Non-trad guy will be starting med school at 25. First generation college student, URM, from very poor family. My biological family thinks bettering myself is a bad thing. They are unsupportive, and they always say things like "that takes too long, why don't you just work at the factory." Im from the type of place that is so impoverished, that working in the local factory makes you rich @ ~ 30k a year. Here there is a general mistrust of higher education and science in general . Becoming a doctor in my hometown is unheard of and people think I will inevitably fail. I know med school is hard, and it will probably be helpful to be able to call your parents and vent and have them encourage you. Sadly I won't have that. I was thinking maybe mentors can help me out, but I don't know how personal mentors can get. I would like to be able to talk to someone similar who understands what im going through and can offer encouragement and help me often.