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.
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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