First Classes @ UCC – Intro to CompTIA A+ Course

So the past few days have been interesting (to say the least). The class I’m attending at UCC is kind of small. There are only 3 other students aside from me. When I first registered, I thought that it would be a little more crowded, but perhaps this is a good thing. We’ve become acquainted much faster than an average-sized class and we all pretty much know each other now. If we need notes or help with something, we just talk amongst ourselves. Honestly, I enjoy being in such a tight-knit group.

The class is 3 hours long. It has its highs and lows. We’re being taught some introductory concepts such as Ohm’s Law, the difference between Hardware & Software, and how to troubleshoot some basic problems. It is interesting, though not new to me. If anything, it just verifies what I’ve already known through years of experience. Computer hardware isn’t that hard to learn. Basically you just figure out which components are the cause of the problem. If they’re at fault, you can either replace them or try to “fix” them, but the majority of time, most people just replace them.

The professor’s name is Renato Mondello. He is a decent instructor. Though sometimes, he likes to overemphasize on a certain topic and it can get repetitive. I understand why he’s doing it though. Not all of us are on the same level.

Overall, I like this class. I really can’t wait to get A+ certified. I’m already looking forward to getting my first job in IT. For now, I’ve been looking into internships, but without anything to prove I’m knowledgeable in computers, it’ll be pretty hard to get one. However, I won’t give up. I’ve already applied to 3 places at internships.com and applied to 5 postings in careerbuilder.com asking for an IT intern. One of them is in Manhattan. We’ll see how that goes.

Oh, I finally got the book I ordered from Amazon: IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide (5th Edition).

It was suggested by my instructor. It is a hard-cover book and very informative on PC hardware and the essentials to troubleshooting them. If you’re new to computers, want to learn how to troubleshoot, or just want to get more familiar with PC hardware components, you should definitely get it. It’s a good read.

Rick is a 24-year-old IT student at Union County College currently working on his CompTIA A+ Certification. His interests involve all things related to the Internet, Technology, and Consumer Electronics. You can contact him via email: Navimaster@gmail.com or visit his website at www.ricksITblog.com

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