I can’t stay in my current job, my current lifestyle – I can feel it slowly killing me. I’ve worked harder than I ever have to get into a special school, and the thought that it will be all for nought won’t leave my head to the point where studying for the entrance test becomes a session of self pity and vicious frustration, because if I fail to get into the school, I get to stay working in a terrible job, hard pressed just to fulfill basic needs. To be brutally honest, I am not entirely sure how much longer I can take that way of life. So, my question reiterated: do you cut your loses and give up for something lesser than you had hoped (and if so, when?) Or do you cast aside compromise and settle for nothing less than your dreams?