02 July 2012

Six-Word Memoir

Six words: Chinese and Spanish speaking future cosmetologist

For the record, small quantities of words are not my forte, and I think this one needs a bit of explanation.
I graduated from college almost a month and a half ago. I’m not currently working, nor am I looking for a job. I’d love to work in a field that involves Mandarin, but the fact is that a BA in Mandarin does not leave one fluent in the language. I’d need at least a Master’s to teach Chinese or do some hardcore translation. Maybe a Master’s program will be a part of my future but at this point in time, I just don’t know. There aren’t any Master’s programs in Mandarin Chinese near us (believe it or not, they aren’t the most common programs to be found in American universities!). Angel is starting his Master’s in August, and we’ve decided to stay where we are at least for the three years it will take him to complete his Master’s.
My dream career is writing (in English). I’m spending this summer working intensively on that dream, not only in blogging but also in working on various manuscripts and contacting agents and publishers and refusing to cry about rejection emails. However, I’m really too extroverted of a personality to spend my life working on a computer, so in two months, I’m starting beauty school.

Yes, I have a Bachelor’s degree. I’m grateful for it. I’m glad for the writing skills and the languages I learned in college. I met Angel at college and I’d say that alone was almost worth the four years of blood, sweat, and tears that went into earning my degree. But besides being a writer, the other skill set I’ve always wanted to have is that of a cosmetologist. I think knowing how to do hair well is such a practical skill for any woman. I look forward to being able to use what I learn for the rest my life, either in a job or just in serving my friends and family.
 My mother-in-law, who is a cosmetologist,  in the process of doing my hair for my wedding. I know I appreciated having a cosmetologist in the family for that event. And my father-in-law is just pretending to help because he wanted to be in the picture too.

So, I’m starting cosmetology school in 2 months. It’s about a 10 month course, and after that I intend to work until Angel finishes his Master’s degree. I fully intend to keep writing and to keep seeking markets for my work, but I’m also looking forward to learning the skills to become a cosmetologist. I’m sometimes reluctant to tell people about this plan, just because graduating from college and then attending beauty school is something which typically isn’t done. I don’t believe it was a waste of time for me to go to college, and I’m sure that my degree and the knowledge I gained there was worthwhile, but I believe cosmetology is what’s coming next for me. In reality, it’s hard to say where the next few years will bring us, but this is the plan for now. It’s always subject to change, that just seems to be the nature of life.

And, on a totally unrelated topic, Angel asked me to marry him two years ago today!
dee said...

Good luck with cosmetology! Such a well-rounded woman!

Christina Morley said...

Hi Rachel! I found you through the Monday Meet Up. I'm now following you through GFC. I enjoyed your photos and your stories (I read your 3 latest posts). I have 5 blogs, 1 for Christian moms, 1 for parenting, 1 for poetry, 1 for photography and 1 that I share with hubby called Real Church Life, which is about anything on faith and beyond the 4 walls of institutional church. Maybe you could pop over to my poetry blog and have a look at

and my photography blog at

Wishing all the best with your future plans!

Amy said...

It sounds like your'e in a transition period, those can be the most fun...challenging and sometimes they make you a little batty, but completely fun!
Writing, cosmetology, chinese...all are fantastic!
I love it!

Sar said...

Oh my gosh, your father in law looks hilariously awesome. I love this. Here's hoping you rock cosmetology courses!

Tales of Beauty For Ashes said...

You are a busy lady!!

Amanda said...

Hello! Found your blog from the link-up on Sarah's. Totally intrigued by your plans to go to cosmetology school. I have thought about doing this so many times but never had the guts to! Best of luck to you, and I hope you stick with the blogging so that I can read all about it.

Ugochi said...

Hi Rachel,you are one busy lady and enjoying it too. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! New follower from Monday Meet Up. Have a great week!

bonbon said...

Wow a BA in Mandarin! Good for you! You certainly don't hear about that very often! You're going to be one of those totally brilliant hairdressers! So amazing! Just found your blog and I've loved getting to know you better, I'm excited to follow along!

new follower :)

Karenna said...

Love your explanation of the memoir. I can't wait to hear about your future in cosmetology!

P.S. I always remember important dates, too. First kiss, first "I love you", the proposal... I think it's important for some weird reason!!

Kerri Carrie said...

That photo is adorable! Good luck with your adventure in Cosmetology; I think it would definitely come in handy! I wish there was someone in my family in that field of work, it really would be a bonus.

Great entry!