Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jessica Potts - Culinary Arts Student

Hello my blog friends, I want you to meet a wonderful young lady. She is my neighbor Jessica Potts, she not only shares my love of cooking and food but she has decided to make it her life's work. As part of her educational requirements and my own desire for you to meet her, I am presenting her essay on why she has decided to attend Walters State Community College in Sevierville, Tennessee. I hope you enjoy her youthful exuberance and excitement for her chosen field.

Upon seeing Walters State Community College, its beautiful campus nestled in a valley of the Great Smoky Mountains, it immediately captured my interest. Although this is a satellite campus, it's perfect for the student that desires the individualized attention that the faculty provides. While viewing the facilities, I noticed the amount of community involvement. Upon entering the culinary arts facilities I was astounded at the state-of-the-art learning environment as well as the supplies provided to the students. After reviewing the quality amenities and more, it was not difficult for me to make my decision quickly.

Since Walters State is a small school it allows the students to develop a personal relationship with their professors. I know that my professors don't just view me as a grade, they are genuinely concerned about my success and education. One personal example was a professor who helped me find a job knowing I needed one. All my professors have real world experience and can easily apply their knowledge to the lessons while captivating the class’ attention. The faculty is more than eager to offer help outside of class time and are always available to answer questions and encourage students to excel in their field of study.

Being that Walters State is located in Sevier County, which is a small community, it is very important to be active in charitable causes. While attending Walters State I have participated in a variety of community service projects which include: Sevier County Food Ministries, Pro- Start Culinary Competition, and Refuge Prayer Gathering. I am grateful that Walters State provided these opportunities for me to give back to my community by donating my time and skills to improve other’s lives.

The facilities permit a lucrative learning environment due to access to proper equipment and plentiful supplies. This makes learning cooking methods much easier and less stressful due to the students always having proper functioning, professional equipment. The students also have the prospect of learning a variety of cooking techniques due to the impressive assortment of tools at their disposal.

There are many reasons why I chose to attend Walters State. From the first day on I couldn't be happier with my choice to further my education at this school. There was no hesitation to apply after I toured the college and saw the boundless opportunities it offers its students. After enrolling in the culinary arts program, my interest has grown measurably due to my wonderful experience and pleasant learning environment.


Jessica Potts

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