I would love to open my own martial arts school. It's a dream I've had since I was a little kid, and I've stuck with it. I've always wanted my school to look very traditional, like this dojo here http://www.canadagoju.com/abtassoc/images/honbu2.jpg
Except, I want the back wall to be like the front of the picture, and it will open up into a japanese garden (I live in Florida so it wont be too cold).
Next year, I'm going to college. Now, I would love to open a martial arts school full time. However, I also have a girlfriend who I've been seeing for 4 years. We plan on staying with each other. She thinks with buying a house, and starting a family after college, we won't be able to pull it off. That I'll never be able to afford to open the kind of school I want, pay off the loans I'd have from it, and make enough money with the money I'd make from a martial arts school. So it's a hard decision. First off, I have no idea how much a school like in that picture would cost to open. Could anyone give me a rough estimate? Also, if I was going to run a school full time what would be best to go to college for? I thought a master's in phsy. ed and minor in philosophy. Or is my girlfriend right? Should I go for my second, and much more stable choice, Psychology. That way I can get a stable income, have enough money to buy a nice house, start our family, and then eventually years down the road start my school after i've saved enough money?