Finished my semester with a 3.5, updating on my original post and moving forward.
Chose SJSU, after all the research it feels solid and clear in my gut to go there. I did not receive financial aid. I did find quite a few relevant clubs and experience opportunities there so I'm excited to take those opportunities once I'm there.
I've reached 65k in stock accounts due to a pay raise and some good saving. I'll be in the 200-300k range by graduation. Retire-ready by 30 with over 500k and a safe 20k per year
I found out my 40 year old Engineering cousin is just now taking her EIT after maxing out her income without it so more motivation to jump on the FE and EIT as soon as I can.
I began signing up for the AWWA annual conference but I can't get the student discount until after I'm in my "water related" studies at SJSU.
I found an event by the California Water Environment Association (linked below) that's even closer and will be available once I'm in the program at SJSU. The percentage of executives is much lower than at the AWWA so I'm not sure if it'll be as valuable but I'll start going to trade shows and conventions as soon as I can with that discount. Please let me know if you have any information on low cost trade shows relevant to water, civil, or sustainability/environmental engineers near San Jose.
Get Info Today on the CWEA Annual Conference (AC16) - California Water Environment Association
Thanks again for all the help here in facilitating a clean, solid decision on my school. I feel very good about my decision and love learning so I'm excited for these next few years.