Jarian Santana, a 20 year high school graduate who, instead of going to a 4-year college, decided to attend aviation school. Her biggest flaw before that step was her lack of self-belief and motivation. While being in a topnotch strict school, she learned the importance of voicing herself and accomplishing her goals. Everyone around her wanted to go to college and to major in business, chemistry, management, phsyc/sociology, etc. Jarian? She wanted to be a flight attendant. But she gave up on herself so many times. At many moments she was told that being a flight attendant was not a career, that it was a job in which a person did not need any intelligence, that it is not a major. Being told this from her superiors and people, who in most cases had a degree, really turned her hopes down. She became uncertain of what she wanted to become once she graduated from high school. She found herself periodically missing school, giving up on college apps, and not completing important steps for her future on time. She thought she wasn’t good enough to have a future since the aviation industry wasn’t considered so essential. But then she thought, “am I going to decide my own future, or am I going to let others choose for me?” After graduating high school she completed a semester in Lehman College, thinking that her biggest passion at that time was sports management. But she was wrong. She didn’t feel like she belonged: she felt as though she was lying to herself. So, one afternoon she found herself at her school library searching aviation schools. Many seemed appealing to the eye, others not so much.
On march 29th of 2015, Jarian sat down in a classroom in the Travel Academy located in Eagan, Minnesota. Jarian’s experience was fascinating and very self constructive. She learned various things from cruise lines, travel agencies, and flight attendant. Three months later, Jarian came back to New York with two job offerings and a Travel and Tourism professional license. Since Jarian followed her dream and stopped putting herself down all the time, she accomplished her biggest dream and today she is very proud to call herself an ascending flight attendant. And for the side note! Jarian had to pay for rooming and also tuition like ANY other college. Jarian followed her heart despite what others thought about her career choice.
Some advice from Jarian herself! “My advice for everyone in a short sentence: When your opinion of yourself goes up then you’ll stop trying to get so much validation and attention from other people. You become less needy and find an inner stability even when your world might be confusing or uncertain at times. The increasing self-esteem and self-love also makes you feel more deserving of good things in life and so you’ll stop putting yourself down because of other’s opinions and go after what you deep down want with more motivation and focus than ever before.”
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -Mark twain