Post # 1
Ok, so for those of you who don’t know me or havent read my posts let me introduce myself.. Im a college student who works part time and got engaged in December. My problem is:
I think I may want to leave college and attend Beauty School….. My family is fine with it but its such a big decision I just dont know what to do. I think at college I am trying to be someone I have never been, an A+ student…
I chose a major and double minor to go to graduate school to either be a Physcian’s Assistant or a Physical Therapist. I have always wanted to help people, expecially cancer patients and was hoping with one of those two careers I easily could.
My sister was always an A+ student and my parents looked up to her as did I, and I just feel like I needed to be like her in order to make my family proud.
I am so overwhelmed with schooling taking the most amount of credits allowed each semester and summer school and I have 5 years left counting graduate school. I just worry I am worrying my life away trying to reach a goal that Im not sure I will enjoy.
Bee’s what should I do? If I leave college and go to cosmetology school its only a 10 month program, if I decide it isnt for me I can always go back to college. I just feel like my goal or Physical Therapy or Physicians Assistant is so out of my hands. It would be amazing if I could do it, but I dont want to live my life away for the next 5 years not being able to enjoy anything because I am draining my brain in my studies… But at the same time I am still undecided in what to do 🙁 I feel like I study so hard and learn the material and in the end I still dont do well on the test which results in a bad grade. Its a sticky situation and I need your help!!!
Any advice would help!
Post # 3
honestly, it sounds like part of the reason you want to go to beauty school is just because it’s easier. that is not a good reason.
have you thought about the long-term? i would guess that a pa or pt make more money and possibly have more job security/opportunities for advancement than beauticians.
i would say stick with your current program, and learn some stress management techniques. does your school have free tutoring? that could be helpful.
you need to take a long, hard, and honest look at your motivations. figure out why you want to go to beauty school. make a pro/con list. talk to your fi about it — it effects his life too!
Post # 4
How much time would it take to finish your bachelors without grad school? You sound a bit burned out, so could you dial back the course load and just go for that?
If you obtain the bachelors, you at least have the college degree regardless of what you decide to go into. If you don’t like the Beauty career after awhile, not having a 4 year degree to put on your resume will eliminate you right away from many potential job openings.
Post # 5
If you don’t feel like you’re capable of doing the coursework for your current program, you should pursue other options. Just keep in mind that cosmetology is SUPER competitive, and a lot of people who do it never make much money at it. So you’d really have to love what you do
Post # 6
Would it be an option for you to go to cosmetology school now, get a job doing that, and continue your education part time while working? It would take longer than the five years, but the academic workload might feel more managable for you if it were fewer classes at once, and you were able to focus on them better. A lot of schools offer night classes or continuing education programs.
Are you currently working towards your BA and then going to pursue your licensure/go to grad school? Or is it a combined program? If you have enough credits to finish out an AA, you might also consider looking for a program that will allow you to bypass the BA and just go straight into the graduate level program.
Post # 7
Why/how do you do badly on the tests? What sorts of tests are you scoring badly on?
It might be something that a writing center or tutoring program at your college could help with. There are many ways to improve scores (and class grades) on a variety of testing styles: essay/short answer, logic questions, T/F, etc. If you really feel like you are studying hard and learning the material but not testing well, I would look into getting test help before quitting school. Not everyone tests well with every testing style, and there are ways to improve your test scores.
Post # 8
My first piece of advice would be to reduce your courseload to what you can handle easier. Having a major and a double minor is a lot of work, as is taking classes basically year round. If being a PA or PT is what you really want to do, touch base with some Dr’s offices in your area and see if you can do an internship during the summer instead of taking classes. Also, find a PT to mentor you and help you select the classes that will give you the most bang for your buck. You may not even need the two minors.
It sounds like you are choosing cosmetology b/c you can be done faster. However, building up clientele to the point where you are bringing in a decent income takes a long time. I have personally seen other clients wait for hours instead of having the “new girl” do their hair. It’s definitely a competitive field as well despite how soon you finish the coursework.
Post # 9
You wrote that the physical therapy/PA career would be amazing if you could do it, but I’m having trouble understanding from your original post whether you really are interested in that career, or if you want it for the status of it/living up to someone else’s expectations.
The bottom line is, what do you really want to do for your career. If you truly feel that being a physical therapist or a PA is your dream career, then stick with it. Find a way to make the schooling work. You could try slowing down on your classes a little and maybe only going part time. In the meantime, you could try getting a job or volunteering in a setting that will expose you more and more to the environment you will end up in when you finish your schooling – like working in a doctor’s office, or volunteering at a hospital. This could help you reinforce that this really is what you want to do, and keep you focused on your goal. Plus, you may be able to pick up on more knowledge by being immersed in that environment, which could make your classes easier for you.
I guess what I’m saying is, don’t stop trying to become what you really want to be just because it’s hard.
Post # 10
I would give you similar advice to the PPs, stay in school and reduce your course load. I know a ton of people who graduated from cosmotology school, and only a few are making money at it. Most are out of the business. Unless you are going to one of the top 5 schools in the country, the odds just are not that good out there right now. I am one of those people that will wait hours for my guy, but you can’t get an appointment with him for months. The rest of his shop, the others are sitting around while he is working, and that is one of the top salons in the city.