Ask Iman: An advice column for the university student who’s trying to get by

Good advice is hard to come by, but not if you’re asking me.

I’m Iman, your resident mom friend, eldest sibling and oat milk enthusiast. I’m a second-year student from Edmonton, Alberta and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I’m in the Faculty of Arts and want to study English Literature and Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. In my group of friends, I’m known for being overly opinionated, constantly complaining about my curtain bangs and looking like I’m a Vampire Weekend fan (I am, but what does that even mean?).

Sometimes we seek out our friends, our mom or even a Mitski song for some advice. But more often than not, we don’t want to ask those closest to us for help because, well, needing help can feel embarrassing — even though it never is.

That’s why I’m here! A university student giving advice to other university students so we can try to get by together. Emphasis on the “together.” Talk about camaraderie, right? It’s so easy to feel alone, especially on a campus of 55,000 people, but if Ask Iman only does one thing, I want it to show you that you’re not alone.

As my AP Chemistry teacher used to say, “If you have a question, I can guarantee that at least one other person has the same question, too,” and that class had only 11 students, so imagine how many people must be seeking out the same advice you are.

It’s a pretty good deal, if you ask me. You get advice and entertainment from the funniest person on campus. How could you go wrong?

The TL:DR version of this article is that I’m qualified to give you advice because I said so. And I got the go-ahead from Thomas, my editor, so I must be good. Right?

So, if you want to hear some jokes and get some damn good advice, you can just ask Iman (that’s me).

You’re doing great. Keep it up!

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