Graduation is only 5 days away and I have a huge mix of emotions.
It's almost May, which means graduation season is approaching and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. These past two years have been a whirl wind of classes, making new friends, learning TONS of new things, and making memories that will last a lifetime.
At the beginning of Food Prep 1, I wasn't sure if I could take the heat of the kitchen. But after a few weeks in the kitchen, I became more comfortable and confident. As that same first semester went on, I grew to not only really enjoy the cooking but also the pressure. Because of my newfound confidence, I started to excel in my classes. I have always been a good classroom student, but to also be able to physically see the good job I was doing, was something you can only experience.
Throughout my time in school I have had the opportunity to work with and cook ingredients that I had only dreamed of getting ahold of. Some of them I had never even heard of before, but that made it all the more exciting. My classes started out simple with salads and soup, and then moved on to more difficult things like seafood and foie gras.
As classes went on, I was learning so much! As I was looking forward to my first semester down at the Ankeny campus. I was taking 17 credits that semester and thought I could easily handle it. Little did I know that I would sometimes be at school for 12 hours with only a 2 hour break for 5-6 days a week. I was so overwhelmed. I was only eating one meal a day max, because I was constantly on the move. It took me almost the entire semester to really get back to my normal self. I considered quitting a lot. Especially when I was signing up for the spring semester. I really took into consideration how much I could handle.
This spring semester I took 18 credits, and I know that you're thinking, "what the heck?! Didn't you just say you were way to overwhelmed?!" Well my class hours were no where near as crazy as last semester. Not that I was never overwhelmed. These past 2 weeks has been probably the most insane of all. I had 3 projects due all in the same 2 weeks. Talk about stress. But yesterday I turned in my last project. I am one final and an all clean day away from graduating from Culinary School!
Through the literal, blood, sweat, and tears, I can definitely say I have grown as a person. I have learned how to deal with conflict and criticism, become more disciplined, and pay more attention to detail. This pertains to my everyday life as much as it does in the kitchen. The kitchen is where I learned it and the world is where I'll use it.
I have been so blessed with every opportunity I've been presented with during my school career.
The end of the school definitely does not mean the end of the blog. I can't wait to share new recipes, experiences, and advice.
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My name's Abby. I am a Iowa Culinary Institute graduate, current owner of a small online bakery, and a transaction coordinator to a couple pretty cool realtors. All in all, life is busy, but the kitchen never changes, so join me as we Take on the Kitchen!