Thanks for your opinions all. They all make sense. The excitement and appeal of career day trading can lead to rash decisions, especially for young people. I've already made some of my own and I'm paying for them. I appreciate your cautions and they help me keep my perspective. I am, however, set on trading as a career (eventually), whether it be futures or stocks, a prop firm or in some other manner. I guess the questions I am really asking are these- -I do plan to finish school and find a steady job afterwards, but I also want to pursue and prepare for a career in trading as much as possible Right Now. Even if I can't or won't trade full-time for many months or years, as I'm sure I'll occupy other jobs before this is even a possibility, I want to do what I can now to quicken the process and make it easier on myself if and when the opportunity actually arrives. What things can I do, where can I go, and who can I see now to further my ambition and gain experience? Anything from workshops or educational programs I can attend, to types and locations of related entry-level jobs or trainee programs, to really anything and everything (as little a tip as it may be) that will payoff in the future. Some of you already gave me some good ideas, and I'll just say thanks and ask for more. I am open and appreciative of any input from you all who have been there or are well on they're way. Thanks again.