Attending Walnut Hill College

Feb 02, 2017Student Leadership Development Institute Blog


By Thaddeus Meyers

Graduating high school and attending the Community College of Philadelphia was a decision I had planned since I was 17. If you were to ask me if I wanted to be a Chef when I was that age, I probably would have laughed in your face. One year into college I knew I needed a change, so I began to research culinary colleges in our area. Walnut Hill College was the first one that I researched and I immediately was interested and scheduled a visitation. I transferred a week later and began my journey in February of 2014.

I will never forget my first day that started with me walking into purchasing thinking it was the door to class, and eventually being told by the Chef Instructor to small dice a carrot. I looked at him as if he had 4 heads. I had no idea how to hold a knife nor did I have a clue on how to small dice anything. I quickly realized that I really needed to learn a lot if I was going to make it in this industry. Classes were extremely difficult at first for me but I eventually got the hang of it and found an even bigger love for cooking than I thought I would ever have. The Chefs and Professors (check out their biographies here!) we have at our college have taught me so much along the way, and I hope to one day be able to mentor people the way that they have mentored me over the last 3 years.

The knowledge that I have gained from Walnut Hill College is incredible and I do not regret a single thing about attending our wonderful college. I have met so many good people along the way and it is an honor to now call myself an alumni of our college. Staying for my Bachelor’s degree and being a part of The Student Leadership Development Institute has been an honor and one that I will never forget.

-Thaddeus Meyers, Student LeaderCulinary Arts, Class of March 2017