Nails 101: A Student Blog

Meet Jessica

by NAILS Magazine | September 30, 2013

Hello! My name is Jessica Sandoval. I am 37 years old, a wife and mother of two handsome boys. I have run my own business but have never felt that passion, that “this is it” feeing. I have spent many nights wondering “What do I really want to do when I grow up?” Whenever I needed time to feel relaxed and regroup, I had my nails done.

I have had a love for nails since I was very young. I remember sitting in my mom’s office, putting paperclips on my nails with tape over them and painting them red. I finally got my first full set when I was 15 years old. I felt so cool.

I wrote out my first business plan at 17 and then a few more times on how my spa was going to be. I never allowed my creative and business sense to work together until now. I am scheduled to start school at Bellus Academy in San Diego, Calif., on October 1! I am excited and terrified — excited that I will finally be exactly where I have always wanted to be and terrified that I'm coming into this world too late. Am I going to be able to hustle and make a good living? Will I be looked at as the old lady? Can I achieve those awesome nail art looks?

I have always been a big believer in women empowering one another. I hope using this outlet will inspire other women to reach for their goals and dreams, and at the same time give you an honest look at what it’s like going back to school this late in the game in the beauty industry.

I also look forward to using my new skills to donate my time to help women who are rebuilding their lives — to help them receive a beauty boost!

I can’t wait to get started!

— Jessica

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