thanks so much guys. I'm putting up my online portfolio soon, critiques will be welcome. (bluntness is preferred)
dwixi - I do have some local freelance work set up already. that stuff moves veerrrrrrrrrry slowly and you can't charge a whole lot without reputation. So I'm going to these schools for mentors/friends/inspiration/competition/intensity and a like-minded world.
andrew - yes i'm quite an extremist haha
The main thing that I'm worried about is getting/paying off MASSIVE loans. I'm happy (and actually prefer) living like a minimalist (yeeah extremity again)...but I have this one vice: I have to be able to travel. Is this feasible? Is applying for loans like a deathwish these days?