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Clary Sage College
create an art
Student: Rachel McDonald
School: Clary Sage College, Tulsa, OK
Study Area: Cosmetology
Hobbies: Painting and Drawing
Enrollment Date: August 2014
Expected Graduation Date: August 2015
RACHEL MCDONALD IS a born achiever. A 2014 gradu-
ate of Mannford High School in Mannford, OK, she
earned the title of class valedictorian and says that
she has always pushed herself to achieve her personal best. Now a cosmetology student at Clary Sage
College, she shared with BeautyLink her perspective
on life as a beauty school student.
BL: What do you find scary or intimidating
about beauty school?
Rachel: Ironically, the scariest thing at the start
of my journey is now my favorite part of the day.
Meeting a first time client is scary. So many things
run through your mind. But once the service is
done, I feel a big wave of relief. After that, it is all
BL: What path led you to beauty school?
Rachel: As a young child, I always loved playing with
hair and makeup and as a teenager, my passion for
beauty continued. Around the age of 16, I remember
going to the salon to have my hair styled every two
to three weeks. I loved the way getting my hair done
made me feel and I knew right then and there that
cosmetology was my passion and something I wanted
to pursue as a career.
BL: What kind of support did you receive
from others regarding your career path?
Rachel: I was my class valedictorian and always
pushed myself to achieve my very best. Unfortunately,
before I enrolled at Clary, I did not receive a lot of support when it came to my choice of career. However,
my dad stood by my side and supported my decision
100 percent. That was all the support I needed.
BL: What is your biggest challenge in
Rachel: Cutting class. That's not how it sounds. I
don't "cut class," but hair cutting class is my biggest
challenge. Once I started practicing the correct way
to cut hair, the process became a lot easier. In fact,
cutting hair is now one of my favorite aspects of
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BL: What is your favorite part of the
Rachel: The best part of the day is being on the salon
floor. The experience of taking clients and performing
salon services gives me a glimpse into what it will be
like when I'm actually working in a salon.
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BL: What qualities make a great beauty
Rachel: Motivation to teach the content, patience
with students, experience that makes the lessons
relatable and of course, creativity!
BL: As you think about your portfolio or
look book, where do you go for inspiration?
Rachel: A lot of my inspiration comes from nature.
I love the natural beauty of the world and I'm always
thinking about ways to put my own creative twist
on nature's beauty.
BL: How did you decide upon a beauty
school for your cosmetology education?
Rachel: I took a tour of Clary Sage during my junior
year of high school. No other school compared to
Clary. I was really impressed by the peaceful atmosphere on campus, but the knowledgeable instructors
were who really convinced me that Clary Sage was
the right school for me.
BL: What advice do you have for other
people considering a career in the beauty
Rachel: The absolute best advice I can offer to anyone who is considering a career in the beauty industry is not to listen to the words of negative people. It
is important to do what you love. The beauty industry
provides an opportunity to create an art form. Never
let anyone stifle your creativity.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 2
Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Spring Executive Retreat & Financial Aid Workshop
And Then There’s Compliance
The Esthetics Regulatory Environment: What You Need to Know
Spotlight on Esthetic Treatments: Sugaring
6 Questions With Steven Frost, Dermalogica Academy Director
Trends: Where Old School Meets New
Tapping Into the Asian Skincare Market
The Nitty Gritty on Lasers
Mind Over Hair Matters
Getting Started With a Barbering Program
What It’s Like to Work in a Med Spa
What to Say When You Have to Say, “You’re Fired”
A Student’s Perspective
Beauty Changes Lives
Voices From the Classroom
People & Places
Associate Member Profiles: Marketing & Advertising
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2015 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 2