First off, I thank you for anyone who takes the time to read this. I will be starting my fourth year of college in September. My first year I was a computer major, then at the start of my second year, I switched to being a biology major with the goal of becoming a dentist. I was about 17 at the time and did not give much thoughts about the future or career choices. When I first choose dentistry, my main reason was that it was good paying, has flexible hours, provides a service that give people self-esteem and joy, and mostly importantly, I have confident that I can be, because I am good at memorization. So all I focused on was the result, but never really thought about the process of becoming a dentist and the obstacles that come with it, such as the intense schooling (I have only taken 13 units per quarters with a non-health care related job on the side), the amount of debts that I will be in at the end, the management aspects of being a private practitioner, and the stress that comes with dealing with people and money. I have no particular interest in teeth. I have done 50+ hours of shadowing between general dentists and orthodontist at a dental group. I liked the atmosphere, got to see many procedures and had some hands-on experiences. I do like dentistry in regards to providing care, but I am having trouble deciding if this is worth it for myself as I have not done much exploration of other fields and am just starting to realize that I am growing up and these are my own responsibilities. I am not sure at all if Dentistry is the right for me, but it is the only career choice that I have experience of. I have looked into dental hygiene and think its a good alternative, but there are lots of doubts in job security as well. My question is that was it my wishful thinking in the first place or self-doubt right now that is making this a hard decision? I cannot say dentistry is something that I love, but I can tolerate it. I fear that I will regret not going for dental school and regret that I am going into something that I may not want to do for a good amount of my life. My current GPA is about 3.82 and am starting to take upper-division science courses. A bit background story is I moved from Hong Kong to United State in 2004 and had some problems with insecurities and low self-esteem throughout these year span, but I have begin to open up more socially and am building that self-confident up. Any advice is welcomed and appreciated, thanks in advance!