Originally Posted by gravydeath
I haven't touched the Civil War at all, can I join a faction and do the missions from start to finish afterwards? If so, then I'll just finish the main quest.
I'm 99% sure you can, but I'd hate to give out false information. Someone might be able to confirm.
"You know, if you have the aptitude, you should join the Mage's College in Winterhold."
*Has Aptitude. Joins Mage's college*
"You know, if you..."
*Becomes Arch-Mage of Mage's college*