Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Value of Intellectual Property and Such

I feel my eyes welling up as my mind races as to where to start with this post, so here it goes...

As of February 21, 2013, I am finished with my culinary labs at Johnson  and Wales University. How bittersweet of a statement is that?!

While I do not miss waking up at 5:30 am to rush to class by 6:30 am and working side by side with some world renowned chefs (as well as some class-A idiots straight out of high school that I'm surprised JWU trust them with a knife..) in a kitchen until 1 pm, to go straight to academics till 4 pm, then take a super quick shower, take my dog outside, and race to work by 5 pm and work till the wee hours of the next morning...all to come home to start my homework and study for the next day and sleep to get up and do it all over again. I was chronically exhausted and hopelessly addicted to caffeine 99.9% of my time in Charlotte. I busted my butt to get through school, and I should be relieved that the hard part is over. But as I enter my internship, I realize how near the end I am, and I'm starting to get graduation glasses. I'm starting to look back and reflect on all I have learned, and will miss some aspects of culinary school and living in Charlotte. 

While it wasn't a requirement for my program, I decided to take an English course during my last term of classes at JWU: Food Writing. If you know me at all personally, you will not be surprised that I did. I feel that it was a nice class to get me back into the swing of writing again, as I embarrassingly put it on the back burner for several months to get through school. One of the many things I learned in this course was to make time for writing each day, no matter how long or what quality you think it is. Do it. I tend to be very hard on myself, seriously my worst critic. So I need to set the OCD editing and pride aside and just word vomit my thoughts and see what happens, according to my wise professor. She has been writing for a Charlotte publication since early 90s, and I trust her judgement. During the one-on-one meeting with her at the end of her class, she became quite a mother figure to me: pushing me to write about food more often and not to get lazy in my free time. She also taught me something else I hadn't thought about in regards to this blog, in fact. As I asked her about my blog content and whither or not I should continue if magazines do not buy my stories, and she responded with a discussion about the value of intellectual property and the importance of persistence in my writing career. After all, that is my ultimate goal: to write about food. And preferably get paid to do so in some capacity. That's what I love, as much as I love cooking and developing recipes. I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to do what I love, but she taught me to be smart about it.

So, I am transferring this blog (AGAIN) to something I previously promised I would never do...I am going to post about my daily activities in my internships and such so my friends and family away from me can keep up with me better. Yes, I have Facebook, but I don't always like to write everything on there.

*HAND ON BIBLE* I PROMISE TO WRITE DAILY ABOUT MY INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES. I WILL NOT BECOME LAZY IN MY NEW-FOUND FREE TIME. I PLEDGE TO WRITE THE WRITTEN WORD MORE OFTEN, IN A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE FOOD WORLD AS I KNOW IT.