I just don't know what to do. I'm so confused. I just need to cry and talk it out, and if anyone can offer any insight, I would greatly appreciate it. I started working towards my masters in reading last semester. I'm in my 2nd semester of 5. I originally went back because I really wanted to be a literacy specialist. I love researching best practices in literacy, and learning more about teaching reading. However, I really have no interest in working with secondary students, or being a coach to teachers, which is also a big part of the job. I also question whether or not I want to teach forever, or do something different someday. I love teaching, but for the past few years I've been questioning my future in the profession, and wondering if the constant stress and 60+ hour work weeks are worth it. So, would it really pay for me to continue to pursue a master's degree in a field that I may not stick with forever? I thought that going back to get my masters would help rejuvenate me, but it's just causing so much stress. I called in sick to work twice last semester, and once this year, so that I could stay home and work on grad homework. I have so much homework to do this weekend that I could work on stuff from the time I wake up on Saturday and Sunday to the time I go to bed, and still not be done. It's causing me so much stress that I just sit and cry and don't get anything accomplished. I've been crying all morning. The amount of work I have to do is just crazy...!!!!!!!! I've been so busy at work that I keep falling further and further behind on my grad work. My job comes before my school work. I think the added stress is that I'm due with my first baby in March, and I don't know how on earth I'm going to complete my masters degree, work full time, and take care of a newborn. I can't even take care of myself right now. However, I worry that if I drop out of the program now: -My husband will be very upset, if he even lets me drop out, because we've invested about $5,000 in my masters so far (paid cash along the way). I have $38,000 in school loans from my undergrad, which he reminds me of daily. He reminds me what a waste it would be do switch careers while still paying for my teaching degree. -I don't want to be a quitter. -I will never go back. I'll probably have a 2nd baby in the next few years, and there is just no way I could handle that! So, I really don't know what to do. Part of me says, "Just push through this busy semester. You'll be fine. Your degree will open up more doors and you may really like a job in literacy." Another part of me says that the entire degree, and all of the work I'm doing, is just a huge waste of time if I'm questioning whether or not I want to stay in education.