Currently, I am working on my PhD in Physics (do not have a masters). My background is a BS degree in Computer Science / Mathematics. I have almost all the classes one needs to get an undergraduate physics degree. I am thinking of leaving the program recently since my 28th birthday. I am not being funded till I take my first exam which would have been this summer but it seems way to hard to juggle School, a job, and life. So far I have gotten 2 grades a B in Electromagnetic Theory and a C in Quantum Mechanics. The C killed me it was entirely my fault but I just do not have enough time except on the weekend to do homework and because of that I end up getting lost if family gets in the way which happen more often than not since I moved back home. I went back to college while working full time (40+hours) and took the appropriate course needed to get into graduate school with a B+ average (Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Modern Physics, and Dynamics). Do you people feel I should leave the program completely and go back to my full time career as a computer programmer. Right now, I am working part time as a programmer but the work is no less harder since I am doing only 20 hours a week but my workload is equivalent to my full time coworkers (that is a whole another story). Also traveling has become a major problem since it takes me between 1hr and 30 minutes to around 2 hours to travel from home to graduate school (They do not have any dorms on campus). This takes away a lot of my time and on the weekends I end up having to go to the school library to study since my family life is too hectic to stay at home cause I never get anything done and just get way too upset to work on anything. Right now I am taking 2 graduate classes doing OK in them but my grades will be either a [B-, B or B+]. They could be better but right now I am doing a C+ to B- on the homework cause I never get to finish all of the problems due to my schedule. Since I know I will not be able to change my schedule and I am in danger of failing below the B average required for this level of study and I already got my one chance from last semester which may not be extended till Spring. I see no alternative because I gave it some deep thought and I know I need to 1) be away from my family 2) be on or near dorms so I do not spend 3 hrs a day or more traveling which gets tiring to be able to do well and succeed in graduate school. I truly love physics but I see no logically way out of this car crash. I can only try so hard and no matter what I do I seem to be just shy of making it.