You Can Do It!
Tips from a Regency Student on Making School a Reality
As you think about starting school, you're probably trying to figure out how you're going to fit it into your life. Work schedules, family demands, transportation or health concerns - these can feel like insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but believe us...you can do it! Just ask Regency student Suzanne Faler.
Why Suzanne? Read on and you'll understand. She's been through a lot of ups and downs while she was a student at Regency - even having to withdraw from school twice. But through it all, Suzanne knew that she would finish...and almost a year to the day after she had planned, she is soon to be a proud Regency graduate!
When she decided to go to cosmetology school, the first issue Suzanne had to address was childcare. Suzanne and her husband have three children, one with special needs. One or the other needed to be home at any given time. She enrolled part-time so that she could be home with her kids during the day and her husband was home in the evenings.
Shortly after starting school, Suzanne had a major medical scare and was hospitalized. She ended up having to withdraw from school for six months to take care of her health. She left on good terms and kept in regular communication with her advisor at Regency so when she was ready, she returned to school - only now, she was full-time because her husband was working night-shift. End of story, right? Not so fast...
"Just a few weeks after I started back, my husband got a job offer that we couldn't refuse - in another city!", says Suzanne. "Yep, we had to relocate. So, once again, I had to withdraw from school to get my family settled in our new town." Were Suzanne's dreams lost? "Not at all - I'm no quitter! Fortunately, we were in another city with a Regency campus. So once again, I was able to re-start at the new campus and pick up where I left off."
Hours away from finishing the program, another health scare hit Suzanne's family when her husband suffered a minor heart attack. Thankfully, he is okay and is expected to fully recover - but Suzanne's graduation was postponed so she could be there for her husband.
Two health scares, one relocation and two Regency campuses later, Suzanne completed her final instructional hours on September 18. "Like I said, I'm no quitter!" seems like an understatement! Suzanne shows us that communication is key. By staying in regular communication with Regency and making sure she turned in all required paperwork, she ensured that she stayed in good standing. Keeping the lines of communication open with school and communicating with her family about her needs is what got her through the program successfully.
So, what’s next for Suzanne (other than finishing up the program)? "I want to work in a salon for a few years and then go back to school to get my educator license." And why not? Who better to teach future cosmetologists about determination and success than someone who overcame so much in her own life to reach her goals? Thank you Suzanne, for sharing your story!