This is probably the most inspiring post I've seen yet. In this case, I don't mind being behind you in line to receive my board, and I hope that any other students who have received a Pi will let us know. After all, you are the intended customer base for the Pi!
It's way too soon to think about it now, but, I will plant a seed that I'm sure will germinate sooner or later. When friends and relatives who are parents of kids and grandkids ask me to give some advice on a career in computing, I tell them to pursue the technical courses to whatever level their abilities will allow, and try to push one more level than they think they can achieve. However, not everyone is able to be the smartest person in the world and, frankly, that achievement can come with its own burdens. The other goal I advise young people to consider is to learn as much as they can about a subject that they really enjoy, preferably as orthogonal to computing as possible (i.e., with minimal overlap). The only thing more powerful than someone with a solid computing background is someone with a solid computing background that they can apply to their second area of expertise.
I say this because, when I was a brand-new engineering graduate in the mid 1970s, a professor told me that, within 10 years, there would be two kinds of engineers, those who understood how to apply computing to engineering, and those who were unemployed. At the time, engineers used paper, pencil, T-squares, compasses, etc., to produce mechanical drawings, schematics, etc., to design nearly everything from automobiles to zeppelins, while large computer systems were far too expensive for most organizations, and microcomputers were far too feeble to get anything useful done.
Sure enough, by the mid 1980s, engineering workstations based on high-end microprocessors and special-purpose integrated circuits were in common use, and it was clear that the trend was toward increasing performance at ever-decreasing cost. I earned an MS in computer science then because, unlike when I had earned my engineering degree a decade earler, it was then clear that a lot of people would be needed who understood not just computing, but, computing in support of innumerable applications in fields as diverse as agriculture through zoology. Things continued to progress to today where, if a hiring decision comes down to two otherwise equally-qualified candidates, the one who also has a background in computing will be hired in virtually every case.
Our civilization literally could not exist today without computing, because we could not feed the world's population without the increased efficiency of agriculture through monitoring and analyzing Earth resources. Energy use has been vastly reduced on a per-capita basis via computing for everything from transportation to heating/cooling, agriculture to manufacturing, water purification to sewage treatment, etc. We won't have nearly enough people to keep up with the demand for computing development projects in all of these areas, and it will only keep growing into the future as economic resources become even more constrained.
Good luck in whatever you decide to pursue, and we will be looking forward to hearing about what you are able to do with your Pi, as well as your education and career accomplishments in the future. Go get 'em!
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- W.B. Yeats
In theory, theory & practice are the same - in practice, they aren't!!!