Going into the whole experience of Culinary School, I was a naive 17 year old that had no idea what she was getting herself into.
I was 17 when I started Culinary School. When I started, I mainly was testing the waters. Me and a bunch of other high schoolers, and a few college students. I liked cooking and baking but didn't know if it would be the right career path for me.
I wish I'd known I needed be to assertive
I'm naturally an introvert, so I tend to be quiet most of the time, especially if I don't know anyone or feel remotely uncomfortable. Well starting a new class was both. I quickly made a friend, who I am still good friends with today, and we became table partners. She shared my love for cooking, intensity, and work ethic. The difference between DMACC in Ames and the DMACC in Ankeny, was a level of intensity. Nothing I couldn't handle. But definitely something I wish I'd known going in. By my last semester at school, I switched personalities when I walked into that kitchen. Not in a bad way, but I knew who I needed to be in order to get things done and be taken seriously, so I did.
I wish I'd known that this isn't a joke
I definitely didn't think Culinary School was ever a joke. But I definitely didn't fully understand the extent of the passion that my classmates had. I met some people who are going to go on to be very successful in the Culinary Industry. I didn't even really understand the extent of my own passion until I became so fully immersed in the culture that is culinary. I'm grateful for it now, but definitely wish I'd known how serious it was.
I wish I'd known how much I'd miss my classmates
Graduating from school seemed surreal. We were all going to be moving on to bigger and better things. But I didn't realize how much I was going to miss living life with all these people. By graduation, I had become close with my section mates and quite a few other people, that leaving them was so hard. Even harder is not seeing most of them since graduation. Which now has almost been a year. I get to see a few people who work at establishments near me. But I look back on those days with happiness, sadness, and anger. Going through good days, bad days, screaming matches, and tears gives you a weird connection with people that's hard to understand. So here's to all my pals from Culinary School, especially my ever loyal Section 6. Love you all.
Well there you have it ya'll. The things I wish I'd known going into Culinary School. I don't regret a single thing that happened during my time in school. Some it sucked and some of it has become some of my favorite memories. So if you're considering going to Culinary School, think about these things or if you have any questions, email me!
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!