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#0848: Click and Clack's Campus Counseling: A's are Overrated!

Original Air Date: 11.29.2008

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On this week's encore edition of Car Talk, college student Lea pleads for guidance though the existential crisis otherwise known as freshman year. How does she deal with the prospect of becoming an adult? And, come to think of it, why in Bluto Blutarsky's name does she think Tom and Ray can help? Also, a cross-country move gets expensive for one caller, after her Great Dane decides to see the USA from the hood of her pickup, a Mazda owner wonders what a flashing coolant light and low coolant could mean, aside from the fact that she's low on coolant, and is there any car-related sound more annoying than a mechanic endlessly repeating, "I promise, this time it really is fixed!" All that, plus greetings from the self-proclaimed Automotive Bermuda Triangle of the Midwest, this week on a special encore edition of Car Talk.

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It's About Time

by debbiejarnaginstearns

Hey guys-It's so refreshing to hear someone take the pressure off the already frantic college students who are sweating their upcoming finals before the holidays

Favorite Moment: When you told Leah to promise not to make any A's! Those of us who could make all A's but have learned (the hard way) the truth of everything you said all let out a cheer at that point!

Excellent advise

by swissmiss

Hello Tom and Ray, You were being totally perfect today when you were speaking to Leah. Yes, learning is important but enjoying the process is essential! You also put it into perspective for her, this is just a part of her life; your kids are lucky to have you as Dad's

Favorite Moment: When you told the story about the guy taking flight in his lawn chair and dropping his rifle! I have never heard you both laugh so hard! It was great.

college grades

by batejani

great.

You guys sanctioned animal abuse!

by Anonymous

I completely agree with the previous reviewers who are disgusted with Hope from Atlanta who cruelly laughed at the danger she put her dog through by tethering it inadequately in the back of her open pickup truck. Even worse, you guys didn't even mention how inhumane and dangerous this is. Would you support leaving a baby in a loosely-secured or untethered car seat, or alone in a hot car? I think not, and yet this is similarly irresponsible, inhumane behavior. You should have chastised Hope, not laughed with and encouraged her stupidity and cruelty. She doesn't at all deserve the companionship of a dog if she can't more thoughtful care for it. Also, in some states (CA, NH, FL, RI, MA, VA, OR, are some), it's illegal to have a dog in the back of an open pick up truck AT ALL, or only if it is cross-tethered or in a secured crate, which clearly Hope's dog was not -- ironically, she started her trip in one of the states where her tethering method was illegal, CA (so I doubt she visited her local Humane Association as she says, since no SPCA or humane society would condone her method of transporting her dog). The ONLY humane way to travel with a dog is to keep it INSIDE the vehicle, preferably restrained in a crate or by a dog-specific harness/seat belt. If Hope or other drivers can't handle this simple and responsible action, they should have their driver's licenses -- and their dogs -- removed from their careless hands. And shame on Ray and Tom for not seeing the seriousness of this situation and failing to use their show to educate and encourage more humane treatment of dogs and all living thing.

Favorite Moment: None. I was angry and disgusted with the show, and after listening for over 12 years, I might skip it for a while.

MHC

by Anonymous

Must listening to all alums and friends of Mount Holyoke College.

Favorite Moment: When the letter writer actually calls in.

too good to miss

by cmonti

wonderful program, I wish I could have woken my wife up for - but I value my life... She looks forward to the podcast. Keep up the good work team.

Favorite Moment: The whole thing was a crazy mix of fun

Kudos to Campus Counseling

by andreajacobson@mac.com

Great advice! As a Mount Holyoke alum who is also from the Great State of Washington, I can attest to the validity of Lea's experience. Mount Holyoke College is a tough place academically speaking and the first year is probably the roughest when combine with being homesick. Fortunately, she has reached out for help early. If only I'd thought to write you guys! I didn't figure out how to enjoy college until my senior year when I decided to stopped doing all the assigned reading, wrote papers on their due dates instead of two weeks before, and instituted a "no homework" policy Friday through Sunday. After doing that, I received my highest GPA at Mount Holyoke and I was having a good time.

Favorite Moment: The best advice you guys shared was to not focus on getting "A"s and to have fun. It's all about keeping things in perspective --which is a rule that comes in handy throughout life.

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