I don't disagree with your advice here, but at the same time, life is full of risks. After my mother passed away and I finally dealt with the house, I took pre-reqs at one school, then applied to an accelerated program at another school, which (to me) inexplicably didn't take me (I had good grades in pre-reqs, among other things). Then somewhat on a whim, I moved back to NM, where my ex and I had lived (but in another town), where I knew no one, rented a place that was larger and more expensive than I wanted to pay - so I was definitely in a 'sink or swim' situation. Didn't really want to go back to my previous career. Thought about quitting nursing school in 3 of the 4 semesters. Had a bumpy road finding my first job. But now, with almost 6 years experience and a decent job, and thinking about things like travel nursing, I think 'hmmmm, those late nights studying WERE worth it'. But as we're all saying, I can only speak for myself.