Greetings Fellow Cheftalk Members!
Welcome to ChefTalk. I just want to say you are making all the right choices. Working in various types of establishments before spending a ton of money on school is smart. So many don't find out what the life is like before the go into deep debt getting a culinary degree. Remember when you are in the thick of it and working that 20th Saturday night without your husband to ask your self "Can I really be away from my family this much 15 years down the road?". Also remember don't lock yourself into one particular area of food like most of us do. There is a universe of food service so explore your options. Often times alternate choices give you more time with your family.
Glad to have you and please when you attend a school post a review here for other future culinary students.