I'll give a little information about me first. I am a 22 year old (attractive) male, who enjoys studying mathematics. I would like to study Pure Mathematics, and possibly go to Graduate School for Pure Mathematics (area of study is still open). I completed two years in a Business - Accounting Program at a community college (3 year program). I have one year left to have all the requirements to be a Certified General Accountant (CGA). I can't complete it now because my father will stop paying child support because if I get a diploma, then according to the agreement he's done his job. So, enough about that. I transferred to a local university, and I have completed one year, and working on my second year right now. I am in the Mathematics Program. It came to my attention that my current school will not prepare me for Graduate School for Pure Mathematics. This is a big disapoint for me because I'm looking to learn rigorous mathematics, which is necessary for a prospective Pure Mathematician. I have talked to one my professors about this last year, during my first year, and he recommended transfering to a very well-known school for Mathematics (Hint: Largest Math Faculty in the World). I decided to go with his recommendation now, but should have last year. I thought things would pick up during the second year, but I was wrong. My prof wrote me a letter of reference, and he's very excited that I am going. He also did his undergrad at that school, as well as his Ph. D. He wants to keep in touch as I go there too, so that's really neat. So, I shouldn't have a problem getting accepted for January of 2006. I'm going to transfer half way through the year. I have two reference letters, one from my college, and one from my university, and my admission form is well written. My grades are up to par with what they are looking for, except for one class :uhh: , but that was explained in my Admission Form. My grades as of now are great, and above par. Note: I've been working 30-35 hours a week (EVEN DURING EXAM WEEK!) while going to school full-time in college and university, while maintaining a 90% average in college and a 80% average in university. My university marks could have been higher, but lack of motivation brought it down. (I lose motivation and dedication when things are slow and too easy. I feel like nothing is being achieved, therefore I end up never going to class or doing assignments. Also, working lots might not help with motivation and dedication. Long story.) I am currently working 40 hours a week so I can make some money and transfer. I don't plan on working any more than 24 hours a week at my new school, less if possible. The bottom line is... I'm transferring to a great school. My girlfriend is really happy even though that involves seeing each other a little bit less. I'm really excited because they offer advanced courses, and a wide variety of courses. It's also a very reputable school. My problem... My mom. She thinks it's stupid to go to school to study Pure Mathematics with no particular career in mind. I would love to be a professor and do research, but that's not the most practical career. I will reach for that goal until it is reached, but during that time I have to do something else. I have plans to just complete my remaining one year to become an Accountant, or study some statistics to become an Actuary. The catch is... I don't want to go into these careers until I go to Graduate School for Pure Mathematics. Anyways, my mom thinks this is all dumb. Waste of money. I get no support to go for my dreams at all. She thinks I'm changing my mind every ten seconds. I changed from Accounting to Mathematics, which is perfectly normal. The school I have chosen for Mathematics turned out to be... not the best, or trustworthy when it comes to academics. So, now my mom thinks this is a big joke. I'm moving out in 6 weeks if I get accepted. I bought some groceries (work at a grocery store) at sale prices, and I will continue to do this until I leave. Just buying what's on sale though. Stocking up, like a wise one. I don't know what to say. I look back and I've never received support academically. I did for Accounting, but only for the local schools. I was initially going to transfer to another school for accounting, but I had to take Calculus first (pre-requisite to the program) and that's when I fell in love with mathematics, and then later Isaac Asimov introduced me to the world of science. I had a very low average in high school (D as in 38D :tongue2: ). I had no encouragement to do well, only to pass. I was never informed by my parents to choose a career, and the right school. I didn't even know you can get scholarships for good grades. I didn't know nothing. I wish I did, and I encourage younger students (at work or elsewhere) to do their best, and inform them about their options. I have learned a lot about post-secondary education, and how to succeed at the post-secondary level. I plan on doing some volunteer academic councilling at some local high schools to help students make the right decision, and the wise one. What's your take on this? I want my mom to be supportive, but like she doesn't understand how I am in school for academic purposes and not for monetary reasons. I don't want to be a millionaire (I wouldn't mind being one), and I certainly won't try. It's just not my goal. I pay for my school, and just about everything I do except for food and housing. I will have to pay for that at my other school though since I'm moving, but I also won't be driving (my car), which will save lots of money on gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. If it continues this way, with my mom being unsupportive, I may not even come back home for the summer or at all. I don't want to be in an environment that puts me down. Note: It's so bad that when I first transferred, I didn't want to tell my mom that I was going for mathematics. I was just going to make things up about accounting all the way through, and let her find out on graduation day. Also, if it gets any worse, I might not even tell her when I graduate at this school (if I do, since failing is also possible). So, basically she agrees with 50 cent. Get Rich or Die Trying. I agree with... Have fun!