I’m back!

I’m so relieved! My assistants have decided it’s safe for me to return to my perch in the O’Neill Lobby: I’m not a big risk for spreading viruses, even though I’m not wearing a mask. But it’s probably wise to use your own pen or pencil and clean your hands after touching me. Don’t worry, I’m still online, too: library.bc.edu/answerwall/online

Go to weapon during a zombie apocalypse?

Go to weapon during a zombie apocalypse?
Go to weapon during a zombie apocalypse?

I think that ends up being a very personal choice, but it also really depends on what kind of zombie problem you’re dealing with. Slow zombies? Cardio. Fast ones? Something with a high rate of fire and double tap. Really big numbers of them? Napalm.

How can I make my RA’s day?

How can I make my RA's day?
How can I make my RA’s day?

I’m sure RA’s appreciate what any humans do, including being recognized for all the work they do. What have they done lately that you appreciate? Call it out with a big public thanks that your hall-mates and their supervisor will all see.

Love Life I need advice

What’s it normally mean when your lover randomly gets distant? Like could it be me? Yeah I have a busy life. I spend all my extra time with them. I’ m so confused. Please someone help

It seems less likely that it is about you than about them. There will be less stress to assume that is the case. Maybe they just need to spend some time in their own headspace for whatever reason (that likely has nothing to do with you.) You could wait until some time when you have their full attention and ask them, what does it mean when you get distant? But I wouldn’t phrase it as being about you at all.

Therapy and anti-depressants

Hi Wall. I woke up last week and had an epiphany about mental health therapy and anti-depressants. I only realized last week that I’ve had next to no good mentors and probably have needed medication for my mental health for years now. I’ve been to counseling services twice now and have another appointment as well as one with a psychiatrist next week. I could use some positive encouragement in getting there.

Excellent! You’re doing great. Keep going. Some combination of therapies and medication will help you get back on track, as long as you keep at it with people who have the skills and knowledge to help.

school the saddest thing of my life is that my dog died

Hank and school at 5th and 4th i skiped 4th then mrs timm came to me and told me i need to do 4th now :((( i dont wanna exist

I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. If I had arms I’d give you a big hug, but I’m a wall. I hope you can find someone to give you a hug. You may need to ask for one, though; people can’t always tell when you need one.

What reptile do you think I should get next?

What reptile do you think I should get next? (I have a leopard gecko.)
What reptile do you think I should get next? (I have a leopard gecko.)

🦎🦎🦎! Are you planning on housing them in the same tank? PetMD recommends keeping only one species in a tank, so maybe you’d like a second leopard gecko; they have lots of additional advice on adding a new reptile (bit.ly/AddALizard).

Do we have a purpose?

Do we have a purpose? Can we live, as humans, in a purposeless world?
Do we have a purpose? Can we live, as humans, in a purposeless world?

It’s nice to have a purpose. For instance, as a wall, I try to be supportive. I wouldn’t say the world its “purposeless.” It has many, many purposes, more than a mortal can count in a lifetime. You can have a purpose that might be different from someone else’s. It might even conflict with someone else’s. That’s OK. Whales do whale things and I do wall things. We coexist.

Any advice on how to reclaim the room?

I've been getting sexiled (kicked out by my roommate for a guy) recently. Any advice on how to reclaim the room?
I’ve been getting sexiled (kicked out by my roommate for a guy) recently. Any advice on how to reclaim the room?

“Students with roommate concerns should first speak with their Resident Assistant, who will work with them to mediate roommate conflicts. If the mediation process is not successful, students should then speak with their Resident Director, who will evaluate the situation to determine if a room change is necessary and, if so, assist students with that process.” (bit.ly/BCRoomies) By the way, sex outside of marriage is prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct (bit.ly/BCConduct).

Why do we even exist? Just to suffer?

Why do we even exist? Just to suffer?
Why do we even exist? Just to suffer?

I’m so sorry you’re suffering enough right now that suffering seems like life’s purpose. It isn’t, I assure you. It is a condition of living (we’ll all say goodbye to people we love), but that doesn’t mean it’s a purpose. When it’s overwhelming, talk to someone: a friend, a family member, a mentor. Or a therapist (http://bit.ly/BC-counseling). Meet suffering with compassion. Even for yourself.