well athlein brings up some good points, i would not say it is all that. the first 2 semesters in my program were very busy, and i did not see the family too much. different programs are structured differently. my program is a partially front loaded program. this means a lot of didactic and a bit of clinical. as the semesters go by the scale tips and you have more clinical. now, finishing my 3rd semester, i am spending more time with my family than before. i have set up a schedule that works for my grades as well as my family. yes, i have missed b-days, and parties and all kinds of fun stuff but - i see my family q day and spend time with my son. i stay up late after he goes to bed to study. you do what you can. if anesthesiais what you want to do, you will find a way.