The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Breakaway College Girl

by Ali Postle, Freshman at Northern Illinois University -DeKalb; 2012 West Central Grad -Special For The Quill

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a fantastic week. Crazy to think that Easter is this Sunday already! Enjoy the time with families and remember why we celebrate this holiday! It is weird to think that I won't be home for Easter this year, and I guess I will have to celebrate in my dorm.

Well, every since I went to the Illinois football game in October, my heart has been set on going there. The atmosphere is incredible and it just seems like a great place to be. I decided in December that I would apply just to see if I could get in and then go from there. To be honest, I didn't really think I even had a chance on getting in, since it is pretty competitive.

Well, I found out two weeks ago that I did get accepted to The University of Illinois! I am pretty sure I have never been more excited in my entire life. The bad thing is, I am stuck in a dilemma. My whole life I have known I wanted to follow in my mom's footsteps and become a nurse. There has never been anything else I would want to do. The dilemma; The University of Illinois does not have Nursing. Unbelievable, right!?

I got accepted to the Community Health program which is the closest thing to nursing that they have. It is more like studying how to better hospitals and things of that nature, which is definitely not nursing. Now, I am sure I could go on and get my nursing degree, but wouldn't it just be easier to do it somewhere that has a program and get it done in 4 years.

Northern has a great nursing program, but its does not have the amazing vibe that I felt at Illinois. So what do I do? Let me tell you, this has to be one of the toughest choices I have ever had to make. My brother is always talking about how amazing Illinois is and how much he loves it.

Decisions are tough but you have to make the one that is right for you. Do what makes you happy and what is the best choice for your life.