The other day a classmate asked me, “Where do you get your energy and passion from? To wake up before 5:30am and have a smile on your face and the energy to run miles?” I am here to tell you my reason for pushing myself and others so hard in the classroom and in life. In 2005 I lost a friend of mine while serving in Iraq, United States Marine Corporal Christopher D. Leon. This 20 year old Marine is not going to get the chance to turn 21, go to school or marry his high school sweet heart. He was serving his country and protecting the other Marines in our unit when he was killed. I push myself because Leon would have wanted me to. I push myself because he can't follow a dream he once had. Finally I push myself because I have a goal in my head that nothing will stop me from becoming a great chef and lead others in my kitchen to success. I come to class each morning with high energy because it spreads to everyone else and that just makes the morning start with a bang. I have had the pleasure to serve and train with some of the world’s best military men and woman, being in the kitchen is no different. There is a goal to achieve and a layout to follow to get it done. High energy and positive attitude will get you far in life no matter what your end goal may be.
Jerome Moody Jr.
TCA Culinary Student.