I'm not sure what guidance may be offered but I wanted to get some advice from professionals in the field of astronautics. I moved after high school and am finally in a position to follow my goals in education. I'm 27 years old with a semester of undergrad completed. I have always had an affinity for mathematics and physics and did well in high school in both. It has been about 10 years since graduating high school and I'm now attending a local community college to complete my undergraduate pre-req classes. After years of deliberation and personal study I know that I want to go in the direction of astronautics reinforced with computer science. My plan is to finish my first two years of classes at the community college, transfer to a local state college to complete my bachelors, and then move on to an undecided graduate school. I think that hanging around this forum and seeing all of the young inquisitive minds talking about schools like MIT and Berkley, instills a certain amount of uncertainty that, at my age, my goals are reasonable being that I'm just getting started with my higher education and that I work a full time job and attend school in the evenings, filling my free time with personal study. I have no doubt that I am more than capable of learning that which I seek to learn. My uncertainty is in whether or not I will be able to find work after completing my education if I go to a school such as Colorado School of Mines (as I live in Denver) or something less prestigious. It excites me to see that the private sector is becoming involved in space flight. I see that as a sign that my interests will lead me to a field that is growing as more companies seek engineers and developers that understand space flight. I guess why I'm writing is that I would like to hear from some of the professionals in the industry and to get their take on my situation. Thank you.