Student Blog: The Beacon Experience

By: Becca Thompson, Cosmetology Student a Aveda Institute Chapel Hill

As an Aveda Institute student, there are many opportunities to explore with your cosmetology or esthetics education. One of my favorite experiences is the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Beacon, an elite program that provides “top beauty industry students with a unique opportunity to gain career insights from leading beauty influencers, and network with owners from the most prestigious salons across the United States.” (PBA Beacon)

As Beacon is an exclusive program, students must submit an application with hopes of being selected for the experience. As a current Aveda Institute student, I recently completed and submitted my application for 2021! The application is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your work and practice your skills through a professional lens.

This year’s application included four primary elements: a professional Instagram account, a Canvas Me profile, a recommendation letter and a video explaining why you should be selected for the Beacon program. I found these components to be extremely helpful in building my rapport as an artist. In developing my application, I had the opportunity to run my own photoshoot, film and edit a creative video and seek feedback and expertise from industry professionals. Regardless of whether I am selected for the Beacon program, I am so thankful for the experience that the application provided me. With help from my educators at the Aveda Institute, my Beacon experience allowed me to practice and sharpen my craft, while also producing something creative and fun!

Follow Becca on Instagram

Product + Service Packages

Save by combining your favorite services with select Aveda products!


Cosmetology Blog

Why to Pursue Cosmetology in Your Gap Year

A Gap Year from college is becoming increasingly more popular, and for good reason. Your Gap Year can be used to explore the world, meet new people and learn new things. Why not combine meeting new people and learning new things while you spend your gap year at Aveda Institute!  Aveda...

Benefits of Having your Cosmetology License

What are the benefits of having your cosmetology license? There are many reasons! You will enjoy a career where your passion for beauty, design and fashion can lead to a long-term fulfilling career. Your schedule will be as flexible as you need it to be, and the field of cosmetology is always...

Virtual Earth Jam 2023 Recap and Winner Announced!

In 2004, the Nurtur Aveda Institutes put on an annual fashion benefit as a vehicle for our students to show off their talents and passion in a themed event that raised money for local charities. In 2021, Earth Jam evolved into a virtual event to continue to offer a unique...

Edwin Neill II Full Potential Student Competition

2023 Aveda Institutes Student Competition This annual student award competition was created to memorialize one of the greatest motivators in the Aveda network.  A role model for all - Edwin Neill II not only believed in our mission, he lived it daily.  His greatest memory will be...

Can a FAFSA be used to Apply to Cosmetology School

The field of cosmetology is always growing and there will always be a demand for career opportunities as beauty professionals. If you have a passion for beauty, creativity, and helping others feel confident and beautiful, Cosmetology is the career for you!  Deciding to take the leap towards...

Get the Skills to be a Beauty Professional