Chicken rolls, 7up and Tayto - Winner of BFEI Student Blog Competition.
I suppose I should introduce myself, I’m the girl you probably saw in the hallway last week with a full face of troll prosthetics, covered in blue paint and crepe hair. I’m the girl you see down the canteen, sporting space buns and a scarlet red lip that does not compliment my completion, and yes, that was probably me who had begged you to let me perm your eyelashes at some point. All of these signs point to one thing, I am a Theatrical and Media Makeup student.
Many will most likely think, how does one even study makeup? I was honestly surprised at what was included in this course. I became quickly immersed in a beauty therapy setting, learning how to give eyebrow and eyelash treatments, to facials and even massage. I learned hygiene and that I actually had to wash my makeup brushes more than once a year. (who knew?) I observed skin diseases and nasty eye infections. All while learning about face shapes, eye shapes, fashion, history and finally, makeup.
By all means, I could write paragraphs on what I have learned from the content my course, however, I found true entertainment value in what I have learned out of the blue during my time in BFEI. These experiences may be universal to many first year college students, or perhaps just to me. Nonetheless, I hope you take something away from this and perhaps, learn from my mistakes.
It looks bright outside your window now, bring a jacket, the sky will attack you later- and you will thank me later. I may just sound like an overbearing mother but especially to commuters, just wear a jacket, okay?
Speaking of commuters... Do not wear said jacket on the dart or bus because you will probably over heat. This is especially awkward if this said bus or dart is particularly packed.
DO NOT get medical grad adhesive in a client’s eye, they won’t appreciate it, trust me. Same goes for tint or generally just gluing your client’s eyes shut. Don’t do it.
Do not use your favourite pen for signing a sheet, this pen will become the communal pen and will be used by EVERYONE to sign this sheet.
A bus driver will not stop if they see you running for the bus, however, a dart driver probably will. Fair play.
I learned how to make contact with an examiner and sanitize my hands three times in a row. Hygiene is very important, always.
I learned how to practically beg local businesses for prizes for the Rag Day raffle, however, if many businesses see you walk in with a brown envelope, they will presume you’re trying to hand in a CV and WILL abruptly try to snatch it off you before you even speak.
Anyone who does not know you or vaguely knows you, will probably presume you work at a chemist, due to our uniforms. I got that a few times, at least.
Centra chicken rolls, 7up and Tayto are honestly my saving grace and probably the reason why I am still here. Blessed.
Overall, I feel I have grown as an individual during my time in BFEI. Moving on towards 3rd level education is most definitely a time of uncertainty but in these times, you have more opportunities to grow as a person. You learn from experience, just as much as what you learn from a book or a demo. I am very thankful to have spent this past year in BFEI, due to its great communal atmosphere, friendly staff and my tutors, who have gone above and beyond to help me to where I am today.