My whole life, I've been told I needed to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, businessman, etc. All I really want to do is learn about wine! After going through college, I have a mass of loans to repay, and I never finished my degrees for medical reasons. So, I'm trying to raise money for my second wine class at Capital Wine School in Washington, DC. The class begins on September 10, 2013, and with paying rent, medical bills, and living expenses, there's no way I can save the money in time. If I don't take this class now, I will be forced to postpone it until next Spring. Wine is my passion. In fact, I'm taking the first test about 2 hours from writing this, wish me luck! I can't put my books down. I work in a wine shop as well, so I literally have surrounded myself with the stuff. When I was able to pay for the first class randomly (it was only $300 so I ate ramen for a few weeks), it was the happiest I have been in years. I finally have a track ahead of me in life. After 5 years of depression, it's so freeing to be able to look forward, period. I really hope that I can continue my wine classes on schedule (there are 6 more after this one). When I get my WS (Wine Specialist) diploma in 2 years, I am going to go for my Master of Wine. (There are only around 150 in the world.) I hope you can see how serious I am about this career and life choice. I am finally doing something for myself and not to please others.