I am a first year medical student, rounding to the end of my first year. Last year I was arrested for an OWI (yes, an owi- it is very horrible I know). It has been the bane of my existence since then. For all who question the ethics of it and me, I certainly agree that duis are not okay! I was wine tasting for 45 min., believed myself to have had 1-2 drinks, waited another hour and a half, and was arrested upon leaving the location. I have been through a year of much pain and whatnot, as well as disclosing it fully to my school and seeing our school counselor about it. Fortunately for me, the charges were dropped, and I plead to two class C infractions (driving tickets). I know I will have to disclose this fully, along with all my documentation upon attempting licensure. Because I am debating if it is logical to stay in (I LOVE medicine and am so proud to be in this great society) when I may be left at the end with 160K debt and no licensure. Does anyone have any perspective on this as I am facing this decision? I will have an arrest record and all court documents against me, but thankfully NO misdemeanor. I hate to leave behind the one thing I feel passionate about , but I feel I must face facts. I'm not asking for pity, just actual information. Thank you for any help you can give.