It's not really about how you start but how you finish.
We are conditioned to take the traditional path: graduate college, get a nice paying job, build a life, and start a family. What they don't try to emphasize is that this road is to meant for everyone. I couldn't force it any longer, almost 5 years in school and jumping every hurdle, I'd found one too high. Financial aid was keeping me from the goal of finishing SIUC with a degree along with my own self-sabotage