AJ’s advice – various
|June 23, 2012||Posted by Alaa Jasim under AJ's Advice|
So this week, I’m going to answer a few questions as best as I can. It’s hard to believe how quickly the weeks are going by and I hate dumping suggestions that I get given, so in a compilation of questions and answers we’ll cover a few topics from teeth to university. Here we go!
Q: I just got braces. How can I stop my teeth hurting?
A: Ah. The dreaded brace-induced pain is actually pretty bad. I have experienced this horror first-hand and I’m glad that it’s over! The braces are putting pressure on your teeth, so they’ll hurt for a few days – I usually found that they stopped feeling tight and painful after two or three days, but it was pretty unbearable for those few days when they’re first put in. I found that drinking something hot helped to loosen it up a little bit and made it less painful for a little while. You might find that you need to take some ibuprofen or something, which will also help a little bit. There isn’t really a way to make it stop hurting completely; you just have to wait it out, but you can alleviate it to an extent. Hopefully that’s helped!
Q: How do I survive this awful weather?
A: Constant rain for ages can dampen spirits a lot – excuse the pun – but you just have to power on! All it means is you might potentially have to do something indoorsy instead of going out for a few days. Or you could brave the rain with an umbrella (that’s what I’d do; I like the rain, but I’m just a bit odd, so…) but you don’t have to if you would rather stay warm and dry. You could catch up on some reading, or watch a movie, have some friends over. Really, there’s not much we can do about the weather, so you just have to keep your spirits up and wait for the sun to appear. Once it does, take advantage, because it’ll be gone pretty quickly.
Q: I’m starting university in September and I’m nervous, what do I do?
A: I’m hoping to start university in September too, so we’re in the same boat. Us and virtually everyone else who will be in first year. I’ve been expressing similar worries to my sister, who told me that “it will take seven days tops for you to fall in love with uni life” so I’m just going to go with that. It is pretty scary – for a lot of us, this will be our first time really away from home, which is a daunting prospect, but it’s the same thing again – we’re all in the same boat.
As to making new friends, don’t try too hard. Odds are that you’ll find someone straight away and build up a friendship group from there. Just don’t shy away from everyone. If you’re confident and yourself, then you’ll be sorted. Most people won’t know many people, so everything will be fine.
So that’s all from me for this week, feel free to get in touch with any questions, suggestions or comments. As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time!