Rising to the top within the 'confinement' of being a teenager, Ani Nazaryan isn't the typical high school student.
"I live by Tony Robbins' quote, 'success is doing what you want, where you want, with whom you want and as much as you want'. It's also a really good relationship with yourself", she states.
After finding out that her true passions were outside of the high school classroom, she focused on attaining university entry through TAFE in year 10-11 and hasn't looked back since. WIth diplomas under her wing and multiple accreditations, Nazaryan has pursued in finding her passion for law and business away from the typical teenage path, and is currently completing a business degree at the age of 18.
Looking back on the past couple of years, she reflects; "I don't know if I would do anything differently, the only reason I've grown or developed an amazing lifestyle I feel so grateful for is because I've experienced the other side, the contrast."
"I think we attract experiences to make us more whole, or make us feel better and I wouldn't be able to say I regret anything because at one point it seemed like a good enough idea to do it. It was a stepping stone to where I am and where I will go. I've also always been driven so I didn't leave much room for wasting time."
Nazaryan makes it clear that Australia is a wonderful place to be as a young person, "Australia is full of unlimited opportunities and equality for young people. The anti- discrimination laws, the ongoing support and help, the resources for physical and emotional support and the culture provides freedom for any motivated young person to accomplish so much ... Australia is almost too accomodating. We have no idea how lucky we are to grow up in Australia."
"I've been in a system that definitely felt frustrating and broken, and I've also been in a system that made a world of a difference. I think education teaches some priceless tools. There are schools which can really empower and encourage people and there are schools where teen pregnancy is almost a norm."
"The reality is, it's the individuals responsibility to find their freedom in the education system, or not go to school like a lot of geniuses and billionaires didn't, but find their way." Adding to her own vision of becoming successful in life - on her own terms - her view on education is very important and implies the situation that many young people find themselves in on a daily basis.
She adds; "I think with the right system, network and support for students it's something to cherish and will make a world of a difference in the students life. When students are non compliant we can blame of the education system, or we can take responsibility to find inspiration elsewhere."
When asked about risk-taking and her own life's work so far, Nazaryan answered, "The hardest part of risk-taking is the uncertainty. Certainty and sureness is a need for people to feel safe and secure."
"I honestly believe risk-taking is for people that don't know enough about how the world works - which can mean an adrenaline fuelled process filled with frustration. It's important to know not to endure the adrenaline. or pain, or frustration but to soothe yourself into a state of certainty. When you have the excitement (usually when a goal resonates with you), calculated risks are actively moving in the direction of, or focused upon your golden goal/desire and life is so sweet that you feel at ease, it doesn't feel 'hard'."
"The only hard risk I would take is believing in myself."