All kidding aside, it's a good time to be a twentysomething (or even a thirtysomething) and have aspirations of becoming a pilot. Of course, if Delta would be kind enough to cover my expenses at said Flightsafety program it would certainly make this a bit sweeter, but hey, it's a lot easier to swallow $45K in debt when you have a defined career path already set for you that gives you a reasonable means to pay that debt off.
I would personally stick with dispatch, but I have known people that made the transition. I've met other people that wanted to make the transition but never did. I have also met a few pilots that didn't seem to understand why I wouldn't want to be a pilot instead of a dispatcher.
I personally would do dispatch. I thought about becoming a pilot but after my first day of jumpseating that changed. It’s pretty boring most of the time. Also, there is A LOT of waiting around due to flow, mx delays, weather, etc. Not to mention being away from your family half the time. If you can get on with a major then the difference in pay isn’t a big issue. When you’re raking in $200k a year at the top out not including OT what is an extra $150k really worth at that point?
It all comes down to personal preference. Do what is best for you.