Cooking with AEDT

Posted by Aaron (AEDT) on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 8:18 AM PDT

Not too long ago a classmate of mine had a fun idea for us to have a cooking class. Since our AEDT program is online, it’s tough for us to network with one another. It was the end of the quarter and it was a great chance for us to take a break from the world of academia. One of the things that I like to do when we have networking opportunities like this is observe others, because I get to see more of everyone’s personality in person. It was quite fascinating to stand back and watch my classmates interact with each other. In many of our classes we’ve talked about having a community of learners, and it was so neat to watch a wonderful community of learners in front of me. As we were involved in cooking, the natural teacher instinct in my fellow classmates came out. We helped one another and were teaching each other in our kitchen classroom. It was great to see the comradery!


I was nervous for this cooking class because I was doing some of the teaching about the cuisine. I burned the first batch of vegetables, but Dr. Stacey Robbins was alongside me and she encouraged me and helped me through my mess up. Even though I was doing some of the teaching, I learned so much from my classmates on that day. Our natural instinct is to help one another. We are all students and it's important for us to encourage and support one another. I learned that I can't let titles and things intimidate me. As I left our cooking class I really felt and honored and privileged to work with and have such wonderful classmates. Many of them will be graduating, and I will really miss them.

- Aaron (AEDT)