To become a "real" architect does take a long process.
I didn't even know what is NAAB* or ARE** before I came to US. And I didn't know that an architect in US should do some licensing tests to become a registered or "licensed" architect. All I know is I want to become an architect. Silly me to not consider this accreditation.
Should have considered and been aware of what college or uni I take.
I am enrolled into a non-accredited architecture college. Transferring from a non-accredited degree program to an accredited college or university, I MUST start all over again which means I MUST spend five years to acquire my bachelor degree. I got no choice. They only leave me two choices which are To take another major OR To start all over again.
To think that I must begin from zero again, I do regret a lot pursuing my degree in this college. Regret is useless, it won't change anything. But I don't regret studying and in fact, I do learn a lot from this college :)
There is another option anyway.
One other way is to transfer to a non-accredited university which offers B.A Arch or B.S Arch. It is one option to consider BUT I still prefer to start all over again. The reason is if I am pursuing in B.A or B.S Arch, I have to take M.Arch to get licensed. If I pursue in B.Arch which is a five-year professional degree in architecture, I would not be required to take M.Arch because I am (I can be) licensed.
B.Arch [5 years]
I don't need any additional education to become a licensed architect.
If I decide to take M.Arch, then I need to spend 1 year for it.
B.A or B.S Arch [4 years] + M.Arch II [2+ years]
to become a licensed architect
If I take another major, eg.
B.FA Fine Arts [4 years] + M.Arch III [3+ years]
I won't take this path definitely (==")
So, I think B.Arch worths more than the rest options. Choice 2 is, anyway, good too. But I don't plan to take M.Arch directly after I have earned my bachelor degree.
Life as architect students will not be easy. Lots of projects everyday. As a result, many suffer from needs of sleep for 4-5 years. Then, after getting a degree in architecture, they have to take licensing test to become a licensed architect or to pursue M.Arch before taking licensing test. See? Should spend another 2 years suffering again.
Well, who cares? It's my dream anyway. There's no way for me to give up on my dreams.
"I wish all my dreams come true, but keep in mind that nightmares are dream too"
from facebook - Mangahere.com
I believe that the above phrase means, there will surely be many things to prevent me to reaching my dream. No struggle, No result. It's like what Frank A Clark ever stated,
"if you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere"
**ARE is Architecture Registration Examination