Im not suggesting that your brother goes into healthcare for the $$$ but its by FAR FAR FAR the smartest way to go. Your mother is right (arent they always?)
Ill mention that im only in my 20s
I went to an expensive but very high profile school for undergrad. I majored in nursing (and I made a ton of friends who did the same) plus have tons of other close friends who went for physical therapy pharmacy OT etc.
I also have a ton of friends who majored in things like teaching, liberal arts, math, communications, journalism etc.
The ones who have healthcare degrees (and are all still in their 20s like me) are making 70-100k+ a year right now, with their student loans almost completely paid off or completely paid off. The ones who have the ******** garbage degrees (going to college for the sake of going to college) are the ones who have 6 figures in student loans and are doing absurd jobs that a highschool STUDENT should be doing. Making 7-12$ an hour (yes one of my friends who spent 6+ figures on a liberal arts degree from a near elite college is a full time dog sitter)
Another does updates on the radio everynight plus gets his bosses coffee.
This isnt a rant or post about how money is important, but if youre going to college (and dont have a full scholarship
or rich uncle to pay your way through) odds are youre going to be spending quite a bit of money. So if your degree doesnt put you in a position to get a CAREER not a job, its a poor choice.
As im still in my 20s I see it with all my friends. A lot of people are in REALLY REALLY ****** situations because they have useless degrees and this is an incredibly tough economy right now. A college degree isnt anything special anymore, everyone has one. So if yours isnt meaningful, the road ahead is going to be MUCH MUCH MUCH more difficult.
Ill also add that I dual majored and have a business degree as well. I consider the business degree a gray area. They are useful (as a matter of fact i think most healthcare workers should get a dual degree down the road in business) but they also dont do a ton to get you a job.
As far as college degrees go id by far have to recommend
WAYYYY down below
And quite a bit below everything else.
Its hard to know what you want to do the rest of your life at 16-17, and make a decision like what you want to college to college for and spend a TON of money on.
But I do know that nobody wants to be broke, so getting a degree that wont help you get a career is a pretty horrible decision.
Im with your mom on this one, a linguistics degree probably not the wisest move.
If hes passionate about languages some sort of healthcare/social work with a minor in spanish could take him a long way, and acutally put food on the table