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A New Path

My journey from fashion designer to psychologist
Finn Bedell
Senior Ashley Broils holds a model brain May 1 in Room 151. photo by Finn Bedell

In my 6th grade yearbook, there’s a terrible photo of me with a terrible ponytail and a caption below it that says, “Fashion Designer.” 

I wanted to live in Paris and design cute clothing. My designs were going to be pink and super adorable.  

During the summer, I took a fashion designer camp and decided it was way too much work to design the clothing and then make it. So that dream went down the toilet.

Skip a few years, and after many different career choices, I think I know what I want to do with my life. 


I love learning about different disorders and why certain people act the way they do. 

While scrolling through YouTube in the summer of 2020, I found Anthony Padilla’s YouTube video on multiple personality disorder — a disorder where a person can have different identities due to adverse childhood trauma. After watching that video, I watched every video he had on other disorders and just fell in love with learning more. That is when I decided that I wanted to learn about different disorders and help people with those disorders. 

Even though my path in life has changed, and will probably change again, and I’m not going to become a fashion designer like an 11-year-old me thought, I have a feeling I am going to do great things in the future. 



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Ashley Broils
Ashley Broils, Assistant Newspaper Photo Editor
Hi, my name is Ashley Broils and I am an Assistant Newspaper Photo Editor. I am a junior and this is my third year of photojournalism. My job is to help the newspaper photo editors with checking captions of photos and picking photos for the newspaper. When taking photos, I really enjoy being close to the action. I have two brothers, Justin and Alex, who are both in middle school. I also have a dog named Anna who is one year old and loves to play fetch with me. My favorite destination is Puerto Rico. I vacationed there this summer.

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