Warning! This topic will likely influence my future, so please take it seriously.
I received 3D Studio Max 5 say, for my birthday. It’s cool, but I am facing a crossroads here. I plan to stick to 3D Computer Graphics till University time, when I want to follow a good course. What would help me more right now, and what would be more fun? Staying with Blender and Lightflow and trying at least to reach a mediocre level compared to the rest of you, or switching to 3D Max and starting learning its interface, etc so I can be competitive at least by knowing how to use Max if not spitting out some fine artwork(s?). If I choose Max, I’ll almost surely choose a 'versity course using Max, so no switching to Lightwave or Cinema4D or Maya later. If I choose Blender+Lightflow, I can continue to get better in the general art of 3d modelling and texturing, and learn interface and stuff like that directly in college. Either way, I feel Blender has given me a new purpose in life and I’ll at least come to it for reference from time to time. (I just found an old dusty wrecked wares CD and realised I must thank the people who made it for including Blender 1.8 when burning it, two years ago or so). Note that I’ll be in High School next year and my time is limited due to the nature of the high I’ll be going to (it’s Japanese). I don’t think I’ll have enough time to use both at the same time. I need your advice. Sorry for making you read all this.