I am weighing the Pros and Cons of spending $3,000 on 80 hours of courses for ICND1 and 2 for the CCNA. I think I am pretty confident that I can study on my own if I have the right books, but my main concern is that I might be losing out on valuable experiences because I don't have access to a lab or any Cisco equipment. What do you guys think would be best? A bit of background on myself for those who don't know me from other sub-forums. I am a 22 year Senior in College. My official Major is Telecommunications..but we don't learn anything about Networking that is in depth. I just finished an ICT Management class that was the most Networking type stuff I've ever learned during my time at the University. I don't regret coming to this school since I did not find out I wanted to be a Network Administrator until after my Sophomore year... originally, I wanted to be a Programmer, so I came to Michigan State University. I graduate from College in May. In addition to that, I have an Internship with Kellogg for IT Management and Infrastructure and I will be under one of the Sr. Network Admins there learning the ropes. I hope I grow so much from this opportunity. I was really lucky to even land a spot in this program in my opinion. The Internship starts in Mid May and ends in August. Anyway....I am really eager to get my CCNA, I've been dreaming about it for the past semester and I want to finally buckle down and do it since school is winding down and I will have a lot more time on my hands this semester. Thanks in advance!