by Maria Koropecky
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I’ve already logged 3 weeks of school time at the Aveda Institute and am really loving it. It’s odd being back in school after 20 years but I’m really trying to take advantage of all the school has to offer. So far my education hasn’t just been about esthetics. I’m also learning about sales and service which will serve me well when I graduate.
The instructors are also very progressive in how they teach us. The lessons are more hands on than just sitting there and listening to dry lectures for hours on end. They’re incorporating different learning styles which make the dry science stuff more palatable. I love how they’re encouraging creativity and communication at every turn. I’ve drawn all kinds of posters (from skeletons to skin cells), written a song (about hair follicles, no less) and made presentations to the class. It’s really fun.
So far though, my favourite moment happened on Sunday when I volunteered for a couple of hours at our annual Earth Month Wrap Yourself in Aveda event. I was really nervous when I first got there because I didn’t know what to expect. I’m glad they sent me to help with the laundry first before meeting any of the guests because rolling the hot towels helped get the jitters out.
Then I had the opportunity to shadow one of the senior esthiology students while she was giving a mini facial and hand and foot treatment. I gave my first hand treatment and although I forgot most of the steps of the massage we learned on Friday, I still think I did a pretty good job. After that, I worked with 3 more students and learned something from each of them.
What struck me most about that afternoon was seeing the faces of all of the people after they had gone through a 20-minute treatment with my classmates. They all looked so happy and relaxed and I realized in that moment that I wanted to be able to do that for people too. I know the two hours I spent volunteering on Sunday was more valuable to me than any studying I could have done in the same time. Not only did I provide a service for people who signed up for the event, I also had a chance to interact with my classmates and confirm to myself that I’m in the right place and I’m on the right path. It feels great!