So, I'm going to a four year university. San Jose State University of California. I'm already liking it and my first class hasn't started yet. I'm going to be a music major, I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but I am going to learn what I can. I really want to be an engineer. Recording people's music, making my own music, opening up my own studio, etc. Everyone wants to do that right? And before you open your mouth and put me down about how hard it is or how unrealistic or unstable it is, I'd like to just say a few things, then I'd LOVE to hear your opinion. I really wanted to go to Berklee to finish up school there, or go to a music school, but I've heard so many stories. MI was ghetto, Berklee is far and expensive, the ones in San Jose, CA don't have that great of a reputation... I don't know what is worth it. But I do know WHAT I will be doing, and I'm off to a good start I believe, thanks to my parents. I will be going to school, getting my general ed done, taking music classes, jazz ensemble, studying jazz, composition, etc. I wanted to take a few economics and marketing classes. Business minor... ya know. I'm not sure how much I like to be taught "how to record," I record my own music and I love the learning process, I'm recording a new band this weekend, a metal band, and it should be fun since I working with new compressing equipment that I've never used. So I'm not sure if I want to take any advanced "music technology" courses. I was reading this book, its called Rich Dad, Poor Dad, might have heard of it or read it. And it inspired me to do something more than the average person, to not be stuck in the "rat race" as he says the middle class does. In these times its not just get a good paying job with benefits anymore, it's more than that. Of course, I want a high paying job, but what can I do with my education, my skills? Can I work for a record label with my business and music skills? Being a marketing expert? And record bands on my free time for extra cash? Provide instruction for the youth? Work at a school and be a jazz instructor? I mean, man I can do SO many things with this, right? I will NOT limit my mind. I will NOT limit my capabilities. But I don't want to be stuck being a private instructor, for those that do that and love it, fine, but my goals are different. But heres what I'm really asking. There are some people on this forum... My age, 18, up to 25, 35... in their 40's and 50s? They have been in the music business, they have been recording, they have worked for record labels and witnessed how ecommerce slowly evolved and how the internet plays a huge part in the music business, marketing, etc. Myspace anyone? What can you suggest for a person like me? It's not about specializing anymore. At least in my opinion. What if I only learned how to record? THEN how can I get a job? A reliable job? I think what is right for me is to go to a university, do what I love, major in music, and learn some more skills in business, plus, some extra skills I can do at home by recording bands, making my OWN music. I know myself more than anyone else, but it doesn't hurt to gather some insight or hear from others with experience. So if you have a general thought about this topic, something you'd like to share with me, or people like me, I'd appreciate it! I'm excited for the new move and the start of my advanced education. Thanks!