As a typical, programmed student who graduated high school and jumped right into college without a second thought, I feel into the trap of conformity and soon realized it wasn't for me. Although I thought I wanted to pursue a career in the medical/health field, and because it was expected of me (coming from a middle eastern culture), I went right into, not knowing what I was getting myself into. I started taking classes as a biology major, soon questioning my decision and wondering if that was truly where I belonged. After months of thought and meditation, I came to the realization that medicine/health wasn't for me, and that was totally okay. So I started talking to advisors and other academic resources to see what the next step was. As a second semester junior in college, I declared my major in Interdisciplinary studies, hoping to pursue my goals and dreams, breaking the common mold. As an IDS student, my minor is in Religious and culture studies, and my two areas of focus are education and behavioral & social sciences. At this point, my main goal is to graduate college and pursue my masters in higher education. My future, long-term goal is to one day open up a school of my own. My desire is to build students into who they are meant to be, strengthening their gifts, personalties, and natural abilities to become the best that they can be. I want to make sure that students are able to seek their passions, hobbies, interests, etc., at a young age, so that when it comes time to go to college (if that is the path they want/need to take), they have a solid idea/plan of what they want to pursue. Unlike most people in our society who are nearly forced to go straight into college, I want to prepare my students to gain confidence in themselves and be able to learn in a way that is individualized and geared towards self-growth and personal cognitive development, rather than making everybody come out the same way, thinking they need to conform and be like everyone around them.