Ashley Chavez is 20 years old and currently resides in Orange County, CA, where she was born and raised. She graduated from Rosary High School, and continued her education at Saddleback College and the University of Arizona. Still taking academic courses of pleasure, Ashley continues blazing her own path, living a free spirited and purpose driven life with intentions of traveling the world and inspiring others through passion and creative expression.
College. “The best four years of your life,” they say. Some would stand corrected by this, combatively suggesting that both the intrinsic and extrinsic motives behind a structured education are governments’ form of mind control on the naïve. Both of these statements, however, are ego-based stigmas subconsciously affecting the most important person in the equation, YOU!
The subconscious mind is one of the most powerful and effective tools out there waiting for someone to utilize it. Earl Nightingale once said, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” You can see now the great affect cultural conditioning and our environment have on an individual when making decisions.
So where am I going with all this statistic and informational talk with no answer to this you ask? Being one who once walked in these shoes of indecision and uncertainty, I can confidently look back and give the greatest advice of all: follow your HEART. College IS the best four years of your life; it is just up to you, the individual, to seize it! Of course, take advice from your family, friends, guidance and academic counselors; most of them talk from experience as well. But when it comes to finding your niche, only YOU get to decide that. College is whatever definition and label you give it. Find a major that you are passionate about, and if you don’t have one yet, try different classes that you wouldn’t take in a million years, explore the vaults of your mind and follow what makes your heart feel good in the moment. Make new friends, join different clubs, and find new means of creatively expressing yourself. College doesn’t have to shackle you down, but rather it can liberate you to becoming whatever person you want to be! Take advantage of being in a new environment, with new people, receiving the education that you choose. Forget about the societal stereotypes put on college by finding a way to stand out amongst a crowd of conformists. By following your heart, and leading with passion, you WILL find your niche, thus determining your profession in the world.