I've told my story on here before, but it has been on my mind again now that I'm sorting through my last year of financial aid paperwork.I entered college when I was 17. I should have never been allowed to make such big decisions for myself at that age because I was vastly immature and did not have very good foresight. I thought I wanted to be a doctor, and decided to go to an expensive private school because my friend was going to it, and because I figured that after becoming a doctor the debt wouldn't really be a big issue.Little did I know that the lifestyle of a doctor wasn't for me. I was able to get the grades and nearly finish my first degree in a hard science before I decided that I'd rather be a nurse. Long story short I will be about $60-70k in debt by the time I finish. I tallied the numbers up last summer but I'm too afraid to look at it now. About $30-40k of that is in private loans and the rest are in government loans. This is just for tuition. I never studied abroad, lived the high life, etc. I know I am stupid, and I readily admit to making this bad decision. It was entirely my choice, I was warned, and it is my fault. I accept this, and I am looking forward to how to handle this amount of debt and pay it off. I want to repay every cent. Right now, I have about $8k in savings and am hoping to retain this until I graduate next May. Hopefully this money will carry me through until I obtain a job.I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this situation, or has any advice for me, or what my life will be like. Starting wages for nurses in our area is about $35k a year. I can survive on about $5k a year. Do you think if I work a few years, live in poverty, and take a bit dent out of this debt, I will be able to lead a fairly normal life afterwards?