Student Spotlight

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Spotlight on Allyne Scott

What did you do before Soma?
Allyne: I am a licensed cosmetologist. I work at a hair salon for children.
What brought you to massage in general, and to Soma specifically?
Allyne: I love working with my hands. I like helping people. Massage seemed like the best way to go. I chose Soma because I loved the walk through visit.
Do you like having classes in downtown Chicago?
Allyne: Yes, I love the location of Soma. I get to explore downtown Chicago during lunch or even after class.
Who are your biggest influences?
Allyne: My sister finished school with her bachelor’s degree and is currently going for her master’s.

 


 

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Spotlight on Ray Dejesus

What did you do before Soma?
Ray: Work in office setting also went to school for personal trainer.
What brought you to massage in general, and to Soma specifically?
Ray: I always liked giving massages. I knew I was good since I always made people fall asleep. So I decided to go to massage school but shied away feeling it was more of a female based field, but ten years later I got fed up working in an office and made the move. I only knew of a different massage school at the time, but didn’t have any luck when it came to financial aid. So when I redid my search Soma came up. I got a call the same day and started in May.
Do you like having classes in downtown Chicago?
Ray: It’s kind of far but being downtown gives me an awesome feeling and there’s always something going on.
Who are your biggest influences?
Ray: Myself and family of course. I push myself to be the best because if I don’t kill it my family won’t eat.
Anything else you want to add?
Ray: My experience at soma has been great. Very educational, and the best part is that the staff are all past students, which is helpful in preparing for the tests.

 


 

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Spotlight on Michael Lidh

What did you do before Soma?
Michael: I worked in food service at a university and then at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
What brought you to massage in general, and to Soma specifically?
Michael: After massaging friends and family and realizing the impact touch could have even from untrained hands I wanted to see what I could do with trained hands. Soma has a good looking school and I had personal reasons for wanting to be in Chicago.
Do you like having classes in downtown Chicago?
Michael: I love it! I would not change a single thing about where it is located.
Who are your biggest influences?
Michael: Beyonce, her drive and influence inspire me to reach new heights. My best friend’s mom, she was the type of person I always try to emulate and work towards.
Anything else you want to add?
Michael: Massage is great. Having all this clinical education is going to be helpful even if I never work in a clinical setting.

 


 

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Spotlight on BrigeJet powell

What brought you to massage, and to Soma specifically?
I like doing sports massage and that we get to do sports massage at various events. I also like that Soma teaches you how to work clinically on people, not just to help them relax.
Do you like having classes in downtown Chicago?
Yes.
Who are your biggest influences?
Daisaku Ikeda (peace builder, Buddhist philosopher, educator and author), Christopher Moore (founded the multiracial, multicultural Chicago Children's Choir at Hyde Park's First Unitarian Church of Chicago), and parents (founded BrigeJet).

 


 

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Spotlight on Crystal Harmon

What brought you to massage in general, and to Soma specifically?
I love helping others. Health is very important. Soma got back to my inquiry fast! Soma has an accepting environment.
Do you like having classes in downtown Chicago?
It’s fine.
Who are your biggest influences?
All roads lead to peace, love, and light.
Anything else you want to add?
I heart* Soma.
*She drew a heart, she didn’t write the word heart.

 


 

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Spotlight on Kalyn Hanratty

What brought you to massage in general and to Soma specifically?
Working in the acupuncture office made me realize how interested I am in healing and in the human body. It was suggested to me by a Soma graduate that I attend Soma. She told me I was going to love it and learn a ton.
Do you like having classes in downtown Chicago?
Yes, I live in the suburbs, so it’s nice to have a balance of city/country life!
Who are your biggest influences?
My sister and my close friends.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m very happy I chose to go back to school and enrolled in Soma. I feel like I am getting a great education and I am looking forward to seeing what my future holds.

 


 
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