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Assistant Lifestyle Editor Madelaine Vikse.

Assistant Lifestyle Editor Madelaine Vikse.


We all need advice at some point in our lives. Sometimes there is a question or situation that you want advice on, and it can be helpful to have an outsider’s opinion.

My name is Madelaine Vikse, and I am a junior at NIU majoring in journalism with a minor in art. Being an only child, I have a good understanding of what it’s like to have questions and not know who to ask for advice on them. 

Individuals at NIU should be able to get advice on topics and situations that they may not feel comfortable discussing with someone they know.

When you have to make a tough decision and want someone else’s opinion on what to do, you can ask a friend or family member, but chances are that they will already have an opinion on the situation in general, and you may already know what they think.

There are situations that you may not want to tell your parents or friends about, so this can be a way to anonymously ask questions, as well as get that advice and a different viewpoint.

I hope this weekly advice column helps individuals across campus feel heard and be able to get clarity to their questions. From the topics of relationships, school, work or anything in between, the goal will always be to provide solutions and clarity. 

When deemed necessary, I will not hesitate to reach out to someone who would be considered an expert on a certain topic so that you can get advice not only from myself but from someone who has a better insight into how to handle the situation.

If you, or someone you know, are looking for advice, simply fill out this form here, or click on the “Ask Madelaine” tab on our homepage and submit your question or situation. All submissions will be reviewed for selection. No names are required. 

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