How serious do you think others take your music? Friends, relatives, broadcasting personnel, wife, co-workers, fellow students, professors, and anyone else you may have involved.
What do you expect to gain either in the immediate or long term stretch? When you look back, what would you have done different that may have made you a better musician today?
Me, I would have left Buffalo a long time ago and studied elsewhere where music is taken as a vital important part of our lives. Do you think the area one resides still has a profound impact on determining your success today as much as say ten or twenty years ago??