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Lincoln Logger Profiles

Ambitious senior aims for independence

By: Benjamin Sheh

 

 

The girl across from me fidgets as she excitedly answers questions about her future. To Lincoln senior Donna Li, high school is just a blur. “I am very excited to leave high school. I’m so done.” Li has a clear vision for her future, and thinks thoroughly about what she wants to do. After she leaves school every weekday, Li goes straight from school to work. Her job is a surprising one for a high school student— she works as an assistant for a State Farm agent. According to Li, this gets her quite a few confused looks as people wonder how she managed to get the job in the first place. She doesn’t see her-self doing office work in the future, however. At first, Li wanted to become a nutritionist but balked when she realized how few job opportunities were for those in the profession. Instead,  she now plans on becoming a pediatric nurse—largely due to her desire to work with kids. “Although, I want  to work with toddlers

and newborns; not ementary school kids. Elementary school kids are annoying,” says Li with a rueful smile. She speaks from experience, as she has a 12 year old brother and a 4 year old sister who she lives together along with her parents. Because Li’s parents work quite often, along with the fact that she spends most of her weekdays at her job and most of her weekends with
friends, her family doesn’t spend too much time together. Still, she describes their relationship as a generally happy one.
In her free time, Li is a self-proclaimed impulse buyer and shopping lover. She also enjoys watching movies in

theaters for the impressive video and sound experience. Nelson Ma, Li’s friend, speaks highly of her: “Donna’s a smart, well-spoken person.” To Li, achieving greatness and being successful is what’s most important in life. “I just really like the idea of being independent,” says Li.