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My Final Week: I graduated! Reflecting Back and Looking Forward
  • February 7, 2018
  • Joliessa Seguin

Let’s continue to shine, continue to spread light, joy and love to all around us! We’ll make a difference one smile, one hug, one nail service at a time! 

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 30: Mock Interviews and the Final Countdown
  • February 1, 2018
  • Joliessa Seguin

It’s been such a long journey, from being excited and feeling unstoppable to being tired and exhausted and feeling like I couldn’t do it anymore. Now, every day that passes and I get closer to my graduation date I get more and more energy. 

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 29: I passed my State Board Practical Exam!
  • January 24, 2018
  • Joliessa Seguin

It was a really exciting week for me, and I'm starting to see the finish line as I continue to progres.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog   student tests  
Week 28: Improving on Giving Myself Acrylics
  • January 11, 2018
  • Joliessa Seguin

It was a slow week after the holidays.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 27: Holiday Traffic at Nail School
  • December 29, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

My chair was booked all week! I also got to do some nail art for my daughter.

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Keywords: holidays   nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 26: Feeling Torn By My Encroaching Graduation
  • December 21, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

On one hand I’m so excited to approach the end of this difficult journey, but on the other hand I'm like, "What am I going to do with myself once I'm done?"

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 25: Setting and Accomplishing Goals
  • December 14, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

From giving my cosmo classmate a super long sculpted nail with custom art to repairing a nail biter's nails with acyrlics, this week was very successful.

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Keywords: nail biting   nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 24: Am I Ready for the State Board?
  • December 7, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

I'm sharpening my skills, building clientelle, and prepping for the big day!

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 23: Thankful for Nails
  • November 30, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

Even though the week was short due to Thanksgiving, I managed to fit in a sculpted set for a nail biter, and turn around a pedicure that started on a awkward note.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 22: My First Week as a Senior
  • November 22, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

One of my coworkers just started her journey as a nail student, and I'm appraching the end.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 21: We're Seniors!
  • November 16, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

As we're approaching graduation, I'm learning that client bonds are one of my favorite parts of doing nails.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 20: The Best Lil' Nail Show and Expressing Gratitude
  • November 9, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

We started the week off on a motivating note, attending a local trade show. The next day, I painted my daughter's nails to match her Halloween costume!

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 19: Allowing Myself to Recharge
  • November 2, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

I felt exhausted, and I was in much need of a day spent with family.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 18: Finding My Inspiration
  • October 26, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

I didn't have any ideas for fantasy nail art, until my classmate asked what inspires me on a daily basis. Immediately, it clicked!

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 17: Fantasy Nail Art and Client Bonding
  • October 19, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

I passed my test, tried out fantasy nails, and bonded with a client while listening to her stories. It was a great week!

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 16: Prevailing Through Ups and Downs
  • October 12, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

My first client of the week didn't show up, but I chose to take advantage of my newfound freetime instead of dwelling on the mishap.

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Keywords: client issues   nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 15: Halloween Nail Art
  • October 5, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

For the first time, I was able to transfer the image in my head to the actual nail. 

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 14: Blending Acrylics and Fantasy Art
  • September 27, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

She loved them. I'm getting better with quality, and I love seeing my progress, but I still need to work on the length of my services.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 13: The Dip System and Client Appreciation
  • September 21, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

Although I started the week feeling exhauseted, everything turned around when I realized what a strong support system I have. 

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 12: Hard Gels, 3-D Art, and Another Client
  • September 12, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

We came back from our extended weekend on Wednesday and aced our first test of the new module. After the test, our instructor did a demo on 3-D art.

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Keywords: learning new techniques   nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 11: Taking Our First Clients on the Floor
  • September 7, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

Our first assignment as juniors to complete is called the "Five Client Project,"  but I wasn't sure how that would work for me since I'm not from the area and don't know too many people. 

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 10: Two-Week Fills and Pink-and-Whites on a Nail Biter
  • August 31, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

My goal is to reduce my spent on pink-and-whites since they're are a very popular service.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 9: Live Models and My First Attempt at 3-D Art
  • August 24, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

This week was busy: we worked on live models, tried 3-D art for the first time, and got a new instructor. 

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Keywords: learning new techniques   nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 8: Sculpted Nails
  • August 17, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

This week we started out with my favorite service, sculpted nails.  

