Mistake #7: Not Visiting the School
Perhaps the most important step in the decision-making process – and the one most often overlooked – is visiting the school’s campus to get a first-hand glimpse of how things run. In many cases, going to culinary school means packing up your life, moving to a new city, and starting all over again. In other cases, you’re simply taking time and money away from your current life in order to make room for new changes. In either scenario, you’re taking a very important step – and the only way to make sure the step is the right one is to go and see for yourself.
It’s best to narrow your list of potential schools down to two or three that really pique your interest. Any more than this, and you might be facing thousands of dollars in travel expenses in order to check all the schools out. Any fewer, and you might be more apt to “gloss over” the school’s drawbacks since you don’t have any alternatives on the horizon.
When you do set up a school visit, make sure they know you’re coming and that you intend to do a little investigating. But no matter what else you do, don’t spend all your time in the admissions office listening to what they have to tell you about the program and the school – go out there and see it for yourself. If they don’t allow you to sit in on a class or are otherwise hesitant to let you really experience the school from the inside, it’s best to be cautious, since they may be hiding something.