Claudia Vaughan

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Claudia’s Counsel: A bunch of my friends are going abroad next semester and I’m really worried about staying in touch and being on my own

Question: A bunch of my friends are going abroad next semester and I’m really worried about staying in touch and being on my own. What should I do?

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Claudia’s Counsel: How do you define your relationship before the end of the semester?

Defining relationships is a tricky matter—especially in college, where there seems to be an entire spectrum of possible stages along which your romance can fall. Often it is easier to go without defining the “thing” you have with someone else; it can be an awkward conversation to have and two people can often be on different pages when the discussion does come up.

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Claudia’s Counsel: I have a friend who always crashes my plans with other people. How do I stop this from happening?

It’s tricky trying to create plans with a set group of friends and feel like you’re not being exclusive. No one wants to feel like he’s shutting someone out, and no one wants to be shut out. At the same time, it can be frustrating and feel like a breach of personal space when a friend consistently includes himself in your plans when he is not welcome.

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Claudia’s Counsel: I have a friend who lies a lot. He’ll seem like he’s telling the truth, but then later I find out that he lied—what should I do?

Ultimately, if this behavior continues and consistently upsets you, it may be time to reconsider the friendship. Such an ingrained habit is not likely to change any time soon—simply telling the other person to cut the crap does not guarantee that your friend will change his ways once and for all.

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Claudia’s Counsel: Two friends in our circle just broke up and now things within the group are weird. What should I do?

We love our friends, and when they get hurt, it’s hard for us to not come back swinging on their behalf. We care for them and want to protect them, and this becomes even more complex when the issue is between two of your friends.

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Claudia’s Counsel: “Is it better to make some compromises and be in a relationship or date around to find the perfect match?”

I personally think it is better to continue dating until you find the person you believe to be the best possible fit for you. This is idealistic, and I understand that not everyone may believe in the concept of “soul mates,” but I also do not believe that you should settle for a person who only half clicks with you.

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QUESTION: “I’m new to Wash.U. How do I show that I’m likable and get people to be my friend?”

This week on Claudia’s Counsel: “I’m new to Wash. U. How do I show that I’m likable and get people to be my friend?”

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How to “walk of shame” like an expert

I have recently been surprised by the number of people I have heard discussing their sneaky morning escapes from the beds of folks they barely know. Whatever the cause, it seems the proper form begs explanation and further explication.

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