there's only really one established fashion/commercial/editorial photographer in my area, and he's moving soon. there's not much real opportunity for internship. i could move somewhere else and do an internship while working, but that's a pretty huge risk, and i have nothing to come back to. if i don't go to school, i get cut off. that's ultimately what it boils down to. i don't know...130k in student loans seems big now, but having a degree provides me the ability to make millions (even if i'm miserable doing it, like everyone else seems to be).
*why pay for what you can do for free:
the internet doesn't provide real experiences and connections, and neither does my area code.