Starting Medical School at age 25???

United States
September 28, 2008 10:18am CST
I would love to go to medical school. Unfortunatly, I'm 25, I have a poor GPA from previous college trys(I had 2 babies in college that wrecked the semester for me) and no money for school. I wouldn't change having my babies or even when, but I would apply myself more. I didn't exactly get a drive to learn until I was 23 ish not it's all I can think about is what new thing I can learn next. Is there any hope for me? I wonder if I should even consider medical school as it would take all of my time from my kids and wouldn't befefit us until they were already almost grown, but for some reason I just can't get the urge to be an Obstetrics doctor off of my mind. I am seriously conflicted and need some advice.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
28 Sep 08
One of the major mistakes I made in my life was believing that I could not do something because I had children, so instead I went on to have more children! You know you are only 25, it is not old, and I believe that you are never too old to follow a dream like you have. However that said you will soon be 35 before you know it, and that is true, it goes so fast so if you are going to do it,you need to just do it.
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• United States
29 Sep 08
I had a nice response typed that was lengthy but the computer hiccuped and lost it so I will just say thank you for the supportive thoughts, it is something I will continue to try and persue. I think if I can get through the 2000 out of pocket costs to get back in then I will definitly go for it. But thats alot of money for a sahm to have to blow around when we provide a nice life for 2 children...
@greysfreak (1385)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I definitely think that if you feel like it is something you could and want to do you should go for it. I don't think you can be too old, and you are my age.. and I definitely still feel like I still have options. I graduated last December, and since then I keep wishing I could be back there, and do better, and like you--I have a growing desire to go into medicine, either psychology or surgery. I don't know if I will ever have the opportunity, but sometimes I wish I had been encouraged to go after something so big. For me, I am a singer, and have wanted to do that forever, but since being out of school I feel like I miss learning and that mental stimulation. I at least want to eventually go back to school to be a surgical tech, they help keep the OR sterile and hand instruments to the surgeon, and from there go back and become a First Assistant, from what I read--they have more training than nurses, and sometimes assist in procedures I believe. I just mention all of that because there are other ways in, if you can't go directly in to medical school for any reason you might look into areas where you could be involved in the profession and once you have experience then go to med school. But really, at our age--we aren't 18, but we are still young! So I say go for your dreams! Sorry this was so long, I was just so happy to see someone who had a similar thought process. I don't have kids, but I have had other issues that probably interfered with my ability to focus in school.
• United States
29 Sep 08
Yea, I realize that med school is way out of reach and I will go for either a surg tech or an RN for obstectrics. Would love to be in c-sections and reg births!! I feel like my upbringing had alot to do with my attitude through school until I was older like recently. I was pushed so had and had such severe consequences for grades that I absolutely hated school. I didn't have the preperation of why it is important only the consequences of failure (I was grounded for 6-9 weeks straight for a C). My only encouragement was given by putting me down about my grades, my attitude, my life in general. So now that i have two daughters, I focus on making them see how important the different professions in life are and how their life would be in one of those professions versus how it is right now. I stress why it's important to get the grades instead of attacking them for their schoolwork. I focus on positive reinforcement for alot of my parenting issues. It seems to work, cross your fingers and say a little prayer, with any luck they will be doctors when their my age!!! Again, thanks for the supportive words..
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Well, yea.. maybe it is out of reach, but definitely not impossible. I saw some sites a while back and there were people older than us going to med school, and I even think I saw a single mother on there as well. So nothing is impossible, but definitely your idea of being and RN or surg tech is a great alternative--and maybe even a back door into bigger and better things, I mean, you'd be getting the experience and clinical background--so you could go back if you wanted. It definitely sounds like you want something that will allow you to work in medicine and also be there for your daughters--and that is great, because they are most important. I am so sorry that you had such severe consequences for grades and stuff. That definitely is not a positive environment to encourage a love for learning. I was kinda the opposite, I was always scared of getting a bad grade, but really, as long as I was trying, my parents didn't say much. I did get rewarded for a good report card, so they did care, but I wasn't pressured. I think I more pressured myself! Around 7th or 8th grade things got really bad in school, socially, and that really hurt my life in a lot of ways, I home schooled in 10th grade and got my GED when I was 17. I don't think I was really expected to go to college, but I felt I should, so I did--one year at community college to prove I could handle college, then I transferred. All throughout I did ok, but I couldn't really commit to a major. Now that I'm out I wish I had been able to just go for the challenge, psychology came pretty easy for me, half the time I didn't study as much as I should have and I got B's, so I have to wonder if I could have done better. I think it's so great that your are encouraging your daughters in such a positive way! I'm sure they will have great futures, and I hope you get the opportunity to have the career you really want!
@Tracy_Z (48)
• China
4 Oct 08
first I would like to ask why do you want to be a Obstertrics doctor?Do you really love or just interested in the job? I think it is serously to choose a career .You'd better ask some professionals to know some truth of the career!at the last give you my best wishes!
• United States
5 Oct 08
I definitly want to be something in Ob. Either in the delivery room or assisting with the c-sections. I think it is the best thing in the world to give life, to bring new life into the world. Sometimes it's not pretty and doesn't always have a good outcome but it's something that has held a special place in my heart and my brain for a few years.
1 Feb 11
Just do what you heart tells you and follow it. Bon chance!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Oct 08
If you want to do it, do it. You can always redo the college stuff and even if you don't become a doctor right off you can start out with nursing and such and build up that way you could do some nursing work while doing your doctor studies. Twenty-five isn't that old and if you feel that strongly, put your backbone to it and get going. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~ [/b]