I’m a rising junior in college. My Asian immigrant parents sacrificed everything for me to be at an Ivy. However, I cycled through three majors my freshman year. I started off as a Bio major with pre-med intentions but got low grades in that. I then switched to an Econ major with intentions to go into finance, but I got a low grade in the Econ class I took my freshman year. I then switched to CS with intentions to work in tech but had to drop the one CS class I took because I realized I wouldn’t get a passing grade.
When I came home my freshman year, my father yelled at me. In retrospect, I probably should’ve taken the full ride at Alabama to get away from him and not have him use the threat of cutting off college tuition to control me, but it’s too late now.
So I’m currently in a “useless humanities major with no real job prospects” according to my parents. I have a GPA on the lower end thanks to my awful freshman year. My current school requires all rising juniors to take a full load of classes during the summer and take a term off during their junior year to do an internship.
Here’s the catch: I decided to try to transfer out of my current school due to cultural/fit reasons (not academic or professional reasons). However, I wasn’t expecting on getting in anywhere as a transfer due to my low GPA, so I didn’t bother applying for internships this summer.
Surprisingly, I was accepted as a transfer at another Ivy, and I’ll be going there this fall. However, I’m still stuck with no internship this summer, and dad keeps yelling at me. I offered to work as a babysitter or as a waitress to make money this summer.
The only real option left for me is law school, which I’ve researched extensively the past few months. However, I’ve burst into tears almost every single time I do a deep dive into law school because being a lawyer sounds absolutely miserable (sorry to any lawyers reading this). I’m also taking on a (small) amount of loans for undergrad, so while I’m open to grad school at some point, I do need to get a paying job immediately after graduation. Sometimes I wish I went to a school that offered majors like business, accounting, or nursing so I would be more set in my career.
I’ve been applying to internships like crazy the past few weeks but obviously they won’t take me since it’s way too late.