So, before I start out the topic, I would like to explain a little about myself. My name is Kayla I am 13 and I'm in eighth grade. I live in Chicago, Illinois and I am already thinking about college. Some may say that thinking about college is a bad thing for my age since I'm a little to young to be worrying about college but I think of it as getting prepared and narrowing my college list. I had started thinking about colleges just a few months ago as I saw one of my older cousins going to Columbia college in Chicago. Another thing that brought me to thinking about colleges is that I started thinking about my future and what I would want to do in my life. Fast forward a little bit (if I didn't shorten the story a little bit than this would get a little too long and nobody would read it.) and I have already decided my top college and where I will be applying to. Now this is where we come to the main idea of this post. My top college is NYU, which is obviously all the way in New York. When I realized how much I wanted to go to this school I didn't really tell any of my family members because they get a little upset at the fact that I would like to leave Chicago. But the time came where I did tell my 15-year-old sister and she wasn't particularly excited about my college choice. She told me that I was too young to be thinking about college and that I should not be worrying about it. She wasn't very happy about how I wanted to go to New York neither. But I guess it was a bad idea to tell my sister because she ended up telling my mom while we were having breakfast a few months ago. At the time my father was working and couldn't join us for breakfast so it was just my mother, my sister and me. When my mother heard that I would want to go to New York she was a little upset. But after a few moments she told me that she would support me in whatever I wanted to do and that she is okay with the fact that I would want to move out of state. But once I told my father about the idea he didn't seem to be as supportive as my mother. He told me that New York is a bad place and that a young woman should not be living in such a place. A few months later and he still tries to tell me how bad New York is with every chance he gets. He always tells me "You haven't even been there. Why would you want to go to such a terrible place." And I always have to explain to him that I want to start a career and really be successful and I feel that New York would be the best place to do that. I have currently looked into colleges in Chicago and there are some that I do like but they aren't as great as NYU. One of the colleges I started looking into actually contacted me and sent me a hand book. My dad was thrilled to see that I was interested in some colleges in chicago but all I kept thinking about was "How come NYU didn't send me anything?" But I still have to find a way to get my dad to understand why I would want to go to New York and for him to accept the fact that I will most likely move out of Chicago in the future.