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 7: The Acrylic Journey Continues (With Encapsulations)!
  • August 11, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

For the second half of the week, we learned how to do encapsulated nails, which was much harder than I anticipated.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 6: Finals and an Acrylics Lesson
  • August 3, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

My goodness, everyone was excited to learn acrylics. This is what we have been waiting for.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 5: Our Last Week of Module One
  • July 27, 2017
  • Joleissa Seguin

We're already two days away from finishing the first module and it feels like we just started. 

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 4: My First Attempt at Nail Art
  • July 20, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

I kind of hit a mental road block in regards to what nail art to paint. I was so excited to start and as soon as I had my material in front of me, I went blank.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 3: Learning About Paraffin
  • July 13, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

I enjoyed my time spent with family over the long weekend, but all I can think about right now is learning nails!

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Keywords: nail school   student blog  
Week 2: Prom, Pot-Luck and Our First Test
  • July 6, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

It was Euphoria's first-ever student appreciation prom, and most of us in the class have never been to prom, so we've decided to make the best of it!

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Keywords: nail school   student blog  
Week 1: We Can Do This!
  • June 28, 2017
  • Joliessa Seguin

I've learned that being the first to introduce yourself or crack a joke can make the first day less stressful. It breaks the ice and makes everyone a little less tense.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog  
Meet Saniyyah!
  • April 20, 2017
  • Saniyyah Patrick

Hello, my name is Saniyyah Patrick, and I’m from Philadelphia, Pa. Before I decided to enroll in the nail tech program at Queen Beauty Academy, I was a stay-at-home mom and also a full-time student pursuing a degree in applied science with a concentration in surgical technology.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog  
Week 24: I'm Finally a Licensed Nail Technician!
  • April 10, 2017
  • Tiffany Williams

This week was my final week as a nail tech student. I can't believe it's over already. It went by so fast and I'm so proud to say I am now a licensed nail tech because I already passed my state board exams for my temporary license!

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Keywords: Beauty Changes Lives   cnd   nail school   student blog   Tippi Hedren  
Week 23: One More Week to Go!
  • April 3, 2017
  • Tiffany Williams

This week I finished all of my required services. On Monday, one of the cosmetology students asked me to do her nails after she saw my nail page. I gave her a full set and she loved it.

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Keywords: KUPA   nail school   student blog  
Week 22: Near the End and Still So Many Surprises
  • March 27, 2017
  • Tiffany Williams

This week I had only one exam left and that was from the beginning of beauty school. I took it on Monday and scored 100% on it so I'm very happy. I have no exams and no hours to make up.

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Keywords: student blog   student tests  
Week 21: Two More Weeks to Go!
  • March 20, 2017
  • Tiffany Williams

It was the day I've been waiting for forever — IBSNY! But on Monday after I came back to class from training, one of my classmates told me that my school had announced that morning that IBSNY was not going to be open Tuesday due to severe weather, so everyone had to go right then on Monday. But they didn't call me or anyone else who wasn't there, so we missed it! :-(

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Keywords: IBS   nail school   student blog  
Week 20: I Scored a Job!
  • March 15, 2017
  • Tiffany Williams

This week was jam-packed! On Monday I got a call back from a salon owner that I interviewed with and I started training Wednesday. I'm so excited! I love the salon.The name is Bed of Nails.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 19: Mock State Boards
  • March 6, 2017
  • Tiffant Williams

On Tuesday we began a mock State Board for the practical. It's pretty easy; the only thing is you have to remember every step and make sure you don't mess up at all.

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Keywords: state licensing   student blog   student tests  
WeeK 18: Still So Excited About Nails!
  • February 27, 2017
  • Tiffany Williams

My instructor has been telling me that I should try to take the state board for my temporary license. It's two,100- question exams. I was nervous but I decided to take it and see what I got.

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Keywords: state licensing   student blog   student issues  
Week 14: Fun With Nail Art
  • February 1, 2017
  • Tiffany Williams

This week we finally got to my favorite chapter: nail art! On Monday, we discussed the different types of embellishments you can add. We got to have fun on our nails so I did a reverse pink and white and ombre with colored acrylic.

