For Minnesota School of Cosmetology Graduate, Beauty is More Than Skin Deep – It’s in Her Blood

You could say cosmetology runs in Kennidi Schultz’s family.

Growing up, her mom would take Kennidi to the salon owned by her grandma, where she would watch all the stylists and do little chores for them. Then, when Kennidi’s parents bought Salon Ultimo in Woodbury, Minn., she worked there as a receptionist. Kennidi always knew she wanted to be the one doing hair, so she enrolled at Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) right after she graduated high school.

“Ms. Donna [Dungy] caught my attention,” explains Kennidi on why she chose MSC over other cosmetology schools. “She has so much passion and love, and that really stuck in my mind.”

Kennidi says everyone at the campus was welcoming and friendly, and it felt like a great atmosphere.

“The whole staff was awesome,” she says. “I loved all the instructors. They are so helpful and really care; they take the time to get to know you. I also got to know a lot of really great girls and made a lot of friends.”

MSC offers many resources to its students, which were a plus for Kennidi. Students have the opportunity to learn specialty skills from outside professionals in the industry, as well as hear from salons and other various organizations about possible career paths. Kennidi says she also enjoyed the applied learning and community outreach projects she got to do with MSC.

“Doing the hair, makeup and nails for the kids at Shriner’s Hospital Prom was a great experience,” she explains. “There are so many other volunteer opportunities, too, and I really enjoyed that.”

Kennidi graduated in May of 2015, and was hired as a stylist at Salon Ultimo. As for the future, she says she’s thought about owning her own salon or taking over her parents’, but she’s seen first-hand how much work goes into it.

“In one or two years I would like to go back to school for my business degree,” says Kennidi. “But for now, I want to work on building my clientele, mastering my skills and getting more education in the industry.”

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