Are you genuinely passionate about your future career/college choices?
Will you lose interest?
Are you dedicated
to the idea of working in that field?
Do you have the self-discipline to follow what you love, even if life tries to toss every hurdle in your path?
Are you okay with living simply (this is a polite way of saying you might be poor), at least for a while?
Are you willing to take crummy, non-related jobs as necessary, temporarily?
Are you willing to move to where someone in your field is needed?
Answer these questions thoughtfully and honestly.
Following one's passions as a career is often hard. It's hard work, it takes discipline, and a lot of determination. Most people will tell you you can't. And you know, many people actually can't. The lack of drive and discipline knocks a lot of people out of the game. Hurdles and failures knock most of the rest out. A lot of people won't want
you to succeed, for various reasons. Most people get slapped with a lot of failures and setbacks when they follow dreams and sparse jobs. It can be a very emotional blow, in addition to a financial one.
Is it worth it to you?
It was to me. I live simply because I don't make much, and I probably never will make much money... but I have never been happier.
On the other hand, if this is just a hobby that you are really keen on, but don't know if it's a lifelong drive, think carefully. You have to love what you do, really love it
, maybe to the level that other people would think is a bit nutty, in order to get anywhere.
Food for thought.