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Keywords: colored acrylics   nail school   student blog  
Week 11: Tests and High Scores
  • January 9, 2017
  • Tiffany Williams

On Tuesday, we had two written exams, one on manicures and one on pedicures. I had a good feeling taking the tests – it felt easy

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Keywords: nail school   pedicures   student blog   student tests  
Week 8: Nail Chemistry and Christmas Nail Art
  • December 20, 2016
  • Tiffany Williams

This week was a busy week. We got seven new girls in our class and the other girls went to the senior floor. I have two more units before I go to the senior floor and start taking clients

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Keywords: Christmas nail art   nail chemistry   student blog  
Week 7: Big Test and Manis and Pedis
  • December 14, 2016
  • Tiffany Williams

This week we had our big test — a practical exam and a written exam. On my written I got an 84 and on my practical I got a 71. I have to retake my practical because I need a 75 to pass.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student tests  
Week 6: Nail Growth and Diseases
  • December 6, 2016
  • Tiffany Williams

This week we learned about the ugly side of nails: bacteria, fungus, viruses, and nail diseases and disorders.

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Keywords: nail diseases   nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 5: Anatomy, Physiology, and High Scores!
  • November 28, 2016
  • Tiffany Williams

This week was short since Thanksgiving fell on a weekday but we still learned so much. On Monday, we got our test scores back from our first exam and I got 82%!

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Keywords: student blog   student tests  
Weeks 14 and 15: Second Mock State Board Exam
  • November 22, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

This week I completed my second Mock State Board Exam. You all may recall just how nervous I was due to certain problems that I encountered during that exam.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 4: Learning about Disinfection
  • November 21, 2016
  • Tiffany Williams

This week we had our first written exam and I think I did pretty well. I won't know until next week but I'll post my score — fingers crossed I passed.

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Keywords: disinfection   student blog   student tests  
Week 3: Learning the Salon Business
  • November 14, 2016
  • Tiffany Williams

This week we learned more about how the salon business works. We also learned the different types of ways you can work.

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Keywords: colored acrylics   student blog  
Weeks 14 and 15: Nail Art Practice
  • November 11, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

This was the week of our Halloween Nail Competition. My instructor’s rules were that we could do any type of nail art and use whatever we wanted, but it could not be in 3-D. She felt that it would be an even playing field for those who had not been in the program long enough to know how to do 3-D nail art.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog  
Weeks 13 and 14: Goals and Projects
  • November 11, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

“Why would you want to be a nail technician?” Someone asked me this question with a puzzled look on his face. “Why would you, being a chemist, even want to go do something like that?” He asked me that question as if to say that I was lowering my standards to become a nail technician. I explained to him my reasons for wanting to do this and the goals that I have.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues  
Weeks 10 and 11: Consultations and Real Clients
  • November 11, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

My instructor really stresses the importance of spending time with our client to go over the consultation form. That is our way of getting to know the client and his/her expectations, prior experiences at nail salons, what’s going on with him/her medically, etc.

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Keywords: client consultation   nail school   student blog  
Week 2: Becoming a Professional
  • November 8, 2016
  • Tiffany Williams

Cosmetology school is so fun! Not only do you learn how to be an amazing nail technician, you also learn how to be an amazing professional.

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Keywords: aquarium nails   pink-and-whites   student blog   student issues  
Week 1: So Much Fun!
  • October 28, 2016

Cosmetology school is so fun! Tuesday was my first day of school, and I had orientation. I went into a room with the other students and learned more about the rules and guidelines of the school and how we should behave.

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Keywords: nail school   OPI Products   student blog  
NAILS 101: Meet Newest Student Blogger Tiffany Williams
  • October 21, 2016
  • Tiffany Williams

I've always had a passion for nails, ever since I was a little girl. When I started looking for nail schools I also researched scholarships, and I entered and won the BCL/CND/Tippi Hedren Nail scholarship.

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Keywords: Beauty Changes Lives   nail school   student blog  
Week 9: My Mock State Board Adventure
  • October 20, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

The moment we’d all been waiting for was about to arrive: The Mock State Board Exam. We were extra busy this week preparing for it by finishing up the book, notecards, workbook homework, review questions, and tests. I am so happy that I no longer have to do those dreadful notecards ever again!

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student tests  
Weeks 7 and 8: Notecards and Gels
  • October 6, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

Can I be honest for a minute? I do not want to see another notecard after I’m done with school. Please, I beg of you, keep all notecards away from me!

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Keywords: gel-polish   nail students   student blog   student tests  
Weeks 5 and 6: 3-D Nail Art and Other Surprises
  • September 20, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

I started Week 5 knowing that we were having a nail competition on Thursday, and even though I am still fairly green at doing nails, all new students were expected to participate.

