Look what I found! -my weekly journal from my externship. Le Cordon Bleu requires three months of externship at the end of the program. And they had us keep a reflective journal that we had to send in each week, along with our hours worked (signed by our head chef). I’m starting with Week #2 because I can’t find the entry for Week #1. I can’t find the one for Week #3 either. Do you notice the different tone in my voice as a rookie then, and years later now? I got a good laugh from reading these entries. Most of my entries were longer than required. They only required that the entries be a paragraph minimum. But usually, mine were a little bit longer because we all know that I like to write. I refrained from writing a book each week because that wouldn’t have been fair to the other students nor the chef instructors. I am sure the instructors had a ton of journals to skim through and mark off each week. Reading pages and pages of mine wouldn’t have been reasonable.
And FYI, I had been at my place of externship for months prior to officially starting my externship hours, so Week #1 wasn’t really my first week of being there. But it was the first week when I had to start keeping the journal, the official start of my externship hours.