At the age of 17, I made a decision that would change my life forever – I joined the military. Back then, you might’ve called me a ‘bad egg’, but something inside me told me I could do better. I knew military service would provide the discipline I needed, so with my mom’s consent, I signed the paperwork required to serve in the U.S. Army.
As a private first class in the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, I began my career at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where I transported troops to different locations; however, I was soon shipped to Afghanistan where I served for four years. A few years after returning to the states, I had another life-changing experience during a conversation with a friend in the hair industry who inspired me to pursue a career in hairstyling. I knew I wanted to express my creative side and could use the discipline and focus I gained in the military in this field.
I currently work at a Sport Clips in Katy, Texas and love it! The atmosphere is fun, and I enjoy working for my boss Cheston Syma, a former U.S. Marine. Along with my team, I participated in Sport Clips’ nationwide fall fundraiser, Help A Hero, which provides free calls home to deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members through the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Operation Uplink program. I was proud to know that my location contributed to our company’s $500,000 to Operation Uplink in December!
I know most people don’t think of these two fields coming together, but for me, they’ve made me the person I am today.
- Jessica Cobb, Sport Clips Haircuts Stylist