Cooking didn’t present a big challenge, as I enjoy cooking. What challenged me the most on kitchen crew was waking up on time, leaving the kitchen clean by the time the meals were served, and having Ms. Margaret inspect the kitchen floor. (Try not to be in the kitchen on the days she does the inspection, because it’s as hard as one of Mr. Mike’s evening inspections!)

Because of my elite status on kitchen crew, I only had one (repeated) disaster, Risen Gryn Grot – I always burned it. For future members, stir it often, and, when it begins to boil and thicken, put it on the warming shelf to finish cooking. Either that, or spend a lot of time scrubbing it out of the pot you burned it in.

Excuse my vanity, but the triumph of being on kitchen crew was cooking delicious food, which everyone always loved. Even my veggie korma, which is not always popular, was beloved.

All kidding aside, my time on kitchen crew, helped me learn and improve as a student. For instance, the night before I was required to get up at 4:30 a.m., I knew that because I am a deep sleeper, I needed to work hard and diligently to get my school work done early so I could get a good night’s sleep, and not have to be awakened by the staff in the morning. This habit has helped me manage my time more wisely.

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