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At the beginning of the summer, we put out a call to our campuses asking them to share stories of student inspiration. Courtney C. from the Canton, OH, campus wrote the below essay. It needs no introduction. It is moving. It is meaningful. 

My Inspiration, My Mom – One Regency student shares how her mom inspired her.

Inspiration is not something you’re born with, it’s something you experience. A moment when someone touches you so deeply that you’re compelled to make a difference and change something about yourself, people you know or the world you live in.

My inspiration comes from my mother. Being the daughter of an extremely talented individual is something I can say proudly. Watching her all my childhood change people’s lives by simply doing their hair was the coolest thing as a kid. I never thought I’d be enrolled in cosmetology school, following her footsteps. In the past I did not have a great interest, but my mother saw otherwise.

For years she would say, “You should go to cosmetology school. You would be great at it.” I finally thought about it and decided to enroll at Regency Beauty Institute. In doing this, I feel I have found my true passion. I see my mother in all the work that I do, from the way I hold my comb and shears, to my professionalism, work ethic and attitude towards this profession.

My mom’s hard work and dedication also inspires me. She is very strong-willed and does a great job at doing whatever it takes to please her clients, family or anyone [for] that matter. I’ve seen her cry, laugh, get frustrated and be in complete joy out of being a hairstylist. I don’t think she knows how much she has inspired me to be the best that I can in this field of work. She supports me in every way, and now she has her own personal stylist (me). She inspires me to help people feel good about themselves, be confident and ready to take on life and [look] good while doing it.

If it wasn’t for my mom’s tough love, long talks and words of encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today. She’s the reason why I want to become successful. My inspiration is my mother. If you get a chance to stop by the Akron, Ohio Regency Beauty Institute, you may run into this amazing woman who is in fact my mother and the campus manager at this location. Michelle Conwell is her name, my inspiration, my mom.


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