A Lil’ Segment On What…I am majoring In.

I am beginning a new segment, called “a lil’ segment on what…” where readers can find out a little bit more about me and what I do. I obviously get to pick the topics, but a little less about me and more about what I am majoring in at the University of Colorado Boulder, why I am majoring in these field studies, and what my dream career goals are.

I am currently not in school, however, will be picking up classes once again during the summer, in order to be able to make the May 2018 graduation ceremony. Honestly, finding my major was almost hopeless for me, and at the end of sophomore year, I had to make a big decision. My initial decision was to join the Journalism school at the University of Boulder, Colorado. Unfortunately, I did not get in on my first try. But, hey! Second time is the charm. I finally after two attempts got into my dream school, however, I made the bold decision to stay enrolled in the Arts & Science’s school, as well. I am currently pursuing a Double Degree in both Advertising & Marketing and Psychology. It is a hard feat, but these are things I am truly passionate about.

I had to pick my Psychology major in a room full of angry, frustrated freshman trying to get enrolled – and I looked lost. As they finally called my name, as I had a hold on my account and could not sign up for classes until I declared my major, I soon found out that I had to decide my entire future in about five minutes on a iPad, in the next three seconds. Pain, panick and sweat passed over me, as I had found out that the counselor I was seeing no longer was my assigned counselor. I chose Psychology – it seemed pretty cool at the time, I did not know much about it, and I did not know how much I could learn and relate to my classes. Psychology has now become one of my biggest passions, as I hope to one day solve the global issues of addictions of many, to handle the mental evaluations of many patients, to make medication accessible to all, and most importantly, help bring light to a subject that is often ignored and overlooked in our society.

So much crime, addiction, and problems within our society would be solved if we were all put on correct medication, molded to each and everyone’s unique biochemical makeup of their brain. Wouldn’t that be something?

So many of us neglect getting diagnosed. Beyond that, many individuals are afraid to receive proper medication and treatment, or do not have the means to meet the overpriced treatment plans or to buy medication. This is a sad thing for me, and I believe that with more knowledge of our neurological systems and our brains, we can all learn so much about what is going on, why we feel the way we do, and how to stabilize even the slightest unstabilized part of your brain.

Accessibility and knowledge of all aspects of psychology, including therapy, disorders, medication stabilization, long-term treatment, social aspects of psychology, cognitive aspects of psychology, aspects of abnormal aspects of psychology, among many other things are some aspects of psychology that I would like to unlock.

Similarly, I would like to have more research done to the correlation of crime rates versus mental well-being, more specifically serotonin levels. Most recently, I learned in my Social Psychology class that most “hardcore” criminals, such as those who rape, murder, etc. have very low levels of serotonin in their brains. Similarly, I learned that drug abuse or long-term use can be linked to an undiagnosed disorder that went on too long.

So much about Psychology is unknown and I would like to make it known, during my path towards treatment and a proper medication regiment.

My second major includes the field of Advertising and Marketing, where I learn how to manipulate people into being interested in what I would be selling at the time. I have been told I have a way with words, art, etc. that make it easy to make things relatable, and appealing towards the masses. I have finally decided to use my hardcore manipulation for the better good and start combining my knowledge in Psychology, in order to learn more about humans, in order to then sell the product that I will be trying to advertise so carefully.

Advertising and Marketing is often not paired with Psychology, and I do not see why. The majors go hand-in-hand, as I discovered that the more I learn about people, how they react, how our bodies function and work, the more successful I could be at selling my advertisements, and being successful at it.

Advertising and Marketing involves a lot of thinking, and a lot of time spent in your head, as you try to come up with the next new idea or way to sell your product. I believe that my ability to be an excellent problem solver will help me in this career, as I know that advertising and marketing relies a lot on your problem solving skills. Some may say it’s a dying business, but advertising and marketing is now growing on another platform – social media. With our latest technological advancements, advertisers have to spend less time working with print, and spend more time working digitally.

In order to fully embrace the digital age and my inner nerd, I decided that being in the creative field of advertising and marketing would perhaps be my forte. I channel a lot of my creativity out through blogging, coloring, and photography, in order to help myself find creative solutions to problems, using the right side of my brain! I actually believe that advertising and marketing, as well as psychology, allows you to access both parts of your brain, letting me entertain logical, yet creative solutions to problems.

I am also using my strong, thorough knowledge of popular culture and worldly news to my advantage, because staying informed in the best way to stay ahead of the game in the advertising and marketing world, as it is an extremely competitive field. Especially in recent years, with the use of advertisements on social media, being a social media guru and growing up in the social media age helped me. This market is extremely profitable, only if your ads sell and people are buying the product. I guess I kind of like the uncertainty. My dream is to run an advertising campaign for a major fashion enterprise, such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, YSL, etc. I would truly enjoy working for a large fashion corporation, as fashion has become my world. I believe when choosing your major, tapping into your skills and interests are key. And then, once you figure that out, it’s easy peasy from there. Dream jobs and goals come up in your head, as you try to make something different and unique out of yourself.

