Diary of a Nail Tech Student – Part 3


NT collageSometimes life has a funny way of making itself come full circle. Last weekend I got to take a road trip east to Electric City, Washington with one of my oldest friends, Tara Brooks, though we lost touch for almost 5 years and a handful of scattered years before that. We came into contact again with her wanting me to do her nails. I was very excited to have the opportunity to reconnect and catch up. Our session turned into 6 hours of chatting and creating art on her nails. We talked a lot about the scholarship I won, the education I’m now receiving at Evergreen Beauty College, which is building me up to get my state license to do nails professionally. Tara herself has always loved doing her own hair and nails and for years has thought about getting into the beauty industry, but fear and uncertainty stopped her. At the end of our session we hugged and parted ways with plans get together again.

A few days later Tara texted me saying she was going to tour Evergreen Beauty College’s Bellevue campus. Now, week’s later, Tara has already started her journey to become a hair stylist with Evergreen Beauty College’s cosmetology program. Now I get to watch her grow and become the person she wants to be. We all get to watch and support her accomplish her dreams.

This trip came at the most perfect time. I had holiday time off from school and she was starting school the following week. We took the opportunity to clear our heads of the busyness of the city and headed east with a last minute plan. This woman in these photos is someone I have shared love, laughter, tears, heartache, triumph, acne medication, lipstick, boys, clothes, sandals and small living spaces with, now sits beside by the fire at our self made camp site eating a hot dog. We got to talk a lot about it all. The ins and outs of our lives but most importantly I think we both agreed upon what we want in this life we were given.

In the great words of Jim Carrey on lessons he learned from his father, “You can fail at what you don’t love to do, so you might as well take the chance to fail at doing what you love.”

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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