I would like to someday be able to support myself through my writing, though I doubt this, as I most prefer writing experimental fiction, which has a very limited readership (at least right now). Anyway, this may be the wrong place in the forums for this, but I thought I'd throw this out there: I am still in high school, and have basically ruled out pursuing a bachelor's degree. I think my time and money can be better spent elsewhere. Do you think a certificate of some sort in Creative Writing (such as the one offered by the Chester College of New England) would help much in employment? If not, then I don't see much point in pursuing that either, and would rather just scrape by at a basic, low income job. I don't care for a "comfortable" lifestyle. After high school, I plan to move up to New Hampshire for personal reasons, and will eke out an existance there. Basically, what I'm saying is that I have no intention of pursuing a traditional college education but would work towards a Creative Writing certificate if it might help me. If it won't, then writing will remain a side effort for me and I'll be happy just making ends meet, which I know I can do if I need to. Many other writers have followed this path, and were generally not strangers to near-poverty. What do you think I should do?