Had a long debate today with one of my friends about the pros and cons of medical school and pa school. I won't go into them for the sole purpose of no one would read this if I did, but she is an advocate of me going to medical school and I am not. The last year I have struggled immensely with the choice between the two careers and my future. The bottom line is it comes down to this. I love medicine, I want to make it a huge part of my life and dedicate myself to giving people second chances. But, in 60 years when I'm looking back at my life I don't want to associate myself as just being a doctor. I want so much more out of life. To become and MD I would not even be able to start my life until my mid 30's hopefully. I am not saying I am not dedicated because I will always try to gain as much knowledge about medicine as I can, but to be able to finish school early and continually gain knowledge and insight into medicine as I practice for the rest of my life while at the same time being able to travel, see the world, have a family, and make memories, is in my view the perfect route. I have to remind myself quite often why I am choosing PA over MD. When I am 60, 70, 80 years old, I want to know I lived my life to the fullest and experienced as much as I could have. To those people who do go through the rigorous trials of becoming an MD, I solute you, but it's not for me. Their are many aspects of life. Juggling between them can be difficult at times. Learning to keep a balance between it all is the only way anyone can survive.