I hope I'm wording this correctly, and as carefully as I can, and I mean not to offend anyone here who supports Hawass.
That's one thing I find puzzling about forums such as this. Unless Hawass is a relative, why be offended by someone's open critique of a public figure? A lot of expended energy and anger over a simple debate...is it really worth it?
You don't find Hawass to be enthusiastic? I think he's very enthusiastic. And I wouldn't dismiss his credentials too quickly. Though Hawass is a controversial figure, he's been a practicing archaeologist since the late 1960s and a Ph.D. for some twenty years. He's well proven in his field and an expert in the studies of ancient Egypt.
At present, though, I doubt he does much field work anymore. He's no longer a grunt but the leader of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. It's hard to imagine how many responsibilities and pressures he has. I think he's a terrific spokesman for Egypt, and his enthusiasm for his country's heritage is plain to see.
So, anyway, you're definitely going for Egyptology professionally? That's exciting.
Had I the chance to live life over, I think I'd do the same. I take what professional classes I can, especially for the study of hieroglyphs, but I'll never be a professional Egyptologist. I wish you the best. Any schools in mind? Just curious.