Hair Design Student Success Story: Elizabeth De Witt
Ms. Elizabeth De Witt worked hard this past month in building her business and her name. Over social media, and by connecting with those that come into the Everett campus. Also known as Libby, Elizabeth has shown determination in setting goals and reaching them, and I can not wait to share Libby’s story!
Customer service jobs have been where Ms. Libby often found herself working before, so what changed? “Before I enrolled into Evergreen Beauty College I was working at Fred Meyer’s on the graveyard shift. I’ve been inspired by this industry for years and I was tired of just doing the bare minimum; working at fast food and in retail. I wanted to be where the people are and make a lot of money doing it. I wanted to make a name for myself and show my daughter that I can do ANYTHING if I put my mind to it. Show her that hard work pays off, ” confided Libby. When you start out a family and you have little ones watching everything you do, what’s not a better moment for change?
So now that Libby was ready for a change, ready to give her daughter the role model she’d need in life, we asked her why she decided on Evergreen to start her journey? “I was actually getting my hair cut at JC Pennys salon, and my stylist and I were conversing about [the] school she had gone to and how I [shared] wanting to be a barber [myself]. She told me of [the different] schools in my area, so I went and looked them up. The first school I looked at was in fact Evergreen. I felt very compelled to go in to have an interview and that this was [going to be] the school for me. I went[,] and loved the atmosphere when I walked in, very positive and uplifting. Not to mention I knew one of the financial aid advisors prior to attending. I love Evergreen and I’m glad I chose this school,” commented Libby.
Since starting beauty school, Libby shared some of her joys in the process of school and what makes her different and unique to her clients thus far:
“I love the people I meet [everyday and that] everyone has a story that needs to be told, and I love being there to hear them [share it]. I also love everything I do, color, cutting and working [with] mannequins (the practical work). I am a very “hands on” person. I learn by doing and after doing certain tasks over and over I feel like that’s the most efficient way for me. ”
“My energy [sets me apart]. I feel like I have a very welcoming presence and clients love being in my chair because I make them feel important. Putting their needs before my own. I want to pay it forward [and being in school, learning, is a way I get to do that]. [So I’d say my] strengths are making people enjoy their time in my chair. I will admit I’m not perfect at anything yet, however, I know that I’m very fast at color and am getting better at my cuts,” shares Libby. “I make sure you enjoy your visit and leave happy with your service,” Libby continued to share.
At any time you can walk by Ms. Libby and see her dedication at perfecting her skills. Whether she’s with a client, working on mannequin work, or timing her techniques; to make sure she is always cutting time off of where ever it may need in order to transition slowly into the professional field at professional timing requirements once she graduates. One thing Libby took onto the floor since Phase 1 (basics) was skills can always improve and can get done faster and more efficiently, and that is what I personally see Libby working on most days.
What’s next for Ms. Libby? “I plan to work at a salon for a year, and save enough money and build enough clientele to open my own in home salon,” shares Libby.
Libby left advice for those looking to join our Evergreen family like she once had, “If you want to feel like a family and want to learn efficiently, come to Evergreen! The teachers are amazing and make you feel like home. I know that my phase one teacher Ms. Raffi was my favorite teacher so far and taught me so much. [Ms. Raffi] makes you think for yourself, and treats you like an adult.”
Ms. Libby graduates next February 2019 and what better way to support her other than to stop in and get a service done by her at our Everett campus! And if you are interested in continuing to follow Libby throughout her program, you can check her out on IG: @livemaashairdesigns . Congrats Libby. You are on your way to do some amazing things in the beauty industry!
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