March 25, 2016

Clear your mind of Can’t!!!

For Sylmari Starling the world is her oyster as they say! She has so much she wants to accomplish on her checklist to conquering the world. She has lived all over the United States from Chicago to Arkansas to Oklahoma and now Iowa! This is where she found La’ James International College in Cedar Rapids.

Sylmari’s mother is a cosmetologist so the beauty industry has always been a part of her life. She recalls her mom doing her hair every morning for school, “I love the beauty industry and how it’s always changing! I’m really into hair extensions, makeup and creative nails. Coming to LJIC was the best decision I’ve ever made, and my mom is way excited too!”

She chose La’ James International College because when she visited the school she felt the professionalism, attention and all of the fun the industry involved. She appreciates the hands on smaller class sizes and is planning to get her 2 year AAS degree in Health & Beauty Management“Only at LJIC can you get your diploma for Cosmetology licensure and a 2 year degree in a little over a year! Saves time and tuition!”

After Cosmetology school Sylmari would love to open and own multiple salons throughout Iowa, work with celebrities, start a makeup and skin care line, make wigs to sell, help the homeless, and is considering Veterinary school, “I love animals and before deciding to attend Cosmetology school I was planning to go to Veterinary school. I still hope to do something with animals, I love them.”

But before all of this Sylmari has been chosen to compete in the Miss USA Miss Iowa Pageant! She received the application in the mail and wasn’t sure if she should or shouldn’t apply even though everyone told her YES DO IT! So she submitted the application with her head shots and about 3 weeks later she had not heard anything and thought well they didn’t pick me. She went home that night and in the mail was her acceptance to compete in Miss Iowa! So next October she will be not only graduating from La’ James International College but will be on her way to the Miss Iowa Competition. “It is such an amazing opportunity that could even open doors into my Cosmetology career too!”

Her advice to others considering Cosmetology school, “start as soon as possible! And the one thing I keep in the back of my mind is a quote that says, ‘clear your mind of can’t!’ and it’s worked for me and has helped me achieve my goals!”

Are you ready to learn more about La’ James International College & the programs offered? Contact a LJIC Career Planner today! Call 888.880.2108 or visit


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