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I am a 28-year-old women living in Maryland. I did not finish college when I was younger due to family trials and tribulations that forced me to drop out of school. When I was in school, I majored in business and management.  At the time, a degree in business and management suited my aspirations. Even as a high school graduate, I had a strong interest in cooking and a passion for food. Fast forward to today, I am currently working in hospitality as a Front Desk Agent and Night Auditor. The decision to attend culinary school came to me one day when I was at work and I became very sad when I began to think about the rest of my life and what it is that I would be doing. I felt so unfulfilled and I honestly cannot see myself doing this for the rest of my life. My passion is food and I love to cook so I decided to start looking at some culinary schools. I applied to a few and I was accepted to one the The Art Institutes to study culinary arts. I decided to enroll and pursue my education because I do not want to work in a hourly position for the rest of my life and I want to explore my passion for cooking.  The college is in another state, so I would have to move there to attend school. I have already been through the admissions process and the financial aid process; everything is pretty much a go. I just have to find a place. I have never lived outside of Maryland or away from my family. I do not have children, I am single, and there is nothing stopping me.

 

It is getting closer and closer to the date of my departure and I find myself becoming a little nervous when I think about moving there alone, wondering if I am going to making it, and worrying about paying for school. I have confidence that if I work hard and stay focused I can reach my goals. I wonder all the time if I am making the right decision in leaving everything to move to another state to go to school. Please feel free to share your thoughts and shed some light, pass on some knowledge, share a experience… all comments are welcomed. I feel like I am making a crazy move, because I do not know what to expect… I am just following my heart and stepping out on faith. I do not know how I am going to do this or how I am going to make it, but I know that I am will to give it my all. Good Idea or Not so Good Idea??