adelaide-angel said: I have a question for you, since you seem to know what you're doing, and I could use some advice. I decided to stray from the beaten path and do what makes me happy in college, but every time I talk to my mother she tells me I've betrayed our culture and my future. I know I could do it given the chance, but I'm lost, sad, and scared. What do you think? Better to have taken a risk and have not one, but two "useless" degrees or play it safe? And no bs please, we both know everyone doesn't make it.
This is the thing about futures: they can be changed.
This is the thing about doing things at college: you can do other things too. You can graduate, decide you did the wrong thing and go back to college. You can change your mind about studying law half way through college and become a scientist instead (my sister in law did). You can head out into the world and wind up doing something which has absolutely nothing to do with what you studied at college. (I recommend asking people you run into who have jobs you think are cool what they studied to get there. Fewer of them than you would expect had something that would resemble a sane career path.)
I’d take the risk. But that’s me. I like to do the stuff I enjoy that seems like fun, and normally it works and even when it doesn’t, I had fun.