This can get a bit personal, hopefully you can help me out. I have my own dilemma. I'm currently a high school student, about to graduate in a couple of years. I want to do either mathematics/physics in college, hopefully work my way up to Ph. D., and work in the academia, or private sector. However, my parents (actually, my entire family) thinks like the mainstream society does, do what will earn you the most money, as opposed to doing what I want to do. Obviously, their advice for me would be to do medicine, and be a doctor. This belief of theirs is even more reinforced by the fact that we're not rich. I understand their hope for me to become successful, and I think their measure of being successful at that stage of my life is to earn more money, and do better than they are currently doing right now. However, being a doctor isn't really my "calling", and having loved mathematics since I was little, that seems to be what I want to do in the future. I don't know how to approach my parents about this. I certainly don't want to disappoint them. They are also the type of people who believe that they KNOW what's good for me. They assert that they have more experience than I do, and therefore they know what is best for me. I know you guys know what I'm talking about here. I'm really torn about this situation. Sorry if I took quite a bit of your time, I just need guidance about this matter. I know it's not until 2 years, but I need to prepare myself on how to handle this. Thank you.