Life as a Student: Seeing the Signs

From by Institute of Culinary Education
Life as a Student: Seeing the Signs


By Lauren Jessen—Student, School of Culinary Arts ‘16 & Culinary Management ‘16


Trying to figure out what to do with your life at any age can be overwhelming, stressful and exciting. I thought that at 24 years old I would have a good idea which direction I wanted my life to go, but that wasn’t the case. There’s no question that I’ve accomplished things I’m proud of, including earning a Congressional Award Gold Medal, publishing a book and managing a couple of blogs, but there was still that nagging question, “What do I do with my life?” Ultimately I realized my path involved food—and more than just eating it.

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After looking at culinary school options around the country—and even a few overseas—I knew that the Institute of Culinary Education was the best choice for me. In particular, I was excited about the option to earn a double diploma in Culinary Management and Culinary Arts. Learning how to fabricate various meats, cooking without a recipe and understanding the science behind food are all important to me, but so is knowing how to manage food costs, best practices in marketing and all the other business skills needed to open a food establishment. The dual program is a unique opportunity to learn all of these skills and how to apply them in a real-world setting.


Read on to learn about Lauren's decision to pursue a future in food.