I know you want what’s best for me which is why it’s time that we talked about my future education. For years, you encouraged me to work towards attending a four-traditional college where I could graduate in something related to math or science. Even though I understood that you thought this would be the best way to set me up for success, it always made me nervous.
For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with any math classes and especially in high school, I felt like there was something I just wasn’t getting. The only time I really felt like I was in my element was during art lessons where I could be comfortable and show off my creative side. I didn’t have to memorize any formulas or constantly ask for help. I could just have fun and be good at something I actually loved doing!
When I graduated high school, you both told me that it would be easier in college. That it would allow me to finally discover which path I should take. Well, I did realize what I had to do next, but it just wasn’t what you were expecting.
Even though this was the time I was supposed to focus on what really interested me, I could never find what that was. I dragged myself out of bed at 7 to go to that accounting class you suggested but could barely keep awake for the entire class. I stayed up late every night to study but it never seemed enough.
You said that it’s hard for everyone at first and that I should just ask the professor for extra help. But how could I do that when I knew the professor didn’t even know my name? After all, I was only one of an entire lecture room full of students who I was certain all understood everything a lot better than I could.
Sure, there were things I loved. Like taking a break from the lectures that never seemed to stick with me and instead study with a group of other students. Interacting with others has always been something I’m good at. The only thing was that I didn’t feel like I could contribute anything and I knew I had something to offer but these topics just didn’t allow me to do it.
One day I came home and was so frustrated with my grades slipping despite trying all I could to keep up. I didn’t even want to look at my textbook so I pulled out my phone and happened to come across a makeup tutorial. I remembered how I used to love doing hair and makeup on myself, friends, little sister, anyone really. People would tell me that I had an eye for that thing!
The next thing I know, I see an ad for beauty school pop up on my Facebook feed. For days I go back and forth. I’m worried that you’ll be upset that the college route wasn’t for me. But after an extremely difficult exam, I look at my scattered notes on my desk and decide it’s time. That night I scheduled a tour.
I was afraid to tell you so I went on my tour alone. Now I wish you had come. You could have seen how happy everyone was and how excited I felt. Instructors would stop what they were doing to address students by their name! And they didn’t just know their name. They would help each individual with their beauty skills at the level they were at. Students didn’t have to worry about keeping up with others and could instead focus on improving their own techniques. I could feel this positive learning atmosphere and I knew I wanted to be part of it.
When they asked me what I thought, I told them that this is what I’d always been looking for!
I know that you always wanted me to get a degree at a traditional college but that was never for me. Beauty school is like something I’ve never experienced before. I can’t wait to go to class and learn beauty skills while doing them myself. Not only that but for the first time, I’m excited to see what career is in store for me after I graduate! You’ve always wanted what’s best for me so I know you’ll be with my every step of my beauty journey!
This open letter was compiled based on multiple experiences of beauty school students. At TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy, we know that everyone’s journey is unique.
If you identify with our open letter and you want to know more about starting the application process for one of our beauty programs, contact us. We can’t wait to help you take the next step!