It’s no secret that relationships can be tough to figure out. Whether you like to seek wisdom in endless Buzzfeed articles, long chats with a trusted friend, or some sign from the universe, it never hurts to hear from some people who might actually know what they are talking about.

Maybe you are lost and lonely, or maybe you are looking to bulk up your relationship advice arsenal. Luckily, some wise faculty and staff have lent their knowledge on the matter. What started off as a humorous, light-hearted article turned into a heartfelt tribute to life and love. I guess that’s what you get when you ask a bunch of highly intelligent faculty and staff to share some casual advice.

Healthy relationships include others. One mark of an unhealthy relationship is drawing lines, closing off, and keeping others out. Healthy ones draw in, embrace, and intentionally include those of differing ethnic and economic backgrounds, those who are marginalized and those who provide a variety of worldviews and perspectives. — Ruth Huston
My biggest piece of advice when it comes to relationships is believing your significant other ‘completes’ you. While I think it is very important for your significant other to be your best friend, make you better, challenge, and encourage you, it is equally important that that person does not become your everything.— Ross Baker

Ross Baker with his daughter Addie.

Relationships are gifts for the flourishing of the whole community and not possessions to be hoarded. — Ben Wayman


Envy and competition are poison for relationships. Don’t tolerate them in yourself and pray for their decrease and disappearance in others. Friends should be able to celebrate with you every bit as well as they mourn with you. — Ben Wayman


Real relationships involve real people, and it turns out that real people are pretty awful. They have strange eating habits, hairy moles, and selfish intentions hidden by deeply imbedded coping skills, created by years of poor decision-making. Please believe me when I say that these strange eating habits do NOT improve as your ‘other’ gets older. Being in a real relationship means you walk alongside those eating habits without expectation of change.— Lisa Amundson

Lisa Amundson.

Be honest-ish with everyone you want to see again. Learn to explain the -ish part as the relationship evolves; this will encourage them to explain their lies as well. Be completely honest with anyone you do not wish to see again. Problem solved. — Jake Amundson

Jake Amundson.

I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do. — Michael Scott
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