Seeking some guidance
I'll warn you all now, this may become a lengthy post, I do apologize in advanced. I just need someone to give me their opinions and help me figure out what direction I should go in the way of schooling. I have been almost lost trying to figure out what to do, and now I'm feeling the clock is running out. I need to make a decision before I get any older than I already am, I'm almost 26 now. I need to advance my skills soon. I need a career with better pay.
Ever since I was a young kid, I have always loved animals. Always loved learning about them, taking care of them, and helping them whenever I could. So for as long as I could remember, I have wanted to become a Veterinarian. My family always said I was a born vet. I worked hard through early school years to be a good student, I had a goal I was working hard toward.
Then in my later teens I discovered the world of nursing. Loved it from the start. It was science and medicine, which I have a nack for. Then my focus turned to becoming a nurse. I became a nursing assistant while still in high school and starting working as a CNA my senior year.
Then when I graduated, I delayed going to college due to some family health issues. I became a care giver for my parents as they both had health issues. I then started college a few years later, but stopped after my dad passed away. And from that time on, I have not been back to school and have been working all these years as a CNA, with not much advancement.
Now that I'm a adult, I know I need to do something with my life. I'm stuck as a CNA, with really no way of getting anywhere without schooling. I keep going back and forth from Vet to maybe something in the human medical field. I don't feel like I want to become a nurse anymore. I don't see myself wanting to do that forever. I've been there, do that. I keep trying to find careers with animals that make ok money, and there really isn't much, at least here in Utah. Animals are my first passion, then people.
In the last year, one University by me has started a Veterinary school. You of course do all your generals for a BS degree, then apply for the vet program. You do your first two years here in the state of UT, then finish out the last two at Washington state. This makes going to vet school a little more feasible for me now. But it is going to be a lot of schooling, I'll be in my 30's when I finish, yikes!
So should I try to do all the schooling to become a vet like I have always dreamed of and have quite the debt of student loans,or should I find some kind of career in the medical field that makes good money and least amount of schooling and less of a student loan i'm going to have to take out and live with that? I'm stuck!