Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2 - (Page 20)
A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE
Xenon International Academy, Wichita, Kansas
WELCOME TO A new department in BeautyLink. Each quarter we’ll feature the voice of a student currently
enrolled in an AACS member school. Find out what beauty school is like from a student’s point of view and what they like most and least about the beauty school experience.
Morgan McIntosh, 18
Xenon International Academy, Wichita, KS
June 13, 2011
Creative writing, photography
Q. You grew up with family working in a beauty school environment. Did you discover any surprises upon enrolling in beauty school? A. Beauty school is much more intense and challenging than I expected it to be. It’s not all about the fun and creative side of beauty that the world sees. The classes in chemistry, anatomy and trichology are demanding. These classes are just as important as the style and technique classes. For example, achieving the right coloring formula requires an understanding of chemical processes in order to achieve the particular look a client desires.
Q. What do your friends think about your decision to go to beauty school? A. They are happy to see that I’m doing a type of
work that I naturally love. They also want me to style their hair and offer tips on how to create the best look for them.
Q. How can beauty schools do a better job of engaging the interest of prospective students? A. During high school career fairs, businesses
would put out promotional items like posters or pens on a table. But what really excited me were the personal stories I heard from people about all of the different career paths available. I started realizing that with a cosmetology license I could do runway or editorial work, style hair in a salon or even own a business. Beauty schools should visit career fairs and talk to students about all of the things they can do with a cosmetology license.
Q. What is your favorite aspect of beauty school? A. I love seeing how each teacher makes the learning
interactive and presents the information in their own way. In class, instructors don’t just talk about a subject but make it come alive through demonstrations and conversation. There is generally a mannequin head in every session to make the subject matter relevant. Our instructors also ask questions and make each session more of a class discussion instead of a lecture.
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.
Q. How is beauty school different from your high school experience? A. I went to a Catholic school where regulations and
processes ruled. Everything from the length of knee socks to jewelry had standards imposed. In beauty school, the creativity flows and you’re encouraged to include self expression in your work. I’m always very excited to be in the classroom because I know that it’s not about measuring up to regulations or getting permission to try a new look.
Q. What does your dream career look like? A. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to
do long-term, because there are so many areas I want to explore in the beauty industry. For now, I’m focused on doing my best work in the classroom and earning my cosmetology license. I hope to always be learning new techniques and the business. Eventually, I aspire to own my own salon, but until then I want to learn as much as I can about every part of the industry.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
CEA 2012 Convention Preview
A Student’s Perspective NEW!
A Beautiful Return
AACS Listserve Q & A
Building a Powerful To-Do List
Creating Agile and Efficient Meetings
Wearing Many Hats
Beauty Changes Lives
Your Career Center
Never Assume a Pitch Is Dead
Creating Green Value
And Then There’s Compliance
Voices from the Classroom
Behind the Scenes with The Hunger Games
Creating a Dream Career
Accommodating Students with Disabilities
Associate Member Profiles: Insurance and Legal Services
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2012 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2