My parents and I have major disagreements about college.
I’ve been accepted to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio, which is my first choice so I’d really like to go there. However, my parents have made it clear that I cannot go there, even if I obtain enough grants and scholarships to cover all expenses, because it’s too far from home and they “want to keep an eye on me.” Even if I attend San Diego State University or UC San Diego, my parents want me to live at home, not on campus.
My parents know that I really want to go to Franciscan, but they have made it clear that any school outside of San Diego is not an option for me. They’ve tried to convince me to stay here by saying that there’s hurricanes and tsunamis in Ohio and that Franciscan isn’t a good school. My second choice is UC Los Angeles, which is two hours from where I live, but they’ve said that UCLA is also too far from home.
My parents also disapprove of my goal of becoming a counselor. They want me to work in the bank or in the medical field, but I feel that counseling is my calling.
I’m from a Filipino family and my parents did not attend school here in the U.S. The advice my friends have given me is to go to whichever college I want go to because it’s my life and I shouldn’t have to regret not going to Franciscan. I don’t know what to do. Any advice?