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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Look for a little excitement. Traveling in search of knowledge or meeting new people from different backgrounds will lead to an adventure. However, as much as you desire change, you must not make an impulsive decision or move.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Do whatever it takes to improve your personal life. Travel plans or socializing with friends will lead to higher self-esteem and greater confidence. Use past experience to recognize an opportunity and leap into action. Love is in the stars.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A straightforward approach to what you’ve been asked to do will be necessary if you don’t want to be criticized for your tardiness. Too much detail will be just as unacceptable as too little. You must strive to balance whatever you do.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Follow through with your promises, and enjoy the praise you deserve. Love is on the rise. Making a subtle change at home that will enhance your surroundings or setting the stage for romance will pay off, as well as boost your confidence.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may have the energy and the passion to take on a challenge, but expect to face a very worthy opponent. Precision and knowledge coupled with quick wit and action will determine who wins. Join forces with someone who complements your skills.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You will learn a great deal from the people you interact with. Don’t let an emotional connection you have with someone upset your plans. Consider what you can do to improve your outlook and your physical appearance. Professionalism will be required.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Talks will lead to information that will encourage you to expand some of your interests. What you have to offer will turn out to be a viable source of income in the future if you dedicate time and effort to honing your skills.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Have fun. Show how creative, imaginative, and spontaneous you can be. Romance is apparent, and plans to meet someone new or enhance your current relationship should be in the works. A personal change will lift your spirits.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Too much of anything will be your downfall. Don’t make promises you cannot keep or share information that is not verified. The changes you make at home will help encourage you to alter your lifestyle and enhance your well-being.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Determination and hard work will pay off. Take on responsibilities that allow you to show your attributes. You can secure your position by handling whatever arises without making a fuss or showing frustration. Expertise will count. Love, romance, and commitment are highlighted.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Take your time. Don’t feel pressured to make a hasty decision. Work at home and on self-improvement and enhancing your personal relationships. A change in status or vocational direction will lead to bigger and better opportunities. Avoid excess.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Keep your emotions in check. Arguments will not solve problems, but finding solutions that suit everyone’s needs in a manner that is civil will make an impression on someone who may have overlooked your talents in the past.



Real Advice from a Stodgy Professor:

• If your preferred email address is sexxygirl69@hotmail.com, just use your boring school email address instead.

• I have no idea what the official policies are of the university or the department on things like making up classes. I pick some stuff up here and there, but the department administrative assistants know much better than I do. Ask them.

• If you are interested in a research career, don’t wait until your last quarter of your senior year to come see me. The earlier you come to me, the more projects we can work on. Even if you haven’t taken the major research methods course, I can think of something beyond just cleaning my car.

• If you tell me that you want to take a course, and I say something like, “Yes, you could absolutely do that; that certainly would be an option,” read between the lines.

• Don’t assume I’m going to be scary and intimidating until I am.

• When debating whom to work with (or whom to take in a class), listen to friends (or websites) but consider the source. Hard-asses are often the best professors.

• In general, surprisingly enough, I have a life. If you email me Friday night and need something before Monday morning, my wife and son might have other plans (often involving Buzz Lightyear, but enough about my wife).

James C. Kaufman is a professor of psychology at California State-San Bernardino, where he is the director of the Learning Research Institute.









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