"Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality." - Jonas Salk
Hello and Welcome to my Site
My name is Ari Groobman, and I grew up in Boulder, Colorado. My goal in life has always been to help those around me to the best of my abilities. I hope my story will inspire you or others close to you to dream big and not be tied down by doubt and anxiety.
Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to help the people around me, but at a young age, I suffered from high anxiety and perfectionism. My parents were divorced and I lived part time with both. My mother, however, was a tiger mother and an abusive parent, which exacerbated my anxiety. At age 12, I moved out to live full time with my father.
When I entered Fairview High School, my anxiety and perfectionism had reached an all time extreme. At that moment, I knew I wanted to overcome my perfectionism once and for all. With the help of my father, David Groobman, and my mentor and school's TAG coordinator, Terry Bradley, I realized that by speaking and helping others overcome their own anxieties, I could help myself as well.
I began by working with my school principal to create Teacher Collaboration/Student Access Time in order to help reduce stress and promote mental well-being for the students. I also designed an online survey for my school to quantify anxiety in the IB Diploma Program and for possible use in the counseling department.
During my Junior year, I decided to become a public speaker and have spoken at several districts and schools across Colorado on what perfectionism is, and how students, parents, and teachers could help reduce anxiety in themselves and those around them. I also was a guest speaker at the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented conference in 2014 and 2016, and was a keynote speaker in 2015.
Ever since I became more conscious of my anxiety and decided to work on tackling it, I have become a more well-rounded individual. I have been able to achieve academically and vocationally, as well as improve my physical, emotional, and social health, with friends and connections around the world, including Israel, Poland, Brazil, and more. However, most importantly, I learned to love myself and love the life that I live.
I currently attend CU Boulder studying Biological and Chemical Engineering as a Boettcher Scholar and AXA Achievement Scholar. I plan on working with environmental sustainability and conservation biology in the future, as well as continue my career in speaking. I also perform close-up magic and stage hypnosis, as well as swing dance competitively.
My hope is to help others realize that they can be successful and achieve their maximum potential without putting their physical, mental, or emotional well-being at risk. I believe that life is about the whole experience, and the only way to live it is one step at a time, acknowledging every aspect of yourself and the world.