Radost – EC Student Stories

Radost Staykova plans to open her own wedding hair and make-up business and is learning all of the skills she needs on her VTCT Level 3 Hairdressing course at Edinburgh College.

 “Since I started at College in 2014, when I studied English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), it has felt like home. My lecturers in Hairdressing are now like family to me – they have really supported me and inspired me to be the best stylist I can. The majority of my family lives in Bulgaria – but I feel like I have gained a second one here.

Radost - "College has given me the opportunity to learn English and improve my skills in hairdressing."

I have achieved so much during my time studying at Edinburgh College and with my placement salon, Paterson SA, it has been an amazing experience which has left with me lots to be proud of.

I’ve won three gold medals in the Ladies Evening Style and Fantasy Make-up categories in the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) competitions. These competitions have been amazing fun, the feeling when I was there was incredible and I have the chance to win another in 2020.

My passion is in creating beautiful, and original, styles. I always challenge myself to be creative and to make the next hair-up or cut even more attractive and different than the last one – that’s what really drives me. And I want to take that drive into a wedding business where I can enjoy playing a part in a very special time in peoples’ lives.

Leaving Edinburgh College, when it happens, will be difficult as I have loved every minute here – but I will leave knowing that I have gained the qualifications I need to make my dream become reality.”