One reason for the limited response may be the proposed topic. By limiting the universe of possible respondents to "students currently attending the CIA and what they have to say about the school" you shrink your chances for response. While there may be others lurking, Isaac is the only current CIA student I am aware of here. Maybe broaden your inquiry to include cooking school student life in general.
I am in the process of applying to the CIA and this is the school I wish to attend so I therefore must refer to this one. I have already researched many of the other schools out there including the CCA in SF. There are many graduates out there...it is just hard to get the time to post! I have already done my homework now I need the insider's view.
Well, hopefully some of the almuni that are attending or have attended can give you some info..if they are out there and listening. I know I am listening, but I did not attend classes there. We wish you success in your findings.
I presently attend the CIA - will graduate this fall. I'm in the Baking and Pastry Arts program and would be happy to honestly answer any questions. I love the school and can not put a value (well, yeah, there are the bills ;-) on what I have learned there.
Thanks for responding. Did you take out loans and fin-aid? Are you working during school for income? What do you think about the instuctors and program as a whole? Do you learn as much as you want to or do too many students keep you limited for questions and help? Just want to know all I can, i visited the campus from Calif and I was impressed.
sorry for the dlay in response. i have been lurking in the baking and pastry section for a while. that is where my heart lies. i love cooking, dont get me wrong.
a little bit about myself... as kyle said, i am a student of the cia. i am in my second year and i will be attending the cia for all 4 years. i am in the culinary part of the program. i went to another culinary school before i went to the cia and got my certifacate there.
to answer some of your questions... yes, i have tons of loans. i did get some scholorships. depending on your need and how good your grades are, there are tons of scholorships to appie for. just wait till you get here, you will see . there are a lot of catering companies near the school and they are always looking for help. i am very picky which ones i work for becasue i hate working in bad catering operations. money is good there though. i also work on campus. there are plenty of jobs on campus to keep you busy. i can go into more detail if you need more info on that,
the teachers here are great i think. one thing i want you to remember though.... two things actually... well. a lot of things but the most important things are to ask questions. try not to care about what your classmates thing of you asking questions. most of them dont care. its the students that take time to ask questions that will get ahead of everyone. come off humble to the chefs.. not arragant.
another thing to keep in mind is that SCHOOL IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT TO BE. you can certainlly do the minimal work and drink and do drugs like most people here do or you can study your butt off, take advantaouge of the library and vidoe library, trail in other classes, sit in on other chefs lectures, and take advantaouge of the CE courses that chefs teach here. its what YOU make of it. i deadacate all my time to studing, researching, and learning. i take a **** load of notes and ask questions all the time. matter of fact, i dont take my dinner break becasue i am to busy learning and practising things i need to work on. i beleieve that i will have an edge on people when i get out. this school... be it the best school or not.... is what you make of it. just remember this. i see to many of my old friends that have graduated already that say they wish they would have took advantoug of the resourses this school has.