I have yet to make a portfolio, but I have seen so many genius one-liners and excellent fake ad campaigns completed by my own peers. The target audience is constantly craving for something new and fresh to catch their attention, so it’s truly competitive since most of my peers have the same access, interests and life goals as me.

The last reason why I chose these majors, beyond the fact that I am completely mindblown by both topics, is the fact that it is a versatile two majors to have. If I get bored working at an advertising company, I can switch back and forth between career paths. Call me crazy, but one, singular career path is not the life for me. I want to do more than just sell things and catch people’s attentions, I want to help people.

Similarly, my psychology major will hopefully open some doors for me to work for nonprofit organizations, where I would like to work. I would love to do a bit of both volunteering, as well as volunteering my services towards ad campaigns, and marketing. Running an advertising campaign for a great non-profit with a good message is also one of my lifelong goals. It would be incredible to be selling a product that does good for the world. With my psychology major, I can also work with people directly, not just working behind the scenes. And, after this semester of social psychology, I learned how much I truly love being around people, getting to know people, and working with people. My dream in life is to make a stance, make a difference, and get a little noticed for my work!

Ideally, in order to set myself apart from other projected advertisers and marketers, I started this blog. Don’t get me wrong I mostly started this out of simple boredom, a need for release of creative thoughts, and because it had been one of my goals for this year. I hopefully will still have this blog up and running in ten years still. Talking mindlessly about shit I only care about…but hey, whatever 4ever, right?

I want to hear from others, what are your goals, aspirations, and career goals? What are you current majors at school and why did you chose that? With these new gadgets, and robots, we have so many outlets for information and ways to receive information that our society has developed a need for more specialized, unique job openings that require specialized skills and majors. I am interested to see how you believe you can change the world!

I believe college should be filled with fun times, but it should also be filled with a purpose and motivation to want to get your certificate and graduate with the major, or majors, you so desire, so you can be let out into the world and be living out your dream job.

I am a leap and a half away from all these goals, but I am finding that after two years of deliberation, I am finally happy with my major.

Feel free to share your thoughts, DON’T BE SHY!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Call It An Autobiography

Simply put, I am an anonymous 21-year-old blogger, who is so curious about this world that I felt the need to share all my thoughts and feelings online. I entertain myself with blogging, hiking, coloring, working, discovering new fashion trends, and just about anything that soothes my soul (this list never ends). Some would even say I am boring or too eccentric, but my boredom and eccentric attitude are what have landed me on this page. I have made this blog, because, as Jonah Hill once said in 21 Jump Street, “this is my temple. This is where I come to find peace.”

Now that you know some surface level details about my life, I also would like to say that I live in Boulder, Colorado, attending the University of Boulder, Colorado, pursuing a double degree in Advertising and Psychology. I am a locally grown native of Boulder, Colorado and have yet to get sick of the beautiful views of the Flatirons.

Normal, eccentric, friendly, crazy, and bored are all words I use to describe myself. I will go a little bit deeper and disclose my deepest, darkest secret…I have been diagnosed with six types of ADD, ADHD, OCD, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. My diagnoses generally turn people off, as they often complain that they are scared of me, scared to trigger or enable me, or treat me differently than they normally would if I had not been diagnosed.

Though I have been labeled with these diagnoses, I do not want to hide the gifts or hide the unique biochemical makeup of my efficiently functioning brain. Though many individuals, including society, have stigmatized my “mental illnesses,” I’ve decided to not let this hold me back.

With that said, I embrace life. Perspective is the key to success, and one of the best ways I cope with my anxiety. Society spends so much time masking and shunning those who are considered “disabled,” when in fact, these labels are not disabilities, rather they are powerful abilities that I have been blessed with. Stigmas are the world’s Miracle Whip (no one really likes it).

My life can be difficult at times, but happiness is not hard to come by for me. In fact, I choose happiness; I do not look for it or try to locate it. The happiest times and the most memorable times are the times in which I’ve practiced mindfulness and perseverance.

At times, my gifts have served as a disadvantage for me, as it has been used against me time-and-time again. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unforunate Events could be viewed as an actual representation of my life, as it is a constant trainwreck, where I am always adjusting to change. My life may mirror A Series Of Unfortunate Events; society even foresees that my life will be an eternal train wreck, but I beg to differ.

Despite all these stigmas and roller coaster rides, I have decided to make a blog, in order to let people in and show how normal those who have been diagnosed are.

Things that are important to me are as substantial as non-materialistic items, such as family, positive, meaningful friends, pizza, art, nature, photography, making memories, practicing kindness and patience, and the small surprises that life throws my way.

It has been a hard journey to find comfortability and love within myself. I am not talking about just spreading love to others, just like you spread peanut butter and jelly on bread, I am talking about finding self-love. This blog marks the day that I have decided to let everyone know how much self-love was hard to come by and that I finally love myself. I love every single gift, every single “flaw,” even though I hate the word “flaw,” and fragment of myself.

