1500 Hours Completed!

By Alison Shipley Alhamed | 06/04/2011 5:05:00 PM

 

HUGE news! Last night I completed my 1,500 hours at Pivot Point International Academy and am now a BEAUTY SCHOOL GRADUATE! WOOWOO! That’s right!

I can’t even believe I made it through (it’s practically a two-year program, people!). Did I cry? You betcha. Like a little baby. I just couldn’t help it. It’s been a huge journey and I fell in love with my entire class. It’s so hard to believe that this journey is coming to an end. Yes, I know that when one door closes another opens, but this is just so sad/exciting/unbelievable!

When I got to school yesterday, I came inside to find my station all decorated with balloons, streamers, a huge sign from my classmates, cupcakes, flowers, a tiara and an adorable beach bag filled with goodies. Of course I immediately started to tear up. How sweet!!



Then, I got to clean out my locker—I loaded up a big Sally’s bag full of my mannequin heads, books, and extra hair for practice : )



Then, I got to hang out and eat my cupcakes with my friends. Dominique also graduated, but she was a few hours before me.



I made sure to take a ton of pics with my class as we spent our last few hours as students together. Ugh, I’m going to miss them so much!




Then my family came at 8:30, since my official clockout was 8:45—they brought me flowers and more balloons : )



At about 8:40, we headed back to the timeclock—my class had decorated the hallway and the timeclock with more streamers—here’s where I got seriously, seriously overwhelmed… think: “I’m in a glass case of emotion!!!” I went to the end of the hallway, ducking under all the streamers and was hit with this HUGE realization that this is it! We made it! All the hard work, all the tests and practicals, all the cool clients we’ve had—it’s through we made it!

Then, the class started yelling the countdown: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and I ran through the streamers and entered in my clockout code for the last time!



My class ran up to me and hugged me and I was bawling like a freakshow. Mr. Skip gave his motivational exit speech and I just LOST it! Ugh, it's been such an incredible journey and I feel so grateful that I got to meet such amazing people and so thankful to have been given the opportunity from Pivot Point, and THANK YOU to all of you amazing followers who have been so encouraging these past 19 months!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Shipley Alhamed

Alison Shipley Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

You can find Alison on Google+ or e-mail her at ashipley@modernsalon.com.

 


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Ashli Nikol    
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Dallas TX  |  September, 24, 2011 at 09:20 AM

I know it has got to be exciting! I am at around 600 hours or so. I am really excited to get to the 1000 hours, so I can go take my written test. Congrats and I cant wait til I get to 1500 hours!!

Ashli Nikol    
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Dallas TX  |  September, 24, 2011 at 09:20 AM

I know it has got to be exciting! I am at around 600 hours or so. I am really excited to get to the 1000 hours, so I can go take my written test. Congrats and I cant wait til I get to 1500 hours!!