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Holiday Advice: Bring up Politics to Avoid Talking about Your Grades


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While you are probably very excited for the long winter break, remember that the break gives a lot of time for your parents and extended family members to ask questions about how your semester went. 

Looking for ways to shift the conversation after you’ve already exhausted comments about your cousin Tina’s new haircut? Open the can of worms that everyone promised to keep shut for Thanksgiving dinner. Turn around and point out that huge red elephant in the room. That’s right, it’s politics time, baby! 

It’s the perfect conversation changer because some family members won’t even be able to tell the difference between your GPA and our current political climate. For both, no one knows how it got this bad and there isn’t really much that can be done to fix it now. I mean, the best thing anyone can do is hope it’ll get better in 2020 when you graduate. 

For Example: No Aunt Sheryl, I don’t think I could have done better in my literary analysis class. Writing the perfect essay takes time. I mean, isn’t Robert Mueller taking his time with his essay? Are you saying you don’t think Robert Mueller should have all the time he needs?