I am currently at the tail end of my first year here at the CIA and about to head off on externship. For baking and pastry students, this means that I am automatically a PM schedule student and class time for the most part is between 2pm and 8:30pm. They like to keep you on your toes around here when it comes to changing up your schedule. Even though it seems like mine is pretty stable, I think it seems like every three weeks I have to get a whole new routine down. So you can get an idea of what it's like to be a settled-in student at the CIA, here's an example of what my average day looks like:
7:45am- My alarm goes off and (much to my roommate's dismay) I'll probably hit snooze at least once before actually hauling it out of bed.
8:00- The advantage of having to wear whites everywhere you go is being able to get ready in 5 seconds. Sure, I could don some business casual wear to Farq for breakfast, orrrr I could throw on whites, remove any early morning decision making, and still feel like I"m wearing pajamas. Tough call. By 8:15 I'm either sitting down to breakfast with some of my classmates, or headed into the gym for an early morning workout. I'm not going to pretend that the latter of those two happens super often, it really just depends what the rest of my schedule for the day looks like. As a PM student though I do like working out before class [if I'm going to] just because I'm usually drained by the time 9 pm rolls around.
9:00- After enjoying the best meal of the day and getting sufficiently caffeinated I'll come back to my room for a little bit before work. During this time I like to get any work done I have for this blog or my cake blog that I keep and just get ready for the day in general. I'm a lifeguard on campus, which means I basically get paid to read poolside 90% of the time. There are a fair amount of people who swim, but not during the week in the mornings when I have most of my shifts. This is pretty much my morning view:
10:00 - 1:00pm- I'm at the pool "working". Even when the pool is busy I still love this job. I like getting to meet the chefs and administrators who come in to swim, plus I swam competitively for nearly 17 years so I just feel comfortable at a pool. I definitely recommend this job to any prospective student with a certification! If no one is in the water I can read, study and do homework. Currently I'm reading Cooked by Michael Pollan and it's a great read on the history and cultures of cooking.
1:00-1:30- I rush home from work right at 1 to change back into whites and head up to class. I might try and grab a quick lunch at the high production kitchen, K16, or I'll just eat quickly in my room.
1:30-8:30- During this time you'll find me in the upstairs hallway of the Marriot Education Center (minus the blocks when I was taking Cafe Savory and Art and Design). Right now I'm in Bakeshop 6, which is where all of bread you'll eat on campus (including in the restaurants!) is baked. There's a morning class called Advanced Bread Baking that I"ll take when I return from extern and then mine which is Hearth Breads and Rolls.
We get an hour break for dinner around 5:30 or 6 in every class. Depending on which class and when you get out decides what I get to eat for dinner. If we get out closer to 5:30 I can go to one of the more specialized kitchens like Cuisines of Asia or the Mediterranean (Meds). If it's closer to six then I'm basically limited to the A La Carte kitchen or K16. All of our meals are cooked by culinary students in various stages of the program and we can eat either in Farquharson Hall (the big dining room in our main building, Roth Hall) or a smaller dining room by our kitchens downstairs inside of Roth.
8:30-10:30- This is the time I set aside for doing homework, applying for externships, scholarships, perusing school news etc. I used to have a lot of piping and other homework when I was in fundamentals, but not so much anymore. Now it's just a lot more studying and preparation for class than actual assignments.
9:15-10:15- On Tuesdays I go to a Yoga class at the rec center that I absolutely love. I'm not huge into yoga, so this one is perfect for me. The Tuesday class is just stretching out and a little Pilates. On Thursdays they have a more advanced class if you're a pro!
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10:30-12- I relax - kick up my feet and watch Friends re-runs on Nick at Nite or spend some mindless time on Pinterest. Or both.
And there you have it, a day in the life of a pastry student. When you break it down into a routine it doesn't sound too exciting, but I promise that between 2:00-8:30, magic happens and it usually involves chocolate.