I'm 23 go to university full time (w/1 semester left til I graduate), work 2 part-time jobs (about 20-25 hours per week combined), run my own business (web design/marketing), and live at home. When school's in session I have a pretty busy schedule (50 hours+ per week). I started the business this last summer but pretty much put it on hold during school (maybe a few hours per week with minimal work that has allowed the business to break-even/pay bills). I'm also personally working on a hookah site (few hours per week) and trying to monetize it.
Since I've been on winter break (started Dec 21st) I've been putting more time towards my business (working on a 20 page booklet to give to small businesses as a presentation tool) and my hookah site. I'm also keeping the same hours at my two jobs (20-25 hours per week).
I should also note that since I work 2nd shift and that I'm a college student, I have different sleep patterns than my parents (mostly my dad, who works 9-5) where I usually stay up late and get up late (dad says that I'm lazy and sleep to much). My parents help with tuition but I pay all my own bills (car insurance, phone, clothes, gas, etc...) and also pay my parents $100 a month to help out with food, electric, etc...so I have hold down a job.
However, during winter break I've been putting more time towards my business and reading up on internet marketing, SEO, web design, and social media. However, my dad has been very unsupportive of my business and has been giving me crap lately (he always does, but more so than often because he took the last 2 weeks off work). Whenever I bring up that I'm reading, doing SEO, or got a new client my dad only gives me a grin and gives me a lecture about how I need to focus more on school or spend my time looking for a job for after college.
It's really tough because I'm the oldest of 3, but my sister (1 yr younger) graduated college last spring (before me!!) so my parents are real proud of her, but disappointed in me. I've always been ok in school (I have a 3.2 GPA but changed my major twice and had to retake a few classes) but both my siblings have always been A honor roll students, so it makes me look like a retard.
My dad just told me a few days ago that he's disappointed in me and thinks that I will never be able to support myself (taking too long to graduate college, sleep in late, I'm not grateful enough, and that I don't believe in getting a job). It just really hurts and can't believe that someone who is part of my family would say that to me.
They just live on different planets. They believe that I need to focus on graduating (which I am, but I guess I'm not "putting enough effort in") and then getting a regular 9-5 job. They are also very traditional and only believe in manual labor (so they think that I just play on the computer all day long) I've also always been about saying hell to the status quo which only causes more friction.
I honestly believe that after I graduate, get more money coming in, and move out I'll probably rarely talk to them. I just want to live my own life and I get much more support from my friends than I do from my family.
Sorry for the long rant, just has been eating at me and was wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation or experiences negative feedback similar to this.
If you've read this far, thanks haha