After we final left our hero …
For many who don’t know me … and for these for whom I’m only a hazy pre-pandemic reminiscence … enable me to briefly introduce myself and summarize the place I left off my story.
Again in September 2019, I began attending nail school at a area people school. Issues went effectively … I labored and studied onerous. I did effectively in my principle classes and persistently acquired good grades on the exams. The sensible a part of nail class began out slower for me. However I may inform I used to be not less than bettering with follow.
As I stated – issues went effectively for the primary semester. I acquired good grades and acquired some sensible expertise. And none of my classmates ran in terror on the suggestion of a follow service from me. After the primary semester ended there was an prolonged break till the second and closing semester was scheduled to start.
The second semester started the primary week of March 2020 and … effectively, I most likely don’t have to inform you what occurred subsequent. Nail college closed throughout the first week of March as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Now, I don’t need to examine the relative tragedy of getting one’s nail tech profession interrupted with the devastating affect COVID-19 has had on tens of millions of people and households all over the world. But I believe we will all agree the pandemic has been horrific. Finally, due to the general world effort to fight the scourge it seems to be like we might quickly see the pandemic in our collective rearview mirror. It stays to be seen what the “New Regular” will appear like but it surely undoubtedly must be higher than the previous fifteen months has been.
Anyway, time handed and ultimately I used to be capable of resume nail college in late Fall 2020. Up to now the group school has not resumed providing manicuring lessons and has no plans to take action within the close to future. Happily, I had remained in contact with classmates from my first semester of manicuring college and I in the end enrolled in a non-public college, Jasmine Magnificence College, the place another former manicuring college classmates had subsequently enrolled.
Though non-public nail college is dearer than public college, I found there have been some particular benefits to resuming my classes at Jasmine. First, the varsity granted me full credit score for the classroom hours I had beforehand accomplished on the group school after I offered an official Proof of Coaching from the prior college. Though acquiring the Proof of Coaching from a shuttered college proved to be a problem, by perseverance I ultimately acquired it.
Second, since I already had an entire college package and textbook from the prior college it was not obligatory to buy these gadgets once more.
And third, as a result of the nail lessons start each week it was not obligatory for me to attend till the subsequent semester rolled round to start lessons.
In prior installments of this blog I coated what attending the group school nail program was like. In some ways attending the brand new college was much like the prior one.
As soon as once more, I used to be the one male within the classroom; or as I see it – the lone thorn in a bouquet of roses.
Though there was some shock on the a part of my new classmates at my arrival, my (feigned) confidence and work ethic quickly led to their acceptance of me as one in every of them. Plus, it didn’t damage that there have been some former group school classmates current to vouch for me. The best way I in the end knew I had been accepted occurred the day I used to be first requested “We’re all pitching in cash for tacos for lunch, you need in?”
Nonetheless, there have been additionally ways in which my second semester was completely different from the primary semester. In some respects the ambiance was extra relaxed than the group school. The latter had among the really feel of being again in highschool in some methods; that’s extra regulated and fewer versatile. That’s not to recommend the non-public college college students had been any much less severe about their college work. Actually, I might say in many of the instances simply the other was true. To make clear, as a result of relative low value of attending the group school program there have been a good variety of college students who weren’t totally dedicated to a profession in nail know-how. Their obvious curiosity stage was extra of a “I’ll do this and see what occurs.” angle. Whereas the Jasmine college students’ involvement extra carefully matched their monetary funding.
The extra tangible distinction between the 2 college experiences was that as a result of Pandemic restrictions no follow shopper companies had been permitted. Actually, not even the scholars practiced on each other. Licensed nail technicians studying this weblog might have issue comprehending how a nail program couldn’t embody engaged on follow purchasers – and I fully perceive that response. The hands-on follow is one which I used to be accustomed to throughout my first semester and certainly a lot of my earlier weblog installments describe experiences with numerous follow purchasers. Even the classroom instruction was break up between classroom and on-line instruction. In lieu of the classroom time usually spent on shopper companies we targeted extra on principle instruction and mock state board examination follow.
A partial mitigant to the shortage of shopper companies within the classroom was the varsity’s encouragement of participation in an externship program. The State of California permits cosmetology college students to finish as much as 10% of their required classroom hours in a taking part salon. In California meaning manicuring college students can work as much as 40 hours in an precise salon underneath the steerage of a licensed nail technician. I used to be lucky sufficient to determine a taking part salon and thus took benefit of the externship program. We after all adopted all relevant state mandates for magnificence salons. I’m grateful to the salon and the purchasers that allowed me to make the most of the externship alternative.
In future installments of this weblog I’ll cowl extra about working towards for the state board examination and the precise examination expertise.
Till subsequent time … sayonara muchachos!
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