“Wake up Call” A guest blog by Mariah Rycroft

The moment you finish your 1400hrs here at Delmar College our graduates move on to the second step of their learning process, Apprenticeship. Sometimes, we tend to only  hear the success stories and then get to thinking “How hard can it be?” Not every Happy ending comes with a successful beginning. Today, we hear from a graduate of Delmar College and her story of how hard it really can be. 

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– Mariah Rycroft

     The day I received my diploma from Delmar I was beyond excited. I couldn’t believe how accomplished I had felt. I made it through the hours of studying and practicing for both theory and practical exams, made it through the numerous highs, and the numerous lows, it was a dream come true. I was so excited to get out there and get my hands in hair and start building up my clientele, boy was I in for a bit of a wake up call.

      I received a job at a boutique salon, which I thought would be a great environment for someone fresh out of school. I soon came to realize the environment of this salon was not what I was looking for. There was not a lot of educational opportunities for a beginner like myself in this particular salon, and for someone who was starting to realize school could only teach you so much, it was very disappointing. This was only the tip of the iceberg so to speak. It was hard to realize that this was it? When starting out you’re told that you that you will “assist” and “learn” from senior stylists. For me this wasn’t the case. I was bullied at work. I was under appreciated, and I was looked down upon.

    After only working there for a couple months, it was decided that I would no longer be working for that salon. I then would go on to spend the next couple months working retail to help pay the bills. I had started to convince myself I had made the wrong decision in choosing hair as a career.Then, everything changed when I received the opportunity to interview at Redbloom salon.

The amount of support, education, and confidence I’ve regained working at this salon has been impeccable! I now love waking up everyday to go to work! Which was always something that was important to me when deciding what to do with the rest of my life.

       
There are a few things I believe are important for those wanting to enter into the industry, or those ready to graduate and take the next step.
One: Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you chose an easy career. It is not easy whatsoever! With that being said, it is also a very rewarding career to be able to make people feel beautiful and confident!
Second: Never lose your passion! No matter what life throws at you. When I lost my job, I was going through multiple personal issues as well. I thought I would never be able to regain my passion towards anything. Luckily, I had an amazing teacher at Delmar, who I stayed in contact with, and she was able to push me to get back out there. I will never be able to thank Brittany Connors enough for giving me tough love. My mom also played a huge part in regaining my confidence, as she never stopped believing in me.
Lastly, I believe to be of the most important is to be picky! Be picky in the salon you choose to apprentice in. Do your research, see what each salon will offer you education wise, and support wise. It makes a world of difference when you work for a well organized business.

All in all my experience outside of school has been what some would call a roller coaster, but I couldn’t be happier to be on this crazy ride, and can’t wait to see where it will take me next! 

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-Mariah Rycroft

No gimmicks, just great education

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

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Delmar Student Ambassador: Sammer Shamoon

Our Student Ambassador for October & November was awarded to Mr. Sammer Shamoon. Here is his story:

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– Sammer Shamoon

Q1. Why did you choose Delmar College?

– I chose Delmar college for variety of reasons. One of these reasons is Delmar college very good reputation and I can say it’s number one in Calgary and probably Alberta. Another reason is many friends who studied hair styling recommended Delmar college.Also I looked to the college website and  Facebook , checked all the pictures and the reviews and simply I found what I was looking for. Big thanks to Shauna who helped a lot when I wanted to register for the course.

Q2. What award did you receive/prize?

– I got a really nice Jaguar scissors  as a prize.

Q3. What does it mean to you to have been chosen as the school ambassador?

– honestly, I didn’t expect to be chosen as the college ambassador because I only started studying less than two months ago. I’m glad that there’re professional instructors who appreciate and noticed my hard work and how much effort I put every day at school. It’s an honour to represent such an amazing institution as Delmar college.

Q4. Why did you want to become a stylist/barber?
– I’ve always been interested in hair industry. Hair styling and barbering is the thing I wanna do now! This decision came after lots of thinking and researchs about the industry. Also , I’m surrounded by people who share the same passion. Friends and Family whom they work as barbers or hairstylist are always encouraging and help me since I decided to study at Delmar college.

 

Q5. So far what has your experience at Delmar College been for you?

– It is an amazing experience so far . Lots of learning, cutting, new information and most important meeting all these incredible instructors and students. Everyone is friendly and professional. The atmosphere inside the college is indescribable . It’s a big family! Everyone is smiling and working hard. Being happy where you study or work makes the difference in your experience.

Q6. What advice would you give to someone about Delmar?

– My advice is if you wanna be involved in hairstyling or barbering industry Delmar college is your best choice. Taking the first step is all you need after that they will take care of you and make sure that you graduated as a hair artist.

Q7. What is your goal/step going to be?

– For now my goal is to learn and get experience as much as I can . After I graduate I’ll work in one of the salons in the city to get more experience. My long term goal is opening my own salon.

Q8. Has this been the right path for you?

