JWU Student Blogs

How My Dog Taught Me to Balance My Student-Work-Family Life

It’s a cold December morning in Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. It’s only 23 degrees at 6am and Maggie, my dog, my copilot, my sidekick, is up ahead sniffing a pile of leaves. Her tail is erect and proudly wagging back and forth as she digs her giant snout deeper into that leaf pile. I wonder what story it’s telling her. I call her name — “Maggie!” — only to be ignored. Whatever she smells is much more important than me. “Let’s go!” Finally she lifts her head, looks in my direction, and begins galloping back to me in a fit of joy and excitement. Her mouth is agape, tongue lolling to the side and bouncing up and down as she runs. I have to bend my knees slightly and not move because her staggering 146 pounds will knock my feet out from under me if I get in her way. She comes to a complete and quick stop in front of me, and looks up at me inquisitively (“What do you want?”) and I say, “Come on, girl, let’s go.”

Topics: Providence MBA Johnson & Wales University

Ready to Run the Family Bakery: Boulangerie St.  Antoine

I was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, and spent much of my time in a small, traditional Haitian bakery, Boulangerie Street Antoine, owned by my parents. They started the business 22 years ago, right around the time I was born. My mother, with just a high school diploma, and my father, with an associate degree that he earned in Haiti, gave it their all from the start and are still running a successful business to this day.

Topics: Baking & Pastry Arts Culinary Arts Providence