Brandie Saterlee Looks for the Strongest School

People take many different paths to find the right education for their needs. Whether that means getting a feel for the school, looking for a school that will really fulfill specific desires, or even looking at statistics to see what makes a school so great, it’s always important to follow the path that works best for you. Brandie Saterlee needed those statistics to feel comfortable attending a school. Read on to discover how Brandie decided on Ogle School and what made her comfortable with this opportunity.

Brandie Saterlee’s Choices

What made you decide to try out cosmetology?

Well, really, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I was a new mom, staying at home. And I worked in the salon for a little while as a salon manager. And I decided, “You know what? Why not go back to school and figure things out as I go along?” So, I decided one day, I was driving down the road, saw the Ogle sign, and stopped in.

Why did you decide on Ogle School?

I am a research nerd. I knew I wanted to go to school, and I saw the sign. So, I did all the background checks I could do. I wanted to know what the statistics were for the school. I looked it up, and it was the best of any other school I could find. I didn’t even go look at other schools. I came straight here, and that was the end of it. 

What are you most passionate about?

Definitely teaching. I want to share my passion. I want to show them that there are different aspects of the industry than just standing behind that chair and doing hair.

What are you doing now?

I’m currently a freelance hairstylist. I want to keep my options open for instructing because that is my true passion. But I have some clients that I love dearly. And so, I have a location where I do their hair at. They come to me when they call me. And I do weddings and events, and stuff like that.

What was a time you feel like you had a positive impact on someone?

It would probably be during the SI program when I was working here as the PC, which is a professional coordinator. And I was doing my SI program also. And I was putting in all the hours, and the students were seeing that I was here from sunup to sundown every day. And they would come to me because they would have those issues where they weren’t sure they were going to be able to make it.

And I was, like, “You know what? You do this for a reason, and you need to hold on to that reason. Don’t let the negative push out that reason. Either if it’s doing it because you want to better yourself in general or you’re doing it because you want to better your child’s future.” And so, I had one student that wanted to quit, and she came to me with all this. And I just helped her see what the passion was, why she was doing this. So, I think that was one of my biggest impacts.

What were some of your obstacles during school?

The issue I had during school would be I was a new mom. I had a new baby sitting at home, and I needed to get him to daycare. And then he’d get sick. We were living off one income because my boyfriend wanted me to go to school full time. He wanted me to, you know, get it done, get it over with, put everything I had into it, and not have to worry about going to work when I was done. So the main problem was living off that little income and taking care of a new baby at the same time.

What advice would you give someone dealing with similar problems?

It gets hard, but you still get up every day, and you realize that you’re doing this because you want that future to not be like that. You want to be able to bring in what you can and do more to bring up that child and that life that you wanted to bring him up in.

What is some advice you would give to current students?

This is a broad industry. You can go anywhere that you choose to go to if you have the drive to do it. You just have to keep pushing. Even to this day, I’m still learning new things. I’m still opening new doors, and that’s this industry. It never stops growing.

Discover Your Own Beautiful Story

You might be more interested in statistics, more interested in stories, or more interested in something else entirely. Regardless of what you love about Ogle School, we’re here to make it easy for you to attend. With the cosmetology program and the esthetics program, you can pursue whatever beauty field makes you happy. Request more information to learn how you can do exactly that.



About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.