I maintain that a single paranormal experience, carefully examined for its authenticity, is more valuable than a physics degree.
Ray: Don't underestimate the wonderment of carrying out that physics doctoral dissertation study--and/or the post Doc studies that often follow.
Not just in physics, either.
I've helped many students design and carry out doctoral dissertation studies--where one tries to make a unique contribution to knowledge--and it usually is a personally transformative experience.
Remember the Cal Tech motto: "that the truth will set us free."