Hi there, SDN! So here I am, just entering my 30's, and still wishing I had gone to med school. My GPA from my B.A. is 3.095 and I'm concerned that might be low enough to knock me out of reasonable consideration. I test well (never below 97th percentile on a standardized test) and I'm intelligent (started classes at Michigan State when I was 14), but my academic record is mediocre at best. Fortunately, I do have over 4,000 hours of documented community service (including disaster relief with FEMA after hurricanes Dennis and Katrina) and 3 Congressional Medals for that service. My grandfather was a veterinarian, so I got to spend spring breaks and summers helping with surgeries and around the clinic. Plus, we had a farm. Routine, low level medical stuff has been a part of my life since forever. I'm signed up right now to re-take College Algebra and Trig. The last time I took them I got "no-grade" then a few months later I scored in the 99th percentile on those ACT subsections. Story of my academic life in a nutshell. Ability, but no participation. This semester and next I could add Anatomy and Physiology, then a University about 45 minutes down the road has a Post-Bacc program for career changers looking to get into med school. That would start next summer, and end in the spring, after which I could continue as an enrolled student there taking any more classes I need (like a second semester of Org Chem). That program alone is $20,000. So here is where I get stuck. I have a business that is pretty successful when I actually work at it (closed it up for maternity leave 18 months ago) and it's nice but uninspiring. I miss when my work mattered. I miss when I was putting this innate ability to good use. I've spent 12 years trying to convince myself I did not want to study medicine, because the intensity and expense is outrageous. Now I have a spectacular husband and 3 incredible kids. Am I really considering spending their whole child hoods in medical school and residency? Is there even a realistic chance for me? Let's say I do spend $20,000+ just to get ready to apply to medical school. Let's say I get in. We're talking about an incredibly high price tag for the *chance* to be a doctor. If I flake out or fail out, my kids and family and I may never recover. Hubby is underpaid, but flexible. He can find *some* work anywhere, just not much. I'd probably train him to handle all the customer service of my business and let him take an hourly wage doing that. He is entirely supportive. I see the threads about people who've walked this path and succeeded, but how many people started and did not? What percentage of smart, motivated, more-diligent-than-me people don't make it? I'm looking for advice. Encouragement. Or a gentle reality check. Is this the beginning of personal fulfillment or an incredibly expensive opportunity to completely sink my family?