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So yeah I can unfortunately say that I'm hurting in Culinary school, not really throwing a pity party but more of asking what I should or can do in the current situation to better my career.
Currently, I'm going to a 1200 hour program at a technical center. I'm 20 years old and soon to be a young father (no regrets), but in order to prepare for fatherhood and pay off some mistakes I've made in the past, I'm working full-time as a Line Cook in a 7.2 million dollar restaurant. Since February I've been struggling to stay awake to finish school and to work, I've had a couple of incidents where I've fallen a sleep on the road going to work instead of from. School is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and in order for me to get my hours I close usually 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. (my one job before my new one was 1:30)
I know I'm not the only one who's ever done this in fact I go to school with a couple who do, luckily one of them was able to get part time but he really didn't need the hours, the other one withdrew in order to keep their attendance...not to mention the fact when I come home at around 12:30 a.m. I'm high strung from work and cannot sleep.
So getting about 5 hours a sleep consecutively and going to work and school seems unreal and kind of over exaggerated doesn't it? Which is why I'm saying that I'm failing culinary school, so I'm hoping there is someone else to either inspire me to hold in there, or to give me an idea I can either use to benefit me.
Here's my ideas right now.
1. Stick With Culinary School
Ok, sounds easy, man-up an stick with what I've been doing. My attendance is currently lower than 64% and unless there are more hours in the day I can't do it, I'm the last one of three people doing it in school and I can't give up my hours due to the fact I need the money.
I'd rather "Man-Up" but it's almost impossible to do now without being kicked out for their 6 month probation, by June 23rd my attendance has to be 80% or higher in order to continue into the next semester, if it is not, I have to wait 6 months to continue.
I think this is my best option because I can get over time and I get paid a decent amount, if I get taken out for 6 months then I can work on getting my finances straight then continue with school after the 6 months, I'm having my son in the next couple of weeks and my wife can use all the help that she can get so it wouldn't be a bad idea to get comfortable and improve my environment for my family, because they come first before work and school.
Plus if I just do the "Get Kicked out for 6 Months" I still get some of the hours until the 23rd of June so when I do get back into school I have less to complete.
Sounds terrible, the word itself is entirely pessimistic. But the reason the other student withdrew is because her attendance was worst than mine and that if she withdrew before the semester ended then she could continue the next without getting kicked out for 6 months, I've highly considered it but I don't know everything about it.
Going to the Culinary Program has been one of my best life decisions and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to, or already is, in the culinary field.
Long Story Short
I'm a 20 year old really-really-soon-to-be-father, about 75% completed of my culinary certification at a technical school. My attendance is below 64% and I'm failing due to the fact it needs to be higher than 80%, semester ends June 23, 2012 and even if I had perfect attendance starting now it won't reach 80%, so I'll I won't be allowed to return to the next semester for 6 months. Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day for me to function to have a good attendance.
But I need the money and the hours and I can get over time if I wasn't in school. I appreciate everyone's feedback!