"You're the color of a sideways look from an undercover cop in a comic book" -- Bob Schneider, "40 Dogs"

How to be Smarter: When studying for a test, laminate a list of terms or equations you should know, and put them in the shower for you to stare at while you let the conditioner soak in. How to be Prettier: If you are considering joining a sorority this fall, follow the dress code given to you during rush. However, do chose one piece--whether it's a necklace, shoes, or a hairpiece--that is interesting and different, providing a way for the girls who meet you to easily identify you later. "Did you meet Molly? She had on that pair of turquoise pumps!" This is also a technique to use when going through a day of interviews, when you know the employer will be meeting other candidates that day.

How to be (less) Awkward: I think a sweet way to stay in touch with someone in another time zone, or who gets up much eariler than you for work,  is to set your alarm for the time you know they will be getting up, wake up in the middle of the night, and send them a quick 'good morning' text. You can go back to sleep right after, and a friendly text at an early hour will surprise and delight. (Whenever I do this, I actually write the text before I go to bed, so then when my alarm goes off I literally hit 'send' and go immediately back to sleep).

P.S. Check out this cute interview with my friend Poppy over at Loeffler Randall's blog.