Cosmetology vs. College?
As August is approaching, so is school. So many seniors have filtered in through my salon lately, all worried about colleges, wondering which sororities or fraternities will accept them, having no idea what they are majoring in, being terrified of classes or even majoring in anything.
Some are athletes on scholarships; some are girls who have absolutely everything mapped out for them; some are boys that have no idea; and some are even girls that have no idea.
A big thing now is social marketing, whether it be in the form of graphic artist, social networking, being able to sell a product online, or anything to do with social media plus an artistic drive, it all has blown up with the help of Instagram. The lure of Youtubers living a lavish looking lifestyle while only 'taping their everyday lives' (a.k.a. Never having any privacy and giving us intimate details of their lives at their own personal cost) has become such a phenomenon.
Even weddings have become such a money making scheme with people riding the coattails hoping to get paid the same as those who genuinely love it and want to make other couples' dreams come to life. There's nothing wrong with any of these things but one thing that you have to remember when choosing what to do for the rest of your life is that you can always find your dream job, even if it's not in college, or even apart from college. You can find it on down the road; you can find it now; you may think you know and find out you hate it; but the only thing you need to worry about is finding something now.
You need to have a plan. You need to work towards something-even if it's a halfway point to your goal.
Personal testimony here; how did I become a hairdresser?
Funny story. My mom told me one day after I had been talking for awhile that she thought I'd make a good hairdresser since I talked so much. It was a joke at first. That turned into fun when I began experimenting with products to work with my curly hair. I had to find techniques; I had to find the right product type for my hair; and then I had to figure out what was destroying my hair.
Braids came into the equation when I found Youtube and TwistMePretty.
Updos became a thing when my hair naturally prepped was easy to put up and kept the hot frizzy curls off my neck. I liked braiding on my friends and coming up with weird hairstyles. Cue this masterpiece when I was 14.
That's my best friend who would go on to become one of my other hair muses for all things bridal.
The glow up is real, y'all.
Makeup didn't come until beauty school and my love for all Beauty Influencers on Youtube. That's when my obsession and Sephora collection grew.
Again, makeovers at 14 were not the best. I distinctly remember saying to my friends, "Hey, use a soft color like baby blue all over the eyelid because if you use a darker color, it looks so bad and trashy."
I mean, comeon. You could tell I already had the bossy know-it-all pants of a makeup snob coming out, ha!
I was so unsure the spring that I graduated because I've always said that I wanted to write novels. Realistically, you don't make any money doing that so I put it on the back burner to see what else I could pursue.
Hairdressing was actually pursued by my mom who researched different schools and I ended up talking to a few girls who had done it. By summer time, I started seriously considering it and had all set up to begin. The day of, something went wrong with some of my documents and we had to rush to the state offices and get it before I began that day of beauty school. I was literally the last one in the room and the only chair open was all the way in the corner in the back next to one of my sweet friends that I still follow her progress to this day.
Cosmetology school taught me that you don't always have to have your comfort zone around you; that working hard even when others don't actually does show because you will have greater skills later in life; not all hairdressers couldn't get into college. That's a bold face lie. Some hairdressers might not be book smart, but if they know how to deal with people and work hard at pleasing people, then they deserve every single bit of respect that they are due.
My point in making this was not to say that hairdressers have it easy and it will always be this easy for anyone that wants to do this.
Regardless of what you do in life, you have to plan it, hustle, and hustle some more. People will try to tear you down; some days they get too much under your skin; you might have crippling fear that you have no idea what you are doing; you might not make much money at first if ever. But if you enjoy what you do and give it your all every single day, then the pay off will be that much greater.
If college helps you in your future career path, then do it. Even if it's just for two years. If you are considering something else, look into trade schools like I did. You may have an interest, but mine turned into my dream job. I absolutely love what I do and I always thought that going into it, I'd quit as soon as I had kids.
I have no plans of quitting this dream job. I'm not saying that it's not hard but you are what you make out of your situation. Maybe your job sucks. Maybe it's the dirtiest job you can think of. Do it and do it to the fullest. Then you can hustle to something that you'll love. Hustle hard, wake up early, get stuff done, and do it with a quiet and humble spirit.
College isn't everything after highschool the same as cosmetology isn't for those who can't make it to college.
Trust God and trust His plan for you. There's a very special reason why you go through what you do, even when you don't have any idea what your future holds. He knows. Give it to Him.
James 1:2-32 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whatever you do, do it to the glory of God.