Pick an education based on interests mainly, but something which ensures you a decent occupation. Studying something that's amusing but doesn't pay off is a waste of time. Your art example is one thing you could do, perhaps combine it with languages if you're into that? Just a suggestion.
I advise you going to the counselor yourself, if you think you can do it. That way you'll at least provide the counselor with the correct information yourself and can then receive suggestions from him or her. Also tell your parents that you want to do this alone^^.
I still don't know what I'm going to do...I was interested in programming, but I found out early from some high school classes with something.net that I'm horrible at it...so I'm lost. Quite a few counselors are complete morons just picking up a paycheck, and they will tell you anything to get rid of you.
At my college, I believe there is a career something class to figure out what you want to do...can't remember if I tried checking times or not but I do remember that it was only 1 hour a week.
I'm a junior in high school and very shy. I don't have any really good friends- I used to but somehow we just stopped talking to each other-no fight or anything(She has a boyfriend now though)
I'm starting to think about colleges and everything and it's really overwhelming. I'm not really shy around my family but I don't really feel comfortable talking about what I want to do after high school and some other stuff. But, my mom keeps asking about it and I don't know what to say. I like art a lot so I'm thinking of majoring in art but I don't know. So my mom said she was going to call my school and ask the guidance counselars and my art teacher about art careers and college etc. Somehow we started talking about if I asked my art teacher those questions- then my mom said "I know you wouldn't do that." I got kinda mad about that b/c it's just really hard for me to do that. ( I think she's going to call anyway)
Anyway, does anyone have some advice for me about how to decide what I want to do in college and how to talk to my parents about it? Also, anyone else going through the same kind of thing?
When you choose what to go into in college as others pointed out it's important to find out if you can actually find a job after you graduate and whether that type of job suites you and pays you what you need.
I'd recommend shadowing. I thought I wanted to go into pharmacy school until I shadowed at few pharmacies and realized it was too boring for me.
You can also volunteer during your highschool years to get some experience and at the same time build your resume.
If there is a subject that you love, such as art ..but let's say you find out there isn't a great job market out there for it, just keep in mind you can always do what you love on the side. So, if you like to paint you don't have to go to school to be a painter..once you graduate from school and get a well-paying job you can always, then finance your hobby as a painter or persue it further.
So think about your interests obviously and you can discover this through volunteer work and shadowing and talking to different people, reseraching the interner. At the same time think about whether you'll be able to land a job post-graduation.