Our first assignment (given to us at the orientation in November and due the first day of school) was to write a vision statement explaining why we're here and what we hope to get out of the school. Here's mine:
I'm entering this program without concrete plans for the future. I'm here partly because of my very positive past experience with the school, which has stoked my love for cooking and inspired me to consider making it more than just a hobby.
At the very least, one idea I do have for this training is to write and publish cookbooks. I love to write and self-publishing is a no-brainer these days. Assistance with how to promote self-published books is all over the internet, with a big assist to social media. I feel that if I had the expertise to create recipes, then this is the least I would be able to do with it in the future.
Beyond that, what I would like to get out of the program (besides the knowledge, skills and enjoyment) is a clearer idea of additional opportunities available when I've graduated. I feel that this is something that will happen as I progress through the program.
I attended a number of recreational classes at New School in 2013 and absolutely loved each and every one. In addition to the actual cooking, I was blown away by the amount of knowledge I gained in each class. How to buy, what to buy, nutritional information...when I think about how much I learned in each recreational class, the idea of what I could learn attending five days a week for six months is kind of ming boggling to me. The knowledge I've gained from the classes I've taken so far has made me want to learn more, and based on my experience I'm confident in the school, its instructors and its methods.