Hello everyone! I have been following forums for years now and reading other people's threads. However, I always seem to have such specific questions that I end up more confused. Today I finally decided that I will post my own thread on here. Long story "short": I was born in Mexico and moved here at age 14. I always knew I wanted to be a Dr. In high school I struggled to learn the language and adapt to culture but graduated with a 3.7. Nevertheless, as a first generation student at a 4 year college I had no idea what I was doing, my family fell apart, had to deal with a death of a close friend, and for many other crazy life situations my grades dropped and eventually I dropped out of college. After being in a job I was sort of happy with for four years, I finally went back to school. My grades improved majorly, but because of my poor GPA from the past I graduated with a 3.2 cumulative at age 28 this June. I have extracurriculars and I am set to start a post bacc this coming fall. However, my boyfriend of 4 1/2 years is becoming very impatient in how long this process has turned out to be. We love each other very much but he has told me he is not sure that he wants to wait another 6 years or so for me to even be done with medical school IF I get in. He is ready to live the 9-5 life, get married and have kids. He is 5 years older than me and as much as I want a family with him I have been wanting to be a doctor for longer. when we met I was working for the same school district as he is (he is a PE teacher) and could eat at any restaurant with him. Now I have turned into a vegan woman that wants to go to medical school. Therefore, I can understand his frustrations and give him credit for how understanding he has been along the path. He waited this long and now his patience has run out. He has not said he will break up with me if I go to medical school but it has definitely put a lot of stress into our relationship. This has lead me to consider PA school. I need to know if anyone has done this and regretted it or felt like it was a good compromise. This man is great with kids, he is honest, loving, caring, athletic, super fun to be around, my best friend, I love his family, and basically cannot see myself without him and cannot wait to become his wife one day. Nevertheless, I have faught so hard to achieve my dreams and I would not want to resent him later on in life. Then again, what if I don't even get into medical school and I let go off of my Prince Charming? Any thoughts and comments appreciated. Please feel free to be as blunt and honest as possible, I have pretty thick skin. Thanks!