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Hawk Talk with Lydia: Issue No. 4

Dear Lydia,

My final semester of high school is quickly approaching. I have so many decisions that I have to make. I am so nervous. This decision will change the rest of my life! What if I make the wrong choice? What do I do then? Will I become a bum? I really do not want that to happen. I plan on becoming a doctor. I am currently accepted into three super nice medical schools. One is in Wisconsin, one is in Illinois, and the other is all the way in New York. I cannot wait to get out in the world, meet new people, and travel to exciting places. The thing is, I also have to get through this last semester of high school. I am sad about leaving, but at the same time I want to go!  Some days I cannot stop thinking about how much I am going to miss these classes, familiar faces, and awesome teachers. On the other hand, there are days when I cannot stand to be in these crowded hallways with disrespectful students, and I definitely cannot wait for the day when I am done with Chemistry homework. So, I need some advice from you to help me get through this year, be excited for the future, and make the best decision for myself.

Please help,


Dear Ely,

I can completely understand the position that you find yourself in right now. You are ready to go, but not quite ready to leave all of your friends and family behind. I am in the same boat. I have a couple universities to choose from as well, and I am so ready to leave. However, I am scared to get out of my comfort zone. I know everyone here, I love my bed, my dogs, Shawano Lake, and just the thought of home. We both just have to remember that we are moving into a new chapter of our lives. We get to go to new places, meet different friends, and learn things about ourselves that we never knew before. I understand your difficulties with deciding where to go, too. I could go as far as North Dakota or Minnesota, or I could also go super close to home. I know that I will have to decide soon, but just remember that anywhere you go, you will be perfectly fine! This new phase is just a part of life. We are becoming adults, I know it is scary, but making big decisions is something we will have to do all of the time in the future. Just make the best of this last semester, make the best choice for yourself, and cherish your time at home for the next couple of months. I wish you the best of luck!

Lots of Love,