I'm in my 4th year of a 5 year B.Arch program. The course work is really challenging, and incredibly time consuming. It's not that I don't have any free time, but when I do have free time, I either want to sleep or consume adult beverages. That being said, it is far and away some of the most rewarding work that I've had the pleasure of producing. Unfortunately the only time you get to see any reward is when you ACTUALLY complete something.
"Philosophers can write, mathematicians can develop virtual spaces, but architects are the only ones who are prisoners of that hybrid art where the image hardly exists without a combined activity."
As with a lot of creative professions, the starting pay is generally complete shit. Especially because you have to complete the approximate equivalent of 3-4 years of interning (generally after graduation, although in most states you can start earlier) before you can even think about getting a license (which most architects don't get since a firm only needs one licensed architect to stamp drawings. Although having a license definitely increases your pay scale. Also having a masters degree helps. So there's another 2 years of paying college tuition. Some architects do make bank though. I have a professor who comes to class in nothing less than $300 jackets, and another who commutes to New York from Vienna, Austria every other week.
But pessimism aside, I absolutely love what I am doing right now. And I feel like an architectural education has allowed me to learn a design process which is incredibly useful, and applicable to multiple disciplines; be it graphic design, industrial design, etc...
I would encourage anyone to try it, if it's not for you, you'll know pretty quickly... Most people won't waste more than a semester in an architecture program that they don't like because it is so demanding. And in most cases, my friends who dropped have had enough time to make up credits and graduate on time. After three full years of architecture school, I can't picture myself doing anything else, and design has actually become very cathartic for me. Like I said earlier, it's easily one of the most rewarding work I've ever produced, it's just that the work I produce requires double digit number of all-nighters a semester and a lot of stress.
The guy in this video who looks like Steve Jobs is Thom Mayne. Start worshiping him if you like good architecture.