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People outside the field of cosmetology are often surprised at
the diverse subjects that cosmetology students must learn. High
school classes that are also part of a college preparatory
curriculum will help you if you plan to pursue this career. Science
classes, such as physics, chemistry, and biology, will give you a
background that you will find valuable years down the road-both in
cosmetology school, when you learn specifically how those
disciplines apply to the trade, and as a practicing cosmetologist,
when you will use your knowledge to solve problems independently.
In addition to science classes, mathematics courses such as algebra
and geometry will give you preparation in working with numbers and
formulas. Again, these are skills you will use in your later
career. Of course, classes such as English and speech will allow
you to practice communication skills that will be important when
you deal with a wide variety of people, some of whom will be
experiencing a range of emotions. Also, because there is the
possibility that you will be dealing with grieving families and
friends of the deceased, consider taking psychology courses that
will give you a greater understanding of people's reaction to
stress and grief. Finally, if you have the opportunity, take art
classes that give you a chance to work with design and color.
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