Okay, I'm about to graduate from high school (young, I know), but I have a serious dilemma. I initially thought I was going to be a pre-med major, but I watched a PBS documentary about med students (Doctors' Diaries) .. and was bawling and shaking through half of it. Watching the stress that they were going through made me realize that that career option wasn't for me. I want to help people, but if I'm worried about getting quizzed after an interaction with a patient or if I have to stay up late doing rounds... I won't be able to help anyone! Also...I was disappointed by the cool professionalism that doctors had towards dying patients...patients on drugs, etc. I'm more emotional (even though I don't show it) and sensitive... and slow-paced. I could not survive and I would be unhappy.
So, the obvious answer would be to pursue something else, right? I thought becoming a psychologist and opening my own private practice would be really suitable for me...and I was so happy just thinking about it. But ... there's my parents. They keep telling me to "go for the top" and get a really prestigious career. I understand where they're coming from..I mean, both of them grew up without a lot of money. Heck, as of now we don't really have much money. They just want me to be happy. But how can I be happy when I'm always stressed?
The thing is... psychologists don't make a lot of money.. (so I've heard). So that worries me. And it's not easy to open up a practice... also, graduate school costs a lot of money. (I definitely WANT to go to graduate school, I don't want to just get a Bachelor's or a Master's). I'm just at a loss...
1. How do I tell my parents I want to change my major to psychology and drop the pre-med idea?
2. Is this even a good idea in the first place? What if I regret it??? What if I end up on the streets? (half-joking)
The thing is... I just LOVE psychology... I love anything that has to do with the brain..the only biological thing that interests me is the BRAIN. I did a year long research project on Alzheimer's ... For the past two years, I've been obsessed with Jung, personality theories, random social experiments.... I'm even taking Intro to Psych now. And I want to learn MORE. I want to improve my communication skills so I can talk through problems...
etc. It's a long road.....a tedious one too, but this stuff interests me so much. I feel motivated when I think about it.
I feel hopeless though... they're just going to yell at me and tell me that being psychologist is not a good enough career choice for me.
And what if they're right? I don't know who to listen to anymore. And I don't know what to do. *starts singing a sad song*