Sisterly Advice: Volume 2, Issue 1

NDP’s most qualified experts are here to help!


Sharon, Karen, and Carol

Hey everyone! Welcome back to a new school year! We’re all looking forward to lots of fun this year, and answering your most pressing questions!

As a reminder, you can submit questions via the box in the front of the library or the survey monkey link (!

Sadly, this week Karen is under the weather, but she’ll be back for the next issue!

On to the questions!


How do I juggle daily homework, 4 TESTS this week that I’m stressed out for because my GPA NEEDS to go up, a competition that I’m not prepared for, junior retreat in a week, RING in a month (I still need to find a date and get my makeup, UGH!), AND the PSAT on October 10? I feel like I’m going to pass out with exhaustion just thinking about all this! I just want to enjoy retreat and Ring, I don’t want to have to be so stressed out about everything else! Please help! 

— Desperate Diana 

Dear Desperate Diana, I’ve linked a site where you can sign up for juggling classes! Hope this helps! — Sharon

Dear Desperate Diana, Junior year can be a very stressful time for many NDP girls. Just know that you are not alone, and your NDP class sisters are going through the same things. Try to take time to relax and do something you enjoy. Do your best to not procrastinate and don’t worry too much about the future. Do each assignment as it comes, schedule your Ring appointments when you get a free moment, take a practice PSAT test (so you’re ready for the real thing), and just enjoy spending time with your sisters on retreat. You can even try talking to some seniors because they have already gone through what you’re going through now! — Carol


What to do if you study over 6 hours for a test but still do terribly?

— Failing Frannie

Dear Failing Frannie, That’s when you know it’s time to drop out and start a farm. Best of luck! — Sharon

Dear Failing Frannie, Sometimes with studying, less is more. For example, if you study really late into the night, you will be tired in the morning, which will probably make it hard for you to do your best work on the test. Or, you can also overstudy which can make you more confused or exhausted about what you’re studying. Or, maybe you were studying in a way that doesn’t work with your learning style. I know how hard it is to put in so much effort and not see the results. Keep working hard and experiment with different (less time-consuming) ways to study! — Carol


What is the deal with spray tans? Should I get one? If so, where?

— Extremely Pale 

Dear Extremely Pale, I feel you, girl! I’m basically translucent… You should do whatever makes you feel most comfortable. If you do choose to get a spray tan, let me save you some time and money. Get a Ziploc bag, crush up a bunch of Doritos or Cheetos, find one of those self-tan mitts, mix a small amount of water with the dust, and start rubbing. You’ll get a gorgeous glow in no time. — Sharon

Dear Extremely Pale, I honestly don’t know what the deal with spray tans is. I personally think that having pale skin is more attractive than orange skin. Whether or not you get one is a personal decision you will have to make. But, don’t compromise and get one just because everyone else is getting one.  — Carol


Do I get a muffin or a bagel in the morning?? I feel like this could determine my future.

—  Hungry Heather 

Dear Hungry Heather, I agree that this will most definitely determine your future. To be safe, get both.                  — Sharon  🙂

Dear Hungry Heather, I would recommend opting for something healthy. Maybe an apple or a fruit cup! — Carol