Dear Carol: I don't want people to think I'm not cool
I am in the cool clique. It’s more like a club. We have two presidents (they are the coolest), and I am one of them. Last week, a nerdy girl asked if she could be in our clique. Two people said, “Give her a chance.” Two others said, “Are you kidding?” Now, it’s my decision. I think we should give her a chance, but I’d rather eat a tapeworm than lose my coolness!
Dear Coolest,You obviously like people to think highly of you. That’s understandable. But you need to think well of yourself too, and not let your self-image depend on what your friends think. How will you feel if you don’t give the girl a fair chance? You already know how she will feel. Try not to be too exclusive. The coolest people I know are the warmest, most accepting and most open to others.