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Keywords: 3-D gel art   scrubs   student blog   student issues  
Weeks 2-4: Getting Used to a Busy Routine!
  • September 2, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

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Keywords: acrylics   nail school   student blog  
Weeks 29 & 30: My Final Post and a Fond Farewell!
  • August 24, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

Well, it has finally arrived. These last two weeks have had their ups and downs but I am so proud to say that I am finally finished with school! I still have the hurdle of obtaining my license but I know that I am equipped to pass.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues   student tests  
Week 28: Looking Back On What I’ve Learned So far
  • August 11, 2016
  • A'Kia warrior

Only a few more weeks until I graduate! The highlight of this week for me would be the excitement that my friends are having about me being so close to the end of this process.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues   student tests  
Week 1: New Beginnings
  • August 9, 2016
  • Orma Swearinger

Well, I made it through one week of nail school. Whew!  Let’s back up to see how my first week began. I spent most of my Sunday thinking about what a hectic schedule I will have from now until November. 

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Keywords: nail students   student blog  
Week 26: Doors Are Already Opening!
  • July 27, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

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Keywords: Athena Elliott   nail school   nail students   Nail Talk Radio   student blog  
Week 25: Professionalism Is Everything
  • July 21, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

The biggest thing that happened to me this week was that I received a certificate for professionalism in the school spa.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 23: Practicing Nail Art
  • July 14, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

Before I started this journey to becoming a licensed nail technician I was always fascinated with nail art. There are some amazing nail technicians in this industry doing some creative things with nails as their canvas. I consider myself a creative person, and this week I was put to the test.

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Keywords: glitter nail art   nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 22: So Tired!
  • July 5, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

Exhaustion is the name of the game. I can only imagine how it is going to be as I progress in the industry as a professional. But at the end of the day, at least it will be my choice how I do it and not someone else’s.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 21: Gel Enhancements
  • June 23, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

This week is so exciting for me because I have fallen madly in love with gel enhancements. I had the opportunity to practice with builder gel and it was such a great experience for me. I really had fun with it. My instructor said she believes I've found my niche!

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Keywords: gels   student blog   student issues  
Week 20: Following My Vision
  • June 15, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

I sat this week and really reflected on the fact that soon I will be done with school and I will be sitting before the state board to become licensed. I remember starting this program thinking that it would be the longest eight months of my life.

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Keywords: cnd   nail school   student blog   student issues  
Weeks 18 & 19: Excited About My New Career!
  • June 14, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

Can I just say that life has truly been a whirlwind? Things are getting busier and busier by the moment and it's exciting and scary at the same time.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 17: Rolling With the Punches
  • May 24, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

This week was both aggravating and exciting. It started out rocky because of changes at school. I welcome change but I was aggravated because of how often and how dramatic the changes have been. Throughout this experience I have sat back and rolled with the punches, but something about this week didn't sit well with me.

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Keywords: nail school   starter kits   student blog   student issues  
Week 16: Halfway There
  • May 12, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

This week was Mother's Day weekend and we were booked solid. The ladies were rolling in to get their manicures and pedicures all day long.

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Keywords: nail school   nail students   student blog  
Week 15: Busy Weekend
  • May 3, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

There is nothing better than receiving confirmation that you are taking the right steps toward reaching your goals. So this week, I received a little recognition that may seem small to some but meant a lot to me.

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Keywords: aromatherapy   customer service   student blog  
Week 12: On the Floor!
  • April 13, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

It's official! I am on the clinic floor! I passed my test with a 95%, and I had my first client on Saturday for a pedicure.

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Keywords: student blog   student issues  
Week 10: Excited to Be Moving Forward!
  • April 1, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

Have you ever been excited and nervous at the same time? Well, imagine my emotions when I found out it’s time for me to complete my requirements to move over to the clinic floor.

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Keywords: nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 9: The Right Decision
  • March 24, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

All change isn't bad. Last week my instructor departed and this week my program director became my instructor. You can tell she loves the industry and I’m happy about that.

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Keywords: colored acrylics   nail school   student blog   student issues  
Week 5: First Test Aced!
  • February 24, 2016
  • A'Kia Warrior

Who took their first test and scored 100%? Yes, that would be me!

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Keywords: cosmetology schools   student blog   student issues  
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