“What it’s like to be a student” A Guest blog by Autumn Cameron

Welcome to my very first blog EVER and thank you for taking the time to read it. When my instructor told me I was chosen to write a blog I am not going to lie, I was panicked a bit. I have never had to write one and therefore have no idea where to even begin. Talking about myself and my experience as a student so far seems like a good start so here I go!

I never imagined myself being where I am in life today. There’s always this pressure when going to school growing up that you had to go to University and have a life plan in order to succeed. In that aspect, I did alright. I knew what I wanted to do (I couldn’t say the same for most people I knew), I was working toward that plan, and things seemed to be going the way they should be. I was so passionate about the career I had chosen that I couldn’t even see myself doing anything else. Well we all know that life doesn’t always work out as planned.

Fast forward to 2014. I managed to get my foot in the door with the industry I have always imagined I would be in but getting to the career I wanted? Seemed so far out of reach…and now what? Three years passed and the planner in me started to have anxieties and panic attacks about what lies ahead for me in the veterinary industry. I didn’t want to struggle and not have a career in something I felt passionate about so I did some soul searching and realized that nails and everything about them was something that always fascinated me.

Autumn learning 3D design


I had been getting my nails done for a year before my nail tech moved away and it made me so very sad as I wouldn’t be getting these beautiful creations on my nails to show off to my friends. As we all know, it’s tough losing your nail tech, hair stylist etc and even more difficult finding one you trust. So I gave it some more thought and concluded that I thoroughly enjoyed everything about nails; the art, for the most part, but also the technique and all things involved in enhancements and making the natural nail healthy and beautiful.

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Autumn learning Sculpted Nail Enhancements


Now it is 2018 and I am enrolled and attending Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics. I am so glad I have found something else that I can be so passionate about and being able to share in that passion with my instructor and fellow classmates is so rewarding. The first day of class at the end of September was so scary and now looking back feels like it was years ago! I have made lasting relationships with other students, which I wasn’t even sure if I would like my classmates. This is an industry in which I had no experience in at all! This whole time in class has never felt like work. Between the theory and the practical, it’s like getting to do a hobby or something that makes you happy every day. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of hard work involved but when it’s something you are actually interested in then it just seems to come easy. Every day in class we are learning new things and it seems like such a short time to learn everything we need to know (trust me there is more than you think there is!) but every second you put into your happiness is worth it. I have found my niche and am so passionate about learning all things nail and especially nail art, it feels so…calming, I don’t know how else to explain it. It is very rewarding to see your own progress and feel like you are accomplishing something and getting better each day.

Autumn and her class learning Nail Enhancements


I have some advice for those of you who have read through this and made it this far; don’t be scared to start! Don’t worry about the “cookie cutter” life and where society expects you to be at whatever point in life you’re currently in. If you feel passion for something and you’re not happy then make a change, it’s never too late!


Find that thing that drives you and makes you want to get out of bed in the morning (even if it’s minus freaking cold and your blankets are so inviting…trust me I know the struggles). Delmar has been a wonderful choice for me and I am glad that I did the research and chose this school. Everyone is so supportive and helpful. Success begins with you but it always helps to have a wonderful support system and this school has definitely offered that.


Thank you for reading this “little” blurb about me and my experience so far! I hope this inspires some of you to find that drive and gain the confidence to do what brings passion to your life. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in school and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for me =)


Also if you feel so inclined, you can follow my progress as a nail technician on
Instagram: @glitz_n_glam26


Autumn Carmen
Nail Technician
Delmar College



No gimmicks just great education


Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

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