Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1 - (Page 44)
A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE
Beaver Falls Beauty Academy
TURNING 40 CAN
be a turning point for many people. This milestone birthday can prompt people to yearn for their youth or motivate them to begin pursuing the life they always dreamed of. Beaver Falls Beauty Academy student Tonia McCarthy, who turned 40 in January, celebrated entering her ﬁ fth decade by pursuing a dream she’d long postponed: enrolling in beauty school.
Student: Tonia McCarthy School: Beaver Falls Beauty
Our school provides free wigs to cancer patients in need. I was so inspired by this program that helps cancer patients feel better, so I asked how I could become involved after earning my license. Once complete the program in January, I’ll be donating two hours each month to help with wig ﬁttings. I’ll also be learning about the special skincare needs of cancer patients and how to help them apply makeup based on changes they may experience during their cancer journey. Working with these patients not only brightens their day but mine as well.
Academy, Beaver Falls, Pa. Enrolled Since: April 4, 2012 Study Area: Cosmetology Hobbies: Spending time with her family, attending her sons’ sporting events, being active in her church and serving as an auxiliary member of the ﬁ re department
BeautyLink: Have you had any surprises or aha moments in the classroom? Tonia: I’m amazed at how much I love doing nails—
even feet! I thought I was one of those people who couldn’t work with feet, but I really enjoy it. I also love coloring hair.
BeautyLink: Does anything intimidate you in the classroom? Tonia: I’m still building conﬁdence when it comes
to cutting hair. Color can be corrected and makeup can be removed and reapplied; but it’s impossible to reattach hair once it’s cut off! My instructors see that and they’re great about pushing more haircuts my way so that I can build conﬁdence.
BeautyLink: Did you work outside the home before becoming a beauty school student? Tonia: Yes, I worked in fundraising and donor relations for a marketing ﬁ rm that served the Salvation Army. I made donor phone calls, wrote thank yous and attended Kettle Kick-Off events. I loved helping people and connecting with others.
BeautyLink: What made you decide to enroll in beauty school? Tonia: It was a long time coming. I wanted to
attend beauty school in high school but assumed it was only for “pretty” girls. After my ﬁ rst son was born, I drove to the school and picked up materials. On the way home, I received a call for an interview and ended up taking the job. It took another eight years before I realized I’d be turning 40 and made the decision to work toward this dream.
BeautyLink: What advice would you offer to individuals who are thinking about a second career? Tonia: Jump! I ﬁ nally took a leap of faith after
thinking about this career for so long. It’s been amazing how things have worked out. For example, my husband is working two jobs and we’ve had to cut back. I was literally down to my ﬁ nal dollars for the weekend when a salon customer gave me a $25 tip. Things always work out!
And what does Beaver Falls Beauty Academy Director Amy Hubert have to say about Tonia?
“Tonia does more than simply shine. She sparkles. She is extremely creative, possesses a strong work ethic and works well with teachers, fellow students of all ages, and clients! She has taken an active role within our school in working with the cancer society, learning how to work with cancer patients with wig ﬁttings, and she has taken the lead in getting other students involved and spirited about the school through participation in our student council. She is going to be extremely successful in this ﬁeld and is a real inspiration to all!”
Does your school have a student you’d like us to interview for a future “Student’s Perspective” in BeautyLink? Write to us at editor@ beautyschools.org.
BeautyLink: Who inspired you to pursue this career? Tonia: My boys (husband and sons) are all incredibly supportive. When I get stressed out, my sons will say, “Mom, you can do it.”
BeautyLink: What experiences have you enjoyed as a cosmetology student? Tonia: A representative from the American Cancer
Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program came to our school and presented a workshop on wig ﬁtting.
| B E AU TYLINK | BA CK TO B ASIC S | 2013
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1
Message from the aacs president and cea co-chairs
Be Your Best Educator
A Wish for Wellness
Beauty changes lives
Perception Is Reality
Step by step
Veterans and Our Industry
Do You Manage or Lead
What’s in a Grade?
Basics of Beauty School Budgeting
A Little Friendly Competition
A student’s perspective
And then there’s compliance
Beauty School Boot Camp
Associate member profiles
People & places
New products & services
Upcoming 2013 events
New school members
Index to advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1
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