WARNING: This post is mostly just me bitching about my personal/family situation, so if you can't stand that kind of post please stop reading now and save yourself a lot of annoyance. Okay then: Hi, I'm in a tough situation and just wondering if there are any other SDNer's in the same boat. While I accept poverty as a condition of being a student, this past year has been especially difficult because my mother, who was barely making ends meet to begin with, got laid off from her job when the plant she was working at closed about a year ago (for all intents and purposes, I don't have a dad, so there's no one helping her or me out). She has been living off of unemployment and is finishing up a CNA course at the local community college, but today she got a letter saying she is no longer eligible for unemployment, so she has no idea how she is going to make the house payment this month since she won't be able to work as a CNA until she takes the licensing exam in Jan. My sister (who is in nursing school) and I have helped my mom out when we can, but since we are both students that hasn't been very much. Now that this has happened, I don't know what I should do. I feel very selfish putting my needs and desires (to be a doctor and a student) before my mom's immediate need for help. If I was able to work full-time, I could help her out, but with school I can barely work enough to pay my own rent. I feel guilty about every dollar I spend on myself, like I should give her the money I have saved, even though I was planning to use that money to pay for application fees and towards an MCAT course. I don't really have that much to give her now anyway, since I'm waiting for next term's financial aid money. There's a lot she could have done over the past year to avoid ending up in this situation, but she's my mom and I feel responsible for her. This is just so frustrating, I don't want to leave school this close to applying and if I do I'll lose my scholarship. I also don't want to risk screwing everything up by trying to work more when I'm preparing for the MCAT and writing my BA thesis. I don't know what I'm supposed to do. Sorry to bitch about all this, it's just tough to commit yourself to years of education when your family is struggling to make ends meet and you can't offer a dime of assistance. I know I should finish up my degree and apply this June, I'm too close and I've stuck it out through too many other rough times to throw it away now. It's still really hard to watch your mom fall apart and not be able to help her because you're too busy pursuing your own goals and life. I know (think) it's the right thing to do for me, it just sucks. Feel free to offer any suggestions or to commiserate- I'm just really down about all this right now, I know my situation isn't unique though and maybe other people who have made it through similar experiences can offer some advice.