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Thoughts After Attending Culinary School in Japan ・日本の食の専門学校に通った感想・读日本的烹饪学校的想法

Updated: May 18, 2023

---- As a 25-Year-Old and Graduating Two Years Later

I looked around and was surrounded by kids who were 18 years old, some were even 17 years old. There were a few other rare kids who were over 21, but other than them, they were all fresh out of high school. I was reminded how when I was their age, I too hoped to attend a culinary school.

They were all very intelligent. In fact, some were probably smarter than me in different areas. Many of them surprised me in their maturity concerning certain aspects, while others left me speechless due to our differences towards almost everything that constitutes what we call life. I could not relate to a lot of their likes and interests as they could not to mine.

Yet despite all of our differences, they treated me with respect and like one of their own. You always hear older people taking younger ones “under their wing”, but the opposite seems a bit undermentioned. Even though they knew my age, they didn't let that keep them from being friends with me; they took me under their wings.

Other than studying abroad as an exchange student at a Japanese university, I had never actually attended a Japanese school. For me, attending culinary school was an amazing experience that I will treasure for my lifetime. Yes, there were difficult times when I didn't feel like I fit in. But it helped me learn that the biggest factor which helps with that is to be comfortable with yourself and confident in why you are doing what you are doing.

For me, it was holding my head high when explaining that attending culinary school wasn't due to needing a career change, but one of my goals in life.

However, I did feel that to some people -- by putting my career on pause and becoming a student again -- my newfound social status lost their respect. I cried myself to sleep occasionally during my first semester because I didn't fit in no matter how hard I tried. Pursuing this dream of mine was definitely not all unicorns and rainbows, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done.

Now at 27, I am so very grateful to be able to say that I have completed my culinary school program and have graduated as a Food Business major. Many of y’all know that it has always been my dream to attend culinary school ever since I was a teenager. Since I had to give up on this dream at one point, I would never trade these past two years that I have been blessed with to learn and grow.

Ultimately, I was able to graduate at the top of my class receiving an Award of Excellence. Shout-out to my amazing father who played a huge role in supporting his “dream-crazy” daughter and my beloved brother, sisters, and adorable nephew who have been my biggest supporters. Thank you to all those who follow the food adventures I share, and I hope you enjoy updates in the future.

Cheers to making dreams come true.





















最终,我以班级第一名的成绩毕业,获得了优秀奖。 我想大声的感谢我了不起的父亲,他一直支持我这个拥有“疯狂梦想”的女儿,感谢我心爱的兄弟姐妹和可爱的侄子。也感谢所有关注我分享的食物冒险的人,我希望你在今后会喜欢更新的照片。



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