I graduated high school not really being the best student. School was always a challenge. Going to STI was a complete game changer for me. I graduated from STI with the highest of honors, which was a big accomplishment for me, & I’m now a licensed cosmetologist. I chose STI because the cost & the hours were better than any other program in the area. The location is also close to home. My instructor, Ms. Pestana, was one of my biggest motivators. Anytime I wanted to give up she would encourage me until I succeeded. I owe all my success to her. The staff & instructors were so helpful. Even Mr. Degan went above & beyond to make sure we had everything we needed to be successful young adults. In 5 years I see myself one step closer to my dream of owning a salon. I still want to be behind the chair with my clients but maybe also become an instructor motivating young adults.