Nails 101: A Student Blog

Week 10: Finishing the Book

by NAILS Magazine | March 11, 2011

This week has been so crazy. I decided to post tons of photos because I am taking and finishing up the tests for this nail program. Finally, the light is shining and I feel great.


We worked on theory for electricity and drills. I ended up taking the test passing with an “A” on both. The chemistry part of the test has been the most difficult. I thought anatomy was, but it is hard for me to understand how something works when I can not see it. So learning about ions and atoms was hard for me. When I read about ions, I think of the hairdryers that are ion-charged. I studied as much as I could whenever I could because as Spring break is near for all the other schools, we are super busy. I ended up doing services all day and every day. I have reached and passed my quotas for the services. So, now I want to focus on studying the book to take the test which is coming sooner than ever. I also have to practice for the practical exam — and focus on the sanitation because that can make or break you.


This week seemed to fly by! On Thursday, after working and slamming the books hard, our class took a trip to the local nail store in St. Paul. It was pretty neat because it was like a warehouse of supplies. I now have to total of four nippers and four pushers that I can use when I get into the real world of working. I also have two acrylic brushes that I am excited about using. I ended up going up sizes to test them out. I read in an article about the size of the brushes holding such and so amount of liquid.


I can’t believe I have completed the book. Next week, we are reviewing the business chapter of the book. I will be studying every day until I take my test. I am so nervous and excited at the same time.


This is one thing I was able to prove to myself. I feel like I have always started things but could never finish — that I had no purpose in life. But this year and this course has done both for me as well as much more. I am so proud of myself for almost being done, for working hard at something I believe in.


My family doesn’t seem to understand and they are not as proud as I am. It hurts but I know that what I am doing is right. Have you ever loved something with such a passion? I do. I love nails and I love being able to make people feel wonderful and beautiful. This is my calling and I will never regret it. This course has taught me more then just nails. It has taught me to believe in myself, to listen to people, to take better care of myself both inside and out.


I used to be a smoker. I stopped smoking because I read about the effects of wrinkles. I used to go to the tanning bed. I also stopped because I don’t want skin cancer. I spray tan instead. I never worked out or ate healthy. I do now because I learned the importance appearance plays in this industry.


I wonder how may other people who are in the nail industry love what they do? How did they handle pressure from parents not approving? How do they take care of themselves? Do they still love what they do?


Have a great week and talk to you next week!


— Susan

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