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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Be careful not to push too hard. Someone will take you the wrong way and push back. Charm will get you so much further ahead. Once you have what you want, you must channel your angst into physically following through with your plans.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Get out and push your opinions and suggestions. Originality will attract attention and an interesting proposal. Communication is the key to advancement. Face-to-face conversations will bring the best results. Speak from the heart.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Focus more on your financial situation, where to put your money and how you can budget better in the future. Discipline and determination will pay off if you set your strategy to suit your needs. Don't let love cost you.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't be shy. Express your feelings, and share your ideas. Change is upon you, and the end result can be favorable if you are willing to make a few adjustments. A partnership will offer more than you initially realize. Prepare to compromise.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make plans to travel if it will help you find the information you require to advance. Good fortune awaits if you make the right choice now. A move will help you build a better future. When opportunity knocks, jump.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don't let a personal relationship stand in your way. You have to focus on detail and doing a good job if you want to get ahead. Walk away from anyone playing emotional games with you or ruining your chance to advance.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Look at the big picture, and concentrate on learning something that will help you move in a direction that allows you to do the things you enjoy. Change may be frightening and costly, but it will lead to satisfaction.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): An old friend can play an interesting role in your future plans. Discuss your ideas, and take a position that will allow you to work with someone you respect and whom you feel is the right fit for what you are trying to accomplish.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Tie up loose ends at work, and deal with any problem you have with a colleague before a misunderstanding gets out of control. The changes you make at home will be met with opposition if you don't ask for approval first.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Call the shots before someone starts making decisions for you. Making improvements at home and to your financial situation will ease your stress and allow you greater freedom to explore new avenues. An investment will pay off.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Use what you have, and market your talents. Greater determination will allow you to masterfully acquire what you want from someone you enjoy spending time with. Discipline and hard work will win favors and friendships while achieving your goals.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You have to weigh the pros and cons of any partnership you form and make sure that whoever you are dealing with is thinking of your best interests. Someone who is jealous or threatened by your achievements will hold you back.





How I'd like to answer my relatives:

• "How is school?" All of the papers and exams have really put me behind on watching "Dance Moms" and "Basketball Wives." This is NOT OK.

• "And what are you majoring in?" Last month I was engineering, but those classes were too hard to skip and still pass, so I switched to English. I'm still waiting for the college to offer up "Trophy Wife" as a possible certificate program, though.

• "You can't be a junior already, can you?" You know, you were pretty shocked last year when I was a sophomore, and the year before that when I was a freshman. You don't really get how this whole "time" things works, do you?

• "Are you working?" I spend 10 hours a week at a daycare wiping butts and snot — mostly my own — and dealing with temper tantrums. It's like getting paid $10/hour to take birth control.

• "Still no boyfriend?" Well I met this guy at Summit last weekend, and he grabbed my butt and told me I look like Snooki. That might turn into something.

• "You look so good. Have you been exercising?" I actually go the rec center about four days a week … for smoothies. So it's probably just the Adderall.

• "What are your plans for the summer?" I considered taking a couple of classes, but I figured that would really cut into my spending-all-day-drinking-and-doing-nothing time.

• "What about plans for after graduation?" I'm hoping the guy who raps on the Ped Mall is still there and looking for a partner. Or a trophy wife.

Nicole Quist's family has simply stopped asking questions.

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