Welcome to “Some DAM good Advice,” the Farmington Flyers anonymous advice column. Each issue, we will be answering questions submitted by you—the students of UMF. No topic is off limits and submissions are greatly appreciated. If you would like to submit a question, please access the online form from the Farmington Flyer Facebook page or visit www.somedamgoodadvice.weebly.com under the “about” section.
Q: Help! I am not ready to leave Farmington and go back home for the summer. I’m only a freshman so I know that I have time left at UMF, but I am so sad to leave all of my new friends for three months. Of Course we can stay in touch, but I don’t think that I’m mentally prepared for leaving. What should I do? Signed, Anonymous
A: It can be tough going through your freshman year summer break. One of the most important things is to make at least one solid plan to do something over the summer before you leave campus. Having something set in stone will ensure that you will see each other at least once over break. Distance can make things tough, but there is always a way to get together. And, if distance is a huge factor, you can always use social media to keep in touch. Summer break can seem daunting, but communication is key; if you can keep in contact then when you return in the fall the friendship will have only grown stronger and you will truly appreciate how much it means to have that person around you. It sounds a little cliché, but sometimes being apart from someone makes you realize just how much they mean to you. Also, summer break is a good time to reconnect with your friends back home and take so much deserved time for yourself.
Q: I have been working at my job for over three years now and have never gotten a raise. I know it’s not a professional job per say, but I think that I deserve a raise! I work very hard and put in a lot of time over the years. Do you think it’s appropriate to ask my supervisor for a raise, and if so, how? Signed, Anonymous
A: You deserve a raise! Working someplace for three years is dedication on your part and your supervisor should be aware of that. Asking for a raise can be a very difficult thing to do. It is important to advocate for yourself. Try speaking to your supervisor privately and just be very honest about what you are looking for. Bring up that you have been there for three years and the amount of time and energy that you have devoted to your job. The worst thing that he/she can say is ‘no’, but if you don’t ask, you may be missing out on a big opportunity.