Hello everyone, I would like to share with you my story so that some of you will be able to learn from my mistakes. I have always wanted to be a pilot my entire life. When my senior year of high school came around, I wanted to go to college to earn all of my licenses and ratings as well as a degree in aviation. I figured going to a reputable school and doing my training there would guarantee me a job upon graduation. Currently, I am a freshman at Purdue. I was admitted into Professional Flight Technology for the Fall of 2009. I went to my first day of classes, and that's when I knew that I was taking the wrong path to fullfill my career goals. I didn't like my flight instructor, and I found it quite amusing that I have a friend who was actually more qualified of an instructor than her. That being said, I changed majors after one day of being here. This is my advice to everyone who wants to do aviation in college. Don't do it. Airlines want their pilots to have a degree. Just a degree; it does not matter what this degree is in. Having a degree in aviation will not give you a competitive edge in the hiring process. The money university run programs charge is much greater than the flight costs you will pay at an FBO. For example, paying out-of-state tuition, it was going to cost be nearly 160K for a degree in aviation from Purdue. This means you pay all that money just to earn your licenses. Somebody who did all their flight training separate from their education will have a college degree in some other field as well as have the same licenses and ratings as you. Thus, you are spending a lot of money for a degree that doesn't give you much of a competitive edge at all. A degree in aviation is useless if a pilot cannot pass a medical. For example, I could have been walking down the graduation stage here at Purdue, tripped, and smashed my head, causing me to fail my medical. Then I just would have spent four years and 160K on a degree that now prohibits me from flying. Now what do you do? The market for the aviation industry is dead right now. I'm not saying it won't ever recover, but what is the point in spending all that money to realize you won't be hired. These are just some thoughts now, and I strongly encourage anyone who is considering getting a degree in aviation to rethink it. Doing all of your flight training apart from your college education will be the best way to prepare yourself for life. If anyone has any questions please contact me.