Monday, November 7, 2011

Micro Blog: Barbara Hicks

    After dropping out of school at a very young age, returning to school was one of the best decisions I have made in my short, but complex life. Growing up I thought that I could not be taught like my peers.
    On December 8, 2007, I attended Wake Technical Community College to earn my G.E.D and further my education. I realized that I could learn and be taught like everyone else. I understood the teaching methods and learned just like my class mates. To my surprise, I enjoyed it a great deal. After walking across the stage to receive my diploma, I wanted to learn more and more. That being said, I applied to a local College. I felt that I could do anything I put my mind to. It was a huge campus with tons of students. The first semester I was really excited. My grades were not the best but I was passing my classes. The second semester was not that great. My classes got harder and I needed more help than other students. Most of the time I would try to get extra help from my instructors, but unfortunately they had a schedule to keep. Trying to make appointments to see different professors’ became too much for my schedule.
    My G.P.A. began to drop slowly. Being that I have three children and a husband, it was impossible to rearrange my schedule to meet with instructors on their most convenient time. To avoid getting kicked out, I just decided not to register for any more classes. I thought that it was the end of my education in Culinary Arts.
     On a beautiful April the thirteenth, (my oldest son’s birthday), we were listening to the radio, (ninety seven point five), I heard a advertisement for a new school being built in North Carolina called The Chef’s Academy. I told my son to write down the number. While I was driving I called the number that he wrote down. A very polite lady answered by the name of Ashley Hanslits. She invited me to come in for a meeting. After making an appointment with her, I came in the following Tuesday. To say the least, it made all my dreams come true. She immediately made me feel like this is where I belonged if I love to cook and wanted this as a profession.
    The Chef’s Academy of North Carolina is amazing to say the least. Everything is “hands on.” The instructors and staff are there for me whenever I need them. My chefs are ready to answer all my question at all times. All the staff members will go the extra mile to help me get the answers to whatever question I might have.
    I have never felt more confident at school in my life. I have the drive, the motivation, the inspiration to be the best in my field. That comes from my adoring children and loving husband who demand the best from me. The staff, the chefs, and instructors are awesome. I am blessed and honored to be a part of The Chef’s Academy of Morrisville, North Carolina.
Sincerely, Barbara Hicks


  1. Great blog Barbara. See you at graduation!

  2. Barbara, I'm so happy to have been your Admissions Representative! :)