Student of the Month: Christopher Sauer

Wow. Speechless. To start this off I should probably thank my instructors Rae and Christy, because without them I wouldn’t be where I am in the program at this point. Rae’s talent in the classroom keeps my thirst for knowledge strong and it never feels like a “lesson” when I am in her class. Christy’s guidance and constant encouragement in the spa makes the challenging part of my day all worth it. A round of applause for the Director, Linda, who went above and beyond during our first meeting and made me really excited to go back to school.

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Accepting my award for Student of the Month from Audrey. I got a BT-Sonic device!

Last year around this time I was comfortable. I had kept a job I didn’t mind for more than a year! I had just bought my first home! I was looking forward to a vacation getaway for my 28th birthday! All was good in my hood. Then things took a turn for the worse. My mother’s cancer had spread and she was admitted to a hospice. My days were then spent caring for her and making sure she was comfortable. To say the least, it was a challenging time for my family and I. I’m not sure where I would be if it weren’t for my support system during this time.

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My class is a great team. Here we are working on each other. We each have to try every service that we learn. It’s been great because you really understand the treatment from the perspective of a client AND a provider.

I had been toying around with the idea of going back to school for a while before I made the decision to take an esthetics course. I had passion for the industry but after working the retail side for so long I wasn’t sure which direction to take. I was apprehensive when I first started my research on local schools, to be truthful, I wasn’t convinced it was for me. After some encouragement I decided to book a single tour at Delmar with Linda, I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

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For my Creative Makeup project I took inspiration from Surrealism and Frida Kahlo, an artist that I love and admire

Fast forward a few months. I had just left Delmar after my meeting with Linda! I texted my partner and my grandmother and let them know that I just had one of the best meetings of my life! My excitement couldn’t be contained and I could barely believe that I was going back to school that November. Linda knocked me out that day. Her passion for the industry was evident and her program seemed like a great fit. She ignited something in me and I immediately starting counting down the days until my program was to start.

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This is from our Industry Scavenger Hunt, when I was still a junior. My partner for the project was senior student, Jamie Osaka. We won and, more importantly, we had so much fun!

We’re going to fast forward again. I’m now nearly at the end of the professional esthetics program and I can’t believe how quickly time flew by. I think time passed by so quickly because I found where I’m meant to be. Tuesday through Friday feels like a break from Saturdays and Mondays (when I force myself to go to work). I look forward to my mornings in the classroom with Raelyn, where I get to hone my theoretical skills. I spend my afternoons with Christy in the spa, where I develop my practical skills. Surprisingly none of this feels like a burden. I’ll admit it’s hard, it’s really hard, I was afraid the first time I took a client. I’m happy to say that I survived, I got over it, took my own temperature and did my best.

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One of my first pedicures 

The future looks bright. I’m not exactly sure where I am going and that’s okay. I hope to take the clinical program when my course is through (…I’ve really loved doing facials, especially advanced). My dream is to own my own spa and be an educator. With all I’ve learned at Delmar, I don’t doubt this is possible.

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One of my first manicures

This is a quote that was shown in video form during theory that really hit me.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Ira Glass

If you’re reading this and you yourself are toying with the idea of taking this course: just do it.

Christopher

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