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April 16, 2018

Dear Faith: My parents want me to attend their college alma mater, but I like a different school. How do I get them to accept my choice?

Faith says: Have you taken the time to discuss with your parents why you prefer your choice for college over their alma mater? If not, take the time and explain your reasons. When you talk with them, be sure you listen and try to understand their feelings for choosing their alma mater for you. It's important to hear their opinions.

Try and put them at ease by pointing out the high points and benefits of the school you've chosen. If they understand that it was not a quick or rebellious decision on your part, and that much thought and research was involved in your decision, they are more likely to agree.

Ultimately, the final decision will require their support.

Good luck!