by STUEY THE DRAGON
So my Aunt Betty thinks my hair color is too “interesting” and she wants me to recolor it. I tried explaining that I dyed it to match her “interesting” personality but it didn’t go over very well. Stuey, what’s good?
I don’t know what your hair color is, but I bet it slays, so just keep on doing you. As for Aunt Betty, I’m sure once you mention your CIA boyfriend, she will completely ignore your hair and focus on her surprise that you actually got a boyfriend. So congrats on that. And the job. And the arranged marriage to the billionaire (have you told your boyfriend about that yet?).
My family is being very unsupportive of the Syrian refugees seeking shelter in America. The most unfortunate part is that they aren’t even correct in the things they post on social media. They are uneducated but too ignorant to listen to any actual facts. I am also very disappointed in their heartlessness. Stuey, what’s good?
I am so sorry that your family is refusing to listen to the facts. I understand how difficult that can be to see and listen to when you know it’s wrong. It is (unfortunately) probably not worth it to correct them without creating a civil war within your family. My best suggestion is to mute them so you don’t see what they post. Just keeping being aware of the world. I believe in you.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
I took the long way to my building today
It was cold outside
I had no jacket with me
And by the time I reached my room my fingers were numb
But today I walked
I walked for all those who will never walk again
I walked for those who are too afraid to walk their streets
I walked because I am safe
And I am blessed
And I need not fear terror in my small town
So today I walked
I walked for Paris
For everyone who fears their streets
Today I walked
It was quiet on my walk
It was peaceful on my walk
It was safe on my walk
On my walk I knew that I will never experience the pain those who are terrorized will feel
So today I walked slower
Because I am lucky
Because I am safe
Because I take my walk for granted
Over 1000 people died yesterday
Over 1000 people who will never walk
Today I did not walk for me
Today I walked for them
'Stuey, What's Good?' on growing apart from a best friend, being bullied based on fleeked hair, listening to Christmas music, and getting annoyed
by STUEY THE DRAGON
My BFF is not talking to me, and I've tried to get them to tell me what's wrong. The problem is that we are both really busy, and I don't know how to go about getting them alone. I want to make things right, and I think I know why things are bad. However, I'm not sure. Stuey, what’s good?
Dear I’m losing my BFF,
Juggling both your future career and your personal relationships is definitely a struggle. I suggest planning a time to get together and talk, perhaps over dinner in the cafeteria, because you both have to eat eventually. I completely understand your annoyance with not being able to get them to tell you what’s wrong; however, if the friendship is worth saving, you will work it out. Just have patience and know that everyone makes mistakes (everyone has those days) and forgiveness is a given when your friendship is important to both of you.
Dying my hair fun colors is one of my most favorite things to do. But today when I was discussing what color I want to do next with a friend, the girl sitting next to her told me that I should not do it because it will look hideous. Everyone else I know has told me it will look really pretty, but now I’m scared they were just being nice because they know me. Maybe the rude stranger is the only one being honest with me, and I’m really nervous that if I do it, it will look really ugly. Stuey, what’s good?
The people who are telling you that your hair will look pretty as this new color are your friends right? People you love and trust? People who support you? People who love you and want the best for you? Of course they are, because that’s how friends work. And if they are telling you that you will look remarkable, then you obviously will! Your friends would definitely tell you if you wouldn’t look good, because they would never want you to look bad! So ignore the haters and do what makes you happy. Plus, when your hair comes out looking fabulous, then you can do a killer hair flip in that rude girl’s face.
So I’m getting very annoyed because people keep telling me that I cannot listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. I personally love Christmas and enjoy listening to a lot of the festive songs and watching some holiday films all year round. I usually use headphones, but occasionally I like to listen to music without them. Stuey, what’s good?
Dear Xmas Elsa,
I understand your need to listen to Christmas music all year round. I, too, am a Xmas connoisseur and enjoy the holiday tunes 365 days a year. If people have a problem with this, just tell them to take their Ebenezer Scrooge selves somewhere else, because obviously they are feeling some type of way towards you, and you do not need that negativity in your life. You just be your festive, yuletide-loving self and keep decking the halls as much as you want. Stay beautiful, you little Buddy the Elf, you.
Okay, so I am trying to be a nicer person, because I was sort of a pessimistic downer in my past, but people keep trying me. I get annoyed very easily and have been working on this for the past few years. I have gotten myself to a point where I can remove myself from situations that annoy me, but recently people have been making rude comments about me and my friends. I want to say something but do not want people to think I am just being rude back and “stooping” to their level. Stuey, what’s good?
Dear Closet Pessimist,
It is great to hear that you are working on yourself, and I hope that you continue to work on bettering your negative attitude. If people are making rude comments about you and your friends, it is not out of anyone’s character to put them in their places. You can still confront these people without being rude. There is no reason people should be making comments about others in this manner, and you should definitely do something about this. If people think you are being rude, just remember that you did the right thing by sticking up for yourself and the people you care about. Do not let people walk all over you.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
The holidays: when you stuff yourself with more food than you previously believed humanly possible fully knowing you will regret it later. But unfortunately, those 5 pounds aren’t the worst part of the season: it’s the “well-meaning, if not slightly prying, definitely annoying” questions your family members will bombard you with. So to help mentally prepare you, we at the Tystenac have come up with some readily made answers that you can use when dear Aunt Betty comes barging in with her too-tight hugs and annoying questions about your well-being.
by JC PORTIS
Before we get to the guts of this, I need to state three important facts. I am a Christian with no denomination. I feel following the words of the bible is the way to heaven. I am a sinner. I’m not perfect, I’ll never say I’m perfect, and I never strive to be perfect. That’s not my purpose; that’s not any of our purposes in life. This entire article is about my beliefs and my opinions. You are entitled to your own opinion and to not read this at all, but I would highly appreciate it if you would read this.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
The '80s called, and they’re totally willing to lend you their style trends for this fall/winter season. With vintage everything being your one way ticket to popularity, it’s no surprise that Madonna would eventually regain her fashion icon status. So hold on to your bright, abstract patterns and pleather leggings, kiddies, because the '80s are back, baby!