Dear Paws to Talk,

I’m 18 years old and a new graduate. I want to study in a field of Biology at Temple, in hopes that I can become a Veterinary Behaviorist.

I’ve had a lot of opportunities given to me beforehand, however, and, well… my folks have been noticing that I don’t really immerse myself in some of these opportunities or in my field of study.

And it’s true. I can’t help but to be distracted by things on Youtube or video games. I want to do /something/ when I’m through college, but the thing is, I’ve been told that I need some sort of immersion in order to do something that I like.

Part of me wants to continue being a kid, since this is probably going to be my last few moments as one, but the other part of me wants to grow out of my comfort zone and do something… and I think the former side is taking up more than the latter…

I just need some sort of motivation… I need to track my time spent on things and wonder if whatever I’ve done has benefitted me. But I’m finding it challenging to comprehend at the moment… Do you have any advice for someone who’s going to leave for college in just a few weeks?

Humble Regards, 
Phoenix

Howl Phoenix,

Congratulations on graduating! I graduated from puppy class a while back but the humans misplaced my diploma (typical).

I had aspirations of going to law school but I liked playing fetch more than having my furry nose in a book.

It sounds like you have a lot of pressure on you.

I am a lot older than you (in dog years), and I have rarely known pressure to be a good thing.

When I put too much pressure on myself to catch the tennis ball, I usually miss.

Can you find a way to loosen your collar a bit without losing complete focus on your future goals?

I am not sure what a Veterinary Behavioralist is exactly. Is it to improve vet visits for us dogs? I hope so! Enough with the cold metal instruments and bland treats!

I digress.

If you want to work with dogs then I suggest you get to know us better.

Find a place to volunteer your time helping our kind.

There are rescue shelters, therapy dog groups, advocacy groups and many other ways to get involved with dogs.

Plus, this volunteer work will give you the immersion you mentioned in your letter while helping those who need it.

I wish you a lot of luck in college.

Maybe I can visit you on campus once you get settled?

Woof,

Bella

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