Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics graduate, Natalie Washington, recently transitioned into a new role at the school: Graduate Services Cordinator. For years most knew her as the face of SensAbility. Although she loved working with our students and clinic clients it was time to grow into a new role.
NW: The most rewarding thing about what I do is being able to see a student or graduate feel accomplished. I love to see the smile on their face when they have completed the program successfully. I genuinely like to help others accomplish their goals. Since I have been working in graduate services I’ve been a different person from who I was previously. This person has always been in me but just the feeling of joy I get when I hear a student say you’ve been so helpful, thank you Natalie, I love talking to you…gives me life. Or when a graduate calls to thank me for connecting them with the best employer for them and they got the job. Or when a graduate says thank you so much Natalie for that advice and that they feel more confident in how to make a decision, brings tears to my eyes. This is rewarding in so many ways.
NW: In my opinion I’ve always been that person that students can relate to. I’m passionate about being that person students and graduates can talk to about anything. During my many years as SensAbility student clinic receptionist there was always students or graduates that would come and talk to me for several minutes at a time simply because they were comfortable and I take pride in being that person for them.
NW: The ASM community has supported me in different ways personally. Staff members have been there through the most tragic times of my life and supported me every step of the way showing lots of love. They have given me the opportunity to learn so much about myself and others and how to deal with all types of situations, molding me into who I am.
NW: My personal philosophy has always been: treat others as you would like to be treated. Be authentic. Also, always take the opportunity to make someone smile.
NW: My biggest inspiration are my daughters. They are the reason I get up from day to day. My goal is to be the best leader and example of a person who is loving, caring, thoughtful, helpful, never judgemental.
NW: Charlene Ramos and Traci Daly Smith both encouraged me to follow my passion for this role. They had a lot of faith in me, and said on several occasions that I would be great for the job and thought I could take the position to new levels. They’ve both given me lots of advice and continue to support and critique when I need it.
NW: I feel accomplished when I can give advice, support or help someone achieve something. It is incredibly rewarding to help others!