Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it and understand completely what you are saying. I just base that number on the statistics from my school and offers of advancement in my present job. Right now the average starting pay of a person leaving my school with the degree that I am pursuing is around 59,000. 94% of our students are hired 3 months before graduation. Although, that number is down at the moment because of the economy.
I think the reason we do so well is because of the fact that we are in Chicago. There is a Huge Huge Huge technology based market here. I already work part time as a COBOL programmer (Work Study), and my company has several different development positions (C++, Java) for me to move into after graduation. So hopefully!! all my dreams will come true. I have worked so hard. Thanks again.