I wonder if this is ever a good move. I went to university and I majored in music, I majored there not as a performer but as a scholar, there are no jobs in music academia, wanting to become an academic is pretty much the equivalent of wanting to become a world famous chef. I never hated writing essays and researching, but I never loved it either... the long sleepless nights where I'd write papers and ponder the abstract were stressful and draining to say the least. The type of stress in that world was so difficult to live with, I never was able to find an off switch when I worked, I always was locked into assignments - essays, presentations, articles, etc. That type of mental stress was something that a loathed. When I entered culinary school, it was sort of nice to be in a different world, I never minded the long hours, it was something that I was well acquainted to in a different world.
Then again, I wonder sometimes if I am even cut out to be a chef. I have depression and the apprentice chefs tell me about their triple shifts and forty hour weeks. They are all sleep deprived and tired whenever I see them in class (I am not an apprentice). When I lose sleep with regularity, I can get very depressed ... I nearly ended up in hospital a few times from losing sleep and then subsequently getting depressed.
Does anybody have any they wanted to say?