Student to Instructor : A Guest Blog by Cassie Aravena.

There are moments that we all experience in life about what path we should take and if it will be the right choice? With so many options available, so many paths to take it makes each decision harder.  Today we will hear directly from one of Delmar College’s alumni Cassie Aravena and see how her decision has led her to her current career.

IMG_3774(Cassie instructing her class)

“After I graduated high school I was unsure like most about what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was conflicted! ”

Everyone I knew was going to attend a known secondary school like: Sait, Mount Royal or Bow Valley. To one day become a Nurse, an Engineer or part of Business Administration. “One thing I knew about myself was that I loved anything that involved detailed art”.

I was definitely the student to attend Fashion shows, take Cosmetology or culinary arts in high school. Being able to create something by hand fascinated me and made me. It was my passion.

After having multiple discussions with family and friends, they all recommended the same thing! Why not attend a beauty school to become a Hairstylist or Nail Technician?
After deliberation  I did my research to see what my options were for beauty schools in Calgary. I came across Delmar College’s website. I was blown away by the fact that there were so many options for programs. It immediately grabbed my attention.

Esthetician, Nail- Technician, Clinical Esthetician and Hairstylist – I wanted to do it all! When I arrived for my scheduled appointment I met with Linda, the Director of Esthetics for Delmar College. “I remember being so inspired by hearing about her own experiences being an Esthetician as well as a Nail Technician opening up her own spa.”

(Cassie with her classmates)

I started with the full time Esthetician Program. It makes me smile and laugh to remember how it felt to be a student and the things I learned about skin, waxing, tinting, mani/pedi’s and facials. I made amazing friends that I treasure and have remained friends with to this day.

“During my Esthetics program I had gotten into a car accident on Deerfoot. I ended up getting severe Whiplash in my neck, making it really hard to perform services in my program.“Just like most, the time you miss in class you need to make up!”

I looked into my options for making up the time I had lost in my course with Linda and my instructors. I was then
allowed to attend the evening Nail Tech class as a model. After I saw the students hard at work. I knew that night I wanted to be an amazing Nail Tech. Just watching how they worked with her product and applying it really opened my eyes to the nail section for Esthetics. I was blown away by the color options, designs and shapes you could do with nails. That night I received my first sculpted gel set ever and I loved it!

That one night seeing students at work and how they were being instructed made me want to join the Nail Technician program. “The next day I went to Linda and registered right away!” The Nail Technician program had taught me so much about the nail industry that I never knew before. My instructor had shared her experiences and that made me feel so excited to be apart of the industry and to this day she still continues to inspire me to be the best Nail Technician l can be. I wanted to be just like her!
“I was so excited to graduate and have my own experiences to share as a Esthetician/Nail-tech”.

(Nails by Cassie)

I kept in touch with my instructors and Delmar as I adventured into the work place of my own. Creating my own brand, style, and experiences. One day I had heard that my instructor was planning to  move.  I remember feeling really sad to hear the news but she assured me that she’d stay in touch! She then asked me if I ever thought about teaching, or if I would like to teach? I then thought about what she said and remember replying “of course, that would be awesome!”.

A few weeks later I was contacted by Linda. She had asked me if I wanted to teach the Delmar evening Nail Tech class? In the moment I was feeling all kinds of emotions, but honored to share my knowledge of a industry I love so much.

 (Cassie’s first class)

I remember doubting myself.  Asking myself  “what if I’m not good enough to teach?” or “am I ready to do this?” I then found out like any new instructor, it was normal to feel this way. The reassurance I received from my coworkers and family made me feel confident that this is the right path for me.

Now, I have been a instructor for Delmar for One year. I already feel like I’ve learned, and grown so much. Being able to teach my students everything I know about being a Nail Technician feels amazing! Watching my students grow, gain skills and confidence by far has been the most rewarding feeling. This is what being an instructor was all about and I love every minute of it!

My first class will be graduating soon and I couldn’t be anymore proud in each and every one of them. Being their instructor was definitely a privilege and I can’t wait to see where their education takes them.  Next, I begin a new chapter with Delmar College. I am now taking on new classes and new experiences to go along with it.
I am excited to see what it all brings!





 – Cassie Aravena, Nail Technician Instructor



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