Finding My Way Through The Storm
- Class: Panthers
- Educator: Johnathan Chase
- Home Base: Edmeston Central School
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Being Physically Acive
Environment & Nature
As my senior year started I can honestly say that it wasn't even close to what I had hoped for. There was a lot of challenges that I had to learn to overcome. I had a lot of things that I had to change and ways that I had to change. I knew what I wanted my future to consist of and last year I had no doubts on exactly what I wanted. Well when senior year started it was not so smooth sailing. My cosmetology teacher changed schools and no longer was going to be my teacher. Now I had to learn the ways of a new teacher. Right off the bat her and I did not see eye to eye on ANYTHING... Through out the year I had to be willing to open up and learn to except the ways of my new teacher. I didn't think I would be able to even finish the school year. As of now, I have my 1,000 hours and I am on my journey to receive my full New York State License within less than a month. With the support of many I am now positive of what my future holds.
A normal day consists of teaching students the skills they need to further their knowledge in cosmetology.
What type of route did this leader take?
"It was straightforward."
"It took a while to figure out."
"I tried everything."
Leader's Work Life
An average day consists of 2.5 hours of education for the junior class and 3.0 hours for the senior class. The juniors and seniors have different schedules, the seniors are more hands on while the juniors are still at the point of having book work and having to learn the skill first.
One thing that was a constant noise my leader heard along her way was that giving up can not be in the picture. You have to look at the picture down the road, things may be not so smooth sailing, but if you keep your eyes on the prize the journey will worth it in the end.
Advice from my Leader
Had it been not for Ms. Charpentier I can honestly say that I don't think I would be able to say that I have completed my 1,000 hours and I now have my temporary license, and now just waiting for my test date to get here for my official license. One thing that I will hold dear to me and never forget what she told me is, "I'm hoping I taught you some tools to allow you to handle stressful situations. Pretend it's your new job! New boss. Give it a chance. I helped you get started. So when things get tough play air guitar. You have a strong head on your shoulders, and I can't wait to be sitting your chair one day as not just your former teacher and friend, but also as your client." Giving up can not be anything that you can even think about for a split second. Rachel Platten sang the song "Fight Song" which can be relate to the advice I was given because when I wanted to give up most and just give up on my life long dream, Ms. Charpentier told me i have a lot of fight left in me and not to let the storm sink my boat. Water has the ability to sink a boat, only if you allow the water to get in. Staying afloat has honestly been the most rewarding thing i could wish for. Ms. Charpentier told me, "when it rains look for the rainbow, when its dark look for the stars" as simple as that is, it has been the best advice I could have asked for.
The most important thing i learned during my cold call is it is nerve racking... However once your cold call is all done it is all worth it and you feel a sigh of relief once it is all done.
Before and After
Before my Leader interview I thought that this was the biggest waste of time and i didn't want to do it, but now i realize that you need an open mind to things that people honestly have a lot to offer.