I did take out student loans since the heydays of undergrad. I had some scholarships to help me but it was difficult not to pull through without some loans. Thus, I have accrued loans for the past six years and it definitely does amount to a lot. I worked at research labs to help cover some of my costs. Still, the majority is being paid via my loans and from family support.
Seeing the debt grow is certainly scary but once you work with a financial advisor, it can put a lot of your concerns at ease and put your situation in perspective.