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My brother is changing majors from Molecular Biology to Philosophy
So my brother is a good kid, he is 19 now, just finished his first semester of college, landed in an Honors Program at San Diego State University doing Molecular Biology, full ride scholarship.
He posted on Facebook today saying that he'd decided to change his major and that his parents were surprisingly supportive. I asked him what to and he said Philosophy, I didn't dismiss this offhand because from what I've read about them in the past Philosophy degrees are much more in demand then their stereotype would lead you to believe. I asked him what he wanted to do with it and he said he wanted to be a teacher!
This seems like a horrible idea to me, I am an American and everything I've heard about teaching lately is that it's terribly hard to find steady work most places, much less get tenure.
Am confused by the parental support, need to call my dad, they shut down aspirations of a Music major (because really? and a double Molecular Biology/Music major because nobody could ever do that much work at one time and his GPA has to stay above a certain level to keep the aid. Also, I'm not sure if he's considered whether or not his scholarships will transfer to a Philosophy degree, they didn't in the case of switching from Molecular Biology to Music, and he thought that was a great idea.
A month ago he was pretty excited about Molecular Biology, and wanted to do Genetic Research.
I am worried about him and projecting more than a little because I made some questionable student loan decisions when I was his age that I am still reaping the consequences of (almost 25 now). Mine aren't near as bad as what his will be if he tries to go down this road without significant financial aid though.
It doesn't help assuage that when I asked him what he was doing he said he didn't have his whole life planned out, and he's just a Freshman in College, but he's following God's lead and if he hangs on for the ride he'll be just fine because gee whiz Jesus! I asked him how he knew this is what God wants him to do and he said that he prays to him and God talks back and "The road may be foggy, but he knows it well enough that I don't need to see more than what is right in front of my face." WTF does that last part even mean, these are not the words of a person who is thinking things through well holy shit.
Am terribly afraid that my step mom is influencing this (she is a snakes and tongues Christian), and my dad is more willing to go for the "God is telling me to do this." vibe than "I feel like Philosophy will be a super rad thing to learn about and WAY more useful than Molecular Biology." due to his background as an ex-Pastor (Western Baptist). He is usually very rational and his decisions are not colored too heavily by his religion, I don't even understand how he's so heavy into the Religion honestly, though the step-mom does weird things to his judgement.
I've already gone back and forth with him on Facebook a little bit, and I'm already the black sheep atheist brother who lives with his girlfriend and drinks alcohol (in moderation, dad has been sober for almost 20 years and we grew up with very harsh views against it) so anything I say is probably going to be chalked up to me not understanding how God's speaking to him since he's gone all religious with this.
For what it's worth my relationship with her isn't great either and is probably coloring this last part.
TL;DR: My brother currently has a full ride scholarship in an honors program studying Molecular Biology, he wanted to do genetic research with it. Now he is saying that he wants to get a Philosophy degree so that he can teach because God is telling him to, and my dad and step-mom are supportive of this even though it might mean taking out HUGE student loans. This is a terrible idea right?