Hello, everyone! I am a new Culinary Arts student and this is a very exciting time in my life. At 24, I have decided to take this leap after pursuing more "profitable" majors that left me feeling lost and wanting more. A part of me has always wanted to pursue this path, but somehow my overly-critical mind and lack of self-confidence stopped me short. I feared not being good enough, which is a mistake none of us can afford to make. After my mother died , I realized that preparing and sharing meals with her in her last days were the best memories I have in an otherwise dark time. Losing a loved one makes you realize that life is too-short to second guess yourself all the time. Eventually, you just have to trust your gut and go for it. It may seem naive, sentimental or arrogant to say so, but I know I will succeed. I welcome nay-sayers... and will thoroughly enjoy proving you wrong. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif So here I am. Glad to be here and hope to get to know some of you!