I know it's heretical to say on this board, but you can also produce excellent work scanning and printing digitally. I still like darkroom prints better, but at some point the reality of space and chemical availability must be factored in.
Agreed on all points. You will lose some detail from the highest highlights and deepest shadows, but it is a pretty easy way to start printing, and lots of people on here do it. We just go over to dpug.org to talk about it.
All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. Choose the one that has heart.