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  •  Not sure if this is helpful, but my grad degree (6+ / 0-)

    was paid for by a work-study grant, one which I was lucky to obtain by visiting the campus when applying and specifically going to the department chairperson for advice.  We somehow hit it off and he mentioned the work-study opportunity, and that was the end of my decision-making process on which school on my shortlist to attend.

    Good luck with whichever direction you go - LSATs are not the be-all, end-all, of course: I crushed the MCAT and my grades were only OK due to two classes that I completely bombed in my first two years of college (one was due to taking my final exam while in the throes of mono and the other was due to a Sociology professor who had a personal issue with my, well, male whitebreadedness).  Yet, I still had a decent pick of medical schools and - like you - found myself wondering about how to pay for them.

    Opening up the view a bit, I decided to investigate a different route - one in another long-term, personal interest area.  I quickly found some reputable, combined MS/MBA degrees in my search and visited schools.  That's how I ended up with the interview mentioned above.

    My Mom never told me she had bought a stethoscope for college graduation, though - my goal since before high school was to become a doctor some day.

    So, your personal drive might have you ending up in a complementary career path to what you've envisioned thus far, or you might find inspiration from the current college experience to try out something else you found interesting.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 09:25:31 PM PDT

    •  Having had to drop a German class... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...due to getting mono and being unable to be awake more hours in the day than I slept and the German class being an 8am 4-day-a-week class, I sympathize on that. I still haven't a clue from where/whom I got mono; what with it being nicknamed the kissing sickness or whatever, I think I should at least have gotten to have the kissing that went along with it, but there was no such person in my life then.

      I'm now faced with, if I do go back to college, having to do a ton of language that I didn't get done back then. I'm thinking either Japanese or American Sign Language. There is something very intriguing about ASL being such a different form of communication, and I probably have a bigger chance of ever needing it than ever needing Japanese.

      •  Likewise: no kissing benefit contracting the mono (4+ / 0-)

        I had basic ASL to help tutoring deaf students, and it formally introduced us to aspects of deaf culture, as well.  It certainly helped when working near magnets of deaf and otherwise hearing-impaired people (e.g., the National Technical Institute of the Deaf) and yes: there have been times where it was useful since graduating.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 10:08:35 PM PDT

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