I'm sure you see a fairly large number of theads with this title, but please bear with me. I graduated from high school last year, and decided to take the year off to think and decide what I want to do instead of wasting a year and a lot of money in general studies somewhere. I have been a very active photographer for almost seven years, but it was always more of a hobby. I wanted to see if it was something that I could do for a living. I know that the career field is becoming very competitive. Anyway, I got a job working in a portrait studio, although not as a photographer. I worked more on the business end, and helped manage client accounts, etc. I learned a lot about studio work this way, and it is something I think I could do as a career. More recently though, I have been working as a photographer for a local company that publishes a variety of newspapers in my area. I was lucky enough to get a part-time staff position. I really think this could be the job for me. I almost always enjoy my work, and it changes on a day to day basis, which is a big plus. I like traveling. If you've had the patience to read this far, I am really grateful... don't worry though, I'm getting to the point. I am at a cross roads. I am basically considering two schools to go to next year. I applied to a handful, and after finally having heard from all of them, I have narrowed my choice down to two. If I could choose a location and environment it would definitely be The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. I love the city, and I like the school. I am a bit concerned that I won't get the technical education I should have. I could be wrong, SMFA has tech classes, but most art schools don't quite match up tech-wise to a school like RIT, which is my other choice. If I go to RIT I will pursue the advertising photography program and a minor in printing. I feel like this would give me a good background and skill set for studio work or journalism. At the same time, I do think that being in an art school atmosphere could be very rewarding. For anyone who cares to respond: which do you think would give me a better "edge?" Is there something that you think I would be sorely lacking by going to one school or the other? Any other comments or recommendations are welcome of course. I have thought about this so much and discussed it with many people already, but I thought it would be nice to get an outside, unbiased opinion. Thanks!