Carolyn Hax: 40-year-old prospective grad student wants to change her childish name

Dear Carolyn: I’m in my 40s and heading to graduate school for a completely different career. I’ve always hated my first name — it sounds great for a child but does not transfer very well as a professional name. I’d like to change it as I embark on my new direction, but I feel silly being my age and sounding like I’m having an identity crisis. Thoughts?

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Carolyn Hax: 40-year-old prospective grad student wants to change her childish name

Dear Carolyn: I’m in my 40s and heading to graduate school for a completely different career. I’ve always hated my first name — it sounds great for a child but does not transfer very well as a professional name. I’d like to change it as I embark on my new direction, but I feel silly being my age and sounding like I’m having an identity crisis. Thoughts?

For deals, take ‘summer vacation’ early

Generally, your best bet for deals is now right up until Memorial Day weekend — and even into early June. In the Caribbean, the deals extend well into fall. Travel soon and you can benefit from last-minute offers, plus avoid the crowds.

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