Micole Khemarrica (khromat) wrote,
Micole Khemarrica
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I'm In!

The best news I've had since August, when I lost my job: I've been accepted into the Culinary Institute of America! As much as my admissions representative, Darcy Sala, had assured me that I was exactly the kind of person they wanted to see at the CIA, I've been nervous about my chances of being accepted. After all, I've never worked in the Food or Hospitality industries (and fast food joints don't count), and I wasn't exactly a stellar student in High School (I wasn't *bad*, but the stress of a dying father was too much for me and I had an ulcer, forcing me to drop out and finish my classes through night school after my doctor allowed me to be active again). But in my favor I am passionate about my cooking, worked 6 years at the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire actively as a cook dedicated to presenting historically accurate feasts to feed my guild of 120 people (actually, the number of people who feasted ranged from 80 to 200, depending on attendance of the guild and any 'entertainers' who came by playing for us in exchange for food) using primative equipment (really primative: a cooking pit and a homemade stone oven!), and my skill in this specialty garnered recognition by winning multiple awards in the Renaissance Cooking Contest held at the Faire (judged by real food experts, not just fairefolk, too!). And that was what got me accepted: the enthusiasm, people skills, and leadership qualities the CIA prides themselves on. Darcy is certain I'll be top of my class, and I'm starting to believe it, too.

Of course, this now means I have to figure out a way to scrounge up $11k to cover my tuition, room, board, books, equipment, uniform, and so on. I'll be living on campus and hopefully coming home for the weekends (unless I get a job that would require me to be there otherwise, and I can't rule that out as I'll need to get into a work program to help cover the costs). I'm what's called a 'non traditional student' by the CIA -- one who is not comming straight out of secondary education -- and since I'm also a displaced tech worker, there may be grants and scholarships available to me to help pay for the costs. I'm going to try avoiding loans until the last minute. The idea of making a fundraiser print is looking better all the time...

I'm so excited!!
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