As a dog lover, dog owner, dog sitter (actually own my own pet sitting business), and dog rescuer, I am begging you not to get a dog right now. Owning a dog is a HUGE responsibility and acquiring one is a decision not to be made lightly. I have seen too many dogs in my line of work who are not given the amount of attention and, more importantly EXERCISE, that they require. These are the dogs that inevitably end up with "issues". I have also seen too many dogs surrendered to shelters because their owners didn't take the time to think about what a huge responsibility it really is to own a dog. In fact, I was at my local Humane Society two weeks ago and EVERY person in there was surrendering their OWN pet. It was sickening. Also, think about the fact that if you do get a dog you will not only be dealing with the stress of nursing school but also with the stress of a new dog. And, yes, it will be stressful. Yes, as someone stated earlier, dogs are able to go for long stretches of time. But these are dogs that have adjusted to their new homes and their new owners and they have a routine. Also, have you thought about the financial aspects of owning a dog? Trust me, it ain't cheap. You'll have to deal with vaccinations, flea/tick/heartworm preventitive, annual check-ups, teeth cleaning, spaying/neutering. And what about if it gets sick? Will you be able to pay for that? Will you be able to take time off from school to care for a sick animal? And once again I have seen too many dogs surrendered b/c their owners were unable to provide for them financially. You need to really understand what it means to be a RESPONSIBLE pet owner. And, I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the poster that stated "it's just a dog". Those are exactly the kind of people who should NOT own dogs, or any other animal for that matter. Please wait until you have finished nursing school and are able to truly devote the time and energy to a new dog...as well as provide for it financially. It will be one of the best decisions you could ever make. And, please, when you do make the decision to get a dog...ADOPT!!