Do you have any questions for Jaime? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Jaime, I have been accepted into a few different colleges, mainly in the United States. I don't know which one to accept. How should I go about making my decision? Grace Dear Grace, Congratulations on getting offers for university. Some of the important questions to ask yourself can include: Location: How far from home is it? Is it in a large city or a small, rural campus? The size of the university and the student population are factors as we are used to having many people around us in Hong Kong. Do you feel more comfortable in crowds or a small classroom setting? Hong Kong is very international; what about the colleges you have been accepted into? Will there be a lot of international students, and are you happy with the mix of students, or will it be mainly students from America? If you are Chinese, does the college have teachers who can speak Chinese or do they have a support service for you? Another crucial issue is academic courses themselves. Are the courses exactly what you want to study? Will you get the qualification that you need? I encourage you to talk to your parents about the struggles you are facing in choosing a college. I am sure they will also have some requirements such as the cost of the university, how far away it is and how often you can come back and visit. Dear Jaime, I have some really big exams coming up and I am so nervous and scared. How can I relax and calm down? Trevor Dear Trevor, Exams are a stressful time. The most vital thing is not to place pressure on yourself. You will have enough pressure from outside influences so you must be able to take control of your feelings and de-stress. It's very important to follow a timetable when you are studying. Most people get stressed or nervous about exams because they don't feel confident that they have learned the work. They are also scared of failing. Set yourself a timetable of when you can study. I recommend only studying in 1?-hour time slots and then giving yourself a 30-minute break to get away and relax. By following a timetable you will start to feel more confident that you are in control and have learned your work. I don't encourage you to play computer games or surf the internet to relax because your mind never gets a rest. Watching TV can be soothing if it doesn't make your mind feel more cluttered. The best thing to do, however, is have a rest or go outside and get some exercise.