Updated: January 23, 2012 2:35AM
Dr. Wallace: I hope you can help me. I am considered a high achiever. In other words, I get higher grades than I should because I spend a lot of time “hitting the books.” I really work hard on my studies. My problem is that my IQ is only average, and I don’t do well on tests that I don’t study for.
I’ll be starting my senior year in high school in September and didn’t do well on both the college entry tests. I’m sure that colleges will pass me by because of my test scores. What’s a girl like me supposed to do if I’m not accepted to a college? I know if I could get admitted, I’d do well in college.
Stacy, Battlecreek, Mich.
Stacy: There is always a place in college for overachievers. Regardless of your college entrance test scores, apply to those colleges or universities that you would consider attending. Don’t be surprised if you receive several acceptance letters. Your grades, teacher recommendations and involvement in activities are of utmost importance.
Colleges and universities never seek a potential student’s IQ. An abundance of “average” IQ students graduate from college or university and become leaders in their field. Former American president, John F. Kennedy, is but one example.
Wallace: I’m overweight and tired of looking like a fat slob, so my mother took me to a dietitian, who made a diet for me to lose about a pound a week. Since I’m 50 pounds overweight (I should weigh 115 pounds and I weigh 165), it will take me a year to get back in shape.
I gained weight because I didn’t exercise and ate a ton of junk food, including rich desserts and lots of candy. But all that is ancient history. I now eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meat. My diet includes loads of broccoli and asparagus. I’ve tried these vegetables and I can’t say I like them, but since they’re what the dietitian calls “super” foods, I’ll learn to like them.
How super are they? Are there any other vegetables I can substitute for them? I’m also on a daily walking plan.
Chubby, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Soon to be Trim: Congratulations! It takes discipline and determination to change your eating habits. You’re losing weight the proper way, and the chances are great that once the unwanted weight is off, it will stay off.
Broccoli and asparagus are, indeed, super foods, so learn to like them. They really don’t have any substitutes. One-half cup of broccoli contains only 12 calories and provides 17 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin A, 68 percent of vitamin C, 18 percent of fiber and 8 percent of potassium. A half-cup of asparagus has 17 calories, 16 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin A, 38 percent of vitamin C, 11 percent of fiber and 7 percent of potassium.