Hi all. I know there are a bunch of this type of thread, but I haven't found one that really applies to my situation, so I figured I'd post my own. Sorry in advance for the length - I'll add a tl;dr of sorts at the end. I have a bachelor's and part of a master's, both in criminal justice, which has netted me about $85k in student loan debt already. While in school, I worked in a few animal hospitals as both a receptionist and a vet assistant and I discovered that I absolutely love veterinary medicine. Of course I love animals, but I really, really love the medicine and the actual work. The criminal justice thing isn't panning out and, prior to my experience in vet medicine, I thought of going to law school, since I do like the law too. If I do as well on the actual test as I've done on the practice tests, I could likely get a free ride to my state law school. Once I decided I wanted to go into vet medicine, I talked to the doctors at the hospital where I worked and they ALL told me to basically run for the hills and if there is ANYTHING else I like, do that instead. I know part of this is based on the debt to income ratio (my only concern), but they are all GPs and I know a few regret not specializing. I'd be interested in either small animal internal medicine or orthopedics. Plus, the hospital where I worked had a lot of management problems, which caused everyone to be unhappy there in general. To add to it all, I'm almost 30, which I know is by no means "old" but I live on my own and don't make enough to save up to pay for living expenses in the future while paying for living expenses now. So, I'd have to incur even more debt to support myself (which I know is a boat a lot of other people are in too). Very long story short, I love vet medicine more than anything else, but would come out with a total of at least $285000 (probably more) even if I went to a school where I could get IS after the first year. I like the law too (not as much as vet med) and could potentially get a law degree without incurring much more debt. Are you guys of the "if there's anything else you like, do that instead" mindset too? Thanks for reading!