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Cosmetologists Give Back While Continuing Their Education at ANU

Rhonda Kelly and Lawanna McElroy, two licensed cosmetologists who are continuing their education at the Louisville Campus, recently partnered with the student activities committee (SAC) to hold a “Pamper Me Day,” offering  manicures and pedicures, eyebrow arching, eyelash applications, hand massages, hair styling, facials, and more free of charge to students.

“I love what I do and I love to make people happy,” said Lawanna, who enrolled at ANU to continue her quest for self-improvement after earning her GED and cosmetology license. After graduating from her business administration-management degree program she plans to one day manage a business or her own salon.

“We work hard here and we all need a moment to reflect and sit back and get pampered sometimes.”

Rhonda, a student in the medical assisting program, came to ANU after working as a licensed nail technician for over 20 years. “I knew that I needed something more career-based with more benefits. I have a child to raise,” she stated.  “So I decided [since] I like people and doing nails is hands-on, I could go into the medical field.”

Rhonda first attended a community college, but soon made the switch to ANU. “With me being 40-plus years old going back [to school], I wanted more of the one-on-one [instruction], smaller classes, and something [that would take me] more directly into the field that I wanted to go into,” she shared.

Both Rhonda and Lawanna enjoyed the opportunity to give back to their fellow students. “We work hard here and we all need a moment to reflect and sit back and get pampered sometimes,” explained Rhonda. “If I can give someone a pampering for free, and make them smile when they open their book tomorrow and see their nails, that makes me feel good.”

A- Licensed cosmetologist Lawanna McElroy, shown applying eyelash extensions during the “Pamper Me Day” at the Louisville Campus, is continuing her education in the business administration-management program at ANU.

B- Rhonda Kelly worked as a licensed nail technician for over 20 years before coming to ANU to train for a career in the medical field.

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