Hi everyone, I've been a huge fan of SDN for quite some time now.. but, I think I need to post here. I need some help. I'm almost 27. I've been all over the place academically, and I'm just.. completely torn right now. From the time I was 8 up until i was about 21, I was going to be a vet -no questions asked. I love James Herriot with a passion. I own 5 chickens, 2 dogs and a cat. I was a kennel assistant in high school and I completed a B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry (instead of going the pre-vet/agriculture route) with every intent of applying. Then I fell in love my last year of undergrad, got married and decided, "eh, teaching biology would be okay." So, I started my M.A. in Education and hated it. I haaaaated it. All I wanted to do was teach my kids about the awesome things animals can do (thanatosis, anyone?) and I couldn't because of the educational standards. So, in 2008, I'm talking to a buddy of mine that was at UT Memphis for med school, and he asks me why I wasn't in vet school? I said I didn't know and, well, long story short, I ended up applying to medical school. Pretty much on a whim - I'd never even wanted to be a people doctor. I applied in August, took the MCAT in September, interviewed with my #1 school (LMU-DCOM) in October and was accepted in November. Destiny, right? Who ends up getting into medical school that easily? I started at DCOM in the summer of 2009, left my husband in the fall of 2009, was divorced in the spring of 2010 as well as being remediated to the next, incoming class. So, I got back in the saddle Fall 2010 and halfway through the semester, decided living 3 hours away from my elderly parents wasn't what I wanted to do with my life, nor was spending the next 7 years of my life a slave to medicine/becoming a doctor. Up until about 30 minutes ago, I had decided applying to a PA program (27 months in length) in the general vicinity of my parents/siblings would be completely acceptable. I've applied to a single program, and am anxiously awaiting news from them (which I will not get until October, at the earliest). I've already taken the GRE for it and my scores are... well, competitive. And then I was perusing the internet and saw this: http://i.imgur.com/JWahc.jpg (I wish I could append it to this thread, but the image is huge, so I'll spare you.) ...and it took my breath away. Perhaps I'm simply struck by the nostalgia of it? Dreaming of my undergrad life and the life I expected it to be? Part of me tells me that it would be counterintuitive for me to apply to vet school, as I would then be eating up at least 4 years of my life, an hour and a half away from my parents, and missing out on a lot of milestones in my nieces and parents' lives.. and very likely their last few living years. (My grandparents raised me and I consider them my parents, so they're in their 70s.. and not at the height of health.) But part of me wonders if I'll regret it if I don't. I'm torn.. and I'm heartbroken. The sacrifices weren't worth it enough for me to be a physician, but would they be enough for me to become a veterinarian? I'm already 80k in debt from a year and a half of medical school, so that's another factor. Would I ever be able to pay off med school + vet school?! Please, any thoughts/sentiments/etc. would be greatly appreciated. Am I being too rash about this? Have I passed my expiration date? have too many factors been stacked against me? should I do what I have always wanted?