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looked down for college desions

I'm having a hard time with adults at school and my parents. Because i'm almost a senior and i really want to be a nurse and go to college. But every time i tell someone that they say oh being a nurse is a bad choice. It is really bad and you wouldn't like it. And my parents are telling me you can't go to college you chose. They chose a college that they are into but i'm not. And they are putting pressure on me to go there. The college doesn't have any majors i'm into and it sounds boring. No one seems to understand that i want to be a nurse and i'm tired of being looked down for wanting to go to college outside of where i live and for choosing something i really want to do.
In Topics: Jobs/Careers
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
May 3, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

We are so sorry you are feeling all this pressure.  Please know that often when people provide advice, their intention is not to criticize you or tell you that you are wrong, they simply are worried about you and think they are being helpful.  If you want to be a nurse, great!  That is your decision and the only person who can truly keep you from making that decision is yourself.  Sure, it may be harder if you lose the support of others, but you can do it!  

The parents situation is hard, especially if they are going to provide you with money for your college education.  If they are planning on doing so, than they may have some power in telling you where to go, if you use their money.  But you always have the option to apply for financial aid and to seek out college loans if you want to go to a different university.  You are at an exciting and confusing age.  You are going from a minor to an adult and some people (like parents) tend to have trouble with that transition as well.  You have the right to make your own decisions, so weigh your options carefully.  You also always have the option to attend that college you don't like and get the help from your parent, go ahead and get some general education classes out of the way, and then move onto a different college and transfer your credits.  That will give you a couple of years to get some general things out fo the way, please your parents, and also gain that sense of independence.  

Please take care and remember that you can call the Boys Town National Hotline 24 hours a day at the number below, free of charge.  We are here to help, you are not alone!

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