Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Loudoun County, VA
Well, the problem is, it's never going to be a perfect time to change your life. It's a problem that plagues everyone. There's always going to be something that makes you think "well, I guess I'll wait to do that...". This time it's taking care of the dogs, but the following year, it could be something else. Something will always pop up to make you want to put it off.
That's why it's so important to push through and MAKE IT the time to do it. That'll mean telling your parents "sorry, but I have to do this", or it'll mean selling your horses, even if you don't get as much as you want for them. I would also say not to even worry about not having enough saved up, student loans can have very little interest and aren't a burden. My husband pays about $100 a month for his. Plus assuming the the semester starting in the fall, you'd have a little bit of time to save up.
I know it's tough, but stay focused on your goal, and you will make it happen. Please please please don't let anything make you put off pursuing your goal.
I was about your age when I got shoved out my parents door, and honestly it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Once you take the big leap, things have a way of working themselves out.
I also think you'd really enjoy being at school. College life is a great experience in itself, and I'm not talking about just drinking and parties, but there's lots of activities you could be apart of, plus you'd be learning about something you loved.
And as someone else mentioned, if for some reason it didn't work out, there's always a boring government job you could go back to.
I know I'm probably writing alot, but I'm really enthused for you! I really think you should do it!