I've been looking for something to be passionate about. Acedemic College really hasn't worked out for me, and I need to find an alternative for it. I started baking literally 4 days ago, and so far its so fun and exciting to create things. I really don't know anything about what pastry school would be like, like the kinds of classes and the work load and things like that.
Pastry school is wonderful but incredibly taxing and time-consuming. If you’re new to baking, I’d say maybe try derping around on your own for a while to gauge your interest in sticking to the subject. Maybe take a couple of introductory courses at a community college to get a feel for what it’s like before blowing massive cash on a specialized school.
For me, classes were M-F from 7a.m. - 3p.m.. We spent literally every minute of that(sans a 30 minute lunch) on our feet working. If you can’t handle standing all the time and carrying around heavy equipment/food, this might not be for you. It’s a great path to take, but only if you are really passionate about baking/pastry. It’s taxing, and the primary reward is having made something beautiful/tasty, rather than a big paycheck typically. But if you persevere, you can always make a decent amount of money in the industry.
If you’re in America, I’d recommend checking out The French Pastry School in Chicago, CIA in both New York and California, and the San Diego Culinary Institute in San Diego, CA.
Classes usually seem to focus on one subject at a time, but many of the techniques you learn in one class will translate over to the next. My school began with Breads, then moved on to cakes/tarts/pies, then petit fours, plated desserts, chocolate and then wedding cakes. I’m actually pretty sure I’m forgetting something there, but that’s the gist of it.
Baking and pastry is both insanely fun and equally frustrating. You will probably end up crying at least once, but it doesn’t take long to develop a thick skin, and if you love it, you’ll stick with it!