Cody Fitchett: Move in day at the CIA

Cody Fitchett

Cody Fitchett

Monday morning I woke up, said goodbye to my bedroom and walked out of my house that I have lived in for years.

I packed my belongings in the car and headed up the road for a new adventure in life. The Culinary Institute of America is my next chapter; the new page that I’m about to write in life and I can’t be happier that this wonderful place is going be my home for the next two years.

The six-hour car ride to Hyde Park, New York, was filled with telling old stories and laughing with my mom and dad and my amazing grandparents.

We escaped the blizzard that happened later this afternoon. and made it up here just in time for check in.

When I arrived, the CIA was everything that I expected it to be. People were there to help me with my bags and everyone was so friendly.

This evening we took a tour of the school and went over policies, but tomorrow they say we get our chef jackets and get to eat the amazing food I’ve been waiting for.

As I write this article in my dorm room at 9:56 p.m. Monday night, I think about the days to come and how this place is going to change my life for the better.

Well, it’s time for bed. Talk to you guys next week. Best wishes from my 12X20 dorm room to your kitchen.

Cody Fitchett, of Fort Valley, is a recent graduate of Triplett Tech in Shenandoah County. He is sharing his thoughts here each week as he attends the Culinary Intitute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Email him at

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