I dropped out of high school over several years ago, and since then I have not pursued any further education or training. After thinking about my future, I entertained the idea of studying medicine, but originally dismissed it as being unrealistic. However, it keeps coming back to me, and when I think about doing something for the rest of my life, I cannot envision myself doing anything else, so it's something I am looking to work towards. I have read the common pitfalls to avoid thread, which dissuades from repeating VCE. I have never attempted VCE, so I am looking for an outsider's perspective on what I should do. As an adult, I can complete the VCE in 1 year or I can enter university as a mature age student by doing the STAT. At present I am leaning towards entering university as a mature age student and then applying to undergraduate medicine as a non-stadard applicant after years 1 and 2. If I am unsuccessful, I will apply for graduate medicine after finishing my degree. The alternative is going back and doing VCE and scoring 99+, which I must admit seems rather unrealistic when I picture the competition having worked towards that for years. I have this year to make up my decision. Either I spend the year preparing myself to undertake VCE next year, or I work on the course syllabus of the uni degree I intend to study. Lastly, I have some concerns about future interviews. With a combination of a large gap between dropping out of school and returning to studies, and having had stints of unemployment, some of which were long term, I wonder how bad of a look this would be. Do you think my past would be looked at unfavorably? Thank you.