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Nicole Corona, CIA baking and pastry student, chose the CIA because of all the successful alumni that have served as role models.

Spotlight On: Nicole CoronaAssociate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts

Class of 2014
"For someone like me, who thought it was impossible for this dream to happen, it happened and I'm happy with my decision. So if this is what you want to do, it will be the best decision you've ever made."

How did you become interested in food?
I became interested in my major when I was in middle school. I always loved food but I started to watch the food network and became hooked. It was around the time Duff Goldman started his show and I said this is what I want to do.

Who most influenced you?
My dad is the one who most influenced my decision. He is my role model and he always has to overcome so much. He taught me that I should always do what I want for me, and that if this was my decision, he would support me throughout it.

Did you have to overcome any obstacles or challenges to come to the CIA?
I had to overcome so many obstacles to come here. Money was the main issue. However, the CIA was my dream and I didn’t want to go anywhere else. My family has supported me the whole way, and now I’m here.

Why did you choose the CIA?
I chose the CIA because of all the successful alumni that have graduated from here. Some close friends, who have attended the CIA, all loved this school and have said they would have never made another choice except the CIA for their education. This school had so much to offer and I realized it school was where I needed to be.

What do you like best about CIA?
I love everything about this school. The exceptional education, the chefs, the professors, and the people. Everyone here is passionate about this industry and are here to help you, even during the stressful times.

Do you belong to any clubs or participate in any activities/sports on campus?
I do not currently belong to any clubs but I plan on joining one at some point during my time here. I am currently focusing on class and externship so maybe once I get back I will find a club to suit me.

What are your career goals/plans?
My plans after graduation is to enroll in the Bachelor’s program. After that, I am not sure just yet, however, I know I would like to have my own bakery and cafe someday.

Any advice for prospective students?
My advice would be not to give up. If this is your dream, follow through and it will happen. Don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. For someone like me, who thought it was impossible for this dream to happen, it happened and I’m happy with my decision. So if this is what you want to do, it will be the best decision you’ve ever made.

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