DEAR JERKASS: I'm 17 and a junior in high school. My family has recently been hit with hard times. We lost our home and are living in a motel, and I am struggling with depression. I haven't attended school since last September. However, I am feeling well enough to the point where I'd like to start attending school again.
I would be willing to take more than six periods and, if necessary, I would be willing to attend summer school. I want to graduate from high school, but I don't know if that's possible.
My mother has never been OK with any decisions I have made, so I don't know how to tell her. I don't want to disappoint her, but I do want to do this. Any advice you are willing to give would be appreciated! -- ANONYMOUS GIRL
DEAR NORMAN BATES,
Why would you want to make proud the person who is never okay with anything you want to do?
When I was a teen I wanted to be a chef. I ended up with a twenty minutes of being screamed at for wanting something so stupid. I never became a chef, yet I still maintain a love for food and gastronomica.
You're old enough to get a part time job. Libraries offer free internet usage. I suggest you get your own motel room, take online courses and go to night school. It will take a lot of hard work, and it will be rewarding. Then become successful. But make sure you cut them out of your life. No one needs that negativity.
But get the job and the place to live before you cut them out.