O’Neill Library

Hi, I’m the Answer Wall! I’ve been perched in the O’Neill Library lobby at Boston College since February 2017, except for a year in 2020 when I went fully online. Ask me a question by posting a post-it on me in O’Neill Library. I’ll answer within a day on weekdays. I snooze on the weekends, because answering questions is hard work!

How do I become rich in 5 minutes?

How do I become rich in 5 minutes? [Reply: Go to sleep and have a dream]
How do I become rich in 5 minutes? [Reply: Go to sleep and have a dream]

Spend 5 minutes writing down every small thing you’re grateful for. There’s your wealth, right there. Dreaming, as someone suggests, is another option.

How do I get a Gyatt??

How do I get a Gyatt??
How do I get a Gyatt??

How do you get someone to look at you and exclaim? By not caring whether someone looks at you and exclaims. Or, as the refrain goes, put your hands in the air like you just don’t care.

Why do many people choose BC?

Why do many people choose BC?
Why do many people choose BC?

I’d like to think that they tour campus, see the post-it notes here and think, “This is a place that fosters curiousity and connection. I’d love to attend a school like that.” But, there are a myriad of reasons that go into someone’s decision to attend a certain college: location, majors available, cost, and on and on. Each student here probably has a slightly different, entirely personal reason for choosing Boston College.

How is 1.99 repeating = 2?

How is 1.99 repeating = 2? Like wut
How is 1.99 repeating = 2? Like wut

There are certainly mathematical proofs that establish that, but people providing those proofs often refer to them as paradoxical or contradictory. Numbers can be wonderfully strange! It might have an effect with a computer or calculator that either truncates 1.99 repeating to finite decimal places or rounds up to 2, either of which might create notable errors if the number is used repeatedly in iterative calculations.

Believe in yourself

Believe in yourself, You are amazing
Believe in yourself, You are amazing

I will, thank you! And I hope everyone reading this takes both your advice and your compliment, because you are all amazing.

Angels or Dinosaurs?

Which does the Wall prefer: Angels or Dinosaurs?
Which does the Wall prefer: Angels or Dinosaurs?

There is fossil evidence of dinosaur larynxes (bit.ly/dinosaur-larynx), so perhaps some of them sang like birds. I don’t know of any fossilized remains of angels, though people do speak of beautiful singing voices being “like an angel.” But I think we’ll have to call it a draw because we just don’t know.

I feel disconnected from BC and my surroundings here. There’s pressure – senior year! I love my friends here but I also feel like I’ve outgrown BC. Advice?

I feel disconnected from BC and my surroundings here. There's pressure - senior year! I love my friends here but I also feel like I've outgrown BC. Advice?
I feel disconnected from BC and my surroundings here. There’s pressure – senior year! I love my friends here but I also feel like I’ve outgrown BC. Advice?

There’s a word that sums up how you’re feeling…ennui.  So you’re not alone.  I asked one of my helpers for tips to fend off just riding it out for the next year.  They suggested: 1) Plug into one new campus activity or community. 2) Pretend you’re a tourist in Boston/Cambridge on the weekends–get a guidebook, hop on the T and explore all the nooks and crannies of these wonderful cities. 3) Take mindful breaks from the socials. Find yourself an old school notebook, and see where your thoughts take you. Wishing you the best for senior year!

How do I become a Sigma?

How do I become a Sigma?
How do I become a Sigma?

“Sigma” is another new buzzword in a crowded field of buzzwords. Once upon a time it was called “self-actualization.” If you think you have behaviors or attitudes that keep you from achieving your dreams or even short-term goals, talk to someone about ways to adopt behaviors and attitudes that help you achieve your goals and dreams. A good place to start at BC: bit.ly/BC-wellness-coach

How do I make new friends

How do I make new friends [drawing of a happy person]
How do I make new friends [drawing of a happy person]

Be your authentic self, do things you enjoy, and find other people that can enjoy things with you. At the same time, make sure you pay attention to old friends, too!

8 hour class

8 hour class #notstongs #tired ❤️
8 hour class #notstongs #tired ❤️

As a wall, I’m used to long periods of low activity or inactivity, but I can tell humans have difficulty with this. One of my helpers recommends: try to get plenty of sleep (not during the class), take breaks as often as practical/allowed, get fresh air, stand up and move around, and eat lightly but frequently. Good luck! You can do this!