Professional Pastry Arts
I didn't know anybody in NYC before making this leap towards my dream of becoming a professional pastry chef. Naturally, I was a bit nervous making the move from Toronto, but was excited more than anything. My first week or so was a bit lonely, and initially making friends was a slow process. Although everyone in my class was extremely friendly, spending time together outside of class was not really mentioned. However, after a couple weeks we all got more comfortable together and made plans outside of the kitchen. Now, I have made some close friends whom I can see having long lasting friendships with.
My advice to international students coming to ICC is put yourself out there and remember that you are your classmates share the same passion and interests. If there is an ideal place to make friends and make connections with people, it's here! Also, many people in your class are in the same boat as you are. They are in a new place surrounded by new faces. New York City can be an intimidating place, but it is also the most amazing city in the world. Enjoying this incredible place is far more fun with friends that it is on your own.