in reply to Which language would be most helpful?
Wow. Thanks for all the advice. I am currently leaning the most towards C++, for many of the reasons mentioned here. The only mention of perl-related instruction that I've heard is that in some of the web development classes (which I will probably take some), do teach some perl as the language for writing CGI applications. However, there are no formal perl classes. I think I might also take one or two VB classes as well, to try and have some well-rounded programming experience.