Fluff: I'm twenty years old, female, and my plan for my future as it stands is this - Four years at Ohio State University, getting my BFA with a focus in Sculpture. Then, hopefully, I'm out to California to do some time at Gnomon. The end result, dear god please let this be the end result, will be an amazing portfolio which will get me into 3d Character Modeling with games or movies, or something. My costs, at the moment, are looking to be in the range of 100k in debt or more post graduation unless I can get a full ride scholarship.
I doubt I have the talent to pull that off (scholarship achievement, no get!), I'm not that wonderful. I am, however, determined. I've done one year of general education courses at a local community college, and my GPA is at 3.409. I don't... know how good or bad that is, and how it affects scholarships. I doubt it's that great.
My reasoning behind my education path is this: I have some innate talent, I think. I just don't have the training behind it. Amusing, I fancy myself pretty decent with a tablet and Photoshop to do illustration, but that's not what I really would like to achieve with my lifetime. For amusements sake, my latest doodle is at the bottom of this post.
That being said: I figure that if I go to one of the best sculpture schools in the country and get the education from them that I can, then in turn digitize this skill... I'll be better off in a changing industry. If my artistic foundation is strong, perhaps I can change as technology changes? I don't know. It makes sense to me. If you're going to be artistically good, it shouldn't be technology reliant.
I am, however, terrified that I am screwing myself over. It's a major fear that I am about to ruin my life, and go so horribly in debt that there will never be a recovery and I will be unable to work because I am simply not -good- enough.
So.. in the end... I'm just looking for reassurances, words that tell me what I'm doing right or wrong in your opinions.