Hi all! I just found this forum when searching for culinary student forums. I've always loved cooking and baking (the latter more than the former) and I wanted to go to the CIA straight from high school, but my mother nixed that idea and said I had to go to a four-year university. Since she was footing the bill, I had no choice, so I went to UNCW and got my bachelor's in Psychology (aka, the family business). But my passion still lies with baking and I'm planning on attending a baking & pastry arts program. I'm here to find some information on what life as a baker is like and to figure out the reputations and pros & cons of the schools I'm looking at (FCI, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (Vancouver, BC), and L'Academie de Cuisine (the most likely candidate since it's a Metro ride away). Thanks for any help!