I regret that I have but one thread to give to this Like.
Rather than thinking of it as “dropping my children off at school to drive down the road to teach other children at a different school”, you could think of it as “dropping my children off at a school where they will be taught chemistry by somebody with a degree in chemistry in a properly equipped chemistry lab while I use my specialised skills as a primary or elementary teacher teaching primary or elementary children.”
As a late-night comedian quipped, “If there is anything this crisis has taught us, it is that teachers should be paid a bazillion dollars. Even the bad ones.”
(Not a slam against home-schoolers, by the way. Just an acknowledgment that it requires a calling and that it’s a career, whether you are paid for it or not.
You are trying to solve problems that don’t exist yet.
I commend you for knowing what you like, what you want, and what you believe. These musings will help to choose a good match.
But how old will you be in ten years if you don’t get a degree? The same age.
Likewise, how old will you be in ten years if you aren’t married by then? The same age.
And how old will you be in ten years if all of your dreams come true? The same age.
Be here now.
Don’t be like the 40-year-old (not me; but I knew her) who wouldn’t buy a house or save for retirement because “he” might rather live somewhere else or handle the money. There was no “he” on the horizon. She just didn’t dare to make large decisions while she waited for her “real” life to arrive.
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Besides, for all you know, you might meet your true love in college, or at work!
Lots of good advice in this thread.