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Focus and Determination

June 3rd, 2014


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by Tiffany Cleek, a student at our Highland campus

I believe that focus and determination are the key elements that helped me achieve my goals during beauty school. As a single Mom of two beautiful young girls, focus and determination are the force fields of my everyday life. Without them, I would not have made it this far in my daily struggles and in the cosmetology program.

Without focus, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my short-term goals which led to my long-term goals. I focused on the teachings by my instructors, tests, homework assignments and workshops which has led me to a vast amount of knowledge in the cosmetology field. I feel confident that I will become a successful hair stylist and makeup artist in the beauty industry. Without focus you can become very lost from your goals and dreams. Plans can easily fall through which could lead to incomplete goals and ultimately failing or dropping out of the program.

Determination is the force or drive that one has when they want to achieve their goals and dreams. It is what gets you out of bed in the morning, it is what makes us keep going when you want to leave school early or just want to quit. It is the voice inside your head that tells you “you can do this” or “keep going…!” Without determination I would have not made my check points and ultimately wouldn’t have completed the cosmetology program. It is also the vision of imagining yourself in a salon, spa or working from home that keeps you going.

I can happily look back at my accomplishments and my obstacles and say…” I DID IT!!!” The best part is no one can take this great feeling of accomplishment away from me. It’s mine and I own it!

Focusing on my day to day, month to month, check point to check point – I made it and I’m very proud of myself. I was determined to complete this cosmetology program for me and my daughters, and I did it.

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