Professor Fix-It

Professor Fix-It is an anonymous student to student help article. In the HUB there is a yellow box on the first shelf with paper and a pen. If you have a question simply write a letter to Professor Fix-It and either make up a name or don't sign it at all. Check back here to get the answer to your question. Questions can be anything from friend drama to science questions.

Dear Professor Fix-It,

How to you make dahi bhaat?

Sincerely,

Hungry

Dear Hungry,

Basically, you just combine yogurt and rice. If you want, you can add spices like salt and pepper.


Sincerely,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-It,

My friends have been excluding me lately, what do I do?

Sincerely,

Lonely

Dear Lonely,

I am sorry that you have been excluded in the past. I have been there too. My best advice for you is to remember, you are not alone. Even though it might seem like you are alone and no one likes you, but remember that the best part of middle school is figuring out your friendships so if you don't like the one you are in right now you can maybe switch or try something new.

From,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-It,

My bestie hates me for something I didn't do. She won't listen to me and rips up any note that I give her. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Alone

Dear Alone,

I am so sorry to hear that! The first thing that I would do, would be to ask your friend what she thinks you did. A lot of the time one person thinks one thing happened and the other person thinks something else happened. If she doesn't listen to you, then ask your teacher or the guidance counselors to arrange a meeting. Then you can take your time and explain what you think happened. In the meantime, don't let this affect your schoolwork or the rest of your life. Hang out with your other friends and talk to your parents about what is happening. Parents have been through this stuff before an they usually know what to do.

Good Luck,

Professor Fix-It


Dear Professor Fix-It,

I feel anxious nearly everyday and I feel stressed over everything. What do I do?

From,

Nervous

Dear Nervous,

Everyone gets nervous, that's normal. Things like quizzes, tests, or projects tend to stress out all of us. I get really nervous about quizzes and tests, and that usually negatively impacts my score. A little trick I have learned, is before you answer any question on the assignment, turn in over and just breathe. Tell yourself that you know this stuff and you can absolutely do this. This will work for other things outside of school as well. Another thing that can help is talking to someone. It can help to just vent your feelings about, school, friends, and everything in between. I hope this helps.

Good Luck,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-It,

Why am I bad at everything?

Help,

Sad Life

Dear Sad Life,

First of all, you are not bad at everything. Everyone is good at something! Maybe you haven't found what you naturally excel at yet, that’s okay, we are in middle school. This is when you should try new things or practice getting better at something you love. Even the people who seem like they are amazing at something, have to work really hard at whatever it is. Famous athletes and amazing scientists weren't just born that way, they may have been naturally good at whatever they do, but they had to work hard to get to where they are. Try something a little bit out of your comfort zone, maybe you will find that you love it!

Best of Luck,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-It,

Why do so little people understand what is going on in the world? I swear they act like they know everything, but they don't!

From,

News

Dear News,

I have found that people generally like to be right. It is easier to pretend that you know everything then admitting that you don't. Kids tend to have a comeback waiting for someone who doesn't know stuff; I've been there it stinks. As for not understanding what's going on in the world, middle school kids don't tend to check the news. Parents and kids prefer to live in a happy bubble where nothing goes wrong. It's easier to do that if you don't check the news and don't pay attention to politics. I hope that's helpful.

Sincerely,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-It,

I've lost a pet quite recently and it's been dragging me down ever since. I miss her so much! I haven't been doing things as effectively or well as I’d like.

Sincerely,

Pet Lover

Dear Pet Lover,

I'm so sorry to hear about your pet. It is really hard to get over losing a pet. The best thing that I can recommend is to remember and honor your pet's memory. Try to get things back to normal. Try going out to a happy movie with your friends or do something that distracts you from how you feel. Talk to your parents about how you’re feeling, I’m sure they can help.

Best of Luck,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix It,

My crush hates me!! What do I do?!

Help,

Crushed

Dear Crushed,

I'm sorry to hear that. Liking someone and not having them like you back is tough. Remember though, we are in middle school. The person you like is 99.999999999 times out of 100 not your soulmate. You are probably not going to marry said person. Just be nice to them and if they realize how you feel then things might change, if not then they aren't the right person for you. I know it's cheesy but there a lot of other fish in the sea.

Good Luck,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-it,

There is an assistant teacher that gets on my nerves. The teacher is constantly annoying me. Help!

From,

Trouble

Dear Trouble,

We have all had teachers that we dislike. My best advice, is to listen to what they are saying and try to find the helpful part. One thing to remember is that teachers are there to help, even though this teacher may seem annoying and like they aren't helping, try to find the importance to what they are saying.

Best of Luck,

Professor Fix-it

Dear Professor Fix-It,

There is someone that I do not feel comfortable around and they just won't leave me alone. Help!!!!

Help,

Uncomfortable*

Dear Uncomfortable*,

Yeah, I've been there. There are several steps you could take to get rid of this problem. The first option is to tell this person that you are uncomfortable and need them to stop. The second option is to tell a teacher. I would either tell the teacher who is in or a guidance counselor. You can also talk to your parents, I know that sounds super cliche but it actually works. Your parents will have advice on how to help and what to do about this problem.

