I currently am studying Spanish, Arabic, and TESL at my current university and hope to be a teacher and professor someday. I have always had a profound interest in language and studied French as an autodidact when I was in middle school, self-studied for the AP exam in high school and got a 5, and now I feel unfulfilled that I am not working towards a professional future in the language. There is no French program at my college.
At the university just a couple hours from me, there is an accelerated BA/MA program in French that I want to enroll in (along with a BA in Spanish and a second MA in Teaching World Languages which will give me high school cert for both languages). I truly believe that this path will make me happy, but it comes at a big cost.
I am a first semester freshman at my current university, but I made a trip there two years ago. The faculty welcomed me in and really recruited me. The former department head became my mentor, a Spanish professor gave me the position of president of Spanish Club, the department head gave me a job in the office of languages, an Arabic professor made me vice president of Arabic Club, and they gave me the opportunity to join the Arabic debate team my first semester.
I just feel so much more passionate about French and so much stronger in regards to proficiency. I realized this while at the Arabic debate and knew it before the semester started. I would lose everything above, but would get to do a BA/MA (which is ideal since I plan to go to graduate school later on anyhow), would get to study French, and would have increased opportunities for research.
Would anyone be willing to provide insight on this?