I just found this website today. Hopefully I can get some applicable advice from people who have similar passions. I just finished 2 semesters at an expensive culinary school. MY initial plan was to do 4 years here but as the loans are compiling , the 2 year program seems to be all I can stomach. My parents are trying to convince me to go to community college for culinary but I want to stick with the best for as long as I can. I don't know if that makes me stuck up or not. Even attempting to finish at least for the associates degree appears to be a struggle. Im working now to save for an apartmetnt ot keep from paying to stay in a dorm room. I have really no experience in the food service industry other than school and I don't know how to gain more since I have no references get me in the door. what should I do in my situation? Fight my way through expensive school, community college, or join the circus? I would even consider leaving the US if a culinary school is cheaper. It feels like the rich people don't have to dream so long :/ thanks anyone with some tips.