– This is the hardest question to answer. I believe everyone can do and be whatever he wants if he works hard. Hard working is the key to success. Failing is not the end of the road as long as you get up again and fight.

Q9. How did you decide to become a barber/stylist?

– Simply, I wanted to do something different. Something that I know I’m going to be good at .  An art or magic. Barbering and hairstyling is the path that I think I can fulfill my passion and dreams.

 

 

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– Sammer Shamoon

 

 

 

No gimmicks, just great education

 

 

 

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

Diary of a hair student #7 by Morgan Calvert

 

Hello Everyone,

 

Thank you for joining me again for this this months blog 🙂

School is basically just like working in a salon now that in into my last four months of school. Its been fun being on the salon floor and finally starting to feel like an actual hair stylist! 

I don’t have much new information about the actual program at this time, other than its been a lot of fun and the time in the program  has been going by very quickly.

 

Here’s some pictures of all the cuts and colors I have actually  remembered to take pictures of. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again for reading my blog this month!

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– Morgan Calvert

 

No gimmicks, Just great education

 

 

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October & November at Delmar: A recap

With fall coming to an end, and winter approaching quickly Delmar welcomed and said goodbye to many.

Congratulations to our November Hair styling class. All the best to Niveen, Brittany, Tiffani, Harsh, Jamie, Megan, Komal, Emily, Rakinder, Keeley, Jordan, and Mystique. We wish you all nothing but success!

 

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November 3 day Hair styling class

 

Congratulations to Our March 5 day Hair styling grads. Meghan, Nicol, Mary, Rebecca, Kate, Samina, Cara, and Rima. We cannot wait to see all your successes in the future!

 

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March 5 day Hair styling class

 

Another warm congratulations goes out to our Clinical Aesthetic graduates. We are so pleased that you chose Delmar College to start your journey, and cannot wait to see all your successes!

One part of Delmar College that many may not know is that Delmar College Hosts the Apprenticeship Program for all of Southern Alberta. A huge congratulations goes out to our First Period Grads Agatha, Chelsea, Kathy, Caitlin, Jenessa, Robyn, Fe, Samantha, Queeny,  Jaina-Brooke, Cindy, Chanaya, Christelle, Makenna, Nancy, Shannon, Juveria, Meagan, Marjan, and Mohamad.  We cannot wait to see you all back here in 10 weeks for your Second Period.

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2017 1st period Apprenticeship Class

 

We welcomed many new classes between October and November! 

 

 

A huge welcome goes out to our new October Professional Esthetics class.

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October Professional Esthetics class

 

… Delmar College’s First Barber Focused Hairstyling Program!
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… October Hair styling class!

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October 2017 Hairstyling class

 

 

…  November Hairstyling class.

 

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November 2017 Hairstyling class

 

We’ve welcomed October and November Clinical classes to Delmar’s Newest Location 5769 4th St. Sw Calgary.

 

We finish our “Welcomes” with our October Makeup 101 class, and November evening Nail tech class!  Cant wait to see all your creations!

 

Here at Delmar College we love to promote everything new and exciting – Here are some of those moments that we’ve shared with you!

 

We started fantasy themed makeup applications in our Makeup 101 class. keep following us to see what they do next!

 

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Makeup 101: Fantasy

 

Our Lash extensions  are in full swing!

 

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3 day Lash extension class

 

 

We had many awards given to students for : Student of the month (each class), retail awards, and school Ambassador!

 

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Student awards!

 

… shared much of our client feedback from our student hair salon.

 

 

…Shared our student work ( don’t forget to add #delmarlifeyyc to your posts so we can see them)

 

 

 

We’ve featured work from our Recent Photo shoots. Thank you all for all of your hard work and creativity! A huge thank you goes out to Brandon at Analog Dog Creative for some amazing images.

 

 

Hair Graduate Megan Boguski wrote a blog about her experience here at Delmar
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As well as the 6th Diary of a Hair student by Morgan Calvert. (Click here to see it)

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Delmar College Announced the Opening of our Newest Location of our Wellness Spa located at 5769 4th st. Sw calgary, AB. It is now open for clients. Call and Book in today!
403-255-6644.

Delmar College also created a monthly video blog called “Delmar Morning Chatter” with Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors to answer questions we commonly get regarding our programs, Student aid, Apprenticeship, and much more! Be sure to catch  all of our videos on our YouTube channel.

Don’t forget some amazing deals that we have going on here at Delmar!

 

All deals are able to be seen on all of Delmar College’s Social Media outlets!

 

Coming up…
*Delmar College’s Student Ambassador Blog’s for both October & November will be posted in December!
*Student of the month for October & November
*New Year Specials
* 7th Blog of Diary of a hair student by Morgan
* Delmar Morning Chatter #2
…. & Much Much More!

Be sure to keep checking in with us to see what is new at #Delmarlifeyyc !

 

 

What a Busy and Wonderful couple of months it has been at Delmar College. I cannot wait to share with you what December holds to finish up a great 2017!

– Brittany Connors
Social Media Coordinator
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No gimmicks. Just great education

 

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