I come from a similar situation except that I am much older than you. By failing to follow my own dreams and intuitions and listening to what my parents wanted for me, I wasted my own time and betrayed myself. If you do the same, you will end up a miserable, angry and resentful person. You will work so hard to consistently please your parents and think that when you are an MD you will be happy because it's what they wanted, but you know what- you won't be. Every step of the way you will dread it and feel a bitter resentment.You will feel out of place and when you accomplish something, it won't feel like an accomplishment, because it meant something to someone else and not you. The clincher is that you will be the one who WORKS for everything, day in and day out, and without your own motivation and drive behind it will do nothing but cause you misery. I can give this advice solidly, because I did this and this is what happened to me (as well as any other person that I know that did something because their parents, society, a spouse, etc. thought it was a better plan than their own). My advice is this: trust YOURSELF and only listen to yourself and what YOU want. Parents do not have an ownership over you and even despite maybe having your best interests at stake, they can do some serious damage to your life path and your psyche. You are still young, but old enough to establish that your own dreams and who you want to be is a non-negotiable. If the people in your life want to get behind that, they are welcome to cheer you on. If they want to challenge that, then you don't need them in your life causing obstacles. It's their right to not pay for your tuition or offer you housing, but being as young as you are there are plenty of things you can do to follow your own life path without their consent, which you don't need after the age of 18. Look into scholarships and student loans. A private student loan would pay for not only your tuition, but also your living expenses. You might need a co-sign but another adult or older sibling besides your parents will suffice. You are pursuing a very respectable career and whatever their misinformation is surrounding it, it is their problem. Them offering you housing and tuition if you follow what it is they want for you is one thing: MANIPULATION. By partaking in this, you are allowing them to establish a pattern of control over you. This type of parenting is very destructive. I know because I experienced it. If you want to have happiness and peace in your life, I suggest you start early by putting your foot down, developing your own independence and following your own dreams. The more you allow them to shape your decisions, the more miserable you will be as you get older and the harder it will be to start establishing your own boundaries with them. This isn't about your career, it's about them controlling you. If it wasn't this it might be where you live, who you marry, and turn into a never ending cycle of constant pleasing them with nothing in return for yourself. Your parents do not own you and you will most likely outlive them- left with the life that either you, or they created for you. Make sure you are left with the one you created for yourself.