By Mikala Ewald
There is no dispute, when it comes to schools in the beauty industry, Clary Sage College is by far the best. I’m very blessed to have experienced this fact in a number of ways. Even though I am now employed with Clary Sage College, my first experience with the College was as a student.
In 2008, I moved to Tulsa, OK with the sole purpose of attending Clary Sage College, even though I was raised in a very small town and didn’t know a single person in the city of Tulsa. It was a big decision for me, and I was nervous to say the least. Prior to moving to Tulsa, I heard about Clary Sage from a co-worker and after viewing their website, I was immediately intrigued. I decided to call and set up a tour of the College even though I had my sights set on Oklahoma City. This was the beginning of my long, happy relationship with Clary Sage College.
Once I stepped foot in the building, there was no doubt in my mind that this would be the College I would choose. Not only was it a beautiful building, but the people were welcoming and accommodating. Since I was unfamiliar with the area and had never worked in the beauty industry, I had many questions for the admissions representative during that first meeting. She was so helpful she even took the time to recommend apartment complexes in the area to help narrow my search. I loved the flexibility in the start dates, it was important for me to be able to start soon. Since the curriculum is on a rotating schedule, usually students are able to start school any Monday.
One of the best features the school offers, in my opinion, are the advanced classes. Many schools within the beauty industry only teach you just enough to pass the licensing examination. This is not the case with Clary Sage College. As a student at Clary Sage, I learned the basic techniques for my trade as well as many alternatives and advanced techniques. I also learned professionalism, customer service, and marketing techniques. These skills will always be a valuable asset to me no matter what career field I am in, but most importantly they are vital to those working in the beauty industry. I can honestly say that I received the best education the beauty industry has to offer in this area.
Upon graduating, I had no trouble finding a job. Spas and salons in the Tulsa area love Clary Sage graduates. Although I learned a lot while working at my first spa, I required little to no training other than learning about their specific protocols and products. This meant a lot to me considering I was fresh out of school. I was able to begin making money in no time.
After working at the spa for quite some time, I heard that Clary Sage had an open position in their retail store. I immediately jumped at the chance to work for such an amazing company. I was hired to work as a product specialist in the store soon after applying. I think it is very important that Clary Sage trusts the abilities of their graduates enough to hire them to help run their own business. I have now been an employee at Clary Sage College for nearly 2 years, and have never been happier in a career choice. Currently, I am an instructor in the esthetics department.
Over the past year, I have actually graduated from Clary Sage College a second time. While working for Clary Sage College during the day I decided to attend their Master Instructor program in the evening. I was spending anywhere from 14 to 16 hours a day at Clary Sage College. Although I was tired from less sleep, I never got tired of the students, the employees, the work, or the atmosphere. Some may consider this to be the case due to my own dedication, but it’s more than that.
It has to do with the caring culture of the college, their mission, their dedication to their students and employees, and their desire to teach and motivate to help their students become successful professionals. The “CARES” message which is an acronym for Courtesy, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Success is not just a company slogan, but a way of life that the staff and faculty strictly adhere to at Clary Sage College.
No matter where life takes me, I will never forget the skills I have learned at Clary Sage College, nor will I ever regret the decision I made to attend such a wonderful school. Clary Sage has made and will continue to make a profound impact on my life. I hope my story inspires others to take the same jump that has been so rewarding in my life.