Ask C.S. Wood: Advice for Teens Vol. 1

Sarah Akakpo, Advice Columnist

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Dear C.S. Wood,

“Recently I broke up with my ex and the breakup didn’t end very well. Now, I’m with someone else, but the thing is, I see my ex in the hallways and he always gives me dirty looks. I try to not make eye contact and just avoid him, but it’s just so awkward and it makes me uncomfortable. What should I do?”



Dear R,

It’s understandable that it’s awkward, but realize that you can change that. One thing you could do is take the initiative to reconcile with your ex and give yourselves closure, but that may prove to be difficult and even a little embarrassing as he may not what to talk to you. If that isn’t something you want to do, then you’ll just have to continue seeing him in the hallway. Except, why not try walking with confidence when you go past him. Don’t make eye contact, walk with your head held high and make it seem like you don’t care. That way when he walks past, ready to give you a dirty look, he’ll see that you can’t be bothered. If all else fails, seeing your ex in the halls really bothers you, the simplest thing you could do is take another way to get to class. Best of luck!

-C.S. Wood


Dear C.S. Wood

I just started dating this guy but I just found out he’s a frequent cheater! My friends and even people who don’t know me have come to me and told me he’s cheated on so many other people before me, but should I listen to them and break up with him? I really do like him.




Oh DogLover,

If there’s a deadly snake right in front of you would you let it bite you or run far, far away? That’s the decision you have to make here. Realize that this isn’t a cliché young adult book, this is reality. A person just doesn’t suddenly change and also remember, you can’t make a person change unless they want to change. Be wary.


Dear C.S. Wood

I just got a new job but I also play sports and participate in a bunch of clubs all while taking AP classes. Right now, i’m having a hard time dealing with everything. I have so much to do but so little time. I don’t want to quit my job or stop participating in sports and clubs, and dropping school isn’t even a choice. So what do I do?



Dear M.M,

I know it must be hard, but you have to realize that sometimes you can’t do it all. You have to take a day and have a long hard talk with yourself. Figure out what you can handle and what you can’t handle. Or better yet, make a plan or schedule. Figure out your priorities and decide what you’re going to do on each day and if you don’t think you can do it, then simply don’t. Through the process, although you may not want to, you might realize that you can no longer do some of the things you participate in. But, would you rather be mediocre in multiple things or excel in just a few things? You are only one person and you can’t always do it all. Remember to take care of yourself and don’t stress too much.

-C.S. Wood