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Finally made a culinary school decision

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So after researching different culinary school choices over the past 4 months I have finally made a decision.  I attended tours & informational sessions at all of the schools in Vancouver and 2 of them in the valley.  Narrowing down to 2 schools was made somewhat easy as ridiculous tuition fees, combined with less-than-desirable administrators, eliminated 1/2 of the prospects.  

 

I ended up going in for an interview just before Christmas.  As that terms students had just had their graduation the school was empty.  As a result I got to spend over an hour speaking with one of the instructors.  I was given a tour and was able to have all of my questions answered thoroughly.  As the students had just graduated and the school was empty I was given an offer to come back in the New Year for a day to observe the class.  I was able to do this today.  I don't think I have ever felt so welcome somewhere in my life.  All of the instructors were amazing.  All of the students were amazing.  I learned far more than what I expected to in only one day.  

 

Needless to say I submitted my application.  The head instructor today told me he I was impressive - I arrived early (even earlier than the students) and was one of the last to leave & took a lot of notes.  I will find out within the week if I am accepted.  From what I observed my chances are looking very good.  They wanted to double check my uniform size and was told that they would mail me their completed portion of my student loan application.

 

I am VERY excited.  The last 12 years have been pretty difficult for me & I never could have imagined that an opportunity like this would arise.  Now all I have to do is get finalization that my re-training program will now pay 1/2 of my tuition (as they said they would).

 

I am also planning on starting a daily blog while going through culinary school in hopes to help inspire other people who might be going through (or have gone through) some of the same struggles I have.

 

Hoping for some good news soon!

~MissyD

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 A daily journal/blog is a great idea...IF you have the time. I doubt many do that,

it's something you can look back on, and use to give insight to others.

Glad you found one you really like--sounds like not rushing in, and taking the time

to really research is paying off for you. Best of luck!

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Backward  You are paying to go to school, They should not interview you, you should interview them.. Some of these so called culinary institutions are simply  cash cows.

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Backward  You are paying to go to school, They should not interview you, you should interview them.. Some of these so called culinary institutions are simply  cash cows.

 

...I'm guessing Harvard interviewed you?   Maybe it was CIA?  or some other more renowned institution?

 

The best schools don't accept everyone... you have to earn a place.  It's why they are the best.

 

I never went to a school - I didn't have the money, high school degree nor the time.

 

What school did you 'interview' ED BUCHANAN?

 

Where did you choose to graduate from?

 

Did you pay them less than well?

 

Backward?

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Sorry for the OT rant...

 

Congrats on the acceptance to the school of your dreams!

 

Take what you can from it but never forget what you already know.

 

Don't fight the system trying to prove that something they teach isn't the best or isn't even right, just keep it in mind.  

 

Many schools have a 'mind-set' or 'phylosophy' that they preach teach and that is just that.

 

Learn what they have to offer and use it to become great at your craft!

 

If  you do start a blog i'd be happy to help with proof-reading and/or any other bits you'd like.

 

I think a blog about going to school with some 'experience' would be great if it started and concluded.

 ie.  I want to read your first post and your last post ie. grad.  (all the rest inbetween of course but i'd be PO'd if you quit part way through!)

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Today I received an email from the culinary school:

 

"Congratulations! You have been accepted into the One Year Professional Culinary and Pastry/Bread Making program starting April 30, 2013! "

 

I am super super excited and relieved at the same time - I have a medical condition in which I disclosed & in the back of my mind I couldn't help but think I would get rejected as a result.

 

As for the blog I should have plenty of time to write.  Unfortunately the commute to school is approximately 90 minutes each way.  The good news is I can get a lot of reading and writing done to occupy my time spent on public transit.  Glad to hear that someone wants to read it too LOL!

~MissyD

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