Student Profile: Jose Luis Sanchez

We have another student profile! Today, we feature Jose Luis Sanchez.

– Where did you grow up? Where did you graduate from high school?

I grew up in Arequipa, Peru. I moved here to the U.S. in 2016. I graduated from Angloamericano Prescott, and K-12 school where they teach in Spanish and in English.

– What is your program, and why did you choose it?

I am studying in the Culinary Management program. I chose it because I have always loved the food industry. Growing up, I loved all different types of food, and so I enjoyed preparing my own meals and experimenting with different recipes. In Peru, it is much more difficult to be successful working in a restaurant, but when I came to this country, it was a great opportunity to start over and follow a career path that I am truly passionate about. I found the Culinary Management program and Western Technical College to be a great blend of learning how to cook and work with food, while also learning about the business side to the industry.

– Who has been your favorite instructor at Western?

It is really hard for me to choose just one favorite instructor. I have 3 primary instructors in my program: Deb Klug, Margaret Ninneman, and Jean Ahrens. They all teach very different classes, so, honestly, it is really hard to compare them. I have learned so much from them already and I am only a little over halfway done with the program. I always used to hate going to school, but these instructors make learning interesting. They are always very engaged with the students and I feel comfortable talking to them about anything.

– What do you like about Western?

I really like the campus. It has a great welcoming feel and everyone is so friendly. Especially when the weather is nice, it is so great to see everyone walking around and hanging out outside. My favorite place on campus is our lab where we have our cooking classes. It is a huge kitchen with different stations for each student. There are so many cool appliances to learn different cooking techniques. It is especially fun when we open our spring restaurant and get to actually cook and run a restaurant for paying customers. I also work at the Union Market and really love the atmosphere there. Everyone is super fun and friendly, and I honestly enjoy going to work!

– Future career goals?

At this point I am not 100% sure exactly where I want to end up. I would like to stay in the Midwest and work in the food industry, but there are so many options. I have enjoyed working at the Union Market, so managing the food service of a school or other large business might be a possibility. I would also be happy in a restaurant. As long as I am working with food I will be happy!

– Advice for future students?

My advice would be to really study something you love. I spent several years studying something that I didn’t care about and it was miserable. I just studied for a job and worked for money without enjoying it. Life is so much better when you are doing something you have a passion for!

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