The Only Girl in our Technician A Class of 20 Students
I was the only girl in our Technician A class of 20 students (19 boys) and oh boy (pardon the expression) did I ever have fun! The first day, when our teacher, Mark, walked into our classroom he was so happy and when they ask him, why? He told everyone that finally he got a lady in his class. At first, I got so embarrassed but the teacher told me not to take it the wrong way because he never had a lady student before, instead of being offended, I kinda took it as a compliment and was a bit flattered. I said hello to the boys and the intro began in class. Of course, I became the teacher’s pet, duh. One guy I overheard, John, the macho man said that he won’t let his GF fix his computer. I turned around and told him, sorry but I’m not your GF and everyone was so amused and they just laughed at us including Mark. Wow, he called me one witty kid.
The main reason that I took this course was to be able to fix my own computer at home and at work whenever my computer breaks down. Others in our class wanted to take this course to be able to work as a certified technician. At work, we have technicians on call all the time but they were in such demand, on a first come first serve basis and every time we call them, it took 1 to 2 hours to wait for them to get to our workplace. They are on call but they have to travel too and if they were busy we had to wait and wait forever. That really bugs me a lot so if I knew what was wrong with my computer then I can easily fix it and get on with my work. I already have a great job so I didn’t really aim for the Technician A jobs.
From then on everything in class was smooth sailing, the boys started to become nice, friendly and helpful to me. They were all such gentlemen except John, of course, he never liked me but who cares so I just shrugged his mean attitude. We all learned the basics of becoming technicians and we learned a lot from beginning to the end of our course. Our final exam was practical, since all our written exams were over and done with. On our final exam every one of us were to assemble a complete desktop PC from the parts disassembled and laid out on our tables by the teacher for us to work on. When completely assembled we would install the Windows Operating System and if it works properly, we passed the final exam. The difficult part was that we only have 30 minutes to accomplish the task and if you didn’t finish installing the OS after assembly, you failed and if you finish within that half hour window allowed and installed everything including the OS, you passed with flying colors. My own computer was assembled complete with OS working when I turned on the Desktop PC after twenty minutes, so I left and called Mark to give me my grades. He was at the coffee shop waiting and enjoying his morning coffee. He said that he will be going upstairs to our classroom within the half an hour, so 10 more minutes of waiting. I went back upstairs to our classroom and almost everyone was done with the final test. Almost all Desktop PCs were working except John’s, my nemesis. The teacher warned us that if somebody helped someone, both students will fail the course.
No matter how much he turned his Desktop PC on and off it won’t work. Some of the boys wanted to help him but they were not so brave enough to do it and then both of them will fail. Tough decision was coming for me, either I help this poor guy or he fails. I took the risk to show him that girls are tekkies, too. I asked the boys to swear not to tattletale on me and tell the teacher if I gave him a hand. All of them did but they were perplexed why I would risk my neck for a jerk like John. Maybe because I have a good heart, I jokingly told them. Okay, I told the guys to move back and they did, John didn’t want my help but the guys told him to take it or fail. And he did move back, too. I didn’t really touch or open his PC, but I did give it a big jolt or two and hit it on both sides of the computer case and all the boys wondered what I was doing. I explained that maybe his PC components were placed too tightly so a jolt here and there would solve his dilemma. I’ve tried that before with my computers at home and it works all the time. Remember that he said once before that he won’t let his GF fix his PC, now he has to swallow his own pride and had to ‘eat’ his own words or epic fail is coming to him. I instructed him to turn on his computer and he did reluctantly so, it’s now or never because in a minute or two the teacher will be walking right through that open door. He did take my advice and turned it on. Lo and behold, his computer started and the windows OS went on. Instead of saying thanks, he winked at me and I did the same. Right at that moment the teacher walked into the classroom and saw us but was wondering what was going on between us and he did not mind what he saw. We all passed the final exams, thank goodness!!
After class was dismissed and everyone of us got our Technician A License Certification with our grades written on it, I stayed behind to talk to Mark. I said to him, “If I told you that I’ve helped John to pass the finals, what will you do, fail me?” He said something like, “So that’s why he winked at you and you winked back, was that his way of saying thanks for the help?” I replied, “Perhaps, he did thank me in his own way.” And the teacher replied, “Did he get to eat his words, too about not letting his GF fix his PC?” and we both laughed. He took my Certificate away from me and all the while I thought that, oh no, there goes my license and my certificate, instead he added + plus to my Grade A, so now I got an A+ marked on my Certificate. Then he gave me back the Certificate, handed it over to me and I got it with so much pride. “Wow”, was all I could mutter, “You are an awesome teacher, Mark”. “Why would I fail someone with a good heart to help a lost boy?”, he quipped and I just let out a giggle much to his delight. We said our goodbye and thank you, then away I went with my A+ Technician A Certificate held tightly on my right hand and waved goodbye to Mark, our great teacher. “Class dismissed!” he shouted in the almost empty room.
As shown here is the building where our Technician A Class was held (2nd Floor) and this building is located right beside the Rockwood Mall, Ontario, Canada. (Photo Courtesy of Google Maps-Street View)