Every day that I choose life, I am also choosing to beat the statistics. In fact, on average 98% of PTSD patients commit suicide. This statistic is a very important statistic for me, because it proves that anything is truly possible if you set your mind to it, this even includes self-love.

Self-love is never taught in school, though I personally believe it should be. Celebrations, including celebrating life and yourself, are not held frequently enough, especially in our society. Society has become toxic, constantly thriving off of the failures of others. We are all human, however, and deserve to celebrate ourselves, because we are all connected in one way or another.

I love humans, I love meeting new people, I love making new friends, and I thoroughly enjoy getting to know everyone. I also love celebrating people and their successes, especially in a society where we constantly forget to pat ourselves on our back, let along acknowledge one another.

The reason I love talking and meeting people is because we can all learn something from every human being we encounter in our lives. Whether the human is toxic or a positive force in your life, every human being has something substantial to offer and has good qualities. If you just look hard enough, you will realize how much good there is in the world and in every single human being. Though you may clash with many individuals in your life and you may have some hate left for certain people in your heart, no human is truly bad to the bone.

Seeing the world in just black-and-white, just as good vs. bad, is a clouded, and distorted way to view your life. You miss out on opportunities to forgive, opportunities to make more memories, expand your horizons, and most importantly, miss out on truly finding love within yourself and finding love with others. It is always easy to blame others for your own faults, trauma, anxiety, etc., however, humans shape the world and make the world go round.

When you break it down, every single human being is molecularly and genetically unique from one another, this includes personality as well. I believe it is important to encounter every single human, including yourself, in order to truly live a life filled with love and passion.

Getting to where I am today was difficult, and full of many bumps in the road, as I still continue to struggle to be a better version of myself every day. I had to spend over 21 years dating myself, encountering people who I altercated with, finding hobbies, becoming self-aware, and becoming self-motivated.

As a child, I was enrolled in a Montessori school, where I learned the importance of kindness, respect, independence, celebration, schedules, having hobbies, and learning to be an inclusive human being, who should get to know everyone. Most importantly, I was taught the importance of kindness, how to be kind, to always forgive those around you that may have made a mistake, and to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. I also learned how much I love art, how much I love to travel, and how much I still practice these lessons I learned to this day.

I am no longer discouraged by societal norms, as I found that basing my self-love on what others think of me more toxic than ocean water after an oil spill. Every day I live is another day that I can better myself, smile more, laugh more, and make more memories. It has become essential for me to take a moment out of every day to realize and count all my blessings, and to realize how rare the gift of happiness is. Taking a minute every day has allowed for me to realize that every day is, and should be, a blessing and celebration, full of surprises. Every day is full of presents for me, and I have realized that the more that you look for and acknowledge the simple, synchronistic, and beautiful things in life, the more life will gift them to you.

I face fear every day, however, my fear used to be based on what others thought about me. Now, I face more rational substantial fears, involving how much more I can challenge myself to make my day better, whether or not I am budgeting enough, whether or not I should call in sick to work, what I want to wear today, or whether or not I should even finish college.

I strive to be the most raw, real, and resourceful human being to those around me. My curiosity for the world is what combats my six types of ADD, ADHD, OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, and PTSD. All of those words put into one sentence brings fear to not only me, but to my team of therapists. I, unfortunately, am asked on a daily basis how I am able to wake up every morning and simply just live. This question is mind boggling, because living can be as simple as just breathing and opening your eyes. To me, when you break everything down, life is the simplest gift that has graced my presence. I choose to live, because I am afraid of not living.

The definition of life is very interchangable. Personally, “living” involves daily adventures with myself or my friends, engaging in constructive behavior, going to work, being responsible, passing on kindness, and being a support system for someone else.

The only fear I face is the fear that my mental diagnoses will be used as a hindrance towards my success, or may stop me from living a “normal” life. I can not say my life is not difficult and/or hard at times, because it truly is hard to live with my unique biochemical makeup. In fact, it took me years to figure out how to live with such an active mind and how to manage my stress when I truly do have more issues than Vogue.

Instead of hiding in the dark, I’ve finally decided to test my own courage by releasing my biggest secrets to the public. It’s not quite opposite day, and I can not take this blog post back, just like I can not take back my mental diagnoses. These labels no longer define me, but are used as tools to my advantage.

My life motto is, “life is life, you have got to face reality.” You can not choose the cards life hands you, but you can take the cards life hands and try to find solutions to make it better. Trying is better than never trying at all, as “what if?” is a constant question that runs through my brain. Choose life and give me a chance to let you into my complicated, distorted, adventurous world.

~Always remember that no one, but yourself, defines you. No one but yourself can dictate your happines!s ~

~Even if your cheerios get peed on in the morning, eat it well and eat it all! ~

xo,

Aichan Tewahade