Well, my parents are Asian, but unsual. I'm 17 and want to apply to a prep school in Boston and I'm in Texas. But they wouldn't let me go. My mother walked away when I told her "mom, if I apply and got in, I'll go to another state". She didn't care about my opinion. What's worse, when I talk to them about colleges, believe me, they said " Oh don't bother applying to H/Y/P, you're gonna get rejected anyway. It's OK to attend the local university." and because I live in Houston they say " yeah at the most you can go to Rice(?)". I take it as an insult because I rank high at school, albeit not-very-famous one, and I really want to go out of state to achieve. I want to get into Harvard, go to Yale or Princeton. But they just don't let me try. And my mom is funny as she has a habit of telling everyone she knows the postitive and negative sides of mine. I don't understand why she has to boast the negatives just to have something to talk to her friends. I'm really frustrated with my parents. How should I convince them to let me try?