So, I got accepted to NECI's Baking and Pastry Arts program. I'm currently enrolled in an Associates program at another Culinary Arts school which I have three semesters left to complete, though I'm talking with my Dean and Program Director tomorrow to take extra classes to graduate early so I can get to NECI sooner. Can anybody that has "been there and done that" fill me on on all the things the admissions office doesn't tell you? What can I _really_ expect? I'm doing this sight unseen, no tour, etc. But being a 46 year old (US Navy) ground combat vet (Iraq and Afghanistan) long hours and hard work don't scare me a bit, in fact I relish it. My biggest challenge where I am now is tolerating the "romper room" mentality of my classmates. I presume based on the "selectivity" and small class size I'll be with a higher caliber of more focused, dedicated, serious students? What is the campus housing really like? What should I bring? What should I NOT bring? Do I really need a car once I'm there? I have a Mountain Bike and a Road Bike I could bring on or the other, or both... My daughter is a nursing major at another college only 20 minutes away, so I'm thinking we can share one car, she needs a car to do her clinicals. Any free time on evenings, weekends?