Dear Chris Volume 5

by Chris Lieberman copy editor


Dear Chris,

 I am always wanting to ask my professors questions, but I am afraid the questions might come out weird and other people might judge me. Can you please explain to me how to ask the perfect question in class?


Josh G.

Dear Josh,

   There are several key ingredients to asking the perfect question. Hopefully by the time we are done, you will have mastered the art of looking better than the inferior students surrounding you.

   First, never ask a question unless you know exactly how the professor will answer. An honest question can lead to your professor’s correcting you and thus your classmates’ scorn. Be sure only to ask questions that will cause the professor to affirm you.

Second, be sure to name-drop. Mentioning the name of a famous theologian you have read is sure to gain you prestige in the eyes of your peers. Church fathers work particularly well. But, if not, a good John Calvin quote should do the trick.

   Finally, be sure to clarify that any confusion is on the rest of the class’ part, not yours. Make sure everyone knows that you understand what the professor is saying, but for the sake of your less informed colleagues, you would like the professor to expound on what he just said. Using these three principles is a sure way to gain the love and recognition you obviously deserve.

Dear Chris,

   I live in New Mexico, which is a 19-hour drive away, so it is hard for me to go home over breaks. For the shorter breaks, I have to decide between skipping days of class or not going home, and it is usually dead over weekends like Thanksgiving or fall break. Do you have any tips?

Best Regards,

Amanda P.

Dear Amanda,

   I can certainly relate, being from Philadelphia, a 12-hour drive from Chicago. I have tried all different strategies, from saving cuts to staying here. Being far from home definitely has had its difficulties, but I have found there is also a great advantage to it.

   Because I am far from home, it has given me an excuse to visit the homes of some of my friends who live closer. Since I have come to Moody, I have visited a number of places in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa. This has allowed me to meet my friends’ families, see places I have never been before and get to know my friends better. This time of my life grants me a better opportunity to experience different places and move around than I may get the chance to do later on in life.

   However, a word of caution is in order. There are dangers in visiting friends’ houses, especially over holidays like Thanksgiving and Easter. For some, it can actually be more difficult to be with someone else’s family over a holiday because it can remind you that you are not with your family. In addition, your friend may be so excited to see his friends and family that you may feel ignored.

   Despite these challenges, I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity I have been granted to visit friends’ houses over breaks. While you should definitely consider the dangers, I highly recommend using your shorter breaks as a chance to go somewhere you’ve never been before.

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Dear Chris: Answers to all of life’s questions by Chris Lieberman

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