Tuesday, February 28, 2012


For those of you waiting for an update, I received an email this morning letting me know that my FAFSA was "selected for verification." That means, I get to dig through my papers and find my 2010 tax return, copy it, sign and date it, and send it to the financial aid office. My mom needs to do the same, as well as show proof of what her portion of the income for that year was (since they aren't together anymore, the school just needs her financial information).

I also got my Orientation Letter :) The gist of it:
  • Orientation is mandatory
  • Mine starts at 10am and will last about an hour and a half
  • When it is over I will get an OCI tote bag with my uniforms, books, etc in it (they recommend we bring an additional bag to put stuff in as well)

I'm excited!

13 DAYS!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


So, tomorrow I am taking my mom to a comped lunch at OCI (made by the advanced students). After that we will be meeting with Financial Aid to find out how much $$ I will be getting.....I'm hoping for some overage so I have money to live off of without having to find a full tome job on top of going to school. I'm really excited about this, and I want it to have my full focus. Then all I have left is my Acceptance Interview, and I am officially a student at Oregon Culinary Institute!

I heard this the other day, and I decided to adopt it:

Today is a new day, a new beginning. It has been given to me as a new gift. I can either use it or throw it away. What I do today will affect me tomorrow. I cannot blame anyone but myself if I do not succeed. I promise to use this day to the fullest by giving my best, realizing it can never come back again. This is my life, and I choose to make it a success.

Orientation is 2 weeks from Friday, and I start the Monday after that! I'm ready to use MY new beginning to the fullest :)

Monday, February 20, 2012


So I've been looking online to find the best deal on the type of shoes we need--black, non-slip, closed-toed kitchen shoes. 
The school recommended Danskos, which I'm really not a fan of. I don't want to spend $115+ on a pair of shoes that I think are hideous (no offense if you like them....not my style).

I emailed the school to see what all the options were, and was kind of surprised to find out Payless Shoes has a line of restaurant shoes...and they're less than half the price! (yes I realize Payless doesn't always make the best shoes...but with no income right now, they fit my budget).

The safeTstep shoes come in a ton of styles, and I woke up to a 25% off my entire purchase coupon in my email this morning, so I went to take a look.

I narrowed it down to these....

In the end I went with the ones on the left, they seemed to have more padding to stand on them for hours at a time. With my coupon and the lack of sales tax (I drove to Jantzen Beach) they ended up costing about $26. And, once I figure out what's up with my Financial Aid on Thursday, I may end up getting the pair on the right as well :)

For the record, I'm not sure Danskos come in my size anyway....I wear a kids size 4

Friday, February 17, 2012


Today I went with my mom and met with the Director of Admissions at Oregon Culinary Institute (OCI).
We went over all the paperwork, coursework and school basics, and then she gave us a tour of the school--kitchens, classrooms, and restaurant. We got to sample what the students were cooking, and everyone seemed pretty nice :) After the tour we met with Financial Aid and were given a paperwork packet to read/fill out by next Thursday (the 23rd).

Next I was measured/sized for the chef's uniforms.
Looks like I will be getting them tailored as they are unisex, so the sleeves are kind of large, and the pants are literally a foot too long for me (more about uniforms in a later post).

Then I was told I needed to take a quick test (about an hour) to assure them that I know how to read, write, and do basic math. It ended up being a fill-in-the-bubble, WASL/SAT like test. I felt like I was in high school again, and wasn't that surprised when I finished with time left over. The receptionist ran it through the machine and came back with a sticky note with my score attached to it (196/200).
With all of that taken care of, we set up a time to meet next week for a comped lunch, meeting with Financial Aid, and my "Acceptance Interview." I'm pretty excited, and Orientation is in 3 weeks!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Here are the courses I will be taking over the next 14 months...

Major Requirements
CUL111Introduction to Professional Cuisine 4060                   7.0
BAK111Introduction to Baking and Pastry40808.0
BAK121Advanced Baking40808.0
BAK131Intermediate Pastry Arts40808.0
BAK141Advanced Pastry Arts40808.0
BAK198Baking and Pastry Externship   2408.0
RMT110Beverage Service and Mixology202.0
RMT130Dining Room Essentials202.0
RMT142Restaurant Service Practical20404.0
RMT150Fundamentals of Restaurant Marketing202.0
RMT160Food and Beverage Business Systems202.0
RMT170Oenology and Viticulture202.0
RMT220Labor Costing and Analysis202.0
RMT230Wine Regions of the World202.0
RMT260Advanced Restaurant Marketing202.0
RMT270Restaurant Management Capstone202.0
General Education Requirements
CAP105Survey of MS Office15102.0
HUM120Human Resource Perspectives202.0
HUM170Food Ethics and Social Responsibility404.0
COM130Business Communications202.0
COM151Communication in Diverse Organizations404.0
ENG115Introduction to College Writing20203.0
ENG121English Composition20203.0
ENG221Writing the Research Paper20203.0
Program Total59549024092.0

For those of you counting, that's a total of 1,325 hours.