By Iman Said, Social Media Coordinator
For as long as I can remember I’ve been in love with the beauty industry, I’d never make a trip to Shoppers without cruising the makeup isle, I’d buy magazines just to skip to the page with all the beauty how-to’s and use all my free time surfing the internet to find the next best product. Beauty was always my passion but I never perceived it to be a viable career path and a lot of that was because I was made to feel like it was vain or unrealistic and couldn’t translate into a university degree, which was a must for my pretty traditional parents.
It was in my last year of high school when I was applying to universities and trying to figure out which major to choose, that I realized I couldn’t figure out what I was good at in a field I didn’t hate. It was around then that a family friend suggested I get into Urban Planning. I genuinely knew nothing about urban planning aside from what he told me which was “there’s a lot of opportunity to travel, there’s always a demand and you can make good money” and at that point was all I needed to hear to make me settle because it sounded safe.
I was now in my first year at York University where I was majoring in Urban Planning and not long after that I realized that I was pretty miserable. It was very hard for me to adapt and find a way to enjoy my major or at the very least make it bearable enough to at the very least, graduate. But it wasn’t, I didn’t understand autoCAD, couldn’t figure out computerized mapping systems, and there were few opportunities to come up with fresh creative ideas.
Nonetheless, I stuck with it for the next two years. My feelings about my major didn’t change in the slightest but I figured that I could try my best and make do because at this point, it’s far too late. It was in the beginning of my 3rd year of university that I decided to take an introductory Communications course because I heard good things and I needed an elective and about a month in, I realized it was the first time I actually enjoyed a course in university. I felt challenged and I was writing papers about things I was excited and passionate about and I was skipping classes less and participating more. Now I was more conflicted than ever, because I was two years into a major I hated but I couldn’t fathom switching now and redoing an entire degree. I spoke with a few academic advisors and tried to see if changing my major this far in was possible. I also tried to talk to my family to see if this would make sense without disappointing everyone but I ultimately realized that this was a choice I had to make for myself. I ended up going for the plunge and switching majors and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I ended up graduating half a year late and piled on the course load for two summers but it was well worth it. Today, I’m the Social Media Coordinator here at Flawless by Friday and I couldn’t be more passionate about what I do. I’m in the beauty industry representing an incredible brand and I’m able to create content for our social media platforms and write regularly for our blog amongst many other exciting projects. To make a long story short never let fear stop you from doing what you love. In the end it always pays off.