1. Have you ever had panic attacks or problems with anxiety? Self-diagnosed or doctor-diagnosed? What did you do or are you doing to cope with it?
2. How do I back out of a lunch invitation that I already accepted? Short version of the story, I was invited out to lunch with a small group from work and one person we used to work with. The original group was all people I liked. Now there are a few people I don't like, and the restaurant has changed. I don't care for the restaurant or the group now, and since money is extremely tight, I don't think it's worth the money now if I'm not going to enjoy myself. How do I get out of this (it's tomorrow) without insulting anyone?
3. How do I go about asking my boss if I can shift my schedule around some in the fall? I currently work 7:30am - 4:15 pm, with a 45 minute unpaid lunch. This position is through a temp agency because the company is closing. Originally we were supposed to be closed as of Dec. 31, 2005, but it looks like we may be around into next year. My schedule as it stands normally works out great. I'm in grad school, and most of my classes start at 6pm. However, one of the required classes meets from 3:30 - 4:50 two days a week. Since it appears I might have a job through the end of this year, I was thinking of taking that early class in the fall. I would need to leave work at 3:00 two days per week. This would leave me short 2.5 hours per week, which I can make up either by cutting my lunch short every day, coming in early or working late... whichever the powers that be prefer. What I need to know is how do I: a.) ask how long they think they will keep me around at work, and b.) ask my boss about playing around with my schedule? No one else in the office takes classes, so there really isn't a precedent to go by. If you have gotten this far - Thank you!