Baby Got Post-Bacc
April 2, 2009 6:40 PM Subscribe
I managed to complete my rinky-dink English degree online without quitting my job or tearing out MY hair. But now I need a few semesters of full-time, brick-'n-mortar hard science and I'm not sure how to swing it.
posted by julthumbscrew to Education (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I received "the call". It told me, "Dude, go take your pre-med requirements!" But there are confounding factors. I have a decent full-time job. I also have a fantastic part-time preschooler (I'm divorced with 50/50 custody). I have a great support network (awesome long-term live-in boyfriend, close siblings/parents/friends). I'm pretty sure I could tackle med school without dying or plotzing. Money DURING medical training isn't an issue (there are state/federal/military loan repayment programs and massive-but-worthwhile loans). However, I'm not sure how I should hack going back to school full-time to complete the pre-med stuff. I'm considering several options:
- Live frugally, pour the bulk of my income into my 401(K) or a 529 plan, quit job when designated fund reaches a certain level, live on proceeds during pre-med year.
- Live frugally, pour the bulk of my income into a savings account, so on and so forth.
- Attempt to obtain part-time work at a school with generous student tuition benefits, quit job, work/learn at fabulous new institution (not bloody likely, I know).
- Quit job in lieu of part-time under-the-table work (bartending, etc.), use this and boyfriend's income to finance post-bacc year (also lowers my income on next year's FAFSA).
- Sell my body to science: become a gestational surrogate (a silly whim... but it's $20K+ and pregnancy was super-easy for me).
Were I alone, I could sleep on my parents' couch and take out loans. But with a small person depending on me for 50% of his PB&Js and Garanimals, I need to think this out VERY thoroughly before I proceed.
Well, Mefites? Thoughts? Alternative ideas? Personal stories? Encouragement? Brutal naysaying?