Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Excited and Nervous but Ready
I am so excited and just can't wait to share it! I have some wonderful news! Well, wonderful for me. I was accepted into Cosmetology School , and I start on July 16th! I really think it is what I want to be when I grow up! I thought I wanted to be a nurse, well, I did, but, man oh man, I kept hitting roadblocks! I know it is a rewarding profession but, my daughter was worried about the sadness that I would encounter. I didn't stop to think about that. The other night, Leah came into my room and said Mom have you thought about applying to Empire? Wow! I don't know why I wasn't thinking because, ever since I was in 2nd grade, I wanted to follow in my big sister Teri's footsteps!! She was a hairdresser and I thought what a cool job that is! I always played with Barbie doll hair and wanted a mannequin head to play with the hair and make-up. I have always loved the smell of perms, strange as it seems, but, I really have. When I was in high school, I was very disappointed that my school did not offer the course but the next town over did. My school would let us go for classes over to Dover, but, by the time I found out about it, I was a sophomore and you had to be a freshman. Ughhh! So, here it is, many many years later, but, I went to the web site and decided to ask for more information. The next morning Brandon from HR/ admin called me to set up a time to sit and talk about things. I decided on the school in Portsmouth because I figured that if I was accepted, it would be more convenient to be closer to my daughter's work. I was a nervous pile of jiggly jello when I walked through the doors to meet with Brandon. ( I always worry about how people will feel towards me.) I filled out a questionnaire, and Brandon came around the corner. Right away, I felt at ease. He was charming and we clicked right away. During the information gathering, we found out that he was also from Somersworth and we knew a lot of the same people. In fact, his uncle is one of my little brother's best friends! Small world. I was there for about an hour as we chatted it up. He then said that he will highly recommend me to attend and he will get all the money needed through grants and loans for me to attend!! I actually teared up! Okay, I know, that's nothing new. He took me for a tour around the campus and showed me all the things that I am going to get as soon as classes start! It'll feel like Christmas! Oh my gosh, I am going to get so much and a suitcase with wheels to keep it all in! (I couldn't wait to get to my daughter's work to tell her.) After the tour, we went and sat back down in Brandon's office so that he could tell me some more about what was offered there and where I could go with it. There is a 98% pass rate on the first time around at taking the State Boards!! And he also told me the unemployment rate for a cosmetologist in NH is 0%!! I will graduate in 1 year and then I have to work for someone for a year but, in 2 years, I can own my own salon, or booth rent!! He told me that there are so many avenues I can go down, ike the entertainment field, so, I told him of our friend Lindsay that went to Paul Mitchell Design School and actually worked on a music video shoot! How cool is that!! On Wednesday, I will be going back with my license and transcripts and $50.00, and then I am IN!!I can barely believe it! Yay! I was so filled with joy and excitement that as I was driving to Leah's work to tell her, I called my niece Anji! Who was sick and I think I woke her up. Sorry Anj! I was just beside myself with excitement and she and I had talked about going. I arrived at Leah's work and she came down to have lunch with me. She looked concerned and asked how it went! I no longer could contain my excitement when I told her that I was accepted and start next month! She was just as excited as me!! I showed her my welcome package and she realized that she actually knows Brandon! Talk about a small world! She and Lindsay both graduated from high school together and know each other! I can't wait until I see him on Wednesday and tell him how much smaller the world actually got! You know how I am always looking for signs that I am doing the right thing and heading the right way? Well, this is one of those signs that makes me think that I am taking the right path and will be happy again. Thank You God!