I was lucky enough to get a fellowship from my company when I first graduated. I had some intern/co-op experience and waited a year before getting into a Master's program. Most companies have a reimbursement program for advanced degree course work. You may not have enough experience to really determine which path you should be on for a good future. Best to take a year working and decide if you really want to do what you are already doing even more or if there are changes you want to make in that path.
I bought Slackware at the local computer store and installed it on my machine. I had to dual boot because the CD-ROM was connected to the sound card. However, all my engineering classes used UNIX instead of Windows, so I was happy to start poking around my own system and try to figure out how to make everything (or most everything) work. It was fun.
When all else fails, read the instructions.