This is my first post on the forum, and this seemed to be the proper place for me to come and ask for advice. A bit about myself, I'm 17 and currently a freshman at the University of Central Florida. I've always been work driven and always excelled in my classes in high school, which was quite an accomplishment for me as I attended the top high school in Florida, and 7th top in the country.
I moved into my dorm over a week ago and have been attending classes, unfortunately my dorm experience hasn't been quite the most positive for multiple reasons. I am a social and going individual but I also run my own companies on the internet and spend a majority of my time working for myself. I haven't attempted to make friends through clubbing/parties/drinking etc, as I grew up with alcohol in my culture and it seems childish for me to spend time with other individuals my age with a main goal of trashing themselves. The issues arose after a few days inside my dorm (I currently reside with another roommate in a suite with 2 other guys), basically majorly loud parties happened and essentially kept me up the entire night. In between attending my classes, I spend the majority of the rest of my time working, which makes it even more difficult for me when I'm kept up all night because of parties in the dorm. Unfortunately, the RA seems to be extremely unwilling to do anything about the noise or all the parties, despite one kid already having been sent to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.
I live about 2 hours away from UCF and therefore can't commute everyday, and unfortunately for me, I never knew truly how homesick I could be until I moved here. My life back home had always been based on academics after having parents that attended top universities in their countries. Essentially, I just feel very unhappy here. The academics here are fine and I have no issues with them, unfortunately it's the living that I have a big issue with. I'm unhappy because I don't want to go out clubbing and partying (And frankly, a majority of the activities here do involve both those things), and because I greatly miss home. I miss my parents, my home, my girlfriend, and my friends.
Here's where advice would be hugely appreciated, I've talked to my parents about my lack of happiness and they've been anything but supportive. Essentially, I want to move back home, and go to CC for 2 years and then transfer back to UCF (They have a program where you get accepted no matter what after having attended a CC for 2 years) and get my business degree then. My parents have been less than supportive because they think I'm essentially throwing my entire life away which makes it difficult for me to even talk to them about these issues. It's a definite yes that I will come back to UCF for my degree after 2 years, and during these 2 years I would also have the ability to expand my businesses and grow them to a point where I'd be far more able to get my own apartment and pay for my masters degree as well.
I know it's tough to make a decision after having been here a week, but frankly, I know my senses very well and I can tell that being this far will always make me unhappy no matter what. I've tried talking to the school counselors whom have been of great help, and still despite that I can't seem to find my source of happiness here. Parents, what kind of advice could I use in order to show my parents that this choice would overall better myself and my future? Has this ever happened with you and your kids?