...productive. Let me explain.
When second semester of my junior year started, I finally made the decision to become a pro wrestler when I get out of high school. I was going to go to college at some point, but just not right after high school since I don't really have a lot of skills. So, I kind of blew off Junior Year. Nothing horrible like letting myself get straight Fs or whatever. I still got As and Bs with maybe 1 C. I blew it off in the sense that I did absolutely NO preparation for college so, I really have to work this year to make sure I get prepared. Which is fine. I completely blame myself for not preparing. It's summer vacation now and I have about 2-3 weeks before school starts up.
I realized that I probably should at least find something I enjoy, or might enjoy, doing and go to college for that so I, at least, have a degree to fall back on. So far, I'm trying to decide between journalism, graphic design and, video editing or producing. I realize these careers aren't going to make me a lot of money, but I feel like I would work hard at these and really enjoy doing these. I need your guy's help now.
Is it smart to go right after high school or should I take a year to get a job or two and save up? Since my mom works at night, I am not able to start looking for and applying for jobs until the end of my senior year because, I have to be home by 6:00 to take care of my brother Sunday-Thursday. School ends at about 3:00 P.M. so I could get a job on Fridays and Saturdays, but I'd only be able to work like 4-5 hours each of those days. None of the businesses near me are hiring at all so, I'm pretty much better off waiting, but should I try applying, even if it is just for those days or could I use this time to maybe volunteer or something at my school? Also, if I should just wait, when should I start applying for jobs? How near the end of the school year?
My dad keeps on wanting to get involved in my decision making, but he only wants what is going to make more money. Every time I have told him what I wanted to do with my life, he always tells me I should join the army because it is going to make me more money. I respect the hell out of the troops, but I'm just not cut out to go to war and, even if I was, I don't want to go because I'm just way too scared. I don't want him to get involved in my decision making because every time I take his advice, I always end up failing and every time I go with my heart, I end up succeeding. Should I tell him this and is there a nice way to tell him this or should I just tell him straight up? He is just really bad at making decisions (His major decisions have gotten him divorced, jobless, broke, or in trouble with someone for the most part) and I really don't think it would be wise for him to get involved. However, I feel like I should at least tell him what I'm going to do. I'm just afraid he is going to try and take control of the situation like he usually does.
Finally, what would be a better decision? Going to a two-year college so I can try and improve on some things and then transferring to a 4-year or straight up just going to a 4-year? What is the application process like? Am I going to have to get letters of recommendations or is that only for specific degrees? Basically, how do I actually do the applying?
I'm sorry if this was way too long to read and, if you did take the time to read this all and respond, thank you very much. I just need to get some help and I figured I'd go to the Giant Bomb community for some help.