately. You may feel a separation from what you once
were to who you are now. Now is the time to relate back to your childhood self and remember
what you enjoy deep down.

Virgo (August 23rd- September 22nd)

The dwarf planet of Ceres has just entered your view during the start of this week. You may
sense a feeling of deep love towards others around you and a desire to socialize with the
important people in your life. Now is a wonderful time to learn more from those that you look up
to.

Libra (September 23rd- October 22nd)

Venus is now in your full possession and is starting to give you feelings of harmony and peace.
However, you may run into the dilemma of being unsure where you stand in your group of
friends, and whether this peace is ultimately good or if you are distancing yourself from
everyone.

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st)

Now is the time to destress and find something fun and enjoyable in life. This open opportunity
will not last for long, so use this entertainment at your own risk and understand it will be gone
soon.

Sagittarius (November 22nd- December 21st)

Hard work so far this semester has been the name of the game. You may not have seen the
amount of progress that has been made so far, but you soon will. Continue your dedication, and
you will not regret it.

Capricorn (December 22nd- January 19th)

You may have felt on the edge lately and have been feeling annoyed easily. Luna will make an
appearance in your life during the beginning of the week, and fill you with a great number of
emotions, and then clarity.

Aquarius (January 20th- February 18th)

Now is the time to sit back, relax and smell the flowers. Enjoy the little things in life and use this
opportunity of peace to focus on what is important to you. Your relationships may seem to be
relaxing, so enjoy this quietness while you can.

Pisces (February 19th- March 20th)

You have had one main concern on your mind recently. Someone in your life recognizes this
and is willing to help if you were to just put yourself out there and ask. An intense amount of
growth is prepared to become at your service if you choose to take the help.

Weekly Horoscopes 9/19/22

LOTTIE CARMAN
HOROSCOPES

Aries (March 21st-April 19th):

Jupiter has been lingering around you for a very long time and will continue to for a little longer. You may feel overwhelmed by the constant tasks that continuously have been entering your life. Understand that there are opportunities within this hecticness. Enjoy what life has been presenting to you, because this will not last forever.

Taurus (April 20th-May 20th)

Taurus has been feeling very in tune with themselves lately. Your generosity and kindness is attractive to others from afar. Now is the time to put yourself out there and find the people that would like to connect with you. Your extrovert side is ready to mingle and make new friendships.

Gemini (May 21st-June 20th)

What once felt lonely and hesitant a time ago, is now full of energy. Mars is slowly making its way down its path and is only halfway done. This new energy that you feel may seem deceiving or not clear at first. Take advantage of what your willpower is saying to you, and some confidence may follow along the way.

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd)

Life has been strangely peaceful for Cancer lately. You may be fretting upon small things and waiting for something worse to come your way. Now is the time to enjoy the small things and life and smell the flowers. Understand that not all is truly bad. 

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd)

You may sense a strong sense of emotions during the beginning of this week. The moon will quickly rise over your horizon and then disappear just as quickly. These mixed emotions might cause you to feel unbalanced at first. However, you will soon understand concepts that you once did not comprehend well. Now is the time for a once of a lifetime learning opportunity if you choose to take it. 

Virgo (August 23rd- September 22nd)

Venus has recently entered your possession and started the process of love and affection. You may feel a strong sense of positivity and harmony in the relationships around you. What you once felt unsure about, now seems real and brings you confidence. The sun is still smiling over Virgo, so now is a good time to reflect on your relationships and harness the strength of your mind.

Libra (September 23rd- October 22nd)

Libra has not been feeling themselves lately. Mercury is moving onto Virgo and leaving you behind with dreadful communication habits. You are capable of powering through the confusion of relationships around you. The power of the sun is coming your way, so be ready to be in full power and use your definite charm.

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st)

You are patiently waiting your turn for life to present persistent positivity your way. Remember to take one step at a time and enjoy where you are in life. Your disciplined personality has led you into success lately. Enjoy the environment around you and continue your hard work. 

Sagittarius (November 22nd- December 21st)

Lately, you may have been feeling more lonely than usual. Now is the time to reach out to those that support you and focus on yourself. The moon is heading into your view towards the end of the week and will give you an understanding of the troubles going on in life. 

Capricorn (December 22nd- January 19th)

You may feel a change in yourself coming within. Use the long-lasting power of Pluto to transform yourself into the person that you have always wanted to be. You are naturally driven and disciplined and now is the time to put that to the test. 

Aquarius (January 20th- February 18th)

Saturn is at the peak of your life right now. You may feel a strong feeling to lead complete obligations and make responsible decisions. This may not be a trait that you feel comfortable completing and you may be putting too much unrealistic pressure on yourself. 

Pisces (February 19th- March 20th)

Now is the time for Pisces to practice their creative side. Your constant desire to dream big is now at its peak. Use this confidence to give attention to what makes you feel at peace and wise with your decisions.

Gossip Squirrel 9/19/22

Dear Gossip Squirrel,
The person I am currently dating has what I would say is complete opposite political views than me. I have been fine by it so far but now that we have started to talk about it I don’t know how to feel.

-political disagreement

Dear political disagreement
Topics in politics has to be one of the hardest conversations that you can take part in. If there are concerns in the types of politics your significant other follows, a conversation can be hard but is crucial. If talking about politics, remember to have a conversation that is constructive not destructive. It can be hard to speak about things you don’t agree on but use this conversation to understand your partner more and possibly start a dialogue that can help them understand your perspective.

Dear Gossip Squirrel,
The past couple of weeks I have felt a little more lonely than usual. If I’m talking to someone usually they don’t stick around. Am I looking at the wrong signs or am I delusional?

-I need a person

Dear I need a person,
Seeing so many relationships around campus and being around so many people can easily make you feel slightly lonely. Remember to never get down on yourself for it. When the time is right it will happen! Continue meeting people and make sure to stay present and have fun.

-Gossip Squirrel

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