So, THIS is what panic feels like.
In order for me to complete my guaranteed transfer program with satisfactory timing, I will need to carry no less than 18 credit hours per semester for the next two years. I can't pull that off while working full-time; other people might be able to, but I can't. With that in mind, I have just given notice to my employer that August 10th will be my last day. There are a few odd jobs I will continue to do for the company, 5 to 10 hours of work per week, but my last full-time paycheck will arrive in my account on August 9th. No more paid health insurance, no more year-end bonuses, no more 9-5 security. My family and I won't be starving to death, but there are some significant lifestyle changes ahead.
Letting go of safety for the hope of a more fulfilling future is absolutely terrifying... but it's pretty fucking exciting too.