I need a plan
June 7, 2012 5:35 PM Subscribe
My situation is as follows: I graduated from high school in 2008. I have since been taking classes very part-time working towards a B.S. in Biochemistry. I do not have any student loan debt and have been working in retail. The problems:
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My situation is as follows: I graduated from high school in 2008. I have since been taking classes very part-time working towards a B.S. in Biochemistry. I do not have any student loan debt and have been working in retail.
1. I am not interested in doing entry-level research, or any research. The thought of doing lab research makes me want to cry.
2. I do not feel that going to pharmacy school, medical school, or veterinary school is feasible financially.
3. Financially and emotionally I am a mess. I recently quit my job because after two years I could just not take it anymore. It was mind-numbing and depressing work. However, I have another job lined up that seems promising.
4. I have medical debt, however, and am greatly worried about how I can support my mother in the not so distant future. She has helped me financially as much as she can and I want to be able to take care of her.
What I need (doesn't everyone?) is to get on an efficient track to making money in a good field. I have stupidly meandered for too long already. If I want to finish my Biochemistry degree within the next two years, I need to be taking 18 credit hours a semester for every semester including summers. This feels daunting if I have to be working full-time and taking challenging courses. But maybe it's possible. But when would I have time for homework and studying?
I need a plan, because right now I'm sinking. Things are partcularly rough at the moment. I am currently taking a summer calculus class. I did have some money to pay for it but then my car broke down and I had to use the money for repairs. I used up all of my aid for the fall and spring semesters, so I owe the school 1700 dollars for the cal class. For some reason I didn't get the Stafford Loan. I also have 1000 dollars in credit card debt, and more than 1000 dollars in medical debt (no health insurance). Very little left over for food, but at least I'll be working again soon.
I do have other interests and skills, so maybe science isn't for me. But I do love science. I also love literature, writing, art, and computers.
So my questions are:
1. Should I finish up the Biochemistry degree, and just do it slowly?
2. Is it actually feasible in my situation to then go on to post-grad studies in a professional field?
3. Pick something else?
4. How to make a plan that includes going to school, or maybe not, as I know some fields value knowledge and experience over a degree, such as IT?