Good Luck,

Professor Fix-it


*This name was changed to protect the person's privacy

Dear Exhausted Update

Dear Professor Fix-It,

I feel scared, but thanks to you, I feel better. But I still see things.

Thank You,

Exhausted


Dear Exhausted,

You might want to start doing something calm, like meditation. If you are often reading or seeing violent things, you may want to take a break.

Dear Professor Fix-It,

I feel like a lot of people's beliefs just don't fit with mine. Teachers and students tend to disagree with my beliefs what do I do?

Help me,

Believer


Dear Believer,

Before you get mad, ask yourself a question. Are these your beliefs, such as religion, or your opinions such as dogs are better than cats? Either way people are allowed to disagree with you. Middle school is a really great time to learn things about yourself and how to deal with situations like these. Maybe you should think about the topic from both sides, and maybe you'll find that these people aren't really disagreeing with you. I find often that what I thought was disagreeing was really them trying to make me look at it from both sides, or trying to get me to understand why they thought my opinion wasn't 100% correct. If they are saying this in a mean or unforgiving way, then this might just be there way of bullying you, so you can stay away from them. But before you do, always try to think about it a bit. Sometimes your opinion just doesn't fit with other people, so tell them why your opinion could be right too, and if they don't listen, ignore them. I hope this helps you figure out how to deal with people who disagree with you.

Best of Luck,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-It,

I feel tired so often that I am seeing weird things. Once I saw a dark figure run away from me. I think I am going crazy. Please help!!

From,

Exhausted

Dear Exhausted,

I'm sure your parents have told you, but you need to go to bed earlier. As for a dark figure running away from you, I don't know if that was your imagination or real, but that is something you should probably tell an adult about. Even if its just your imagination, its good to have it on an adult's radar, just in case. First and foremost though, tell an adult if you haven't already. This lack of sleep isn't good for you long-term , so you need to get more sleep, and if that means going to bed earlier, or maybe carpooling to school for a change, if getting up early for the bus is a problem.

Good Luck,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-it,

We have a boy at class who will not be quiet. He's getting on my nerves and I feel like death. Please help.

Being Driven Crazy


Dear Being Driven Crazy,

You can try to ignore the boy, and tell other people not to laugh at him. Most kids like attention, so you can ignore him, and if he gets in the way, move your group to another area. If this doesn't work, you could tell a teacher that a boy is causing trouble. If this is during a non-school activity, try telling him to sit it out. If he doesn't listen to you, leave him alone and if the situation escalates talk to a parent or an adult at the event.

Good Luck,

Professor Fix-it


Dear Professor Fix-It,

I like shopping, but I only ever go to the mall with my mom. I like shopping with my mom, most people don't say this, but she is pretty fun and has good taste in clothes. Lately, though whenever we go to the mall there are a bunch of kids from Wood Hill there. I always feel super weird when I go to get something from Starbucks and I have to walk past all of them. Don't get me wrong I love shopping with my mom but it is really awkward to walk past them and get something.

Help!

Super Shopper


Dear Super Shopper,

I love shopping too! A good way too have fun with your mom and still get your necessary Starbucks fuel for shopping is to ask to be more grown up. When you are ready for your Starbucks ask your mom if you can act like a grown up and order your drink on your own. Another tip is, there is now a Starbucks in the Macy's of the Rockingham Mall, if you don't want to have to deal with the lines of the normal Starbucks.

Sincerely,

Professor Fix-It

Dear Professor Fix-It,

My friends can't commit to a plan! I don't know what to do. They also sometimes act like babies. What should I tell them? How should I solve this?

Thanks,

Undecided

Dear Undecided,

If your friends can’t commit to a plan, help them decide what to do, and once they decide on a plan make sure they stay on task and follow through with the plan until you've completed your task. One way to do this is to make sure that everyone has a job, likes their job, and knows what to do. Make sure that everyone (including you) is having fun. I hope this helps!

Good Luck,

Professor Fix-It


Dear Professor Fix-It,

When we had MCAS, our ELA teacher said that we had to make a graphic organizer, she said it's supposed to help us. The problem is I stink at graphic organizers, they don't help me, they mess me up! I am really worried about what my score will be since I think doing the graphic organizer messed up my writing. HELP ME!!!!

Help Please,

MCAS Uh-Oh


Dear MCAS Uh-Oh,

First of all, it sounds like you're stressing yourself out more than necessary. A lot of kids worry about MCAS but here is a Pro Tip: MCAS tests the teachers and school not the kids. Too many kids get stressed out over MCAS, it really isn't that big of a deal. Relax you know what your doing. As for the graphic organizer ask your teacher, she’ll be able to help you, not every graphic organizer will work for you, ask her to help you find a graphic organizer that works best for you.

Good Luck,

Professor Fix-It