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Ask Nutty B

By Nutty B

Nutty B is currently a graduate student at MIT, and this is his first attempt ever to be (or pretending to be) an advice columnist. Please e-mail him with whatever question you would like someone to listen to, and help him have an excuse to procrastinate at 3:00 a.m. Please send all questions to

Dear Nutty B,

Please teach me how to trust myself -- I lack self-confidence. Please be as fast as you could.

--Free Hawk

Dear Free Hawk,

“At first I was afraid, I was petrified; I kept thinking I could never live without you by my side...”

Does this sound familiar? Honestly, I have no idea how to teach you something like self-confidence in a few paragraphs. Or a few bars. Perhaps you would like me to sing the whole song for you?

Self-confidence comes within yourself, and hence the world “self.” You can be trained, but you can’t be taught. Have you asked yourself why you don’t trust yourself anymore? Finding out the root to the problem may help!

Did you lose faith in yourself because you had a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut when you swore you would be on a diet? Did you think you were stupid because it took you so long to realize that hockey really was the most exciting sport on the planet?

Know this: You may not be as hot as I am or as funny as I am, but so what?

You are you! Everyone is unique in his and her own way and that’s why life is so exciting! From now on, I want you to look at yourself in the mirror every morning and try to find one NEW thing you like about what you see in it. After a month you will see that you aren’t as bad you thought!

Do know that even though the Gloria Gaynor song starts out depressing, it did end with “As long as I know how to love, I know I’ll be alive; I’ve got all my life to live; I’ve got all my love to give. I will survive...”

Good luck!

Dear Nutty B,

I am so sick of the food in the Student Center. At home mom makes probably the best roast beef on the planet, and now I am already tired of the burgers and subs already. What should I do?


Dear Joe,

The first thing you should do is give me your mom’s number so I can call her and ask her to make some of the roast beef for me. After that, perhaps we can start talking.

I have long given up on the burgers and subs in the Student Center, mainly because I would have to be on the elliptical 30 hours a day. I am just too lazy to do that!

Have you tried the restaurants around the campus? My buddies and I go to the Asgard sometimes for lunch and dinner. Bertucci’s lunch is also very good. Let’s not forget about the food court at Kendall Square. You may see me there getting my salad often.

If you are into Chinese, there is Royal East on Main Street and there is also Pu-Pu Hot Pot. They are both very nice and fairly inexpensive. There are also a few Indian restaurants around the campus and you will have to experiment them all to know which one you like the most.

This list is in no way complete and it really requires you to try different restaurants around to see what you like the most. There is a longer but still incomplete list at

Of course, when you find one, remember to let me know!