Skrawberri, I also feel your pain. I am inthe same boat. Except I'm a little bit older. A few things to keep in mind, I know you will HATE ME when I say this (but I'm just speaking from experience ...) being 17 you have your whole life in front of you. I wanted the same things when I was 17, I went into college a chem major, I broke up with my high school boyfriend, and moved on. Evenutally away from medicine. After graduating with a business degree, I'm thinking of moving back into the healthcare field. The salaries, hours, flexibility all are appealing to me (same as you) ... esp b/c I have now been with my current boyfriend for four years and I would like to have a family, etc. Same thing with you. Leaving for nursing school would be a financial drain for me, and then I would probably be making less, working weird hours, holidays, etc. All the reasons I wanted to leave "for" nursing, were kinda of a mirage. I was dreaming too much.
I want to buy a house and start a family, but I need income for that. My boyfriend is still trying to decide what to do, and he'd like to have his own business ... there's even MORE money we'd (or he'd) have to shell out.
You have to do what is BEST for you and alwasy put yourself first. If things don't work out for you and your man, you will always hold that against him ... "I should have gone to med school" and you will always wonder "What if I did things for ME and not for US?" I'm in the same boat.
But I decided, I have to do things for me. I have decided that I am going to stick on the path I'm on right now and then when I finish my prereq's I will decide if I should go to nursing school or continue on my current path. The med school is an enticing option later, but I don't think I want to be a doctor anymore. Nursing fits me more I believe ... but I will see.
I would suggest you follow a pre-med path in nursing if you want to figure it out. Once you start the nursing, you could graduate with the degree and then if you wanted to ... you would have the option of doing EITHER. If you decide through school you want to go to med school, you could just switch to Bio, but the nursing won't hurt you. You will already have exposure to the health care world which would only help you! Doctors on a whole aren't making a whole lotta money when it comes to malpractice insurance
, etc. There are some very lucrative nursing fields too. I field that with nursing, you get the opportunity to choose from MANY different fields and can switch freely, doctors are more specialized ...
My advice, do your research!!!!!! Look into programs and options you would like to explore, shadow the profession, look at options. College is a growing/learning experience ... embrace that and work from there. Nothing in life is definite, make sure you really want to do it, no matter what anyone else says.