Stacy Almonte, Reporter

In her last school year, honest and hardworking Hazel Gonzalez stayed after school at CIT to make up hours, improve tasks and skills, and work on her classmates and clients performing hair, skin, and nail services. Gonzalez excelled in Cosmetology at CIT and that got her into NTHS and gave her a career path she is passionate about. Gonzalez hopes to become an esthetician and/or hairstylist and do nails on the side. She is determined to use the money saved to open a salon/spa. 

 Who would you remember the most in Bangor and why?

All of those who helped me pass my classes. You guys are real ones.

What is your best high school memory and why?

Graduation day, it hasn’t happened yet, but I know that’s going to be by far the best day of my high school years.

Which band could play the soundtrack to your high school career and why?

Not a band but an artist and song I feel would best fit my high school career is, The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars, specifically the line that states, “I just want to lay in my bed,” it’s something I can relate a lot to. 

If there were a movie made about your high school days, which actor would play your part and why?

I think younger Sandra Bullock should play my part because high school hasn’t been easy for me, not until I found my true passion and love for cosmetology. In some of her movies, she has overcome a troublesome situation and pushed hard to get where she wanted to be and who she wanted to be; I am determined to get to those places in my life.

Where do you predict you will end up in ten years from now and why?

In ten years, I will hopefully by then have my own salon/spa, family, and house far from here. I will be growing to become more successful in a career that I love and gaining and spreading my knowledge and wisdom to others.

Which event or events will you miss the most and why?

Holiday breaks and snow days because there wouldn’t be any school.

What is your favorite quote to live by and why?

“Beauty is pain,” and I like to tell my fellow classmates that when I’m brushing their hair too “hard” or anything else they complain about.

Run us through your pre-meet good luck rituals.

I’ll do a quick little prayer and wing it; my peers have taught me to fake it till you make it.

If you could meet any person in the world who would it be and why?

I would want to meet my future self to see how far I’ve come and to see what all the hard work, determination, and passion that I’ve put into my career will do for me in the long run.

When it comes to cosmetology, what do you love the most and why?

I have found a love for hair coloring, especially doing vivid colors because the result is so worth it. I enjoy doing facials and learning and educating others about their skin, as well as practicing acrylic nails on myself and others. What I really do love is that it’s a big community and there’s so many amazing people to be inspired by and learn from. In the end, seeing my client’s reaction and gratitude makes me feel so good about myself.  

What do you believe you have to be able to have as a person to make it in the cosmetology field?

Dedication, passion, and optimism are key attributes to being successful in the cosmetology field. Manifesting your dreams and goals and working hard to get there will do wonders.