So true - it's the big picture that counts.
I've heard way too many stories of people who got their degree, but didn't have the experience necessary to get into teachers college. Or, those who graduated teachers college but didn't have enough prior experience to get hired.
I've known I want to become a teacher since grade 6 - and worked towards achieving that goal since the age of 13. It's all about experience - you need to start early and look towards the big picture. I started out with babysitting, then moved on to coaching. Then moved onto summer camps. Now I have a supervisory job. Not to mention I've been volunteering my time in classrooms and local museums for 6 years now.
Heck, the city pays me close to minimum wage even though I've been working for them for 7 years...while I have friends laughing at me, working at factories during the summer making $25/hour. And volunteering at the museum sure isn't making me any money. But in the end, this is all going to pay off (and I still think I have the best job(s) in the world).