My path to graduation began in 2016 when I was 35 years old. I worked in the human services field working with people with disabilities for more than 14 years. I got as far up the company ladder as I could and I couldn’t go any further, due to
the higher positions always being full.
In 2016 my mom passed away and it made me seriously think about where I was in life and if I was truly happy. I realized that I had the potential to do so much more and I needed a change.
When I used to think of success, I had a pretty bad habit of always looking at the end result. I will be successful when...I will be successful if...
The last three years of my life showed me that there are levels to everything that you do in life. The acknowledgment of said levels and attaining them can and very much should be looked at as success. Two years ago, I lived in my car just so I could get into the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. I sacrificed. Mind you, I had a comfortable life for an unstable and relentless pursuit but I also had a vision: work for a Michelin starred restaurant and chef.
After working as a Registered Nurse for 10 years and buying hundreds of cookbooks, Christina Roman decided it was the right time to pursue her passion for food.
Being a single mom with a full-time job, she enrolled in the Escoffier Online Culinary Arts Fundamentals program because it fit her busy schedule and lifestyle. “The program enabled me to learn the foundation of professional cooking and instilled essential skills needed to make it in the industry. Doing my externship opened my eyes to the dedication and hard work that goes on behind the scenes in a restaurant,” Christina said.
Jessica entered the SJVC Criminal Justice program at the Ontario campus in 2014 as an inexperienced 18 year old. She lived at home with her family that included a sister raising a son on her own. Jessica loved her nephew but was determined not to follow that course. Jessica applied herself in school and was a very good student. She inquired about and revived the CJ leadership program, eventually becoming the CJ Club President. She mentored and assisted other students willingly. She organized and participated in school fundraisers to help CJ students with financial needs, and she helped on occasions when the CJ students pitched in to help others in the community who needed help. Additionally, she volunteered to perform over 100 community service hours yearly. Her instructors knew her as being someone who was smart, mature and determined to never give up. She graduated from SJVC in July 2015 with a 3.5 GPA, and she never missed a day of class.
I began my journey at Bellus Academy as a working makeup artist looking for a certification and to learn more. My husband had just deployed to Afghanistan and I was determined to occupy my time and make friends while he was gone.
I chose Esthetics simply because skin care went hand- in-hand with makeup. I immediately fell in love with the instructor, Amanda, and wanted to soak up every ounce of knowledge that she had to give plus more.
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