And I agree that my family wants me to be happy, but that they have the wrong ideas about what brings happiness. For them its money. While money would be nice, I feel like I need something more.
Haha, yeah marrying rich would be easy. But somehow I feel like depending on someone else for $$ is scarier than going to law school when I don't want to!!
You'll be examining issues that you've always wondered in the back of your mind but were too lazy to look up.
Rach33- Where did your folks get the idea that you can't make money with a Bachelor's? I think you should pull some salary statistics for careers with your academic background and see if the range meets what you would consider an adequate income, then present the hard facts to your parents.Yes, law is a versatile degree. But so is an MBA or MPA degree, and they're shorter, cheaper, and tend to be less competitive programs. I just don't see the sense of going into law school unless you're sincerely interested in the law as an intellectual pursuit and/or know that you want to be a lawyer. Remember, the richest people in the world aren't lawyers--they're businessmen and they come from all sorts of academic backgrounds.Here's an idea...tell your parents that you respect their wishes for you to go to law school but that you want to try things your way first. Give them and yourself a set time frame, perhaps btw 1-3 years. Have them set aside the money they were going to give you for law school into a savings account, bond, retirement fund, whatever...this is money that you will not touch for the next X years. (If they have no intentions of financially supporting you for law school, you shouldn't allow them to dictate your path anyhow.) At the end of your pre-determined timeframe, you can all sit down together and analyze how you're doing in your career at that time, and re-assess whether you should go into law school. At that point, they can either give you the money for law school or reward it to you (maybe as a house downpayment?) for succeeding so far on your own path. If all else fails, and you and your parents still fail to see eye-to-eye on what you should do with your life, they can keep their d@$#% money and at least they'll have some return on that investment.