Hello all. This is my first post. I am seeking advice, criticism or generally, any helpful information you can provide. Similar to more recent posts, I am in my 30's considering taking up the study of physics. I have spent a good 2 or 3 months lurking here and researching career options and opportunities. It's a pursuit about a year in the making. The problem lies in the school I have attended to transitioning to a school I'd like to attend. I have acquired an Associate's degree in Information Technology with a concentration in web design from a for-profit, private institution, aka diploma mill. Thankfully, the school is regionally accredited. I opted to continue on to their newly introduced bachelors degree program. A year later, I have started to slip in studies. I just couldn't seem to let go that I really would like to switch gears and move towards tackling the math to get me up to speed to pursue a degree in physics. I am a semster away from completing my bachelors degree but have already been accepted as a transfer to a four year instituition. Despite nearly all of my credits transfering they are only electives; I will pretty much have to start all over again. The for-profit school has set me back a dear penny but I am convinced that because I would like to pursue a STEM field, I will find many more scholarship opportunities to help fund the education. Alas, my dilemma, finish school and just opt for the second degree? It eats me up knowing once I get the degree, I will not qualify for federal aid unless I take on more loans. On the one hand it makes sense to finish what I started. In this regard, the time and money spent will not be wasted and I will have a degree to show for it. On the other, I am leaning towards, well, eff it! I made a bad investment that cost me a lot. And even though I can't undo the horrid decision to go that school in the first place, I have an opportunity for one last do-over. A confidante commented despite their position for me to finish, "It seems like you are following your heart as best as you know how, and that's pretty darn amazing and inspiring. Actors and actresses get practice time and dress rehearsals and we normal humans get pushed out into our lives without even a script, let alone practice. So what can we do but try to dance?" This makes me smile and strive to push forward but I can't help but think, am I kidding myself? What would you do? This is really gut-wrenching but I have to do something soon...sorry if this is long and confusing, again I appreciate any comments. If it helps, I am not married, no kids and I have a stable job with a salary that will suffice for now.