So originally my summer plan was to continue at the summer job I had last year and save up money for tuition, and I also wanted to learn to drive (my mother and her bf would help me with that).
Today the professor of my independent study in Linguistics emailed me, asking if I wanted to apply for a $3000 grant to do unpaid research with him over the summer. This seems like a good way to get started doing research and I am interested in the readings we have been discussing. But I wouldn't be able to do the driving or money saving, and I wouldn't get to go home for the summer, which I was kind of looking forward to (living at home and doing a job I'm already used to seems like a real vacation, as opposed to having a completely new experience, which would inevitably be stressful for me.) Also, I have been thinking about an inter-school transfer to study Communication Sciences and Disorders, so I don't know that Linguistics research will be that useful for me in grad school admissions or in the field in general.
I registered for my independent study with this professor with the intention of doing Linguistics research, before thinking about the transfer, so I'd feel weird saying no, and I think it could be a good experience, but there are still the drawbacks I mentioned above. I don't have a whole lot of time to make a decision because there is a deadline for the grant application. Any ideas? Should I make an appointment with my college advisor?
BTW I am a freshman, if that makes a difference.