Cherry Linda Estrella

Cherry Estrella, San Diego, Calif., Bellus Academy

Cherry says she practically grew up in the salon, often helping her mother as an assistant. Diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in high school, Cherry has found hairstyling to be a form of art therapy. “As I focus on making art, cosmetology school is something that I really look forward to attending,” she says in her application video. Cherry wants to use a career as a hairstylist to help others see how beautiful they really are.