My first year at Amherst College is over. The way how time passes by so fast leaves me feeling a bit dazed. My year has been a mixture of doubt, disappointment, stress, wistfulness, confusion, clarity, learning, growth, gratitude and happiness. I spent my time exploring what’s meaningful to me and finding my academic and career path. I am glad for all of the opportunities and support that I got at Amherst. It’s not always apparent to me, but I’m slowly changing by the decisions that I make and by the environment and people I’m with. Personal growth is a huge part of the college experience, since that’s where many changes are happening.
(Winter at Amherst)
(Decorated my dorm with pictures of food)
One aspect of my Amherst that I wish were better is the food culture. In terms of food, Amherst cannot compare to NYC. I knew that from the start, but it has somewhat put my food blogging to a slow halt. Nevertheless, I did what I could. While I wasn’t blogging, I designed a course on Molecular Gastronomy, about the scientific processes behind cooking. In the course of a few months, I read through about 95% of the entire Modernist Cuisine! There were some times when I thought I would go insane if I had to read another hundred pages, but the experience was worth it and I’d do the course again in a heartbeat. I’ll tell you more about the Molecular Gastronomy course in the near future, stay tuned.
(International Olive Oil Competition Dinner in International Culinary Center for Molecular Gastronomy trip)