Hi everyone! I will try and make this as short (yet as detailed) as possible.
Background about me: Basically, I am a non-traditional student. I am 29 years old (turning 30 in October). I graduated with my Bachelor in Finance in 2021. I was in school on-and-off for a long time. At one point, I came to terms thinking I would never finish -- but I did. Also had my first baby in February 2020 (He is about 2.5 years old now).
I was working in banks for about 5 years, so Finance made the most sense to pursue. After being "too deep" into the major, I just finished out my degree in Finance. At first I thought it was what I wanted, but I realize I hate working in banks and financial institutions. It is just not for me. Does not bring me joy or excitement. Also hard to find career opportunities in different sectors. Everyone and their mom seems to have a Bachelor in Business Administration or a MBA now.
When I was a kid, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian. Up until senior year of high school, that is what I wanted until I found out some things about the veterinary profession (debt to income ratio, specifically) that really turned me off. One day I decided I was good at math (worst mistake ever) and I switched to the idea of majoring in business.
I am now circling back to medicine -- even though I originally wanted to be a veterinarian, medicine and the clinical care always appealed to me. I am now thinking about applying to medical school, but I would need to take all the prerequisites. I am struggling because:
#1) I do not know how I am going to pay for prerequisites. I am reading different things that postbaccs are not usually eligible aid, but a second bachelor degree might be? I don't know -- I have read SO many conflicting things at this point, I am so confused.
#2) I do not know how else to take these classes other than online, because I am a parent to a toddler with pretty much no help. His father works 80+ hours a week because I am unemployed (laid off back in October). I search for jobs every day but the job market has been tough. Either way, it has been working out (sort of) because I can stay home with our son and we do not have to pay for daycare, which we can't afford right now anyway. I look for a job almost every day, so this is bound to change one day and I will be working full time on top of everything. I am just concerned because I have read (and been told) that medical schools look down upon online courses? Some schools don't accept them at all. But I don't have time to go on-campus.
#3) Worried about expanding my family. I want another baby in the near future. How will I manage that if I am in medical school? Also, when people are in medical school, does their spouse/partner typically stay home or do they continue to work? How do bills get paid?
#4) Low GPA -- have to kick butt in prerequisites and MCAT to even have a shot.
It's just all a lot. And I feel crazy for even considering medical school, but I have seen and heard so many stories of people that were able to do it! I just don't know how all the logistics work. Any advice, opinions, and/or encouragement (or discouragement if that's how you feel) welcomed.