It’s normal for roommates to get on each other’s nerves every now and then. A reporter for HerCampus.com recently asked me how she could carve out alone-time for herself and still remain close with her roommate—without hurting her feelings. This is how I responded: Living with someone else can be tough—whether it’s a lover, a […]
About two months ago, a close friend and I moved in together. At first, I was very excited about our new living arrangement and assumed that it would only strengthen our friendship. However, living with this friend seems to have had the opposite effect.
QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a college senior. My best friend and I have been fighting and generally having problems all year. Over the past two years, we spent most of our time together. I honestly thought we enjoyed spending that much time together. When I was really stressed out because of a huge assignment, […]
While I was in college I decided to room with one of my really good friends that I had made at school. Things seemed to go great that year and I felt that we had become really close. However, near the end of that school year she suddenly left for home and refused to take my calls.
by Sophia Dembling Guys know better. When the woman in their life asks, "Do I look fat?" guys respond, "Gosh, I love you more every day, honey," or "Now would be a great time for me to start painting the kitchen, don’t you think?" or "Hey, is that a UFO up there?" […]
Parents can’t replace teen friendships but they can help fill lonely hours QUESTION Hello Irene, Over the years my daughter has struggled with social issues and having friends. Like many of the stories I read, our daughter is beautiful, athletic, top grades, straight (no drinking or smoking), good at conversations etc. etc. Yet, her […]
"…My friendships in college and graduate school rank among the most intense of my life, and I think this is the case with a lot of people," says Marisa de los Santos, author of the recently released novel Falling Apart (William Morrow, 2011). "You want so much to be truly and thoroughly known and […]